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Love Interpretation of Hexagram #5

Also called "Patience and Trust"

I Ching Hexagram #5

Hexagram #5: Water over Heaven

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NOTE: Below is the romance-oriented, Love I Ching interpretation of I Ching Hexagram #5: "Water over Heaven".   Click here for the classic I Ching meaning of hexagram #5.

I Ching Hexagram #5

The lesson of hexagram number 5 is that genuine love comes to those who accept themselves and where they are right now. The most fulfilling kind of love comes from within yourself and it is never truly lost, it just gets obscured sometimes. This is a time to broaden your perspectives. Trust that love will come, but do not be impatient. Let true love emerge naturally and slowly by paying attention to the step you are on now. Focus on the good qualities in someone and your intention will literally bring out the best in them. Maintain commitment to your highest goals. Those who are willing to endure heartache will "cross great streams" and emerge victorious. Do not stray from your path. Do not rush.

Changing Lines in Hexagram #5

Changes in Line 1

"Watching the Whole Landscape"

I Ching hexagram 5 shown with changing-line #1 highlighted

If you are looking for love, you must find a proper vantage point. See the big picture. See the whole field of experience. This means letting love in from anywhere and everywhere. Love comes to you in abundant amounts when you don't place restrictions on how it should show up.

Changes in Line 2

"Waiting by the Sea"

I Ching hexagram 5 shown with changing-line #2 highlighted

Someone is likely to test your patience at this time. Don't assume this is bad. There are gifts to uncover. See the good in this person underneath their fašade. A bad situation will turn around quickly. Do not be swayed by unwarranted fears of failure.

Changes in Line 3

"Waiting in the Marsh"

I Ching hexagram 5 shown with changing-line #3 highlighted

If you are waiting for someone to change or for deeper love to come into your life, it is important to remain ready for action at this time. The results you seek will come, but you have to act when the signs appear. The instant the path of opportunity opens, step onto it.

Changes in Line 4

"Licking Your Wounds"

I Ching hexagram 5 shown with changing-line #4 highlighted

This is a time to take care of yourself and mend your heart. Do something nice for yourself. Buy something new or treat yourself to a luxury. If you feel you are in a pit, you must urgently climb out of it. Remember, you are always capable of action and change.

Changes in Line 5

"A Festive Occasion"

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

Your perseverance has paid off and sparks will fly at this time. Expect a romantic evening soon. But don't get lost in the clouds. Keep a level head. Stay true to yourself.

Changes in Line 6

"Visitors Arrive."

I Ching hexagram 5 shown with changing-line #6 highlighted

You have a chance at a deeper love right now. However, you stand at the edge of a pit, so keep your balance. An uninvited guest may arrive. Treat this person well, for they are part of a larger plan that will eventually bring you all that you desire and more.

The Two Trigrams Inside Hexagram #5

I Ching hexagram #5 is composed of two 3-line trigrams layered above one another. The bottom 3 lines of hexagram #5 form the trigram for Heaven, while the upper 3 lines form the trigram for Water.

Vector image of lower trigram Heaven in hexagram #5
Lower Trigram of Heaven
Vector image of upper trigram Water in hexagram #5
Upper Trigram of Water

NOTE: In general terms, the hexagram's upper trigram symbolizes external energies, and the bottom trigram symbolizes internal energies.

Hexagram #5's Lower Trigram of Heaven

Image of hexagram #5 with lower trigram highlighted

The elegant trigram of Heaven is also referred to as the the Creative. It symbolizes raw, perfect creative energy. The pure trigram of Heaven is a representation of power and pure truth. It may also indicate a father figure — or the compass direction northwest.

Hexagram #5's Upper Trigram of Water

Image of hexagram #5 with upper 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.

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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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