Hexagram #6: Heaven over Water
NOTE: Below is the romance-themed, Love I Ching interpretation of I Ching Hexagram #6: "Heaven over Water". Click here for the classic I Ching meaning of hexagram #6.
Differing opinions, communication gaps and petty conflicts may arise with someone at this time. Of primary importance here is to try to communicate clearly and openly. Don't be afraid to apologize. You may need to "rewind" or "do-over" a conversation. Be willing to say you're sorry. Even those with the best intentions will at times cause offense, or tread on the feelings of others. Accept this and admit fault when it's yours. At this time it is advised that conflict be avoided. Conflict (even if justified) will lead to more serious setbacks. Communication may be difficult but you can get through if you are clear in mind and voice. Take it slow, and think before you speak.
Changing Lines in Hexagram #6
Changes in Line 1
"Avoid Gossip and Good Fortune Comes"
Keep all judgments to yourself at this time and relationship problems will naturally resolve. Gossip will only make matters worse. This line represents a warning to restrain your thoughts on a specific matter and allow the seas to calm.
Changes in Line 2
Temporary conflicts with someone are likely at this time, and the only way to avoid them is to retreat. Even a retreat is better than to engage in hostilities. Such actions will ultimately benefit your entire life. There is no shame in a retreat at this time.
Changes in Line 3
A change in this line is a warning that someone you know is likely to have a short fuse at this time. Don't buy into their dramas. An avoidance of conflict will result in good news. It should be noted however that the credit for some of your actions will go to another. It is enough to be content with the good fortune that comes your way.
Changes in Line 4
"Don't Settle for Small Prizes"
Life is likely to bring you something pretty good at this time, and it will feel like a prize. But this line is a reminder that just because something "can" be won, does not mean it "should" be. In order to get your true heart's desire, you may have to turn down a less favorable invitation.
Changes in Line 5
"Seek a Referee"
Conflict with someone may arise at this time. Enlist the help of a neutral third party to smooth things out. Have faith that this person will judge fairly and (if you are in the right), this judgment carries "supreme good fortune."
Changes in Line 6
"Give the Trophy Away"
Give up all competition and don't play games at this time. Be yourself and let others see how special you are. There is no reason to compete for someone's attention. If you compete and emerge victorious, you may get short
The Trigrams Within Hexagram #6
Hexagram #6 is composed of two 3-line trigrams mounted on top of one another. The lower 3 lines of hexagram #6 make up the trigram for Water, while the top 3 lines make up the trigram for Heaven.
Lower Trigram of Water
Upper Trigram of Heaven
NOTE: A simple way to think about trigrams is that the hexagram's upper trigram points to external forces, while the lower trigram points to internal forces.
Hexagram #6's Lower Trigram of Water
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.
Hexagram #6's Upper Trigram of Heaven
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.
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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.