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Originally posted by visualmiscreant
Cool. I've never messed with I-Ching before nor even studied it at all. Recently I downloaded Terence and Dennis McKenna's "The Invisible Landscape" and got my first look at it. They use an ancient system called King Wen which has 64 hexagrams. I still don't know anything about it, but I will be reading more soon. Thanks for posting this; I hope you don't mind if I save it to my hard drive for reference...
Originally posted by Kokatsi
There is something in what you are saying. I will test it as I have been using the I Ching for various things for decades.
Is there some parallelism in classical writings to what you are saying here?
All I know is that classical theory says the middle two lines of a hexagram represent human beings, the bottom two the Earth, the top two Heaven (in Taoist cosmology). The same was stated about the new hexagram coming from the "seed trigrams" and the "seed hexagram." The "seed trigrams" of a given hexagram are from Lines 2, 3 and 4 (counted from the bottom), then Lines 3, 4 and 5 respectively.
With that is mind, one parallelism does not exclude another in this thinking, many more parallelisms are brought in to explain a given hexagram.
For beginners: King Wen is the person who arranged and numbered all the 64 hexagrams in the order we know today. It is possible that this was not one person but the work of many people was summed up in one mythical figure. This came way before any explanations or commentaries.
McKenna was wondering for years about why the sequence is the way it is, and he found may rules but nothing was mathematically perfect. That is how he arrived at the idea that perhaps the King Wen sequence itself was somehow the "paradigm of life" or "organic time."
The I Ching (Wade-Giles) or "Yì Jīng" (pinyin), also known as the Classic of Changes, Book of Changes and Zhouyi, is one of the oldest of the Chinese classic texts. The book contains a divination system comparable to Western geomancy or the West African Ifá system; in Western cultures and modern East Asia, it is still widely used for this purpose.
Traditionally, the I Ching and its hexagrams were thought to pre-date recorded history
Originally posted by D1ss1dent
reply to post by BlueMule
I don't plan to make a video...
But i made that: picture
edit on 12-9-2012 by D1ss1dent because: (no reason given)