Some words about the I Ching

To the rational mind, the interpretations of the Hexagrams of the I Ching will seem ambiguous while, to the intuition, they will exhibit great clarity and sinchronicity; and since our minds will operate with both of these functions simultaneously the experience of reading from (a translation of) the I Ching can be a strange thing indeed.

There are 64 Hexagrams
Each of these is derived from a combination of 2 trigrams. There are only 8 possible trigrams
Each of these trigrams is formed by a sequence of 3 {either/or} choices.


Void, grey and without any boundary or form.
Spontaneously (we have no other way to describe this - it must happen because it did happen)
Big Bang
Grey separates into black and white, and is bound within form.
Time and space - change is constant.

The cycle (the nature of change within duality) - black increases while white decreases.
Within the black is the seed of white, within the white is the seed of black.
When black reaches its maximum (it cannot be static and is bound within limits),
the seed of white grows and black decreases.

On and On, again and again.
Duality manifesting out of the Void


When casting the I Ching - generating a Hexagram - the lines are cast from the bottom up.
When interpreting a hexagram the bottom two lines may be considered as personal - the most immediate in time.
The third and fourth lines concern the social setting - a little farther back in time.
Lines five and six relate to more spiritual influences - past conditions.

5&6 - All - Society
3&4 - We - Family
1&2 - I -Personal

When casting the I Ching, whether using coins or sticks to generate the lines, there are four possibilities for each line.
Yang (yes), Yin (no), Moving Yin, Moving Yang