From Richard Wilhelm’s and Cary F. Baynes’ 1950 translations of the classic “I Ching: Or, Book of Changes”.
Click on a number 1-64 on the index below to see the explanation of each hexagram.
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I Ching Basics
This is intended only as a 1 page crash course, there is way more information to be found if you want to go more in depth.
The most common method involves flipping 3 coins and adding up their totals. This is repeated 6 times to generate the 6 lines of your hexagram.
- Flip 3 coins Depending on their total you either get a solid line or a broken line. Consult the table below. Heads are worth 3, tails are worth 2.
- Do this 6 times to build your hexagram from the bottom up (first coin toss is the bottom line).
- If you get any of the changing lines (see below) also consult the new hexagram formed by the lines changing. Your reading of the situation would then have 2 parts (x changing into y)
- Look up the meanings of the hexagrams you have generated (above table of trigrams links to all hexagram meanings).
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