Interpreting The I Ching - Hexagram 60 Chieh

I Ching Hexagram 60 - Chieh
I Ching Hexagram: 60

Name: Chieh.

Keyphrase: Limitation.

Formed By The Trigrams: Water over Lake.


General: Although your potential is limitless, your capabilities are not.

Love: Don't try to move too fast in your relationship. Start slowly and build a strong and lasting friendship.

Business: This is a time for quality not quantity. Do not overreach yourself in business.

Personal: Long-term happiness is best achieved slowly.


Overview: Chieh represents the need in your life to have practical limitations. Whereas your potential is limitless your ability to expand and reach that potential is not. You can only do so much. Only achieve so much. When you attempt to do too much you are threatening your existence and your success. Growth is still possible of course and Chieh does not indicate that growth will stop - just that your growth will not be exponential. In effect Chieh advises moderation. Spending beyond your means, trying to expand beyond you means will not be conducive to future long-term happiness. It is important though, to maintain a balance. Metaphorically speaking, spending too little is as bad as spending too much.