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Chapter 10: Living in a continuously changing World

Chapter Ten “Living in a continuously changing world” looks at Yi Jing (I-Ching). It gives an introduction to the trilogy and formation of the trigrams. A short description of the eight basic trigrams, linking some of the variables is then given. The chapter looks at a few hexagrams in some detail; it then lists the sixty four hexagrams. The chapter ends with a quick look at “divination”, as examples of the applications of this fascinating topic.

 

Yi Jing (I-Ching) is a fascinating topic, unique to the Chinese culture, poorly understood in the West, not well understood by majority of ethnic Chinese. It is used in a wide range of applications, most notably for forecasting and divinations.

 

The chapter starts with a look at some interesting scenarios for the present and future years. It then delves into some theoretical discussion such as forces in nature and the propensity for change. Some of the hexagrams are then presented, in particular descriptions of their scenarios and their application in terms of business and relationships. This is followed by a discussion of the eight basic trigrams, their characteristics, properties as well as their combinations.

 

The practice of divination is then looked at, starting from formulating a question, to obtaining hexagrams and its interpretations. An analysis of the hexagrams as well as their interpretations in terms of elements within the hexagram is then introduced. The chapter ends with listing of all the hexagrams by sequence, "palaces" as well as by trigram combinations.

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