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    Hi peter,

    Good question but no good answer to it.
    In my opinion, the sequence of the I Ching follows the course of Nature to paraphrase its philosophy of life. To me, it is not that systematically but very meaningful.
    There is another sequence available and quite popular in China, so called the eight-womb sequence; the hexagrams are divided in eight groups and evolve in each group, one after another, according to their physical appearance, very systematically but it doesn’t involve the significance of the hexagram and its texts.
    In my opinion, we can re-arrange the sequence but most likely we also have to re-name each hexagram and provide them with new texts.

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    The sequence 41 – 45

    After the drought has been dissolved, the villain dismissed and the crisis alleviated in the hexagram Xie (39). How to economize the use of resources from those below to those above (in the form of masculinity adding to femininity) is the subject of the hexagram Sun (40). In the era of Sun, those below enrich those above according to their capability and the necessity, and balance is the optimal status which need be reached; those above must cherish the enrichment from those below; actually the enrichment from those below is their contribution to the country.

    In the hexagram Sun (40) those below diminish themselves so as to enrich those above, while in the hexagram Yi (41), those above diminish themselves to enrich those below. The king makes use of the very valuable tortoise (the tribute of those below in hex 40) to worship Heaven to bless his people. The enrichment must be sincerely & trustworthily carried out in a fair manner and must be a long term project for the better future instead of some political measures just to please the people.

    Enrichment (40) continues ceaselessly and becomes brimful; it will definitely break and burst. Line 6 of the hexagram Yi (41) gets used to enrichment and becomes insatiably avaricious; no one will enrich it but rather attack it. Therefore the hexagram Guai (42) is granted after it, wherein the masculine unveils the evil behaviors of villains in public and is getting rid of the feminine.

    The un-subdued feminine line of the hexagram Guai (43) comes down to position 1 and meets the masculine lines from their backside, signifying an unexpected meeting, the hexagram Guo (44). One feminine line challenging five masculine lines exhibits the vigor of the feminine, signaling a crisis is emerging.

    In the hexagram Guo (44), the desire of the masculine line is to mate with the feminine line 1, while the duty of the masculine line is to subdue it in order suppress the crisis. In the era of Cui (55): to gather together, the feminine lines of the bottom trigram Kun are designated to gather around the masculine lines 4 and 5, respectively.

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    The sequence 46 – 50

    Those below responding to the call of those above and massing around those above in hexagram 45 create the rising of hexagram 46: Sheng. In the world of Sheng, the talented and able persons obtain the opportunity of developing upwards. Hence 45.5 must cultivate its virtue (元yuan: origination, i.e. the spring of goodness, and 永yong: be everlasting as well as 貞zhen: be persistent (in righteousness) like the king in the hexagram Bi (8): intimate interdependent relationship) to build its sincerity & trust in order to attract people around it (instead of 45.4), and sincerity & trust of 46.2 is the best policy to get promotion.

    The rise of hexagram 46 must be done according to one’s status. The ceaseless rising will lead to the situation of hexagram 47: Kui: to be besieged, because so great their achievements make those above feel uneasy or insecure. In the era of the hexagram Kui, the ordinary people are besieged by daily life, for instance, lacking living essentials; but the gentleman is besieged when his aspiration can’t be carried out (so 47.4 takes its gold carriage to retreat to position 1).

    After ceaselessly rising in hexagram 46, the hexagram Kun (47) is besieged at the heights, it needs to come down. While the marsh is drying out in the hexagram Kun (47) like the water of Kan beneath the marsh of Dui, people will drill a well to get water. Jing of hexagram 48 in Chinese signifies the well, the deepest place under the ground where people can reach. In the hexagram Jing the government is obligated to serve the people like the well inexhaustibly supplying water to all people without discrimination.

    An ineffective government needs to be reformed like the old well of hexagram 48 requiring being reconditioned. After having successfully accomplished the reform or revolution in hexagram 49: Ge, a new regime is established and a new cauldron of the hexagram Ding (50) is cast. In the era of hexagram 50, the virtuous and able person will be recruited and the innovation will be carried out.

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    The sequence 51 – 55

    The Ding of hexagram 50 is the symbol of a regime and the main ritual utensil used at the sacrificial ceremony. The one in charge of worshiping with Ding is the eldest son, Zhen, which suggests inheritance. Thus the hexagram Zhen (51) steps onto the stage of the I Ching and takes charge of the sacrificial ceremony after the reform or revolution of Ge (hexagram 49) and the casting of Ding (50).

