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=== I CHING = THE ORACLE OF CHANGE ==="What you bring is the measure of what you get..."--- HOW TO CONSULT THE ORACLE USING THREE COINS --- (See also the traditional yarrow and four coins methods below). First, think of your question, phrasing it as best you can. Toss THREE COINS, scoring 3 for a head (H), 2 for a tail (T). From the table below, draw a line depending on the total. Toss the coins five more times, drawing each new line above the last, giving a HEXAGRAM made from two TRIGRAMS. Total Line Meaning Coins (Probability) 6 - x - moving Yin TTT (1/8) 7 ----- Yang HTT+THT+TTH (3/8) 8 -- -- Yin HHT+HTH+THH (3/8) 9 --o-- moving Yang HHH (1/8) Any moving lines in the resulting MAIN hexagram have special significance, with explanations in the text. Also, a CHANGED hexagram should be drawn by converting moving Yin lines to Yang, moving Yang lines to Yin, and leaving the others unchanged. The changed hexagram offers clues to the future. Use the following table to read off the number matching your hexagram(s), and see the main text above for the meanings of the hexagrams and any moving lines. TRIGRAMS -- -- ----- -- -- ----- -- -- ----- -- -- ----- Above: -- -- -- -- ----- ----- -- -- -- -- ----- ----- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ----- ----- ----- ----- Below: K'UN KEN K'AN SUN CHEN LI TUI CH'IEN -- -- K'UN -- -- Earth 2 23 8 20 16 35 45 12 -- -- ----- KEN -- -- Mount 15 52 39 53 62 56 31 33 -- -- -ain -- -- K'AN ----- Water 7 4 29 59 40 64 47 6 -- -- ----- SUN ----- Wind 46 18 48 57 32 50 28 44 -- -- -- -- CHEN -- -- Thund 24 27 3 42 51 21 17 25 ----- -er ----- LI -- -- Fire 36 22 63 37 55 30 49 13 ----- -- -- TUI ----- Lake 19 41 60 61 54 38 58 10 ----- ----- CH'IEN ----- Heaven 11 26 5 9 34 14 43 1 ----- EXAMPLE: 'Am I explaining this clearly...?' I toss TTH=7, HHH=9, HHH=9, THT=7, HHT=8 and HHH=9, giving: --o-- as my main hexagram, and -- -- as my changed hexagram. -- -- -- -- ----- (trigram = LI) ----- (trigram = CHEN) --o-- -- -- --o-- -- -- ----- (trigram = CH'IEN) ----- (trigram = CHEN) I search for '14' in the main text above and find TA YU / WEALTH. I read the decision (success!), image, and explanations for the 2nd, 3rd and top lines, seeing these as a progression. I then search for '51', find CHEN / THUNDER, and glean the outcome from the judgement and image of that hexagram. Top --- HOW TO GENERATE A HEXAGRAM USING YARROW STALKS ---------------------------- This method is quite an involved ritual that gets easier with practice. Meditate on your question throughout... 1. Take 50 yarrow stalks (long match sticks will do), and put one aside which will be the unused 'observer'. / ///////////////////////////////////////////////// 2. DIVIDE those stalks not set aside INTO TWO BUNDLES, side by side. / /////////////////////////// ////////////////////// 3. Take ONE STALK FROM THE RIGHT hand bundle, and put this between the little and ring fingers of your left hand. Take the left bundle in the left hand. / | ||||||||||||||||||||||||||| ///////////////////// 4. REMOVE GROUPS OF FOUR stalks from the bundle you hold, returning them to where they were taken, UNTIL FOUR OR FEWER remain. Place these between the ring and middle fingers of your left hand. / | ||| //// //// //// //// //// ///////////////////// 5. Take the RIGHT HAND BUNDLE in your left hand, and repeat step 4, but placing the remainder between the middle and index fingers of the left hand. / | ||| | //////////////////////// //// //// //// //// //// 6. Counting the stalks between the left hand fingers, SCORE '2' if there are NINE, '3' if there are FIVE (any other number indicates an error: repeat steps 2 to 6). Lay these stalks aside, and reassemble the two bundles. / /////=3 //////////////////////////////////////////// 7. Repeat steps 2 to 6, but SCORE '2' if EIGHT stalks are held between your fingers, '3' if there are FOUR. / /////=3 + ////////=2 //////////////////////////////////// 8. Repeat step 7, and TOTAL YOUR SCORE: this gives you your FIRST LINE, as per the table below. / /////=3 + ////////=2 + ////=3 //////////////////////////////// 9. Reassemble the 49 stalks. Repeat steps 2 to 8 FIVE MORE TIMES, recording each new line above the last. Total Line Meaning Stalks(Probability/4) (Probability) 6 - x - moving Yin 9(1)8(2)8(2) ( 4/64) 7 ----- Yang 9(1)8(2)4(2)+9(1)4(2)8(2)+5(3)4(2)4(2) (20/64) 8 -- -- Yin 9(1)4(2)4(2)+5(3)8(2)4(2)+5(3)4(2)8(2) (28/64) 9 --o-- moving Yang 5(3)4(2)4(2) (12/64) Note that the probabilities are different from the coin method. Also note that the totals can be derived by summing the stalks between the left hand fingers (25, 21, 17 or 13), subtracting this form 49, and dividing by 4. For example, (49-17)/4 = 8. Top --- HOW SIMULATE THE YARROW METHOD WITH FOUR COINS --- Calculate the scores for each line as follows: toss TWO SILVER coins and TWO COPPER coins together. If the BOTH SILVER coins are tails, score 2, otherwise score 3. EACH COPPER coin scores 2 for a tail, 3 for a head. The resulting total scores have the same probabilities as the yarrow method (see table above). The silver coins correspond to the first division of the 49 stalks, while the copper coins correspond to the subsequent divisions. This method is mathematically equivalent only! Top ===============================================================================