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Love Interpretation of Hexagram #47

Also called "Exhaustion and Surrender"

I Ching Hexagram #47

Hexagram #47: Lake over Water

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NOTE: This is the romantic-themed, Love I Ching version of I Ching Hexagram #47: "Lake over Water".   Click here for the classic I Ching meaning of hexagram #47.

I Ching Hexagram #47

This foreboding hexagram signifies a time of low energy and lack of support. A special someone may try to smother you or keep you trapped into playing an old role. This is a time of feeling constrained or isolated. But fear not. The challenge at hand will pass soon enough and it will make you a better person and an inspiration for others. Your job at this time is to surrender to a deep inner love. Fighting against this situation will only make you more exhausted. Remember instead that the deepest love rests within your own heart, and that this is where stability comes from. By accessing an inner sense of stillness it is possible to stay cheerful in these trying times, and you will then tap into an inner sense of boundless love. Honor the silent knowing deep within and you will come through with renewed passion and strength of heart. The time for change will come — but it is not now.

Changing Lines in Hexagram #47

Changes in Line 1

"Traversing the Valley of Gloom"

I Ching hexagram 47 shown with changing-line #1 highlighted

Due to lack of energy, relationship challenges are likely at this time. It could take a few weeks for them to pass. You are likely to have a helpful dream at night that will help speed the process. It would be wise to keep a pen a paper by your bed to receive intuitive help.

Changes in Line 2

"Escaping Inner Oppression"

I Ching hexagram 47 shown with changing-line #2 highlighted

Even if your love life looks good on the outer level, inside you are still likely to feel oppressed at this time. Patience and community are your lifelines at this time. Reach out to someone, join a new group, consult an elder, read a book on relationships, or go to a healer.

Changes in Line 3

"Buried by Stones"

I Ching hexagram 47 shown with changing-line #3 highlighted

Your heart may feel closed right now. If you are in relationship, your partner is unlikely to be able to help shift things for you. You need to set your intent to go deeper into yourself. Your answers lie within. Don't lean on what cannot support you. Ride things out and your heart will reopen soon.

Changes in Line 4

"The Chariot of Oppression"

I Ching hexagram 47 shown with changing-line #4 highlighted

You are riding through a difficult time. Wait patiently and assistance will arrive. Help will come in an unexpected way.

Changes in Line 5

"Injured Feet"

I Ching hexagram 47 shown with changing-line #5 highlighted

Movement in your love life is halted. As hard as this may be, it is necessary in order to make room for something better. Make your decisions consciously and carefully

Changes in Line 6

"Escaping From Vines"

I Ching hexagram 47 shown with changing-line #6 highlighted

Don't make a mountain out of a mole hill. Current relationship challenges are not as difficult as you think they are. That which is keeping you tied down is nothing more than a creeping vine that can easily be torn away. Set yourself free with determination

The Two Trigrams Inside Hexagram #47

Hexagram #47 is composed of two 3-line trigrams stacked above one another. The lower three lines of hexagram #47 make up the trigram for Water, while the top three lines make up the trigram for Lake.

Vector image of lower trigram Water in hexagram #47
Lower Trigram of Water
Vector image of upper trigram Lake in hexagram #47
Upper Trigram of Lake

NOTE: A quick rule of thumb is that the upper trigram references external energies, and the bottom trigram references internal energies.

Hexagram #47's Lower Trigram of Water

Image of hexagram #47 with lower trigram highlighted

The formless and ever-changing trigram of water is also known as the trigram of the 'Abysmal' or the 'Gorge'. Water by its nature is transitory and fluid — representing changing circumstances and unpredictability. This ever-shifting trigram is often an indicator of uncertainty and dangerous motion. The water trigram is often correlated with the moon's cycles and the compass-direction north.

Hexagram #47's Upper Trigram of Lake

Image of hexagram #47 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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