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I was looking over some threads on different methods of obtaining a hexagram and it got me thinking about trying various methods. Aside from it being mentioned in the "learning" section of Clarity, I haven't seen much information on people using the 6 coin method. Has anyone had successful experiences with this? I know the idea of forcing a reading to always having one, and only one, moving line seems limiting; but I think it's interesting that in doing so you end up with 384 possible combitations, which I guess is roughly the equivalent of a 13 month lunar year. I like synchronicity so it has me wondering.
Apparently the six-coin method does not allow for a hexagram with no changing lines at all( google ): which for many, me included, make it an inadequate method of consultation.
I've been mulling the single-moving-line option: see, not far down the list
Sometimes I wonder if the possibility of getting a hex with no moving lines was originally intended. I mean, if the book of changes is about changes and fluctuations, why should it be possible to arrive at an answer that doesn't change? I don't know enough about the i ching to really offer any comment on it. this is just my opinion, but when I think about the universe, or life, or what have you, I don't see anything unchanging. I see things in a constant state of flux. And that flux is the only thing that is constant. At the same time I can understand how some questions wouldn't need any more than an unchanging hex to answer.... Blasted brain.... My head hurts...
If one takes trigrams into consideration, even an unchanging hexagram is dynamic, even when both trigrams are the same.
Yes - 'unchanging' is a bit of a misnomer for a hexagram with no changing lines. Single hexagrams are ways of moving and changing as well as states of being. (Think of receiving 49 unchanging - you wouldn't expect the situation to stay the same, would you?)
Yeah, I can see a hex with no moving lines as a way of changing. It's hard to put my thoughts into words on this. Let's say I did receive hex 49 unchanging as an answer. The image is of revoluton and that in order to undertake such a matter one must "proceed in the right way, so that he gladdens the people and, by enightening them, prevents excesses." Maybe I'm trying to over simplify things, but wouldn't being provided with a changing line help to show you at what point you're at within the overall state of revolution? (i.e by always being given a moving line you are shown the most important aspect of the situation you're asking about.)
Then again, by using a method that also has the possibility of giving more than one moving line, you could be presented with a more complex view of your situation that points to different levels of influence.
I've just been trying different methods, trying to decide on one that works for me. I read a yarrow method in Tao of the I Ching that always gives one, and only one, moving line. So I started looking into other methods as well; which lead me to the 6 coin method and now there are so many options I can't make up my mind. I tend to over think things way too much. So now, of course, I'm stuck.
The unchanging level may be a good way just to focus on a broader picture working with upper and lower trigram meanings, the nuclear trigram, the sequence and all those sort of things that can get overlooked when jumping straight into the moving lines.
Speaking of the nuclear and sequence etc. I have asked this before but Id like a bit of clarification just to be sure. When looking at the nuclear, complementary, contrasting hexagrams and such, do the changing lines carrry over? And if so, do they carry over in the same location? For example, if you received 55.1 as an answer and wanted to consider the contrasting hex, would you look at line 1 or line 6 in the contrasting hex since it is being inverted?
Yes, that's exactly what it would do: show you where you are, or where you might be if you adopted the course of action/ position you're asking about, and so on. But there are all kinds of reasons why that might not apply - for instance, you might not have chosen your course of action, or you might not have any particular role or position. Or you might just not need that kind of detail; you might simply need to absorb the principle of the thing.wouldn't being provided with a changing line help to show you at what point you're at within the overall state of revolution? (i.e by always being given a moving line you are shown the most important aspect of the situation you're asking about.)
For instance... my reading for the year was 54.3.4 zhi 11. It had me puzzling and contemplating endlessly over 54, and how I could keep myself organised and on track and making progress while being like the marrying maiden. Eventually I thought I'd got things more or less worked out, so to see what I'd missed I asked 'What do I need to understand about being like the marrying maiden and yet still doing my best?' (or words to that effect). Answer: 11, unchanging. You can see why no moving line was called for there.
If by 'contrasting hexagram' you mean 56 (just checking, people mean lots of different things by the same words) then yes, I would look at 56.6 as a possible 'direction' for 55.1 - the way the story might continue, as it were. If you draw hexagram 55, mark line 1 changing, and turn the piece of paper through 180 degrees, you'll find yourself looking at 56.6. They're the same line, in a way, just seen from a new perspective. It makes sense to me to read them together.When looking at the nuclear, complementary, contrasting hexagrams and such, do the changing lines carrry over? And if so, do they carry over in the same location? For example, if you received 55.1 as an answer and wanted to consider the contrasting hex, would you look at line 1 or line 6 in the contrasting hex since it is being inverted?
On the other hand, I've never looked at line texts in the nuclear hexagram (eg got 55.2 and looked at 28.1), or looked at 59.1 to see if it's the complement of 55.1. That doesn't stop you or anyone else from looking at this and discovering whether it's useful, of course. It's not as if there were a list somewhere of Patterns You Should Look At .
Wang Bi's commentary on the significance of the lines in their places2 and 4 being innately yin positions, 3 and 5 innately yang, with positions 1 and 6 having no innate tendency (by reason of two apparently contradictory statements about top lines, in 1.6 and 5.6, and no statements at all about the 'correctness' or otherwise of beginning lines)and the consequent relationships between actual lines, yin and yang, taking into account their positions, and the degree of closeness to oneanother... are for me a good way of examining even the most enigmatic hexagram.
You're looking first at the structure of the hexagram, at its unadorned image (as distinct from the more specific imagery in "The Image" section in Wilhelm and others) before the associated text.
Wang Bi, "General Remarks on the Changes of Zhou" (circa 249, and for a 23-year-old) in
The Classic of Changes: A New Translation of the I Ching as Interpreted by Wang Bi
Richard John Lynn, 1994
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