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Hexagrams Chains of Any Length - with Coins or Yarrows


Apr 12, 1970
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Hello all!

I hope somebody will find my invention useful. We already know how to receive a pair of hexagrams using yarrow-stalks or coins - classical methods. But I wanted to continue this row with third hexagram (second hexagram changed), fourth (third changed) etc.

If you want to use yarrow-stalks, then for any hexagram from which you want to make another hexagram you have to make 6 approaches (by lines), 2 sortings of yarrow-stalks in each approach. Usually you make 3 sortings, but if we know our source hexagram, it is needed to make 2 sortings only. After them you'll have either 9, 13 or 17 stalks remaining. Now look at the line to which you approach: if it is yang, then 9 shows you that this yang line changes, and 13 and 17 - that this yang line doesn't change; but if it is yin, then 17 shows you that this yin line changes, while 9 and 13 show that this yin line doesn't change. Probabilities of appearing changing yin and yang lines are the same as for classical yarrow-stalk casting. But I must warn: while changing yang appears thrice oftener than changing yin, you risk to get after some 5-6 "links of a chain" a hexagram with mostly yin lines (2, "Kun" as a limit).

This "feature" is absent in "chain with coins". Here we have also 6 approaches, but it's enough to toss only 2 coins. Then, if your current line is yang, look for two "heads" for change (other combinations show that the line doesn't move), and if it is yin, then look for two "tails" for change. If you'd like to throw all 3 coins, then all "totally equal" combinations (three "heads" or "three tails") will mark a changing line. Here probabilities of getting changing yin and yang are equal.

That my post about triple hexagrams is just a particular case of this thing (though there I get three hexagrams in one session).

How to interpret such chains - I can't tell anything new than to examine changing lines and trigrams. Maybe you'll want to find some patterns, or make some changes in two or three dimensions...

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