Hexagram #56: Fire over Mountain
NOTE: Below is the romantic-themed, Love I Ching version of I Ching Hexagram #56: "Fire over Mountain". Click here for the traditional I Ching meaning of hexagram #56.
Hexagram number 56 indicates a powerful journey of discovery has started. The veils are lifting and you are beginning to see the spiritual meaning of relationships and love. A relationship is a union of souls, designed to teach you unconditional love. You are on your path toward higher love and inner transformation, but this is not a path for the meek or the self-deceptive. This is a time to be strong, sincere, open-hearted, and honest with yourself. Keep your focus right where you are. Wandering over mountain tops, the wise person sees each step as a gift and each person they encounter as a blessing. Keep your balance. Don't follow anything but your own knowing. Let your heart be your guide. Stay focused.
Changing Lines in Hexagram #56
Changes in Line 1
"Ignoring Trivial Disagreements"
If you focus on trivial disagreements with a special someone, this will lead to struggle. Look beyond such differences when they occur. See the full picture. Hear the innocent desire in someone's voice to be loved unconditionally. Let love supersede your current challenges by being a kind listener.
Changes in Line 2
"Help on the Path"
There will be sufficient support, guidance, and friendship to help you on your journey toward love. Have trust. This is a time when you are touched by grace.
Changes in Line 3
"The Quiet Inn"
The image of the Quiet Inn implies taking a rest. If you are looking for love, take a break from seeking it. A pause and some reflection time will serve you well.
Changes in Line 4
"A Visitor on the Path"
You may have a brief flirtation with someone at this time. There is a gift to receive. But keep your goals set high. Be ready to continue on your journey upward.
Changes in Line 5
"Don't Take a Shortcut"
This line implies a situation where you will be tempted to seek a quick fix to a relationship challenge. Don't settle for a band aid. Open your heart fully and communicate clearly. This will keep you on track.
Changes in Line 6
"The Path is Overgrown"
This will be a time when love eludes you momentarily. You may feel lost for a time, but this is only temporary. You are well on your way. The wise person continues on the path and does not question the direction it leads.
The Two Trigrams Within Hexagram #56
I Ching hexagram #56 is structured out of two 3-line trigrams mounted above each other. The lower three lines of hexagram #56 make up the trigram for Mountain, while the upper three lines make up the trigram for Fire.
Lower Trigram of Mountain
Upper Trigram of Fire
NOTE: An easy way to think about the two trigrams is that the upper trigram represents external energies, while the lower trigram represents internal energies.
Hexagram #56's Lower Trigram 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.
Hexagram #56's Upper Trigram of Fire
The life-giving trigram of fire is sometimes known by its more classical names, Dependence or Attachment. The trigram of fire is a building-block representing illumination and something that is both adapted and a source of warmth and security. The fire trigram may reference a 'second daughter' or the map direction of south.
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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.