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Identifying the 'clay' of hexagram meanings

chrislofting

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Hi all,

to make things a little easier in understanding ICPlus material I present here a snap-shot of what it is about/can do in the form of identifying PAIRS of hexagrams that serve to identify the generic qualities, the 'clay' from which a particular hexagram has been moulded. I stress making things 'easier' in that the source of this material is in 64-hexagram sequences derived from a single hexagram! Rather than dump the sequences ( see websites if you wish) I will endevour to bring out aspects that can aid in interpretation and so understanding of the I Ching without having to dive in the deep end. The overall ICPlus material is not 'lite' and as such may require some 'reflection' so if you 'dont get it' at first remember that 'perseverence furthers'.

We start by recognising that the I Ching hexagrams are derived through the recursion of yin/yang (see diagram on recursion - http://pages.prodigy.net/lofting/btree.png )

This process of recursion acts to encode the basic elements of the WHOLE in all PARTS such that the I Ching is the WHOLE and the trigrams, hexagrams, etc etc are the PARTS but given a part we can recreate the whole (IOW from one hexagram I can derive all of the others)

This process means that 'all that is possible' is contained WITHIN the WHOLE, and so, in this case, within the WHOLE that is the I Ching - IOW the I Ching acts as a specialist filter in interacting with reality and as such comes with its own language etc., that serves to identify 'all there is'.

With all of this in mind, we can in fact go through each hexagram of the I Ching and identify a PAIR of hexagrams that serve, by analogy, to identify the raw elements, and so the base quality, that go towards making the refined expression of that hexagram. You should be able to pick this up as we go through the hexagrams but the basic method is (a) change the top line of the hexagram in question to give hexagram A and then, using hexagram A, (b) change the bottom line to give hexagram B. Qualitatively, A + B = C, the raw quality of the hexagram in question.

I have ordered the hexagrams in their traditional numbering, but note that the methodology was derived from working on the binary sequence of the hexagrams (as shown in act of recursion diagram that gives us an ordering of yin/yang, or 0/1, into a 64-symbol sequence from 000000 to 111111). To limit space in this email I have used a very general set of interpretations of meanings but you can use your own and will get the same patterns in that the relationships identified are a natural product of recursion (the method can also aid in creating one's own I Ching).

hexagram 01 :- the mould is made-up of under-exaggerated qualities of hexagram 43 - robustness, seeding, 'being pushy', and the basic quality of hexagram 28 - excess (too much yang etc).

hexagram 02 :- hexagram 23 - pruning ( focus on the 'true' faith) - and hexagram 27 - hungering (need to be filled, nourished).

hexagram 03 :- hexagram 42 - augmentation (increase) - and hexagram 20 - admiration (being an example)

hexagram 04 :- hexagram 07 - uniforming (the army) - and hexagram 19 - approach the 'high', defer to the 'low'

hexagram 05 :- hexagram 09 - make small gains to be noticed - and hexagram 57 - cultivate/become influencial

hexagram 06 :- hexagram 47 - forced enclosure - and hexagram 58 - intensity in expression

hexagram 07 :- hexagram 04 - masking, socialising-through-education - and hexagram 41 concentrating (distilling)

hexagram 08 :- hexagram 20 - admiration that motivates - and hexagram 42, augmentation (increase)

hexagram 09 :- hexagram 05 - calculated waiting for an opportunity - and hexagram 48 - foundation setting (the well)

hexagram 10 :- hexagram 58 - intense reflection (of/upon self) - and hexagram 47 - forced enclosure

hexagram 11 :- hexagram 26 - holding firm - and hexagram 04 - masking

hexagram 12 :- hexagram 45 - celebration of faith - and hexagram 07 - asserting uniformity (the army)

hexagram 13 :- hexagram 49 - revelation, revolution - and hexagram 31 - wooing, intense stimulation

hexagram 14 :- hexagram 34 - invigoration - and hexagram 32 - commitment

hexagram 15 :- hexagram 52 - discernment, block, (quality control) - and hexagram 22 - facading, cover up, gloss over, beautify
hexagram 16 :- hexagram 35 - bring something into the light - and hexagram 21 - solve a problem (solution seeking)

hexagram 17 :- hexagram 25 - assertion of one's perspective - and hexagram 12 - neutralise attacks of others on faith

hexagram 18 :- hexagram 46 - getting 'involved' - and hexagram 11 - balancing, harmonising

hexagram 19 :- hexagram 41 - concentration (distill) - and hexagram 04 - masking, educating, socialisation

hexagram 20 :- hexagram 08 - unifying - and hexagram 42 - augmenting

hexagram 21 :- hexagram 51 - enlighten/sudden awareness - and hexagram 16 - foresight, plan, enthuse

hexagram 22 :- hexagram 36 - uncompromising, hide within - and hexagram 15 - modesty, even-out, level

