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May 1, 2013
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I have read a couple of Yiching books at the library and it talks about complimentary (opposite), inverted and mirrored (reversed) hexagrams.

Complimentary (opposite) – where all of the 6 lines changed to their opposites
H60 H56
☵ ☲
☱ ☶

Inverted – where the order of the 2 trigrams of the original hexagram are reversed.
H60 H47
☵ ☱
☱ ☴

Mirrored (reversed) – where the order of all the lines in the original hexagram are reversed in a mirror image
H60 H59
☵ ☴
☱ ☵

However, those books do not say what are the purposes or significances of them in a divination. Does anyone know?



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May 29, 2006
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I think Karcher has written on these and you may find stuff if you search Hilary's Blog. There is also a whole thread on complementary/opposites started by Rosada. The thing is there is no written 'expert' to tell us what these patterns means. We have to play with our answers and discover for ourselves. Sometimes one may not find or see the connection which is okay too. I think they are interesting and I've currently been thinking about the shadow hexagram (Karcher's idea I think) where the shadow is what not to do which one might be tempted to do.

It is found as

1 64
2 63
3 62 and so on.

There is now a recently added section in wikiwing all about these hexagrams of context which you won't be able to see unless you are a member of CC but will link anyway.http://www.onlineclarity.co.uk/friends/showwiki.php?title=Hexagram-Index

Here is Rosada's thread http://www.onlineclarity.co.uk/friends/showthread.php?17790-Hexagram-Opposites

There isn't always handed down rules of 'what things mean', particularly with patterns and hexagrams of context. It's very much in a state of open exploration IMO by people doing readings right now and talking about them.


Sep 29, 2006
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I think of these as looking at different parts of a prism -- looking at my "answer" from different perspectives can loosen up my brain's perspectives on the question as well as what I might think the hexagram first means.

So, for example, the "opposite" might help me play with what the situation/unfolding is not about. KInd of like when setting goals or identifying preferences -- for many people, it's easier to start with what I don't want, then to zero in on what I do want.

Or if I think of the trigrams as inner and outer conditions, it can help me get my head wrapped around what that might mean by also thinking about what it would mean if the inner and outer conditions were reversed (the "inverse").

The mirror image is for me the real brain-stretching one -- flipping both the inner and outer conditions as well as being their reverse. Just trying to wrap one's brain around this one can help a brain state of "meta-stability" where we can't intentionally problem-solve and land on any one solution, but our brain has the opportunity to "drop into" a wholly new, unexpected, configuration around the issue we are asking about. (Kind of like the idea of a quantum "collapse" from multiple potentialities into one, if that helps.)

The power, I believe, in using these alternatives is not necessarily in being able to do them "correctly", but in letting your brain Play with the answer to land somewhere new and even more powerful than a straight-forward solely linear and logical interpretation.

FWIW. :stir:


Oct 20, 2011
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While browsing some old threads here, I came across a post which spoke about the ruling hexagram of a changing line.

I can't recollect the thread, but was wondering if anyone uses the ruling hexagrams of changing lines to gain further insight into the message. How can we find the ruling hexagram of a changing line?


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