I Ching (A work in Progress)

I Ching   :  is taken from the ancient Chinese "Book of Changes" and it is a form of divinatory practice involving 64 hexagrams (patterns of 6 broken and unbroken lines), which are used in a divinatory way by the throwing of yarrow stalks or coins.

The Sixty-Four Spirits of Time 
Here are the 8 Trigrams used to make up the 64 divinatory symbols. To find out how the Trigrams come together to form each hexagram please click here.  

Below that are the 64 divinatory symbols or hexagrams of the I Ching in their usual order, with the hexagram graph and number.  To find out the divinatory meaning of each symbol simply click on the symbol and you will be taken to its meaning.  The meanings for the 64 hexagrams come from "Sacred Books of the East, vol. 16 (1899)" translated by James Legge.  The explanation of the entire figure is by: King Wăn and the explanation of the six individual lines are by: the Duke of K´┐Żu.

The 8 Trigrams (click each symbol to find its meaning)
1
I Ching Meanings - Force - Ch'ien 
Ch'ien
2
I Ching Meanings - Field - K'un
K'un
3
I Ching Meanings - Shake - Chen
Chen
4
I Ching Meanings - Ground - Sun
Sun
5
I Ching Meanings - Gorge - K'an
K'an
6
I Ching Meanings - Radiance - Li
Li
7
I Ching Meanings - Bound - Ken
Ken
8
I Ching Meanings - Open - Tui
Tui
The 64 Hexagrams (click each symbol to find its meaning)
1
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 01 - Force/Persisting, Ch'ien
2
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 02 - Field/Yielding, K'un
3
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 03 - Sprouting, Chun
4
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 04 - Enveloping, Meng
5
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 05 - Attending, Hsu
6
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 06 - Arguing, Sung
7
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 07 - Legions/Leading, Shih
8
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 08 - Grouping, Pi
9
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 09 - Acculmulating Small: Small, Hsiao
10
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 10 - Treading, Lu
11
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 11 - Pervading, T'ai
12
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 12 - Pervading, T'ai
13
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 13 - Concording People: Concord, T'ung
14
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 14 - Concording People: Concord, T'ung
15
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 15 - Humbling, Chien
16
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 16 - Providing For/Responding, Yu
17
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 17 - Following, Sui
18
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 18 - Corrupt/Renovating, Ku
19
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 19 - Nearing, Lin
20
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 20 - Viewing, Kuan
21
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 21 - Gnawing and Biting: Gnaw, Shih
22
I ching Meaning - Hexagram 22 - Adorning, Pi
23
I ching Meaning - Hexagram 23 - Stripping, Po
24
I ching Meaning - Hexagram 24 - Returning, Fu
25
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 25 - Without Embroiling: Without, Wu
26
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 26 - Great Accumulating: Great, Ta
27
 I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 27 - Jaws/Swallowing, Yi
28
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 28 - Great Exceeding: Great, Ta
29
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 29 - Repeating Gorge: Repeat Hsi
30
I Ching - Hexagram 30 - Radiance, Li
31
I Ching - Hexagram 31 - Hsien
32
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 32 - Persevering, Heng
33
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 33 - Retiring, Tun
34
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 34 - Great Invigorating: Great, Ta
35
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 35 - Prospering, Chin
36
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 36 - Brightness Hiding: Brightness, Ming
37
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 37 - Dwelling People: Dwell, Chia
38
I ChingMeaning - Hexagram 38 - Polarising, K'uei
39
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 39 - Limping/Difficulties Chein
40
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 40 - Loosening/Deliverance, Hsieh
41
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 41 - Diminishing, Sun
42
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 42 - Augmenting, Yi
43
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 43 - Resolution/Parting, Kuai
44
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 44 - Welcoming/Coupling, Kou
45
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 45 - Clustering, Ts'ui
46
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 46 - Ascending, Sheng
47
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 47 - Confining/Oppression, K'un
48
I ching Meaning - Hexagram 48 - The Well, Ching
49
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 49 - Skinning/Revolution, Ko
50
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 50 - The Vessel/Holding, Ting
51
I Ching - Hexagram 51 - Shake, Chen
52
I Ching - Hexagram 52 - Bound/Stabilising, Ken
53
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 53 - Infiltrating/Gradual Advance, Chien
54
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 54 - Converting the Mainden: Convert, Kuei
55
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 55 - Abounding, Feng
56
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 56 - Sojourning/Quest, Lu
57
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 57 - Ground/Penetrating, Sun
58
I Ching Meanings - Hexagram 58 - Open/Expressing, Tui
59
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 59 - Dispersing, Huan
60
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 60 - Articulating, Chieh
61
I Ching meaning - Hexagram 61 - Center Accord: Center, Chung
62
I CHing Meaning - Hexagram 62 - Small Exceeding: Small Hsiao
63
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 63 - Already Fording: Already, Chi
64
I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 64 - Not Yet Fording: Not Yet, Wei

Sources:

Sacred Books of the East, vol. 16 (1899) -  translated by James Legge.  For the whole article please see: Sacred Texts.

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Divination - Stephen Karcher - Element Books Limited (1997), Shaftsbury Dorset, SP7 8BP -  ISBN 1-85230-876-1

The I Ching, Discover the Secrets of the Plum Blossom Oracle - Lillian Too, Hamlyn, division of Octopus Publishing Group Ltd. 2-4 Heron Quays, London E14 4JP - ISBN 0 600 609170

See also: Tarot Card Meanings, Runes

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