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i ching

To: alt.divination
From: Matthew Montchalin 
Subject: Re: i ching
Date: Sun, 26 Sep 1999 01:17:07 -0700

On 26 Sep 1999, KBurne1045 wrote:

| Is 45 present/45 future a good combination?
| I am having trouble when I read and the present is positive, then the
| future is definitely not. How do you work with this conflict? 

What method are you using to generate your hexagrams?  One usually builds
a hexagram from the bottom line up.  If you are drawing the lines on a
piece of paper, count off enough space for six lines.  Now, starting at
the bottom of the space, that is where you draw your first line.  Keep
going up, a line at a time, until all six lines are drawn.  That makes
one, complete hexagram.  (If any of the lines are 'special' then make a
star or check mark next to them; 'special' lines are considered 'moving'
lines, with a potential to flip to the opposite state:  a broken line
becomes a solid line, or a solid line becomes a broken line.)  Of course,
you already know this, but it does not hurt to go over this for others who
may be reading.

A hexagram has a number of 'traits' that are unique to it.  You mentioned
"past" and "future."  This trait depends somewhat upon the question
submitted to the I Ching.  Unlike the many methods of divining
through the Tarot, where are cards are assigned to 'times' (like the
Present, the Future, and the Past), the I Ching is capable of addressing
the future and the past as dislocated events that are mystically or
acausally "related" to each other; it takes into account amazing
coincidences as much as that which is logically connected to each other.

That's the whole point of synchronicity, where separate events can lead up
to an amazing connection that, upon being connected, can spin away from
each other again:  two geese flying, one eastwards and one westwards, may
meet each other --- and upon their encounter --- separate and keep going.

You mentioned Hexagram 45 --- Ts'ui --- "Gatherings" --- but you did not
indicate whether any of the lines were in motion.  Assuming none of them
were in motion, we can safely say that the upper trigram (Tui or "Lake")
is clearly above the lower trigram (K'un or "Earth").  Furthermore, the
internal trigrams are in an established and unwaivering relationship with
each other:  "new and fresh trees (Sun)" completely cover "an old and
weathered hill (Ken)."  As is usually the case, upper trigrams denote
newer, or pending developments, and lower trigrams denote older, past
developments.  If none of the lines are in motion, there is an ecological
and harmonious balance between the new and the old.  Although winds are
increasing, the trees grow strong.  People come together; forces unite
in a natural balance.  People will climb the hill.  It does not look too
high, and they are therefore advance in good heart.

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