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

Mawangdui Yi Jing

01. JIÀN, key.

02.  CHUÁN, the flow or stream, the female organ.

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05.  rú short tunic; very fine and light silk (a silk garment for the winter sacrifice)

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09.  SHAO3 yì a picture of a person lifting up a small plant) little ability, little to plant.

10.  LI3 sacrifice, ritual, gift, courtesy.

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12.  fù return. The ‘broom’ was probably originally an attribute of nobility, and only later got its meaning as broom.

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15.  QIÀN hold an object in the mouth, hate, disagreeable (like clenched teeth).

16.  YÙ left-over, extra, surplus; remainder

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18.  Gè bamboo twig; measure for mulberry leaves.

19.  lín wood, forest.

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21.  shì tell the future using yarrow stalks

22.  fán: Artemisia Stelleriana.

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25.  wú mèng: without first child. According to Hertzer: without effort, but I think barren might be the best translation.

26.  xù store, save; grow;

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28.  tài guò for DA - big in hex.28 of the Zhouyi - another character is used: tai, great. It is the name of hex.11.

29.  XÍ GÀN used to paying tribute, pay repeatedly for the music, repeated trapfall.

30.  LUÓ net for catching birds

31.  QĪN To respect; obey with respect, Imperial.

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33.  YUÀN minor official; subordinate. The part translated as 'determine' is a hedge-hog

34.  TÀI ZHUÀNG great vigor. The character for big is tai, which is the name of hex.11: great, eminent.

35. ZAN3 acquatic, submerged, latent, humidity in the earth.

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38.  GUĀI (ramified ram’s horns) odd, singular, perverse; clever, well-behaved. Etymology: turning one's back. 'Ramification': the rivers from different directions, and seeing others as different. Evaluating, separating, staring.

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44.  GOU3 dog, damned; cursed (Talk about misogynistic, the Mawangdui text titles the hexagram Gou, The Bitch, both as female dog and a term of contempt. "Not at all useful to court the bitch." Bradford)

45.  ZÚ soldier, private; pawn; servant; finally; finish; die

46.  DĒNG climb, ascend; mount, publish; record, harvest, pedal, step on. It is composed of two feet and 'pot-of-beans' or 'drum', but here with the meaning 'pedestal'.

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51.  chèn, 5th of 12 Earthly Branches; 2-hr period; star, 7-9 A.M., time; day; occasion, celestial body (time-marker). It is a picture of an ancient hoe.

52.  GĒN root or base, cause, beginning.

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57.  SUÀN counting sticks (271 pieces, before abacus), exch. with SUAN4: count, calculate, number, plan, sum, combine, elaborate (a plan), project, strategy, foresee, to divine, life-span, taxes (at Han), food-basket.

58.  DUÓ force one's way; take by force; seize; wrest, contend for, deprive, decision, omission (in text). Bird-hand has the meaning 'spread the wings and fly', impetuous, energetic, burst forth. Duoduo: to force one’s way.

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61.  ZHŌNG FÙ either 'return halfway' or 'inner return', 'go back in', 'central return' or 'the center returns' (the balance, see Hertzer).

62.  Xiao3 Guò small mistake

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