Ancient Symbols & Signs

I Ching Trigram K’an

i Ching Symbols: I Ching Trigram K’an

King Wen of the Zhou Dynasty has been accredited with the following philosophical description of the source of I Ching.

“When the world began, there was heaven and earth. Heaven mated with the earth and gave birth to everything in the world. Heaven is Qian-gua, and the Earth is Kun-gua. The remaining six gua are their sons and daughters”.


K’an means pit and signifies danger and flowing water. It is associated with the mind and concentration.
Family Body Part Compass Point Element Season Natural Element
Middle Son Ear N Water Winter Moon