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 I Ching

Source: http://www.i-ching.hu/chp00/chp2/reconstruct.htm

Fig. 21.b. The Yi-globe with small circlets (enlarged) #IChing #Taoism

'For the sake of completeness the passage below lists the characteristic features of the Yi-globe in detail:

1) The two principal hexagrams, the Receptive and the Creative mark the vertical axis of the globe. The base of the axis – and that of the globe as the Receptive, wherefrom changes, and thereby the whole creation starts, while the top is the Creative, whereto the ascending movements trend, where all the paths meet.

2) The circles of the individual levels (from I to V) resemble the parallels of the earthly coordinate system.

3) As it follows from the method of the design, and is apparently shown in figures 13 and 14, each hexagram – except for those on the axis – falls on the radius of the circles, branching at 30 or 60 degrees from one another. The connecting lines of the end points of these radii appear as meridians on the globe, keeping the intervals of 30 degree; thus there is 12 such meridians altogether.

4) 54 hexagrams are placed over the globe’s surface, in the points of intersection of the parallels and the meridians. They are distributed over the surface as follows:

  • circle V: 6 hexagrams, at 60 degrees from each other.
  • circle IV: 12 hexagrams, at 30 degrees from each other.
  • circle III: 18 hexagrams, in 6 treble groups, at 60 degrees from each other.
  • circle II: 12 hexagrams, at 30 degrees from each other.
  • circle I: 6 hexagrams, at 60 degrees from each other.

5) Eight hexagrams have been placed along the axis of the globe, between the Creative and the Receptive:

  • level II: three doubled trigrams (29, 51, 52), overlapping each other on the axis,
  • level III: After Completion and Before Completion (63 and 64), in the centre of the globe,
  • level IV: a further three doubled trigrams (30, 57, 58), overlapping each other as well.

In summarizing the demonstrated structures and the pertaining data it can be established that the Yi-globe, without
deep analysis, considering only its geometrical characteristics, expresses a fact which was not apparent in the former configurations of the hexagrams: the unity and completeness of the world. That is to say, it proved true that the signs of the I Ching, the hexagrams, can be related with another general world symbol, the sphere.

This outcome can be expressed in a thesis:

(1) If the hexagrams of the I Ching are arranged in the space between the Creative and the Receptive according to the laws of change – and following the principles of symmetry and balance – a sphere will be produced. This sphere represents the whole universe, similarly to other circular and spherical symbols found in the myths. This is the Yi-globe.'

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