BY STEFAN STENUDD
I'm a Swedish writer and instructor of the peaceful martial art aikido. In addition to fiction, I've written books about Taoism as well as other Chinese and Japanese traditions. I'm also a historian of ideas, researching the thought patterns in creation myths. My personal website: stenudd.com
I Ching Hexagrams
Their names and divination meanings
I Ching is one of the oldest books of Ancient China. It contains 64 hexagrams and texts on how to understand them in the case of divination. You find links to all of the hexagrams and their divinatory texts below.
Based on Eight TrigramsThe I Ching hexagrams are based on trigrams, which are figures consisting of three lines that can either be whole or broken in two. That makes a total of eight possible trigrams (2 x 2 x 2). Each trigram has its symbolic meaning. They are then combined in pairs, one above the other, which makes up the 64 hexagrams. More about the trigrams here:
The 64 I Ching HexagramsAn I Ching hexagram is composed of two trigrams. Each of the 64 hexagrams has its own name, meaning, and divinatory text. Here they all are, in the traditional order. Click on the image of an I Ching hexagram to get to its webpage.