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I Ching Hexagram #7:


How to interpret "Leadership"

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NOTE: This is the "Love I-Ching" interpretation. For standard, non romance-specific I Ching interpretations please return to the reference page here.

Success in your relationships will come by taking the lead at this time. Be the decision maker and the action taker and a special someone will respond well to your strength. Good leadership requires specific goals, and self-discipline. Your goal should be to help someone -- not to control them. Good leadership supports the greater good. Love in this instance will be the result of strong decisions and a persistent attitude. Leadership should not involve ego, however. To indulge one's ego or one's own personal ambitions will fuel failure and disagreements. A strong leader considers the views of others, but makes a decision based upon inner strength and moral clarity. The importance of clear communication is also referenced here.

Changes in Line 1

"Preparing for Battle"

This line is a warning that preparations for conflict may be lacking. Squabbles with someone are inventible, but the wise person has prepared ahead of time. Make some simple agreements ahead of time about how to handle a conflict.

Changes in Line 2

"Don't Neglect Simplicity"

Hearts open through simple acts. A change in this line is a reminder to stay in touch with ordinary day

Changes in Line 3

"The Army in the Wagon"

The strong leader is the one commanding the "wagon" and not the troops. This means: Don't seek other people's advice at this time in matters of love. Group

Changes in Line 4

"The Army Retreats"

This is a time to nurture yourself. Stay at home, get some rest, and be gentle with yourself. When confronted with a difficult person, there is no shame in retreat. Only by retreating can one regroup and become refreshed at a later time.

Changes in Line 5

"Birds Pecking."

The birds symbolize negative forces which attack at random. You may find yourself in a power struggle right now. Or perhaps a special someone is pestering you, here and there. The challenge will be alleviated through your leadership. Redirect this person into a positive direction with clear communication and by setting good boundaries.

Changes in Line 6

"The Great Ruler Commands"

This is a time when your love life will come into alignment with the vision you have most been wanting. Your power to create your life is growing stronger. Trust yourself and, when you trust another, make sure this person is capable of bearing that trust.

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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.

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