Hexagram #38: Fire over Lake
NOTE: This is the romance-related, Love I Ching interpretation of I Ching Hexagram #38: "Lake below Fire". Click here for the traditional I Ching meaning of hexagram #38.
Hexagram number 38 implies a draw or an impasse with a special someone. You may both feel you're right, and this can block progress. The lesson here is to see beyond petty differences. If you can sense beyond the superficial - beyond appearances and changing circumstances - your love life will transform. Your heart will open wide. You must uncover your soul's clearest understanding. What is the bigger picture here? What matters more than being right? Can you be bigger than your differences? Love is found in the higher vision of the soul. You will have an open window of time to deepen compassion and unity. This period is a test. Let go of "needing to be right". Let your soul mend your heart and the situation. This test is also a chance to reach for the stars. Remember that the way to get past a wall is to go over it.
Changing Lines in Hexagram #38
Changes in Line 1
"Lesson of the Runaway Horse"
If one's horse runs off out of control, let it go and trust it will return on its own accord. This means that if you don't feel supported by a special someone right now, don't attempt to force alignment. Accept that there is opposition right now. This person will join you later.
Changes in Line 2
"Meeting on a Narrow Street"
This line evokes an image of two people who won't budge. If two people, walking in opposite directions, come face to face and cannot see the way past each other, they should make every attempt to reconcile their differences. You may need to get a neutral friend to act as a mediator. Current relationship problems will soon be solved.
Changes in Line 3
"Accepting the Impasse"
Even though it may sometimes seem as if everything in life is conspiring against your desire for deep love, this is never truly the case. Love, yet unseen, is headed your way. Stagnation will soon give way to change.
Changes in Line 4
"Seeking the Wise Person"
When you feel out of contact with the solution to a relationship challenge, the fastest way to dissolve the problem is to look for one wise person to meet with. You already know this person. Seek their counsel at this time.
Changes in Line 5
Truth bridges all gaps. This is a time to be radically honest with yourself or a special someone. It is also a time to call someone on it if they are not being sincere. Love is found through truth.
Changes in Line 6
"Seeing Past a Dirty Window"
A special someone could be hidden from view at this time. They are admiring you from afar. Unhide yourself and show your bright colors first and then you will be seen and loved.
The Trigrams Inside Hexagram #38
I Ching hexagram #38 is made of two 3-line trigrams stacked above one another. The lower 3 lines of hexagram #38 make up the trigram for Lake, while the top 3 lines make up the trigram for Fire.
Lower Trigram of Lake
Upper Trigram of Fire
NOTE: An easy way to think about the two trigrams is that the upper trigram represents external forces, and the bottom trigram represents internal forces.
Hexagram #38's Lower 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'.
Hexagram #38's Upper Trigram of Fire
The life-giving trigram of fire is sometimes known by its more classical names, Dependence or Attachment. The trigram of fire is a building-block representing illumination and something that is both adapted and a source of warmth and security. The fire trigram may reference a 'second daughter' or the map direction of south.
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