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
Trigram Earth
K'un 坤
  • Earth
  • Receptive
  • Devotion
  • Femininity
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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