## DIGITAL #ICHING: new #Patterns, #Designs and a new #Science thanks to Octal Numbers

This Gnostic Book of Changes quotes Terence McKenna:

The I Ching is no magic; it is a science we don’t understand.

The science that I am offering, comprises a new understanding of

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.

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