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Love Interpretation of Hexagram #64

Also called "Before Completion"

I Ching Hexagram #64

Hexagram #64: Fire over Water

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NOTE: This is the romance-themed, Love I Ching interpretation of I Ching Hexagram #64: "Water below Fire".   Click here for the classic I Ching meaning of hexagram #64.

I Ching Hexagram #64

Hexagram number 64 implies that a transition in your romantic life is underway; however, it has not been completed yet. Be patient. Spring time is near and soon new growth will sprout up. You are cultivating the ground for the growth of love in your life. Your heart is mending and old wounds are healing. Let love take root. Get to know a special someone inside and out. Listen more. Slow down. This will be the end of confusion and the dawn of new clarity. But you must realize that relationships are a reflection of your state of mind and understandings. The wise person sees their own self in another, learning from this sacred mirror. All outer change begins inside you. With awareness of the connection between the inner and outer realms, you will set the stage for a powerful completion of a cycle. Unconditional love is about to enter your world.

Changing Lines in Hexagram #64

Changes in Line 1

"Tail Getting Wet"

I Ching hexagram 64 shown with changing-line #1 highlighted

This line implies a momentary setback in a relationship. Your "tail" is dragging in the water as you cross the great river. Communicate well. Take time to resolve and assess the situation at hand.

Changes in Line 2

"Braking the Wheels"

I Ching hexagram 64 shown with changing-line #2 highlighted

This line signifies that the time for taking action has not quite come. On an important matter with a special someone, don't communicate quite yet. Wait at least one week. Let your intuition and higher purpose guide you as to when action should be taken.

Changes in Line 3

"Accepting Fellowship"

I Ching hexagram 64 shown with changing-line #3 highlighted

A time of great transition has arrived, but the wise person knows that only through fellowship will true love emerge. This is a good time to join a community or take a class. It will open the doors to more light and love.

Changes in Line 4

"Persistence Brings Good Fortune"

I Ching hexagram 64 shown with changing-line #4 highlighted

Love is on the horizon. There is no turning back. You have come too far and the mission is too important. Pour your heart into everything you do. Success is guaranteed.

Changes in Line 5

"Stepping into the Light"

I Ching hexagram 64 shown with changing-line #5 highlighted

Congratulations are in order! Your mission has been fulfilled! A key change in your ability to love has occurred. You are open and ready. Beauty and green growth have returned. This is a sign of a new era and deep connectedness.

Changes in Line 6

"Celebration and Connection"

I Ching hexagram 64 shown with changing-line #6 highlighted

You are loved. The dawning of a new era has started and it is cause for celebration.

The 2 Trigrams Inside Hexagram #64

I Ching hexagram #64 is structured out of two 3-line trigrams mounted on top of each other. The lower three lines of hexagram #64 make up the trigram for Water, while the top three lines make up the trigram for Fire.

Vector image of lower trigram Water in hexagram #64
Lower Trigram of Water
Vector image of upper trigram Fire in hexagram #64
Upper Trigram of Fire

NOTE: An easy way to think about the two trigrams is that the hexagram's upper trigram represents external forces, and the bottom trigram represents internal forces.

Hexagram #64's Lower Trigram of Water

Image of hexagram #64 with lower 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.

Hexagram #64's Upper Trigram of Fire

Image of hexagram #64 with upper trigram highlighted

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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