Worldwide Cybelian Movement

Many years later, towards the end of the Shang dynasty, the emperor in Yu-li in the province of Ho-nan imprisoned the founder of the subsequent Chou dynasty King Wen. Not having much to do with his time, King Wen spent the best part of two years combining the eight trigrams to form hexagrams – six-lined figures. Using all the available permutations, he came up with 64 hexagrams. These were subsequently used as a form of divination, by the process either of casting 49 yarrow stalks, or throwing three coins six times to create the relevant hexagram.

Hexagrams are built from the bottom up. Dependant upon the cast or coin-throw, each of the individual lines of the hexagrams was either solid or moving – as in fig B at the right. If any of the lines were moving lines, a secondary hexagram would be created. This linear potential for change resulted in 4096 possible permutations – and therefore results - from any single hexagram cast.

Moving lines

Fig. 2


Fig. 1


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