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I Ching Hexagram Interpretations

1: Creative Power

Creative Power

The air is ripe with imagination, inspiration and energy. The flying dragon is an ancient symbol of a dynamic, arousing force that bodes well for creative initiatives. If your goals are in alignment with the greater good, and you assert yourself in a positive way, actions taken with good timing will meet with success. This is an excellent time to exercise leadership, because you can be strong. But be forewarned: success turns to failure when strength turns to arrogance.

This first hexagram contains all yang lines and is one of the most auspicious in the entire Book of Changes. Whoever draws this hexagram is assured success by following the six stages of its lines starting with the bottom line. By being sensitive to conditions and doing things in the right order, one develops more influence. Time itself becomes the means to make real what has been potential before now.

Believe in your dreams and persevere, and everything around you will flourish. Call upon creative power and let it work through you. Stay focused on your goals. Do not allow yourself to be distracted or you may lose the power that is available to you now. And remember that when taking action, success requires good timing.



Changing Line Interpretations

Line 1 (bottom line)

There may be creative potential in your situation that you are not able to perceive. Or perhaps you are just not being recognized. Hold your power in reserve temporarily, because the timing is not yet right for action. Trying to make a lot of progress now would be like trying to cook noodles in cold water. Wait until the water boils. Harbor no fears about your ability to win. Be confident. Your time is coming.

Line 2

Events are moving in the right direction. Your influence is growing, and you are being noticed, but the real game has not begun. Take a wider perspective, and your best strategy will become clear. You are not yet in position to make great changes, but taking wise advice and aligning yourself with an ally could lead to a breakthrough.

Line 3

A sphere of influence is opening up. Let yourself be active, but do not expect an immediate reward. And don’t let your energies become scattered. Hold to your vision and your integrity, and you can make progress in a stable way. Do not use creative powers just to attract attention to yourself. Remember, freedom is not always an invitation to dance; it may be a chance to step out on a ledge. Be bold but careful.

Line 4

Your creative power is growing. You have a clear choice in this situation -- to lunge forward or to draw back. It’s natural to feel some anxiety. You have the freedom to act as the situation requires -- to engage or to withdraw. Let go of what happened in the past, but be sure to consider the long-term consequences of any action you might take. Careful attention will leave you without blame.

Line 5

The dragon is soaring. Your power is growing. Be like the leader who is considerate to those under his or her influence. In return, the respect of those who work with you, or from a partner, will deepen. Your position may be a bit lonely, but influential people will recognize your talent. Seek out allies whom you respect and take their advice. When leaders unite as peers, their power is multiplied. Those who belong together, come together.

Line 6 (top line)

Be wary of personal ambition that exceeds your true power, lest there may be cause for remorse. Avoid arrogance. Isolating yourself would only lead to sorrow. Now is not a time to engage in conflicts or criticize others. Relax and recharge your creative potentials.