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Love Interpretation of Hexagram #60

Also called "Sacredness and Limitation"

I Ching Hexagram #60

Hexagram #60: Water over Lake

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NOTE: This is the romance-themed, Love I Ching version of I Ching Hexagram #60: "Lake below Water".   Click here for the traditional I Ching meaning of hexagram #60.

I Ching Hexagram #60

Hexagram number 60 is a reminder to draw a line around yourself for your relationships to succeed. Take time to nurture your heart. Create an atmosphere of sacredness in your home or office, and your love life will transform. This would be a great time to clear clutter from a desk or a room and redecorate. Create a special haven. If possible, carve out a small window in each day for some quiet alone time. Be mindful of your limits and boundaries. This is also a time to honor the boundaries and limits that someone else sets. Don't tread in their special space. Discover your line in the sand. Notice where your spaces overlap and where they do not, and the doors to intimacy will open. Just as the shore gives shape to a lake, so also do limits and boundaries give shape to a relationship. Be aware of these lines, where they fade and where they become thicker, and love will grow.

Changing Lines in Hexagram #60

Changes in Line 1

"Staying Indoors"

I Ching hexagram 60 shown with changing-line #1 highlighted

Find love where you are. This is not a time to seek far and wide. Give yourself some quiet time. Empty your mind, fill your heart, and rest at home.

Changes in Line 2

"Dancing up to the Edge"

I Ching hexagram 60 shown with changing-line #2 highlighted

Be mindful of the balance between intimacy and alone time. It would be wise to take action in precisely the right measure. Don't step on your partner's toes but don't dance too far way either.

Changes in Line 3

"Restraint Brings Joy"

I Ching hexagram 60 shown with changing-line #3 highlighted

When someone has no self

Changes in Line 4

"Embracing Natural Limits"

I Ching hexagram 60 shown with changing-line #4 highlighted

This line is a reminder to not place unnecessary limits on yourself or a special someone. Stay with what feels right and natural.

Changes in Line 5

"Incurring Equal Limitations"

I Ching hexagram 60 shown with changing-line #5 highlighted

The wise person will only place limits on another that they themselves can uphold. To level the playing field at this time will bring increased love.

Changes in Line 6

"Avoiding Excessive Limitations"

I Ching hexagram 60 shown with changing-line #6 highlighted

The wise person knows when to make limits and when to break limits. Enjoy the shifting dance between togetherness and alone time, and your feeling of love for someone will increase.

The Two Trigrams Inside Hexagram #60

I Ching hexagram #60 is built out of two 3-line trigrams stacked over and under one another. The bottom three lines of hexagram #60 form the trigram for Lake, while the top three lines form the trigram for Water.

Vector image of lower trigram Lake in hexagram #60
Lower Trigram of Lake
Vector image of upper trigram Water in hexagram #60
Upper Trigram of Water

NOTE: Generally speaking, the upper trigram represents external forces or energies, and the bottom trigram represents internal forces or energies.

Hexagram #60's Lower Trigram of Lake

Image of hexagram #60 with lower trigram highlighted

The serene trigram of the Lake symbolizes happiness and clarity and transparency. Blissful tranquility is referenced in the Lake, along with energies of placidity and peace. The serenity of the Lake may also suggest a 'third-born daughter' or the direction 'west'.

Hexagram #60's Upper Trigram of Water

Image of hexagram #60 with upper trigram highlighted

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.

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