I Ching

The I Ching, or Book of Changes, is a Chinese form of divination that involves a pair of trigrams for each symbol. Traditional I Ching involved the use of 49 yarrow stalks to form the pairs of trigrams, but today most people use the casting of coins.

There are two types of lines used in I Ching, Yang and Yin. Yang lines are solid and contain masculine energy, Yin lines are broken and have feminine energy.

Yang Line
Yang Line
Yin Line
Yin Line

Each I Ching symbol, or hexagram, is actually two trigrams placed one on top of the other. Each one of the trigrams has its own name:

Ch'ien
Ch'ien
Tui
Tui
Li
Li
Chen
Chen
Sun
Sun
K'an
K'an
Ken
Ken
K'un
K'un

Each hexagram has its own name as well, and each has its own unique meaning and symbol.

Ch'ien
Ch'ien
K'un
K'un
Chun
Chun
Meng
Meng
Hsu
Hsu
Sung
Sung
Shih
Shih
Pi
Pi
Hslao Ch'u
Hslao Ch'u
Lu
Lu
T'ai
T'ai
P'i
P'i
T'ung Jen
T'ung Jen
Ta Yu
Ta Yu
Ch'ien
Ch'ien
Yu
Yu
Sul
Sul
Ku
Ku
Lin
Lin
Kuan
Kuan
Shih Ho
Shih Ho
P'i
P'i
Po
Po
Fu
Fu
Wu Wang
Wu Wang
Ta Ch'u
Ta Ch'u
I
I
Ta Kuo
Ta Kuo
K'an
K'an
Li
Li
Hsien
Hsien
Heng
Heng
Tun
Tun
Ta Chuang
Ta Chuang
Chin
Chin
Ming I
Ming I
Chia Jen
Chia Jen
K'uel
K'uel
Chien
Chien
Hsieh
Hsieh
Sun
Sun
I
I
Kuai
Kuai
Kou
Kou
Ts'ui
Ts'ui
Sheng
Sheng
K'un
K'un
Ching
Ching
Ko
Ko
Ting
Ting
Chen
Chen
Ken
Ken
Chien
Chien
Kuei Mei
Kuei Mei
Feng
Feng
Lu
Lu
Sun
Sun
Tui
Tui
Huan
Huan
Chieh
Chieh
Chung Fu
Chung Fu
Hsiao Kuo
Hsiao Kuo
Chi Chi
Chi Chi
Wei Chi
Wei Chi