Preview image for Heaven and Earth, A Sacred Square" anothe rI Ching inspired art work from Sacred Square

“Heaven and Earth: A Sacred Square” The Creative and Receptive of the I Ching in Digital Art Work

A break from the “Travelers” series. Something a bit different although it certainly plays on the same symbols and color schemes that have been driving much of the work since “Geometrica”. This is a smaller piece, measuring 12″x12″ in the physical world. What it is, is a combination of the I Ching hexagrams and trigrams along with some Chinese lettering and triangular symbols for heaven and earth. Some of the elements from the “Geometrica” and “Travelers” works are present, too. The chakra colored “eye” set in the metallic oval at the top, along with the metallic circles certainly allude to those works. But this is more about the symbolic nature of the I Ching.

In the center of the work are the two trigrams, Heaven and Earth. Heaven is in the background, the three yang (unbroken) lines in a dark metal style with a drop shadow that helps move it off the background. On top of that trigram is the one for Earth. Three yin (broken) lines set in an ivory color and with an inset. These two trigrams make up 4 of the I Ching’s sixty-four hexagrams. When paired together with themselves, Heaven over Heaven occurs. This is hexagram #1 of the I Ching, “The Creative”. All strong solid yang lines. The strength and vibrancy of the creative in any endeavor. In this piece, you can see a representation of hexagram 1 in the lower left as symbolized by the bright chakra colored lines.

"Heaven and Earth, A Sacred Square" is a digital art and design piece from Sacred Square that utilizes the seven chakra colors and the trigrams and hexagrams of the I Ching, or Book of Changes.

Here’s a link to understand more about this hexagram…

I Ching Hexagram 1, The Creative

When you place the two trigrams for Earth together you get, “The Receptive” or I Ching hexagram #2. The broken yin lines signify the receptive, the vessel that contains the creative. Earth receiving the water and light of heaven, the creative power being absorbed into the receptive. An idea coming into the physical world of man and woman. The chakra colored hexagram on the lower right of this piece is that of the Receptive.

Here’s a link to more information about this hexagram…

I Ching Hexagram 2, The Receptive

When you pair the two trigrams of Heaven and Earth together you get another two hexagrams. Let’s put Heaven over Earth and see what we get. The result is hexagram 12, or Pi which signifies a state of blockage or stagnation. To learn more about this hexagram and it’s meaning and interpretation, follow this link…

I Ching Hexagram 12, Stagnation

When the trigram Earth is placed over (or on top of) the trigram Heaven, the resulting hexagram is #11, Tai which signifies harmony and a peaceful state. For more on this hexagram, follow this link…

I Ching Hexagram 11, Harmony

I may explore the various trigrams and their resultant hexagrams in similar art work, but for now, this is a one of a kind piece. A stand alone so to speak. But, knowing how I am often attracted to themes and series of works, that may not be the case for long, lol. Besides, I keep seeing some kind of tile or plate design in this.

As always, feel free to comment and offer insight and opinions. They are most welcome.

Yours in the possibility,

P.S. As always, my love and appreciation to my beloved Zen Girl for all she brings.


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