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Hi all,

I have worked with the I-Ching for a few years now and until this time I have kept my consultations to the Primary world including the primary and relating figures, the nuclear figure, the steps for change and both the inner and outer operators. This I feel comfortable with.

However, I am trying to get my head around the mirror world matrix and would like some guidance from anyone who is familiar with this area of the consultation. My basic question is; From where do we derive the starting hexagram of the mirror world? is it the relating pair (based on the primary hexagram)? ie if my primary is 48 is the initial hexagram in the mirror world 47 which is then either inverted/rotated or if symmetrical converted to its opposite?

I appreciate any feedback you can provide to help me with this:)
Mark.
 

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ie if my primary is 48 is the initial hexagram in the mirror world 47
which is then either inverted/rotated or if symmetrical converted to its opposite?
Hi morphicrenaissance

If 48 is your primary hexagram, then hexagram 21 is the initial hexagram in your mirror world.

The I Ching hexagrams 48 and 21 correspond to the numbers 46 and 47 in the binary mirror world
sequence of 64 numbers from 2 to 65. The I Ching hexagram 47 corresponds to the number 54 :bows:
 

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Understanding the mirror world.

Hello Morphicrenaissance and welcome to Clarity. I would say that most people develop their own ways of using these additional aspects to a reading, in whatever way works best. I'm not aware of any formalised 'Mirror World System' as such, if there is perhaps you could inform us, but I presume from your post that you're referring to inverted pairs (sometimes referred to as 'interrelated hexagrams' eg: 41/42) and polar-opposite (eg: 41/31) hexagrams (Cuo Gua).

Speaking only from my own experience, I would say that most of these additional aspects of a reading work in very similar ways, that is by correlation. They each reflect a different facet of a situation, yet all converge in the central meaning of the reading. In this respect the 'mirror' hexagrams are no different from any other related hexagram; there is no 'starting' or finishing mirror hexagram, there is no causal sequence as such, only aspects of meaning. The central core meaning and its aspects are, of course, determined by the context of the question.

The I Ching employs dualistic polarity to represent meaning not only at the level of individual lines but also at the level of trigrams and hexagrams. Hence any structurally-related contrasting dimension, such as inversion or polar-opposition, will generate a meaningful correlation to the reading. Very often, the equivalent and corresponding line-texts (the qian yao and cuo yao) in the inverted or polar-opposite hexagram will be found to be particularly relevant. Try to think of opposites, not as separate independent entities, but rather as different points on the same continuum of meaning. They are mutually dependent.

The nuclear hexagrams are somewhat different from the above in that they are not derived from any contrasting opposition, but from embedded meaning within the primary and derived hexagrams. They provide a parallel progression of meaning that in many cases can be clearer than the original primary/derived hexagrams.
 
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The I Ching employs dualistic polarity to represent meaning not only at the level of individual lines but also at the level of trigrams and hexagrams.
That's correct, when talking the Zhouyi, but the Zhouyi is only one third of the Yi.

there is no 'starting' or finishing mirror hexagram, there is no causal sequence as such,
only aspects of meaning.
That's correct, when talking the Zhouyi, the text-based one third of the Yi, but the previous two third of the Yi are numerology-based deriving from the time before writing was invented. They used the numbers written as these were written in Zhou-time according to the archaeological founds, but there are no trace of characters / pictographs from Xia and early Shang-time.

The starting mirror hexagram was number 2 (2 KUN) that too was number 64 counted reversed.
The finishing mirror hexagram was number 65 (23 PO) that too was number 1 counted reversed.

Shuo Gua:
Counting that which is going into the past is a foreward movement.
Knowing that which is to come is a reversed movement.

The philosophy of a numerologic row of numbers starting with 2 is, that "zero" (nonexistence) is not existing, and that "oneness" cannot be expressed by the number 1.
 

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That's correct, when talking the Zhouyi, but the Zhouyi is only one third of the Yi.

This is like saying that Rummy Canasta is 1/1000th of the Tarot... :D
 
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Thanks People,

My apologies for the slow reply to your comments, unfortunately it is sometimes a couple of days before I get back in front my computer. I appreciate your feedback and my understanding is that I need to find interrelating hexagrams and then they reflect the mirror world, which I must admit seems a little abstract to me. The binary/numerology theory, sounds interesting. I will take what you have told me and revise 'Karcher' and see if I can get my head around how he came to the matrix that he has laid out in his book.

Thanks you again for your feedback.
Look forward bto chatting to you all again.
Mark:)
 

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