Hexagram #31: Lake over Mountain
NOTE: This is the romance-themed, Love I Ching interpretation of I Ching Hexagram #31: "Lake over Mountain". Click here for the classic I Ching meaning of hexagram #31.
We are all interconnected and we all affect each other's lives. Hexagram number 31 symbolizes the power that exists between people. A time of heightened cooperation, connection, and intimacy is indicated. Sparks will fly and chemistry will be all-important. This will not be a superficial experience. The deeper and broader meaning of relationships comes into play as one explores the ways that friends and lovers change each other. This will be a time when one can easily bring someone new into their lives. Winning loyalty and love will be as much the result of conscious effort as it will be the result of that special formula that exists between two people. Do not underestimate the basic power of chemistry at this time. Pay special attention to the elemental forces between people. Social roles and connections will be secondary to the raw power of nature.
Changing Lines in Hexagram #31
Changes in Line 1
"Watching the Walk"
Observing how a special someone walks through their life will teach all you need to know about the situation at hand. Pay attention to how someone walks, thinks, behaves, breathes, eats, etc. This will help you discern who is, and who is not, a worthy partner.
Changes in Line 2
"Observing the Calves"
This is a time to pay attention to subtle signals from someone. Their body language will speak volumes. Symbolically, this line means that anyone with a poor intention will walk with a poor stride, and they may cause trouble for you. What is the motive behind someone's foot work? Know it well before you connect with them.
Changes in Line 3
"Observing the Thighs"
This line is a reminder that our changing moods influence our movements. Pay attention to someone's posture and body language. Use your intuition. Real love is possible at this time, but only if you don't follow someone blindly.
Changes in Line 4
"Letting the Heart Influence"
The true and quiet power of one's own inner heart will bring love from another. As within, so without. Be true, content, and loving to yourself and their will be good fortune.
Changes in Line 5
"Patting Yourself on the Back"
If we cannot compliment ourselves, it will be hard to get someone else to love us. Love starts from within. Cheer others on by way of cheering yourself on first. Make a list of all your good qualities. Pin it to your wall. If a doubt comes up, write it on a separate paper then throw it away.
Changes in Line 6
This is a time when sincerity will have a big influence on someone. Share a little known secret, speak from the heart, and listen with love. Notice how you talk and how others talk. Always remember that both quietude and spoken words are vital for deep connection.
The 2 Trigrams Within Hexagram #31
I Ching hexagram #31 is composed of two 3-line trigrams layered on top of one another. The bottom three lines of hexagram #31 form the trigram for Mountain, while the top three lines form the trigram for Lake.
Lower Trigram of Mountain
Upper Trigram of Lake
NOTE: In general terms, the upper trigram represents external energies, while the bottom trigram represents internal energies.
Hexagram #31's Lower Trigram of Mountain
The silent and majestic trigram for mountain represents both stillness and something permanent. The mountain is full of might, silent and unchanging. Simultaneously, its effect is calming and non-combative. The mountain trigram may also reference a 'third-born son' or the map direction of northeast.
Hexagram #31's Upper Trigram of Lake
The serene trigram of the Lake symbolizes happiness and clarity and transparency. Blissful tranquility is referenced in the Lake, along with energies of placidity and peace. The serenity of the Lake may also suggest a 'third-born daughter' or the direction 'west'.
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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.