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I Ching Hexagram #8:

Soul Union

How to interpret "Soul Union"

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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.

This hexagram represents the binding force, the spiritual union, and the strength of commitments that exist between two people. Through a loving union we become more powerful. Don't let yourself get trapped by a union which is impure, or saps one's energy. This is a time to stretch oneself -- to try new things and expand horizons. Strong commitment keeps a union alive, but it is a willingness to embrace newness that keeps the sparks, the passion, and the music alive. Be grateful for every new twist and turn in a relationship. Union of the heart is an agreement and a blessing. Love is a force for strength, but it must also be nurtured and protected. A union that is not defended will eventually shatter. This hexagram carries both a positive message and a warning: protect the union in its purest form, and avoid those things which threaten its health.

Changes in Line 1

"An Overflowing Bowl"

This line points to the most basic elements of relationships. Fill your bowl with kindness, acceptance, and caring. Do not hide its contents. Fill it until it overflows.

Changes in Line 2

"Perseverance Brings Good Fortune"

Perseverance in personal relationships brings great luck at this time. What you are doing is working. Stay on this path. This is a time to stand by someone and you will both succeed. Those who move between friends and lovers as if they are disposable will find ruin and heartache.

Changes in Line 3

"Bound Together with Young Souls"

You may find yourself associating with someone slightly immature. This person is a young soul, simply wanting love. This line is a reminder to be patient with someone less experienced than you.

Changes in Line 4

"Being Seen"

Whether you are single or in a relationship, this is a time to go out and be seen. You have grown stronger and purer, and it will serve you and others well to be visible. Loyalties become stronger when they are visible.

Changes in Line 5

"Three Sides Only"

The symbolism here is that three of four possible sides are bound tightly, but a fourth side is intentionally left open

Changes in Line 6

"A Union Without a Head"

This changing line at the top of the hexagram is a warning that relationships and loyalties may have been entered without prior thoughtfulness. Challenges are possible. Fools rush in. Try to make amends.

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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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