    Instead of moving back and forth under thunders like 50.5 fighting for the succession, 50.6 should remain still, wait for the ending of Zhen (51) and the arrival of the next hexagram Gen: keeping still (52), wherein one can learn how to restrain one's thoughts from straying beyond one's position (quoted from Da Xiang Zhuang: the commentary on the image of the hexagram), as the force of the thunder had stricken 50.5 and the regime was already awarded to it.

    Keeping still of Gen (52) can refer to the stability of a person, which is formed through the practice of self-cultivation and exhibited in the form of self-restraint. After Gen reaches an honest & reliable state, it can start to progress gradually and sequentially, which is the hexagram Jian (53).

    In following the formal marriage procedure, step by step, a female (53. 2) gets married with a male (53.5) along the timeline in the hexagram Jian (53), and she becomes a wife. While the hexagram is presented in a reversed form, wherein the feminine 54.5 stays above and the masculine 54.2 below, like a female condescending and married to a male as the concubine, which is called Gui Mei (54): 歸gui: to return (to where it is destined to belong) 妹mei: the younger sister, i.e. Di Yi (the father of King Zhou) arranged for his younger sister to wed (Zhou Wen Wang as the concubine).

    The younger sister of Gui Mei (54) pertaining to the marriage of her elder sister as a concubine must learn the philosophical willingness to be an assistant instead of the leader, which is that people must learn before they go to the next hexagram Feng (55): a great and abundant state, since only the king can attain it.

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    The sequence 56 – 60

    The grand and abundance state of Feng (55) is that which all people intend to achieve, but which will create menace to those above; therefore they will be banned like the sun being eclipsed. 55.5, the king and the host line of Feng, should condescend to brightness (i.e. those of the bottom trigram Li) in order to achieve and maintain the grand and abundant state by joint forces; so all people will be joyful since the grand and abundant state is attained and will be secured for a long time like the sun at midday. Otherwise the enlarged house of 55.6 will veil its household, like peeping into the room (and find out that) which is quiet with nobody inside; not to be seen for three years, (which is) ominous. The outcome of ‘not to be seen for three years’ is the same as that of the first line of hexagram Kun4: to be besieged (47). So it starts to wander on the journey of the hexagram Lu (56).

    The journey fluctuates very unstably; the traveler loses everything at the end of the bottom trigram; so he becomes conceited and deviates from the way that a traveler should behave (i.e. to be tender in adversity of traveling abroad) while he reaches his destination, i.e. the end of Lu. 56.6 burns out its net and loses its ox; from that moment no one hears of him again, since it penetrates into the hexagram Xun (57) and retrieves humbleness and submissiveness, like the feminine line of the trigram Xun prostrated beneath the masculine lines.

    Owing to the penetrating capability of the wind, it stealthily sneaks into the hexagram Xun (57) at position 1, gets through the internal reform and becomes the one who occupies the dominant power at position 5. However if 57.6 doesn’t establish its own regime, it will encounter talks of the hexagram Dui (58) with its opponents.

    The sincerity and trust of 58.5, the king, of the hexagram Dui (58) have been eroded by 58.6 next to it while talks are held; therefore other people are leaving him. The king of the hexagram Huan (59) goes to the shrine and exhibits legitimacy in order to reunite the scattering people.

    After 59.2 is delegated to stop scattering, and 59.5 rejects old malpractices and issues new measures, as well as opens the access to the public, people are reunited at the hexagram Huan (59), the reunification must be properly maintained. Therefore the hexagram Jie: to regulate and restrict (60), is granted, and bitter Jie cannot permit persistence.

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    The sequence 61 – 64

    The sweet restriction of Jie (60) is the one conforming to the principle of moderation and carried out with sincerity & trust (i.e. in a constant and reliable pattern) as 60.5 performs, while Zhong Fu (61) is signified as sincerity & trust (孚fu) incorporated with the principle of moderation (中zhong) like that which Zhong Fu constitutes: a humble heart (the feminine lines 3 and 4) remaining in the middle and reliability (the masculine lines 1 and 2, as well as lines 4 and 5) exhibiting externally.

