Hexagram #63: Water over Fire
NOTE: This is the romance-themed, Love I Ching version of I Ching Hexagram #63: "Fire below Water". Click here for the traditional I Ching meaning of hexagram #63.
A clean slate and emotional stability are referenced by hexagram number 63. You are getting the chance to start over with someone. Old viewpoints and past incidents no longer have any bearing at this point. You have come a long way and a new romantic journey is indicated. Like a traveler who has traversed a difficult and wide river, you have reached solid ground on the other side. Heartache and old wounds have healed well. But the river bank is not the final stopping place. The wise person never stops moving and growing. Share a secret you don't normally share with someone or go to an event you don't normally go to. Increased love and wellbeing will come with new experience. New territories are indicated and it will be smooth going. A new relationship has a smooth beginning. Stay balanced internally, or the road ahead could become bumpy.
Changing Lines in Hexagram #63
Changes in Line 1
"Tail Dipping in Water"
As you cross a wide river, someone may appear who slows you down and causes your "tail" to drag. Keep your focus. Don't let this person distract you from what you sincerely want.
Changes in Line 2
"Losing One's Veil"
This is a time when you may feel vulnerable and unprotected. This line is a reminder to develop your own inner strength and to get your sense of protection from within your own heart.
Changes in Line 3
"Employing the Wise"
Gather the strongest team possible. In matters of the heart, don't ask an unwise person to assist you. Seek the highest counsel and current relationship challenges will be solved easily.
Changes in Line 4
"Fine Clothes Could Turn to Rags"
As you step forward into a new relationship, there are bound to be some people who don't appreciate your good fortune. Problems will be avoided by staying alert. Be proactive and stay focused on taking the step that is directly in front of you, or else your fine garb will soon deteriorate.
Changes in Line 5
"Trusting the Simple"
Current relationship problems will be alleviated through simple and natural means. Simple actions will prove far more valuable than elaborate plans, long lists, and complex processes. Keep your words straight and to the point.
Changes in Line 6
"Raising Your Head Above the Water"
Raising your head above the water is symbolic of letting go of resistance. Don't struggle for air where it cannot be found. Raise your head above the water, and current relationship challenges will shrink into insignificance. Breathe deep and change thoughts of resistance into thoughts of persistence.
The Two Trigrams Within Hexagram #63
I Ching hexagram #63 is composed of two 3-line trigrams layered above each other. The lower three lines of hexagram #63 form the trigram for Fire, while the upper three lines form the trigram for Water.
Lower Trigram of Fire
Upper Trigram of Water
NOTE: A quick rule of thumb is that the hexagram's upper trigram points to external energies, and the lower trigram points to internal energies.
Hexagram #63's Lower 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.
Hexagram #63's Upper 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.
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