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Love Interpretation of Hexagram #42

Also called "Increased Intensity"

I Ching Hexagram #42

Hexagram #42: Wind over Thunder

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NOTE: Below is the romance-related, Love I Ching interpretation of I Ching Hexagram #42: "Thunder below Wind".   Click here for the traditional I Ching meaning of hexagram #42.

I Ching Hexagram #42

Like wind growing stronger and thunder growing louder, hexagram number 42 signifies a time of love building, expanding, and amassing. An exciting time of increased passion and vitality is at hand. Sparks will fly and hearts will flutter as you step into the journey ahead with a special someone. Expect a burst of inner power and energy. However, in order to sustain this heightened state, use this energy wisely. You must be very careful to set boundaries, communicate authentically, and take some alone time if you must. Keep your heart open by staying attuned to your own needs. Do not take energy for granted — it is easily squandered.

Changing Lines in Hexagram #42

Changes in Line 1

"Unconditional Love"

I Ching hexagram 42 shown with changing-line #1 highlighted

Your heart is opening. You are gaining in trust and letting go of old wounds. You are perfect as you are. Prepare to receive unconditional love.

Changes in Line 2

"Receiving Gracefully"

I Ching hexagram 42 shown with changing-line #2 highlighted

True love comes by way of an attitude of receptivity. This requires the desire to "receive so that others may benefit." This may mean passing along a gift, perhaps one that you just received, on to someone else. The flow of giving and receiving is a natural law. Don't resist it.

Changes in Line 3

"Success through Challenge"

I Ching hexagram 42 shown with changing-line #3 highlighted

This line indicates that even if relationship challenges occur, they will turn out to be blessings in disguise. All challenges will help you open your heart and become more balanced. Success is guaranteed at this time.

Changes in Line 4

"Flames Grow Higher"

I Ching hexagram 42 shown with changing-line #4 highlighted

Fireworks are in the sky as your heart opens and you come to see the true beauty in another. Your attractiveness increases with every breath.

Changes in Line 5

"A Kind Heart"

I Ching hexagram 42 shown with changing-line #5 highlighted

This line indicates that you have a huge capacity to send and receive loveómore than you give yourself credit for. Let your light shine. You will be rewarded a thousand fold when you act with integrity and kindness.

Changes in Line 6

"Momentary Attack"

I Ching hexagram 42 shown with changing-line #6 highlighted

Someone may snap at you at this time. Let it roll off you like a drop of water. You are on an accelerated path toward higher love and wisdom. They are right where they need to be; you are right where you need to be.

The Two Trigrams Inside Hexagram #42

I Ching hexagram #42 is structured out of two 3-line trigrams stacked over and under each other. The lower 3 lines of hexagram #42 form the trigram for Thunder, while the upper 3 lines form the trigram for Wind.

Vector image of lower trigram Thunder in hexagram #42
Lower Trigram of Thunder
Vector image of upper trigram Wind in hexagram #42
Upper Trigram of Wind

NOTE: Generally speaking, the upper trigram symbolizes external energies, while the bottom trigram symbolizes internal energies.

Hexagram #42's Lower Trigram of Thunder

Image of hexagram #42 with lower trigram highlighted

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.

Hexagram #42's Upper Trigram of Wind

Image of hexagram #42 with upper trigram highlighted

The mild mannered trigram of wind is filled with lightness and gentleness. The wind trigram is known as a 'soft energy': both subtle and lacking in strength, and yet persistent and unwavering. The trigram of wind may also reference an 'elder daughter' or the compass direction of 'southeast'

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