Oracle of Love

Hexagram 11

Virtuous strength.

The hexagram describes a stage of development where all preparatory work has been done, strength has built up and one is ready to act.

Modesty is a virtue highly prized by the Oracle which requires that the strong support the weak. Virtuous strength therefore controls itself and considers the consequences for others before acting. It waits for the right opportunity to act rather than having its way as soon as it can.

A balance of strength and restraint promotes stability and tranquility. This is a time of peace, a time to consolidate one's position and watch for opportunity. The time to act, though close, has not yet arrived.

Strength, stability, readiness and self-control give confidence to subsequent actions.

Suggested Responses

Hold your strength.

Build your confidence.

Be ready to Love.


All dressed up and nowhere to go.
Or, Overly virtuous.

Ready to Love.

Strength is invisible and ready.

Not ready yet.
Confidence would be misplaced.

Strength is held in check.

Consolidating one’s position.

The Virtue of Modesty is discussed in a wider context in the section General Principles of the Oracle.

The hexagram Modesty also contributes to the discussion.

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