I had no idea when I started my symbol series that I’d have so many things to talk about! Sure, I know symbols are everywhere, but how often do you stop to actually think about them? The last several posts were about divination symbols. Carrying on with that, today I’ll take a look at the I Ching. The I Ching is all about the dynamic balance of opposites — those forces beyond our control. Where have you heard that before on this blog? Luck.
The I Ching, with the trigrams involved, is considered the oldest book of divination that came into being before recorded history. It’s believed the book was conceived by the first of the Three Sovereigns, Fu Xi.
The Three Sovereigns, said to be god-kings or demigods, were mythological rulers of China from approximately 2852 B.C.E. to 2205 B.C.E. In that respect, Fu Xi is like the Egyptian proto-god Thoth. Like Thoth, Fu Xi also taught his people writing, among other things. And, just as Odin received his runes from Yggdrasil the World Tree, Fu Xi also received his insight into the I Ching supernaturally. Legend has it that he discovered the arrangement in markings on the back of a mythical dragon-horse that emerged from the river Luo. Some versions of this myth say the I Ching appeared on the back of a turtle.
A side note: calligraphy showed up the very same way.
Another side note: When so many cultures share striking similarities in their mythology, it shows you just how ancient the stories are. (Compare the lives of Jesus to Osiris/Dionysus and even Buddha, sometime.) Fascinating.
So… back to I Ching. Traditionally, yarrow stalks were used as I Ching staves. Coins are are often used today. These are cast and the symbols, or kua, are read. You start with hexagrams comprised of six stacked horizontal lines. The various combinations of lines in each hexagram represent states of change. These lines are either a Yang –a solid line, or a Yin — a broken line with a gap in the center. The yin (female energy) and yang (male energy) represent the duality in life.
When these lines are stacked, you get 64 possible combinations leading to 64 hexagrams. Like the runes (see yesterday’s post), each one means something. Basically, an unbroken line symbolizes the positive/yes and the broken line symbolizes the negative/no and these two primary forces in the universe affect the energy of all living things.
This is an excellent step by step example of I Ching being read:
Just for fun ~ Get your I Ching read.
Here’s one for today:
Quotientive (adjective 1871)
indicating how often
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