Hexagram #52: Mountain over Mountain
NOTE: Below is the romantic-themed, Love I Ching version of I Ching Hexagram #52: "Mountain below Mountain". Click here for the classic I Ching meaning of hexagram #52.
A time of great change and chaos in your love-life is indicated — but hexagram number 52 suggests you can still find stillness and peace amidst chaos and motion. If someone does something to hurt or offend you, delve deeply inward. Reflect upon yourself at this time and take some space from a special someone. Go for a walk and spend time alone. A doorway to transformation has been opened for you. Remember to breathe deeply and you will find stillness of mind and heart, and you will experience a deepening into genuine love. Staying still in one's heart can be the ultimate destination. This is an opportunity to meditate and gain new awareness. You will soon be able to quiet your mind. Out of deep inner stillness comes true intimacy. You must find that island within the storm: It will be a special place of power and energy for you.
Changing Lines in Hexagram #52
Changes in Line 1
"Easy Does It"
Before you go forward on your path, take a deep breath and stand still for a time. This is a time to focus on intimacy. ? In
Changes in Line 2
"Your Step Wobbles"
This line is a sign that you are still off balance. You have some mistaken idea about how love is supposed to look, and thus you're impeding romance right now. Zero in on this false idea about love you are buying into. Write it down, and then burn the paper and let it go.
Changes in Line 3
"Receptivity to Love"
The wise person embraces love without being overly attached to its arrival. You just have to receive it. Trust it's coming. You don't have to do anything very differently. Pure intention to receive is enough to draw all the love in the universe to you.
Changes in Line 4
"The Path Clears"
This line is a sign of true progress. Your heart is opening and soon a new dance of intimacy will begin. Effortlessness and surrender are the keys that unlock loves' door at this time.
Changes in Line 5
"Keeping Mouth Shut"
Less talking, quietness, or total silence are your best allies at this time. Words get in the way of intimacy. If you want to cozy up to a special someone, find a wordless way to get their attention.
Changes in Line 6
"Noble Hearted and Still"
This line signifies attainment of true love and freedom. Your heart will open wide and stillness of mind results.
The 2 Trigrams Within Hexagram #52
Hexagram #52 is built out of two 3-line trigrams stacked above one another. The lower 3 lines of hexagram #52 form the trigram for Mountain, while the upper 3 lines form the trigram for Mountain.
Lower Trigram of Mountain
Upper Trigram of Mountain
NOTE: An easy way to think about the two trigrams is that the hexagram's upper trigram references external energies, while the bottom trigram references internal energies.
In the case of hexagram #52, the upper and lower trigrams match. Keep in mind however, that a single trigram can have subtely different meanings in the top and bottom positions.
Hexagram #52's Upper and Lower Trigrams of Mountain
The silent and majestic trigram for mountain represents both stillness and something permanent. The mountain is full of might, silent and unchanging. Simultaneously, its effect is calming and non-combative. The mountain trigram may also reference a 'third-born son' or the map direction of northeast.
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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.