IChing Trigrams and Hexagrams


I Ching Trigrams and Hexagrams

The I ching consists of the two complementary opposites, yin and yang.

IChing Yin Yang These represent odd / even, masculine / feminine, positive / negative, day / night. In ancient times yin was the shaded north side of a hill, whereas yang was the sunny south side. Yang governs all things masculine, positive, heaven, hard, moving and living. Yin governs all things feminine, negative, earthly, soft, static and non-living.

The I ching consist of Yin and Yang but these are said to have gave birth to the four primary symbols. An extra line is then added to each of these symbols to create the eight trigrams which relate to the eight directions of space.

IChing Greater Yang IChing Greater Yin IChing Lesser Yang IChing Lesser Yin

Below are the eight trigrams arranged in the Former Heaven Sequence. To see any of the trigram meanings click on the relevant symbol.

Iching Trigram Tui Iching Trigram Chien Iching Trigram Sun
Iching Trigram Li Iching Trigram Yin Yang Iching Trigram Kan
Iching Trigram Chen Iching Trigram Kun Iching Trigram Ken

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