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Love Interpretation of Hexagram #51

Also called "A Jolt"

I Ching Hexagram #51

Hexagram #51: Thunder over Thunder

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NOTE: This is the romance-themed, Love I Ching version of I Ching Hexagram #51: "Thunder below Thunder".   Click here for the classic I Ching meaning of hexagram #51.

I Ching Hexagram #51

Just as a clap of thunder brings a jolt to the sky, hexagram number 51 signifies the imminence of a powerful jolt to one's love life. Something will shake up your world! You're about to fall down a rabbit hole, and although a little fear may arise at the start, you'll be glad you went on this adventure. It brings a return of "creative juice", energy, love, and passion. This is a time when fear will transform into excitement and anticipation. Someone (perhaps an old flame?) is likely to say or do something that catches you off guard. Surprise that person right back. Share yourself in a new way, reveal a little known secret, or do something out of your usual pattern. Connection and clarity will emerge soon enough. New solutions will appear before you. Your love life is about to take a quantum leap into a new light — but you're going to have to think outside the box. "Jolt" yourself.

Changing Lines in Hexagram #51

Changes in Line 1

"Shock Turns to Laughter"

I Ching hexagram 51 shown with changing-line #1 highlighted

Though initially you may feel like a deer caught in headlights, soon you will gain a new perspective. A romantic connection will shift dramatically for the better. Welcome radical new ideas and viewpoints.

Changes in Line 2

"New Treasures"

I Ching hexagram 51 shown with changing-line #2 highlighted

You are about to find a boatload of gold nuggets and gems. But don't look for them necessarily in a tangible way. They are hidden inside a special someone. It is up to you to get them out.

Changes in Line 3

"Awakening to Thunder"

I Ching hexagram 51 shown with changing-line #3 highlighted

Embrace any sense of shock and watch how it then becomes your ally. Expect to start fresh with someone.

Changes in Line 4

"Stepping out of Mud"

I Ching hexagram 51 shown with changing-line #4 highlighted

Some people freeze up when someone does something radically different. This is a time to accept life without any hesitations. Adaptability and movement are the wise one's responses to sudden change.

Changes in Line 5

"Riding Shock Waves"

I Ching hexagram 51 shown with changing-line #5 highlighted

This is a time to find inner stability in your own being. Don't look for it from another person, where it cannot be found. The wise person stays centered in themselves and trusts that the tides will soon subside.

Changes in Line 6

"Staying Still Fosters Love"

I Ching hexagram 51 shown with changing-line #6 highlighted

When someone you love says something that catches you off guard, notice your response, but hold back for a moment. Your energy will soon shift. The wise person regains their composure before giving a response.

The Two Trigrams Inside Hexagram #51

I Ching hexagram #51 is structured out of two 3-line trigrams layered on top of one another. The bottom three lines of hexagram #51 form the trigram for Thunder, while the upper three lines form the trigram for Thunder.

Vector image of lower trigram Thunder in hexagram #51
Lower Trigram of Thunder
Vector image of upper trigram Thunder in hexagram #51
Upper Trigram of Thunder

NOTE: An easy way to think about the two trigrams is that the upper trigram references external energies, and the bottom trigram references internal energies.

In the case of hexagram #51, the upper and lower trigrams match. Bear in mind however, that a single trigram can have different meanings in the top and lower positions.

Hexagram #51's Upper and Lower Trigrams of Thunder

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.

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