Yijing Walking Paths

Something I wrote in Clarity on Nov/12/2011,  about a novel way to read hexagrams and follow “paths” amongst the lines.

The text below is in a private part of Clarity but I wanted to have a record of it here also, with a date stamp. Personal information has been removed for privacy reasons.

 

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Now, I am testing this way of reading and using the text of the lines for the first time with someone else, other than myself. Lucky you! I want to know if it makes sense to anybody else. It is a narrative taking into account the four readings you’ve listed in this thread, viz:

 

52.3.4>35

28.5>32

1.3.4.5>41

9.1.2.6>39

 

 

To all, I am sorry to continue to be cryptic about what I’m working on–and never seem to be able to finish and share it, once and for all–but I’m not ready to share the actual logic of the ordering of the lines and their text. It should be sufficient to say that the hexagrams are grouped together, side by side, and the “narrative” follows a meandering, laberynthine path between the hexagram’s lines. You/Subject, walks between two lines at the time (in this case, your first step is between 35.1 and 28.1, second is between 52.2 and 35.2, and so on). As you can see, your queries drew eight hexagrams in total and their sequence is in such an order that you can “walk,” back and forth, between all of them, in that meandering path. Conceptually, you can keep asking and perhaps the path continues forward (left to right) but that is not guaranteed. For example, if the next hexagram in the consulting efforts were to have a top yang line, the path would be stuck there and the “walking” stops. Mind you, at least with this method I’m using.

 

The reason I’m not ready to share many details is that I visualize hexagrams in a completely different way. I don’t use the lines everyone is familiar with and that’s what I’m trying to protect from copying until I have all the copyright protection I can get. Especially because they can be used in art and, from there, in merchandising. Once that cat is out of the bag, it is impossible to control without proper protection. In the meantime, I have asked a few people I can trust, to bear witness to the precedence of my system and support my claims. I have also worked out all the known and familiar sequences of the hexagrams using my coding (there are quite a few more than the two more familiar ones…), as well as the 4096 distinct “changes” of every hexagram into each other. With my system you obtain unique symbols for each one of those 4096 changes. Quite cool to bear, if I may say so, as it gives the Yilin a set of original symbols.

 

Also, another bonafide discovery that floored me when I finished that sequence in paper, is that the Fuxi (binary) sequence of hexagrams is perfectly symmetrical using my coding and why I think that said coding may not be just a chance discovery but could in fact be a re-discovery of an ancient method and perhaps the sequence used in the, now lost, Lianshan. I know I am right down speculating at this moment but it is some educated speculation. I came up with this coding some 25 years ago but didn’t follow up their research path until about five years ago, when I had access to more academic information related to early China archaeological findings, history, etc.

 

Sorry to ramble about all this in your thread but if I had left you with all these lines to read, and meditate about, without some reasonable background information, you’d think I’m mad. Mind you, you might be absolutely right if you thought so…

 

Now, start “walking” and tell me where it takes you, within the context of your quest. The symbology of the main hexagrams, images, trigrams, etc., still applies. That doesn’t go away. I am not re-inventing the Yijing. I am just adding more to mull about, with a “walking path” to follow. You will also notice that the “walking path” touches some of the lines twice. It is where and when they appear again that should be meaningful to you. Remember, it is your path. Try to make it speak to you, not to us here for feedback.

 

I hope this makes sense to more souls than my own. Consider this a test of something new. A “premiere.” A totally novel way to think about the hexagrams as “walking paths”…

 

 

35.1: Progressing, but turned back.

Perseverance brings good fortune.

If one meets with no confidence, one should remain calm.

No mistake.

 

28.1: To spread white rushes underneath.

No blame.

 

52.2: Keeping his calves still.

He cannot rescue him whom he follows.

His heart is not glad.

 

35.2: Progressing, but in sorrow.

Perseverance brings good fortune.

Then one obtains great happiness from one’s ancestress.

 

52.3: Keeping his hips still.

Making his sacrum stiff.

Dangerous. The heart suffocates.

 

35.3: All are in accord. Remorse disappears.

 

35.2: Progressing, but in sorrow.

Perseverance brings good fortune.

Then one obtains great happiness from one’s ancestress.

 

28.2: A dry poplar sprouts at the root.

An older man takes a young wife.

Everything furthers.

 

28.3: The ridgepole sags to the breaking point.

Misfortune.

 

32.3: He who does not give duration to his

character

Meets with disgrace.

Persistent humiliation.

 

32.4: No game in the field.

 

1.4: Wavering flight over the depths.

No blame.

 

1.5: Flying dragon in the heavens.

It furthers one to see the great man.

 

41.5: Someone does indeed increase him.

Ten pairs of tortoises cannot oppose it.

Supreme good fortune.

 

41.4: If a man decreases his faults,

It makes the other hasten to come and

rejoice.

No blame.

 

9.4: If you are sincere, blood vanishes and fear gives way.

No blame.

 

9.3: The spokes burst out of the wagon wheels.

Man and wife roll their eyes.

 

41.3: When three people journey together,

Their number decreases by one.

When one man journeys alone,

He finds a companion.

 

41.4: Someone does indeed increase him.

Ten pairs of tortoises cannot oppose it.

Supreme good fortune.

 

1.4: Wavering flight over the depths.

No blame.

 

32.3: He who does not give duration to his

character

Meets with disgrace.

Persistent humiliation.

 

1.3: All day long the superior man is

creatively active.

At nightfall his mind is still beset

with cares.

Danger. No blame.

 

28.2: A dry poplar sprouts at the root.

An older man takes a young wife.

Everything furthers.

 

32.2: Remorse disappears.

 

28.1: To spread white rushes underneath.

No blame.

 

32.1: Seeking duration too hastily brings misfortune persistently.

Nothing that would further.

 

1.1: Hidden dragon. Do not act.

 

41.1: Going quickly when one’s tasks are finished

Is without blame.

But one must reflect on how much one may decrease others.

 

41.2: Perseverance furthers.

To undertake something brings misfortune.

Without decreasing oneself,

One is able to bring increase to others.

 

9.2: He allows himself to be drawn into returning.

Good fortune.

 

9.3: The spokes burst out of the wagon wheels.

Man and wife roll their eyes.

 

39.3: Going leads to obstructions;

Hence he comes back.

 

9.4: If you are sincere, blood vanishes and fear gives way.

No blame.

 

39.4: Going leads to obstructions,

Coming leads to union.

 

9.5: If you are sincere and loyally attached,

You are rich in your neighbor.

 

39.5: In the midst of the greatest obstructions,

Friends come.

 

9.6: The rain comes, there is rest.

This is due to the lasting effect of character.

Perseverance brings the woman into

danger.

The moon is nearly full.

If the superior man persists,

Misfortune comes.

 

39.6: Going leads to obstructions,

Coming leads to great good fortune.

It furthers one to see the great man.

 

41.5: Someone does indeed increase him.

Ten pairs of tortoises cannot oppose it.

Supreme good fortune.

 

9.5: If you are sincere and loyally attached,

You are rich in your neighbor.

 

41.6: If one is increased without depriving

others,

There is no blame.

Perseverance brings good fortune.

It furthers one to undertake something.

One obtains servants

But no longer has a separate home.

 

9.6: The rain comes, there is rest.

This is due to the lasting effect of character.

Perseverance brings the woman into

danger.

The moon is nearly full.

If the superior man persists,

Misfortune comes.

 

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