Hexagram #34: Thunder over Heaven
NOTE: Below is the romance-related, Love I Ching interpretation of I Ching Hexagram #34: "Heaven below Thunder". Click here for the classic I Ching meaning of hexagram #34.
As if air, thunder, and lightning are your allies, hexagram number 34 implies a time of unprecedented access to the universal power and presence of love. This is a time when you will gain the assistance of allies in the rekindling of love. Hexagram number 34 reminds us that everything about life, inside and out, is to some extent being influenced by outside forces — which is why you must pay attention to your inner compass and follow through with your personal plans, projects and ideas. Wonderful new allies may surface as you extend your influence into uncharted lands, but your own internal guide will prove the most important here. A great window of opportunity has opened. Let your higher purpose be your ultimate guide, but listen closely to others and make use of the assistance they offer.
Changing Lines in Hexagram #34
Changes in Line 1
"Feet Alone Are not Enough"
If your experience of your power is "only in your feet," this implies it is a little too soon to step forward. It means you have not quite accessed all the strength and love available to you. Give it another week or two. Let your strength emerge into your entire body and being.
Changes in Line 2
"Taking a Stand"
You have great power to rise above any relationship challenges. Go for who and what you want. Be like an arrow. Ask someone special for what you want. Zero in on your target and you will succeed.
Changes in Line 3
"Using Strength Wisely"
Stay mindful of where and how you direct your energy and power. If you use your power wisely and generously, it will draw more love to you. If you use it for selfish gains, it will repel love from you.
Changes in Line 4
There are no obstacles impeding love and connection at this time. Relax and trust. Step forward knowing you are right on track.
Changes in Line 5
"Letting go of the Goat"
This image means: If you find yourself in a squabble or disagreement with a special someone, let it go. Letting go is your strength right now. Giving up a point of view or something you have been clinging to is your best option.
Changes in Line 6
You may fine yourself in deadlock with someone. There is no winner, no loser, no gain, and no loss. The wise person steps back from the fight and stays put for a time. Current relationship challenges will cease to occur by surrendering to and accepting where you are.
The Two Trigrams Inside Hexagram #34
I Ching hexagram #34 is built out of two 3-line trigrams mounted on top of each other. The lower three lines of hexagram #34 make up the trigram for Heaven, while the top three lines make up the trigram for Thunder.
Lower Trigram of Heaven
Upper Trigram of Thunder
NOTE: A quick rule of thumb is that the hexagram's upper trigram references external energies, while the bottom trigram references internal energies.
Hexagram #34's Lower Trigram of Heaven
The elegant trigram of Heaven is also referred to as the the Creative. It symbolizes raw, perfect creative energy. The pure trigram of Heaven is a representation of power and pure truth. It may also indicate a father figure — or the compass direction northwest.
Hexagram #34's Upper Trigram of Thunder
The electrifying trigram of thunder resonates with mystery and power. According to ancient Chinese beliefs, thunder is often associated with legends of dragons. the thunder trigram is also known as the "The Arousing" and indicates intent, motion and initiation. The trigram is composed of raw energy and forward movement. Thunder may refer to an 'eldest son' or 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.