hexagram 23 :- hexagram 02 - devotion to another/others - and hexagram 24 - return to the 'true' faith/way etc

hexagram 24 :- hexagram 27 - hungering - and hexagram 23 - pruning

hexagram 25 :- hexagram 17 - believing, following ( a 'new' faith etc) - hexagram 45 - celebration of, public assertion of, belief
hexagram 26 :- hexagram 11 - harmonise, balance - and hexagram 46 - entanglement (getting more involved)

hexagram 27 :- hexagram 24 - returning - and hexagram 02 - devotion, trust in another/others

hexagram 28 :- hexagram 44 - persuading, seducing - and hexagram 01 - singlemindedness

hexagram 29 :- hexagram 59 - dispell illusions - and hexagram 61 - softening [armouring] (hard exterior, soft interior)

hexagram 30 :- hexagram 55 - abundance, diversity - and hexagram 62 - exaggerating traditions to retain structure

hexagram 31 :- hexagram 33 - trickary, to draw-in - and hexagram 13 - likemindedness, association with others

hexagram 32 :- hexagram 50 - transformation ('cook') - and hexagram 14 - direction setting, center of attention

hexagram 33 :- hexagram 31 - intense stimulation - and hexagram 49 - revolution, revelation

hexagram 34 :- hexagram 14 - direction setting, center of attention - and hexagram 50 - transformation

hexagram 35 :- hexagram 16 - foresight, plan, enthuse - and hexagram 51 - enlighten, sudden awareness

hexagram 36 :- hexagram 22 - beautify, gloss over, hide behind - and hexagram 52 - discernment, quality control, block

hexagram 37 :- hexagram 63 - closure, completion, 'correctness' - and hexagram 39 - block the 'flow', obstruct but also exploit that obstruction

hexagram 38 :- hexagram 54 - excess expenditure of initial, or 'surface' energy, immature - and hexagram 40 - release of, relaxation of, structure (tension release)

hexagram 39 :- hexagram 53 - maturing, gradual development - and hexagram 37 - rigid structure (as tension release)

hexagram 40 :- hexagram 64 - incomplete, remain open - and hexagram 38 - opposition, tension

hexagram 41 :- hexagram 19 - approach the high/defer to the low, mix - and hexagram 07 uniformity

hexagram 42 :- hexagram 51 - enlighten/sudden awareness - and hexagram 16 foresight, plan, enthuse

hexagram 43 :- hexagram 01 - singlemindedness - and hexagram 44 - persuasion/seduction

hexagram 44 :- hexagram 28 - excess - and hexagram 43 - 'spreading the word'

hexagram 45 :- hexagram 12 - neutralising - and hexagram 25 - assertion of perspective

hexagram 46 :- hexagram 18 - correcting corruption - and hexagram 26 - holding firm (to tradition)

hexagram 47 :- hexagram 06 - compromising - and hexagram 10 - treading (a path)

hexagram 48 :- hexagram 57 - cultivation/become influencial - and hexagram 09 - make small gains

hexagram 49 :- hexagram 13 - likemindedness - and hexagram 33 - trickary

hexagram 50 :- hexagram 32 - commitment - and hexagram 34 invigorating

hexagram 51 :- hexagram 21 - problem solve - and hexagram 35 progress (bring into the light)

hexagram 52 :- hexagram 15 - modesty, level out - and hexagram 36 - uncompromising, hide the light

hexagram 53 :- hexagram 39 - obstructions, obsticles - and hexagram 63 completion, closure, 'correctness'

hexagram 54 :- hexagram 38 - opposition, mirroring - and hexagram 64 incomplete, remain open, 'incorrect, error'

hexagram 55 :- hexagram 30 - guidence/direction setting - and hexagram 56 - loyalty

hexagram 56 :- hexagram 62 - exaggerate traditions - and hexagram 55 diversity, abundance

hexagram 57 :- hexagram 48 - the well, foundation setting - and hexagram 05 - waiting, serving

hexagram 58 :- hexagram 10 - treading (a path) - and hexagram 06 - compromising

hexagram 59 :- hexagram 29 - containment/control - and hexagram 61 - softening, yielding, 'inner truth'

hexagram 60 :- hexagram 61 - softening, yielding, inner softness, hard exterior - and hexagram 59 dispell illusions

hexagram 61 :- hexagram 60 - limitations, impose standards - and hexagram 29 containment/control

hexagram 62 :- hexagram 56 - loyalty - and hexagram 30 - guidance/direction setting

hexagram 63 :- hexagram 37 - rigid structure (family/clan - tension release) - and hexagram 53 - maturing, development

hexagram 64 :- hexagram 40 - relaxed structure, (tension release) - and hexagram 54 - immaturing, error, initial energy


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