'I Ching' Chapter

Taijitu and I Ching

The I Ching is the world’s oldest divinatory text. The “code” behind it is really rather simple. It ultimately works with two values, yang and yin. Yang states in time become yin, and yin states become yang.

The Book of Changes has a cosmology built into it, a sense of order. It’s very concerned with the balance between heaven and earth, and they see everything in the world as an interplay of changes not only on the earth but in the universe as well. In a hexagram, the bottom three lines are the trigram symbolizing the state of earth, and the upper three are symbolic of the state of heaven. A picture of any complete state is composed of a thumbnail of the state of both earth and heaven at that place and time. Just like human relationships, you determine at which stage you are in harmony with the desired state, and in which stage you are out of synch.

“One should act in consonance with the way of heaven and earth, which is enduring and eternal. The superior man perseveres long in his course, adapts to the times, but remains firm in his direction and correct in his goals.” I Ching

“A person in danger should not try to escape at one stroke. He should first calmly hold his own, then be satisfied with small gains, which will come by creative adaptations.” I Ching

Book of Changes

The topic is the I Ching also known as the Book of Changes. The I Ching is the world’s oldest divinatory text, if not the oldest divinatory practice. It’s speculated it may have been around for more than three millennia… Seek More

Interplay of Changes

Though there are 64 hexagrams in the I Ching, there are only 8 trigrams, and understanding the trigrams makes reading the hexagrams potentially rather easy. But first let’s explore a simple element of the symbolism. How would you explain warmth… Seek More

Rotation of Yin and Yang States

As yin and yang shift in their natural way, the shift of energies in earth and heaven will in time travel through all 64 states of the I Ching. You will encounter any and all of the 64 life states… Seek More

Effect Change by Changing Yourself

In the structure and wisdom of the Book of Changes, no state is seen as impossible for anyone to experience. Peasants can become kings, rich men become beggars, mountains be leveled, etc. So in using the I Ching to explore… Seek More