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8 Trigrams & 64 Hexigrams became a discovery of something implicit in the cosmic order

YinYangThese 8 trigrams are the building blocks of 64 hexagrams that display every possible combination of these lines. It was the first of these sequences that led the 17th century father of calculus, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz to discover the functioning of the binary system. A Jesuit priest, who was based in China, showed the configuration to Leibniz, who investigated further and discovered that if the value of 0 were attributed to each solid line, and the value of 1 to each broken line, it would give the binary notation for the numbers 0 through to 63. The uncovering of the binary code allowed Leibniz to change the path of mathematics for all time.  The I Ching is therefore the earliest known example of binary notation, this being the smallest complete arithmetic number system as well as the language that enables computers to work.

 

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In Chinese divination philosophy, the tortoise is the foundation of  the cycle of creation – birth, life, death and rebirth

Photographer - Dianne Donnahue

Photographer – Dianne Donnahue

Legends share  that around 3000 BC, the Emperor Fu-hsi (Fu-xi) was meditating by the Yellow River, when a tortoise emerged from the water and the markings on its shell revealed to him the 8 trigrams of the I Ching.

I Ching (Yi Jing) – The Book of Changes – ancient divining system and oldest book in the world

In the Chinese Cardinal Directions symbology the tortoise protects ones back.  It can also symbolize a shield.  In Roman times warriors marching with shields up coming up from behind slowly is a reflection of a turtle’s shell!

8 Trigrams

These  8 trigrams became a more sophisticated system with 64 hexagrams.  In 1143 BC King Wen organised these hexagrams into a system and commentary  creating the structure of the I Ching that we know today.

Around 1000 BC yarrow stalks replaced  the tortoises and in 500 BC Confucius is said  to have added commentaries to the I Ching.

The I Ching  is considered to be a philosophical system based on higher mathematics. It utilises strong / solid lines that are considered to be yang, and yielding / broken lines that are considered to be yin. These lines are combined into groups of 3, which give us the trigrams that symbolically represent:

Upper line – Heaven

Middle line – Humanity

Lower line – Earth


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Feng (Wind) Shui (Water)

Feng Shui

Wind and water are the two natural elements that flow, move, and circulate everywhere on Earth. They are also the most basic elements required for human survival.   An invisible energy or ‘life force’ called Chi is considered to bind life together.  Feng Shui lets us influence chi to improve our personal experiences at home, work, plan and in the community.

Three types of chi:  Cosmic, Human and Earth Chi

Cosmic Chi or force of nature

Cosmic Chi influences our moods in the same way the pull of the sun on  the earth  and the moon on the tides.   It is considered  to be the source of abundant wealth, fortune, peace, honor and good health. Businesses with plentiful chi will prosper and continue to grow.

Human Chi in each of us

Each of us has our own unique chi  that has it’s own path that influences our personality, interactions,  and moods.

Earth Chi in the  earth

The Chi of the mountains, streams, valleys, plains, and desserts have an impact on us.

Take a moment to view each slide and notice what earth chi draws you in.  Is it the forest, ocean, park like or mountain view?  Now imagine each person you meet and interact with will have their own unique preference!  Each earth-scape reflects different qualities.  The mountain is solid and grounded and reflects honesty and values while water suggests elusiveness and flexibility of ebb and flow.  Too much water could represent lack of being grounded therefore a possibility of not being able to fully commit. Feng Shui principles supports balance and harmony.  If you are too grounded or too elusive find support through these principles.

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Symbols of Chinese Cardinal Directions


Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Value-Based Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000, Founder of Greater Victoria Peace & Intercultural Celebrations since 2010 & Greater Victoria Labyrinths since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Calendar Founder – 2014 & 2015