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 ONLINE
Get the hexagram that answers your question online.
The 64 hexagrams and their meaning in divination.
The eight trigrams and how they combine into the hexagrams.
The basic polar opposites of the I Ching explained.
A few of the English versions of The Book of Change reviewed.
If you want to comment the I Ching or this website, please go here.
My Other Websites:
Taoism, the old Chinese philosophy of life, based on Tao, the Way.
The old Tarot deck of cards for divination. How to use it and what each card means. Free online spread.
How predicitions are done by classical astrology and the complete horoscope, with many examples.
The ancient Chinese life energy qi (chi) explained and simple instructions on how to exercise it.
Books by Stefan Stenudd:
Tao Te Ching
The Taoism of Lao Tzu Explained The great Chinese classic, translated and extensively commented by Stefan Stenudd. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
This book presents an imaginative reading of the divination cards, which is the most appropriate for the Tarot since it consists of symbolic images. Several spreads are introduced, as well as the meanings of all the 78 cards and their pictures. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
I Ching Hexagram 16.
Yu / Enthusiasm
Upper trigram: Chên The Arousing, Thunder
Lower trigram: K'un The Receptive, Earth
Enthusiasm. It furthers one to install helpers
And to set armies marching.
From Richard Wilhelm's version of the I Ching.
Meaning of the Trigrams Combined
Each hexagram combines two trigrams, making one the upper and the other the lower. The meaning of the hexagram is mainly derived from that combination. Here's what it means for this hexagram:
X upon Y
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Compare with the Reversed Hexagram
It's common to compare a hexagram with the one where the lines are the opposite: a full line is broken and a broken line full. But I find it much more interesting to compare hexagrams with the trigrams reversed: the upper trigram becomes the lower, and the lower trigram becomes the upper. That deepens the understanding of the trigrams at work - when they're not identical. See what it means for these trigrams:
The hexagram with the trigrams reversed
Compare with the Reversed Lines
If you like to compare this hexagram to its opposite according to the six lines, here is that opposing hexagram:
Hexagram with opposite lines
This Hexagram According to Richard Wilhelm
For the interpretation of this hexagram from Richard Wilhelm's version of the I CHING, please go here:
Richard Wilhelm's text about the hexagram
Read more about the eight trigrams that are combined into the 64 hexagrams:
The I Ching Trigrams
The 64 I Ching Hexagrams
An 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.