BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO " I-CHING " :

I-Ching is an age-old Chinese method of divination. It is a fascinating subject, considered to be sacred. Therefore, it deserves to be treated with reverence, and I-Ching consultation is not meant for frivolous purposes. Down the ages, it has attracted the attention of innumerable persons of various countries, and have gained worldwide popularity. Briefly speaking, the 64 hexagrams corresponding to 64 different real life situations constitute the subject of I-Ching.

ABOUT THE 8 DIFFERENT 'TRIGRAMS' :

Actually, every individual diagram consists of two "trigrams" - one upper and the other lower. The upper trigram is relatively more important than the lower. As there are 8 different types of trigrams, 8 X 8 = 64 different types of hexagrams are possible in total. The Names of the 8 different trigrams are as under :

(1) Ch'ien., (2) Chen., (3) K'an., (4) Ken., (5)K'un., (6) S'un., (7) Li., and (8) Tui.

These 8 trigams were conceived as images of all real life situations. The name, meaning, attribute, image and family relationship of these 8 different trigrams are given below :

1
Name Ch'ien.
Meaning The Creative
Attribute Strong
Image Heaven
Relationship Father
2
Name Chen
Meaning The Arousing
Attribute Inciting, movement
Image Thunder
Relationship First Son
3
Name K'an
Meaning The Abysmal
Attribute Dangerous
Image Water
Relationship Second Son
4
Name Ken
Meaning Keeping stil
Attribute Resting
Image Mountain
Relationship Third Son
5
Name K'un
Meaning The Receptive
Attribute Devoted, yielding
Image Earth
Relationship Mother
6
Name S'un
Meaning The gentle
Attribute Penetrating
Image Wind, wood
Relationship First Daughter
7
Name Li
Meaning The Clinging
Attribute Light giving
Image Fire
Relationship Second Daughter
8
Name Tui
Meaning The joyous
Attribute Joyful
Image Lake
Relationship Third Daughter

ABOUT THE "HEXAGRAMS" 8 'SPECIAL' HEXAGRAMS :

As mentioned earlier, there are 64 different hexagrams, consisting of any of the 8 different trigrams as the upper, and any of the same 8 different trigrams as lower. 8 X 8 yields a total of 64 . Since every individual hexagram in fact consists of two different trigrams of the same type or two different types, rather than being individual entities - they are actually dependent on their constituent trigrams. Out of these two constituent trigrams, the upper one is relatively more important. ... In 8 different cases, the two constituent trigrams become the very same; in such cases, the indicated significations will obviously become confirmatory.

As mentioned earlier, there are 64 different hexagrams, consisting of any of the 8 different trigrams as the upper, and any of the same 8 different trigrams as lower. 8 X 8 yields a total of 64 . Since every individual hexagram in fact consists of two different trigrams of the same type or two different types, rather than being individual entities - they are actually dependent on their constituent trigrams. Out of these two constituent trigrams, the upper one is relatively more important. ... In 8 different cases, the two constituent trigrams become the very same; in such cases, the indicated significations will obviously become confirmatory. It should further be noted that the individual hexagrams also have also been attributed with distinctive names. But in case of these 8 hexagrams, the respective name remains the very same as their constituent/s for obvious reasons. The Names of these 8 hexagrams, the names of their constituent trigrams, together with their respective serial numbers in the typical scheme of 64 different hexagrams are given below :

  1. Ch'ien : Ch'ien-Ch'ien (Serial # 1).
  2. Chen : Chen-Chen (Serial # 51).
  3. K'an : K'an-K'an (Serial # 29).
  4. Ken : Ken-Ken (Serial # 52).
  5. K'un : K'un-K'un (Serial # 2).
  6. S'un : S'un-S'un (Serial # 57).
  7. Li : Li-Li (Serial # 30).
  8. Tui : Tui-Tui (Serial # 58).
INDIVIDUAL CHARACTERISTIC SIGNIFICATIONS OF THE 8 DIFFERENT 'TRIGRAMS' :
  1. Ch'ien : Ch'ien, Heaven, Male, Active, Strong, Father, Creative, Light, etc.
  2. Chen : Ch'en, Thunder, Male, Moving, Arousing, First Son, Quick, etc.
  3. K'an : K'an, Water, Male, Abysmal, Cunning, Second Son, Danger, Risk, etc.
  4. Ken : K'en, Mountain, Male, Quiet, Stubborn, Third Son, Hard-hearted, Obstinate, Perverse, etc.
  5. K'un : K'un, Earth, Female, Passive, Yielding, Mother, Receptive, Devoted, Dark, etc.
  6. S'un : S'un, Wind, Wood, Mild, Undecided, Female, Yielding, First Daughter, Penetrating, etc.
  7. Li : Li, Fire, Brilliance, Beauty, Female, Second Daughter, Agitated, etc.
  8. Tui : Tui, A body of Water, Pool, Marsh, Gossiping, Female, Third Daughter, Joy, etc.