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I Ching Hexagram #4:

Play And Innocence

How to interpret "Play And Innocence"

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NOTE: This is the "Love I-Ching" interpretation. For standard, non romance-specific I Ching interpretations please return to the reference page here.

This hexagram is reminder of the power that playfulness has to grow relationships. This is a time to put your seriousness aside and make 'fun' your highest priority. Current relationship challenges will disappear with a simple prescription of playfulness. If a special someone in your life suddenly acts a lot younger than their years, smile a big inner smile. And if you are confronted with a challenge or a serious situation -- don't forget that the best response is sometimes laughter. Recapture a younger mindset and the love you desire will awaken inside you. A youthful attitude will prove all-important at this time.

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"Show tolerance to the Fool"

If a special person starts acting stubbornly or stupidly, show patience. Act with gentle tolerance and the issues at hand will be resolved. When others act emotionally it will fall to you to keep a cool head.

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"Stay True to Your Self"

This line references strength of character and resolve within relationships. One should stay true to one's commitments and not waiver. Be faithful to yourself and others will mirror this quality back to you.

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"Letting go of Assumptions"

Don't let love fall apart through ignorance. If you want to know something about someone, ask. Ask with innocence and childlike curiosity and you will get a good response. Making assumptions impedes love at this time.

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"Youthful Inexperience Brings Luck"

A shift in attitude makes you very lucky in love at this time. The wise person will cultivate a beginners' mindset. Beginners often make up for their lack of wisdom with enthusiasm and new ideas. A young person you happen to encounter has a lesson to teach you.

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"Stay Genuine"

There comes a time when you realize deeply that foolish games no longer help. If you are going to play, play fair and square. Be real and intimacy will deepen.

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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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