The I Ching is no magic; it is a science we don’t understand.
- not only conceptual polarities, but also visual symmetries
- not only in visual diagrams, but also numerical interpretations
- of time and consciousness.
The use of octal numbers has allowed me to find ‘stable’ hexagrams, i.e. those with dual octal digits: the values 00, 11, 22, 33, 44, 55, 66, 77.
In digital designs, they can be represented from four ‘view points’ or ‘cornerstones’:
When used for divination, two hexagrams are used: one to represent the Here and Now and a second one that the current situation changes into, based on those lines that change when we make our conventional or binary divination.
The position of two hexagrams within a set of hexagrams and eight different sets adds new scope for interpretation:
1. Which ‘quadrant’ or ‘directional context’ of change do our two hexagrams occupy? That depends on the ‘intensity’ of change, as indicated by the ‘stability’ of the two hexagrams:
- Top Right, if both are stable;
- Top Left, if the first is stable and the second one unstable;
- Bottom Left, if both are unstable;
- Bottom Right, if the first is unstable and the second one is stable.
The meaning of the quadrant position is explained also under polarities:
- the Left is the Past and the Right is the Future
- the Top is Consciousness and the Bottom is Unconsciousness.
2. Which ‘plane’ are we moving from and to:
- 00 or Dark (Earth, night) to 77 or Light (Heaven, day):
- becoming conscious of ourselves and our world – as on the left – if the first hexagram is < or smaller than the second one;
- here the four ‘quadrants’ are home to complete sets of hexagrams – showing fourfold symmetry – both visually and numerically.
It is this combination of visual beauty and numerical accuracy that adds new value to this ancient wisdom.
Or are we moving
- 77 or Light (Heaven) to 00 Dark (Earth):
- becoming inspired by the Universe – as on the left – if the first hexagram is > or greater than the second one.
3. How do we interpret the comparisons of visual positions and numerical values of two hexagrams?
- Stable hexagrams in diagonals illustrate directions of change: between Light (day) and Dark (night).
- Quadrants of single sets of hexagrams bridge polarities of time: past and future as well as awareness: unconscious and consciousness.
- Planes of four sets of hexagrams bridge polarities of space: Heaven and Earth as boundaries for humans: inspiration and manifestation.