Hexagram #41: Mountain over Lake
NOTE: Below is the romantic-themed, Love I Ching interpretation of I Ching Hexagram #41: "Mountain over Lake". Click here for the traditional I Ching meaning of hexagram #41.
Like a roller coaster at the end of its ride, this is a time of decreased momentum. If you have been on a high of energy or emotion, you will soon find yourself on an even keel. You may even find yourself waffling over someone or sitting on the fence. This could be a time of decreased motivation and lethargy. However, if handled wisely, the future will bring you much to smile about. Simplicity and integrity are the keys here. If you strategize carefully and simplify your schedule, you will have time to assimilate the emotional ride you've been on. Reducing your immediate work load may be a necessary step toward better relationships and fulfillment of your aspirations. This is a time to mend wounds, mend your heart, and go slow. Spend some time in nature reflecting on your role in relationships. It will be time well spent. Do not be concerned with a drop in energy — it is a very necessary event.
Changing Lines in Hexagram #41
Changes in Line 1
"The Power of Giving" This is a time to be unselfish. Current relationship problems can be alleviated by sharing, giving, teaching and helping in whatever ways you can. Give time, energy, and love. They will come back to you a hundred
fold down the road.
Changes in Line 2
"Trusting the Flow of Love"
Decrease and increase are not mutually exclusive. Decrease in one area implies increase in another. This time is a necessary and natural cycle. Trust the ebb and flow of love and life.
Changes in Line 3
Walk alone and another will soon join you. Your heart will mend and your passion for life will soon increase. Immense joy lies just beyond the next bend.
Changes in Line 4
Current relationship struggles stem from a sense of thinking you know all there is to know. Stepping into humility leads to true love and freedom. Without any pretentions, someone will soon come to celebrate you just as you are.
Changes in Line 5
"Receiving Turtle Shells"
You have a secret admirer at this time who is thinking of making their feelings known. Be willing to listen and to receive. Turtle shells symbolize a beautiful gift headed your way.
Changes in Line 6
"Sharing Your Gifts"
To give is to receive. Endeavor to share your gifts and talents with the whole world and you will become a magnet for love. This is a good time to volunteer somewhere or lend a helping hand.
The Trigrams Inside Hexagram #41
I Ching hexagram #41 is made of two 3-line trigrams layered over and under each other. The bottom 3 lines of hexagram #41 make up the trigram for Lake, while the top 3 lines make up the trigram for Mountain.
Lower Trigram of Lake
Upper Trigram of Mountain
NOTE: Generally speaking, the upper trigram represents external forces, and the lower trigram represents internal forces.
Hexagram #41'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 #41's Upper 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.
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