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Love Interpretation of Hexagram #53

Also called "Gradual Progress"

I Ching Hexagram #53

Hexagram #53: Wind over Mountain

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NOTE: This is the romance-related, Love I Ching version of I Ching Hexagram #53: "Mountain below Wind".   Click here for the traditional I Ching meaning of hexagram #53.

I Ching Hexagram #53

Like a young sapling slowly reaching toward the sky, hexagram number 53 portends an incremental process towards greater love. This is a time to "cool the engines" and purposely take things slowly. Old wounds of the heart are healing little by little. Your receptivity to a fulfilling relationship is growing deeper and deeper. But don't rush things. This is a time to put all your energy and attention directly on the step you are currently on. Take practical action, but do it with intense focus. Pay attention to where you are and who you are with, here and now. Let each step be its own adventure and its own goal. Love is found only in the present moment. Think about the "now" and the future will take shape perfectly.

Changing Lines in Hexagram #53

Changes in Line 1

"Swimming Toward Shore"

I Ching hexagram 53 shown with changing-line #1 highlighted

In matters of the heart, you may feel overly sensitive right now. This is natural. Be all right with where you are. Take a breather. This is a time of new beginnings. The shore is only the first goal to reach while heading down the river.

Changes in Line 2

"Landing on Rock"

I Ching hexagram 53 shown with changing-line #2 highlighted

Like a swan that lands on a rock, you are on solid ground with someone at this time. This is a symbol of security in the middle of your long journey.

Changes in Line 3

"Landing on Dry Land"

I Ching hexagram 53 shown with changing-line #3 highlighted

This line is a sign that you have taken an incorrect turn. A wild swan needs marsh land, not dry land. You may need to set stronger boundaries with someone, clear up a misunderstanding, or let them go entirely.

Changes in Line 4

"Wild Swan Landing in the Woods"

I Ching hexagram 53 shown with changing-line #4 highlighted

This is a time to be wise about who you are with. You have not totally lost your way; however, the woodland is not suitable for a swan. Proceed slowly and let your instincts tell you what to do.

Changes in Line 5

"Swan Landing on High Ground"

I Ching hexagram 53 shown with changing-line #5 highlighted

This is a sign of good fortune and that love is strong in your life. However, you have not reached the ultimate destination. Travel onward, lest you become isolated. Love has no limits.

Changes in Line 6

"Flying Above the Clouds"

I Ching hexagram 53 shown with changing-line #6 highlighted

This is a sign of heightened love and clear vision. You've come a long way and opened your heart wide. But the wise person does not lose their inspiration for more. Continue aspiring to greater and greater heights of love and clarity.

The 2 Trigrams Within Hexagram #53

Hexagram #53 is built out of two 3-line trigrams mounted on top of one another. The lower three lines of hexagram #53 make up the trigram for Mountain, while the upper three lines make up the trigram for Wind.

Vector image of lower trigram Mountain in hexagram #53
Lower Trigram of Mountain
Vector image of upper trigram Wind in hexagram #53
Upper Trigram of Wind

NOTE: In general terms, the upper trigram symbolizes external energies, and the lower trigram symbolizes internal energies.

Hexagram #53's Lower Trigram of Mountain

Image of hexagram #53 with lower trigram highlighted

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.

Hexagram #53's Upper Trigram of Wind

Image of hexagram #53 with upper trigram highlighted

The mild mannered trigram of wind is filled with lightness and gentleness. The wind trigram is known as a 'soft energy': both subtle and lacking in strength, and yet persistent and unwavering. The trigram of wind may also reference an 'elder daughter' or the compass direction of 'southeast'

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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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