Trigrams

Originally, the characters come from the Chinese practice of the Yarrow Oracle.

The continuous lines are fixed and light and the broken lines are soft and dark. Solid lines represent yang 陽 , expansion, the masculine aspect, light, life, ungraded numbers, penetration and mountains. In India it is represented by a phallic object. Its symbol is the dragon.

Broken lines symbolise yin 陰 , contraction, the feminine aspect, darkness, night, death, graded numbers, resistance and water courses. In India it is represented by the Yoni. Its symbol is the tiger.
A trigram emanates from drawn numbers, throws or originally arranged yarrow stalks. From two combined trigrams, a hexagram is formed. This gives the oracle’s answer and can be interpreted.

Trigrams   Nature Family
Trigram Heaven
Ch'ien 乾
  • Heaven
  • Creative
  • Strong
  • Dryness
Father
Trigram Earth
K'un 坤
  • Earth
  • Receptive
  • Devotion
  • Femininity
Mother
Trigram Thunder
Chên 震
  • Thunder
  • Exciting
  • Moving
  • Excitement
Eldest son
Trigram Water
K'an 坎
  • Water
  • Abysmal
  • Dangerous
  • Danger
Middle son
Trigram Mountain
Kên 艮
  • Mountain
  • Calm
  • Resting
  • Resistance
Youngest son
Trigram Wind
Sun 巽
  • Wind
  • Soft
  • Penetrating
  • Softness
Eldest daughter
Trigram Fire
Li 離
  • Fire
  • Clinging
  • Luminous
  • Separation
Middle daughter
Trigram Lake
Tui 兌
  • Lake
  • Cheerful
  • Joyful
  • Change
Youngest daughter

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