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Love Interpretation of Hexagram #45

Also called "Gathering Together"

I Ching Hexagram #45

Hexagram #45: Lake over Earth

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NOTE: Below is the romantic-themed, Love I Ching version of I Ching Hexagram #45: "Lake over Earth".   Click here for the traditional I Ching meaning of hexagram #45.

I Ching Hexagram #45

Like streams of water flowing down and joining at a lake, hexagram number 45 symbolizes union, intimacy, and bonding. Your mood will rise and someone special will be attracted to your positive energy. Do not try too hard to compete for attention right now. An effortless attraction of love is indicated here. Love is in the air, and it will happen quickly and easily at this time. This is also a phase when you will easily experience increased teamwork and synergy. Bring together those who share your goals and support your dreams. This is a time to venture out in your community, take a class, or develop a new interest. Be willing to "gather yourself" too. This means being whole in yourself. Your internal energy right now will fuel amazing growth and healing in your love life.

Changing Lines in Hexagram #45

Changes in Line 1

"Setting High Standards"

I Ching hexagram 45 shown with changing-line #1 highlighted

When seeking a partner, keep your standards up. Better to be alone than to associate with someone less than helpful at this time.

Changes in Line 2

"Magnetizing Love"

I Ching hexagram 45 shown with changing-line #2 highlighted

Yield to your power of attraction and magnetism. This power will awaken fully at this time. Like a moth to a flame, your inner light brings you increased love.

Changes in Line 3

"Gathering with a Common Cause"

I Ching hexagram 45 shown with changing-line #3 highlighted

Don't join together with someone who does not inspire you on your deepest cause. Set your sights high and you will be rewarded.

Changes in Line 4

"Sparks are Flying"

I Ching hexagram 45 shown with changing-line #4 highlighted

Your romantic life will flourish at this time. This will be a time of play, loving, and celebration.

Changes in Line 5

"Creating Your Dreams"

I Ching hexagram 45 shown with changing-line #5 highlighted

You will soon find yourself connected to someone who supports and nourishes your dreams. This line is a sign of many good things to come.

Changes in Line 6

"Proceeding through the Opposition"

I Ching hexagram 45 shown with changing-line #6 highlighted

Don't let naysayers block your forward momentum. You are right on track for the highest and deepest love. Proceed down this river with trust and commitment.

The 2 Trigrams Inside Hexagram #45

I Ching hexagram #45 is made of two 3-line trigrams stacked over and under one another. The lower 3 lines of hexagram #45 form the trigram for Earth, while the top 3 lines form the trigram for Lake.

Vector image of lower trigram Earth in hexagram #45
Lower Trigram of Earth
Vector image of upper trigram Lake in hexagram #45
Upper Trigram of Lake

NOTE: A simple way to think about trigrams is that the hexagram's upper trigram symbolizes external forces or energies, and the lower trigram symbolizes internal forces or energies.

Hexagram #45's Lower Trigram of Earth

Image of hexagram #45 with lower trigram highlighted

The evenly split trigram of Earth is also referred to as the trigram of the Receptive. Its characteristic traits are a loving devotion and a resilient bowing to applied energies. It may also represent 'motherhood' or powerful feminine energies. The unbroken lines of the hexagram of Earth may also reference the direction 'southwest'

Hexagram #45's Upper Trigram of Lake

Image of hexagram #45 with upper trigram highlighted

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'.

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