    Zhong Fu (61) exhibits sincerity & trust in a humble manner and it is an enlarged image of the trigram Li, while the trigram Kan is the sincerity & trust in a solid manner like a reliable heart in the middle, and Kan is the condensed image of the hexagram Xiao Guo: a little bit overstepping or overdoing (62), which is physically denominated according to its phenomenon of the feminine (the small one) exceeding (the masculine in quantity), but which virtually signifies a little bit overstepping the principle of moderation (i.e. 中zhong of Zhong Fu) in doing correction. On the other hand, Fu of Zhong Fu signifies incubation, while the next hexagram Xiao Guo possesses the image of a flying bird.

    In the era of Xiao Guo, the excessive feminine isn’t suited to ascend but rather descend like a fledging bird avoiding being hurt while it practices flying, while the masculine line of Xiao Guo must keep a low profile in view of the feminine exceeding the masculine. After the masculine and the feminine know how to behave themselves, and after the I Ching passes over (過guo) 60 hexagrams (from Qian and Kun), finally the masculine and the feminine all obtain their right positions in the hexagram Ji Ji (63): completion.

    The significance of the I Ching have been unfolded one hexagram after another; its mission is accomplished at the hexagram Ji Ji, which is a happy ending since all the lines of Ji Ji attain their right positions, amicably neighbor, and friendly correlate with, one another.
    Ji Ji is the most stable and perfect state; however all fixed also signifies that there will be no further change or progress. The world won’t stop like this hereafter; therefore Wei Ji (not completed yet) forms after reshuffling, i.e. the feminine and the masculine inter-exchanging their positions, wherein all the lines turn out to be at the positions not suited to them but correlate with one another, which signifies a fresh restart since every line has to resume seeking its appropriate position, respectively, which is teeming with the requirements and possibilities of changes.
    After many great rivers in the I Ching have been successfully crossed and the hexagram reaches Ji Ji, there is another great rivers crossing form Ji Ji to Wei Ji (not having crossed the river), and 64.6 is the other side of the river. 64.6 celebrates with wine for what it has achieved, however which must be done with sincerity & trust since the targeted mission (for which it crosses the river) still requires to be accomplished.
    The hexagram of the I Ching nominally ends up with Wei Ji but the world of the I Ching continues circling.

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    This a wonderful thread. Could it be posted somewhere so it doesn't get lost in the archives?
    Either on it's own or tacked on the Memorizing The I Ching thread? In fact, now that I'm thinking about this, I wonder if we could have some sort of Golden Oldies file for threads like this so we can easily refer to them later?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bradford View Post
    The meaningful half is 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 ... 61-62, 63-64
    The random half is 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 ... 60-61, 62-63.
    Hi Bradford,

    Are you saying that the connection from odd to even numbers are the meaningful ones? Also, to anyone, is Xian Tian the same thing as the Sequence? I like what Tuck has shared.

    Edit: I think I might get what Bradford said better, but need verification this is what he meant. Bare with me, but is it that hexagrams 1 and 2 for instance, they can be looked at together, yet 2 to 3 hasn't a link. 3 and 4 have a link, because they are opposites. So, down the line through all 64, if you put them in pairs, "1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 ... 61-62, 63-64" like Bradford suggests, they have meaning. And the rest is more random when looked at (like 2 to 3). ??
    Last edited by answeredquestions; May 2nd, 2012 at 07:35 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by answeredquestions View Post
    Hi Bradford,

    Are you saying that the connection from odd to even numbers are the meaningful ones? Also, to anyone, is Xian Tian the same thing as the Sequence? I like what Tuck has shared.

    Edit: I think I might get what Bradford said better, but need verification this is what he meant. Bare with me, but is it that hexagrams 1 and 2 for instance, they can be looked at together, yet 2 to 3 hasn't a link. 3 and 4 have a link, because they are opposites. So, down the line through all 64, if you put them in pairs, "1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 ... 61-62, 63-64" like Bradford suggests, they have meaning. And the rest is more random when looked at (like 2 to 3). ??
    The pairs odd-even are structurally meaningful because they are either the inverse or the opposite of each other. The pairs even-odd are structurally unrelated, except as they may occur at random.

    "The Sequence" is based on the "Hou Tian" or Later Heaven. This is either mathematically random or nobody has discovered an elegant algorithm for it.
    The Xian Tuan is the Primal Heaven and it's simply the sequence of binary numbers from 00 to 63, discovered later in the Song Dynasty.

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    Thanks Bradford!

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