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Love Interpretation of Hexagram #29

Also called "Bumps In The Road"

I Ching Hexagram #29

Hexagram #29: Water over Water

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NOTE: Below is the romance-oriented, Love I Ching interpretation of I Ching Hexagram #29: "Water over Water".   Click here for the traditional I Ching meaning of hexagram #29.

I Ching Hexagram #29

Relationship challenges are indicated in hexagram number 29. Not all roads are easy — and this one looks like it will get a bit rough. Faith and connection to your friends will be your lifelines during this difficult time.Gather your team of support. Write a long lost friend or confide in a co-worker. Get help from a book, a trusted friend, a support group, or an elder. Confront your relationship challenges headfirst. Summon your strength and rise to the call. This is a time to communicate clearly and take charge. Don't run away from yourself or your problems. To give up at this time will have detrimental effects. Stand tall and your "path of the heart" will be smooth. These bumps in the road are a test. How will you perform?

Changing Lines in Hexagram #29

Changes in Line 1

"Falling into an Abyss"

I Ching hexagram 29 shown with changing-line #1 highlighted

Any attempt to fight what is happening could make the situation worse. True surrender is your savior. Resistance is futile. Ride out the current bad situation and soon it will be over. Love will find its way back to you.

Changes in Line 2

"Rejoice in Small Gains"

I Ching hexagram 29 shown with changing-line #2 highlighted

This line is a reminder that there is light in the dark. Place attention on the positive, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem. Focus on the good qualities in someone. Attention on the positive makes it grow stronger.

Changes in Line 3

"The Power of Presence"

I Ching hexagram 29 shown with changing-line #3 highlighted

Stay put. Don't act one way or the other. Herein lies your strength. Don't worry of the future or lament over the past. Direct your full attention into the present moment. Love comes with being present.

Changes in Line 4

"The Power of Sincerity"

I Ching hexagram 29 shown with changing-line #4 highlighted

This line is a reminder to keep things simple and pure. Ask someone for what you want. This does not have to be difficult. With honest intentions, you will see an open window and let more light in to the relationship department.

Changes in Line 5

"The Path of Least Resistance"

I Ching hexagram 29 shown with changing-line #5 highlighted

Though there may still be squabbles and petty disagreements, an underlying love is not lost. Trust in simplicity. Relationships do not have to be complicated. Stay with what is most immediate. Find the path with the fewest obstacles and soon the challenge will diminish.

Changes in Line 6

"Loss of Freedom"

I Ching hexagram 29 shown with changing-line #6 highlighted

The shackles you wear have tightened. Come to grips with what is happening. Take a deep breath. Surrender. Within three weeks time the light will shine brightly again.

The Two Trigrams Within Hexagram #29

Hexagram #29 is structured out of two 3-line trigrams stacked over and under each other. The bottom three lines of hexagram #29 form the trigram for Water, while the upper three lines form the trigram for Water.

Vector image of lower trigram Water in hexagram #29
Lower Trigram of Water
Vector image of upper trigram Water in hexagram #29
Upper Trigram of Water

NOTE: A simple way to think about trigrams is that the hexagram's upper trigram represents external forces or energies, and the bottom trigram represents internal forces or energies.

In the case of hexagram #29, the upper and lower trigrams match. One must note however, that one trigram can point to different interpretations in the top and lower positions.

Hexagram #29's Upper and Lower Trigrams of Water

The formless and ever-changing trigram of water is also known as the trigram of the 'Abysmal' or the 'Gorge'. Water by its nature is transitory and fluid — representing changing circumstances and unpredictability. This ever-shifting trigram is often an indicator of uncertainty and dangerous motion. The water trigram is often correlated with the moon's cycles and the compass-direction north.

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A note on iFate's I Ching translation: This is not a direct translation of the original "Book of Changes" from 1000 BC. While multiple translations of the original text are available, they include many archaic references and can be difficult to understand for 21st century readers. iFate uses our own modern rewritings (two different editions) of the "Book of Changes" which makes interpreting I Ching readings far simpler. For iFate's additional contemporary re-writing of the original text, see our "Love I Ching" translation.

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