Hexagram #7: Earth over Water
NOTE: Below is the romance-related, Love I Ching version of I Ching Hexagram #7: "Water below Earth". Click here for the classic I Ching meaning of hexagram #7.
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.
Changing Lines in Hexagram #7
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
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.
The Trigrams Inside Hexagram #7
I Ching hexagram #7 is composed of two 3-line trigrams stacked above one another. The bottom 3 lines of hexagram #7 form the trigram for Water, while the upper 3 lines form the trigram for Earth.
Lower Trigram of Water
Upper Trigram of Earth
NOTE: Generally speaking, the hexagram's upper trigram points to external energies, and the lower trigram points to internal energies.
Hexagram #7'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 #7's Upper Trigram of Earth
The evenly split trigram of Earth is also referred to as the trigram of the Receptive. Its characteristic traits are a loving devotion and a resilient bowing to applied energies. It may also represent 'motherhood' or powerful feminine energies. The unbroken lines of the hexagram of Earth may also reference the direction 'southwest'
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