I Ching, Yijing or Zhou Yi
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  Yi Jing, Oracle of the Moon

Contrasting hexagrams


  When all lines change, a hexagram turns into its contrast, or complementary hexagram.
  All yin lines are now yang, all yang lines are yin. Both are what the other is not.

Hex.3 at left is Thunder below Water
Hex.50 at right is Wind below Fire.

trigram Water
Trigram Thunder
trigram Fire
Trigram Wind

They are total opposites, hex.3 is the first beginning of things, hex.50 is the final result, the state with its laws and structure. Trigram Water is formless, trigram Fire is form and order. But every start is made for a completion and every completion was once started.



The names (and the images) shows their difference. The oldest form of Tun is a seedling sprouting, the oldest form of Ding is a cauldron. From sowing the seeds up to eating the harvest or offering it to the gods and spirits.

last update: 27.05.2021


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