A new look and a new take on the hexagrams of the I Ching, or Book of Changes. For this piece I created the eight hexagrams (six lines) that are made from the trigram (three lines) Heaven over the other seven trigrams. This creates the eight hexagrams shown.
This piece is most likely the first in a series of pieces that will show all of the hexagrams of the I Ching in this format. Along with the hexagrams I’ve added the traditional 3 coins of the divination method that is used to determine the hexagram for a particular reading. There are other methods, such a yarrow sticks and, of course, cards. The coins each have Chinese symbols for various things on them and are arranged as if they have been thrown to create one of the lines of the resulting hexagram.
For those of you unfamiliar with the 3 coin method, essentially three coins are tossed, one at a time, and the result of the toss is a number which, when combined with the other 2 coins in that toss, give you a yin or yang line. You toss the coins until you have the six lines of your hexagram.
The reason this piece is called “Random Synchronicity” is because that is what the I Ching represents to me. Yes, it is random. Tossing 3 coins six times each is certainly going to produce a random effect, correct? Well yes, and no. There always seems to be a synchronicity in the result. A synchronicity with the events and currents of my life. Now, I realize that the mind has a tendency to make things fit, and perhaps the greatest accomplishment of the I Ching is that it is written in such a way that any hexagram would appear relevant as an answer to any question. And I would say that that is true. And in that lies the synchronicity of the hexagrams. Yes, the answer is open to the interpretation you give it. In essence, an interpretation of an interpretation. How does it fit? How does it apply itself to the currents? Therein is the synchronicity born of randomness. The coins are tossed, the lines created and the hexagram is born. It’s wisdom is applicable to any situation depending on how one interprets it and looks at it. Random Synchronicity.
Here’s the piece. It’s original size is 36″x36″.
The Chinese symbols on the coins, for those that are interested, are going clockwise on each coin from the noon position:
Top Coin: Peace, Tranquility, Love and Harmony
Middle Coin: Courage, Happiness, Destiny and Wisdom
Bottom Coin: Forgiveness, Joy, Beauty and Truth.
Now, about those hexagrams, lol…
So there you have it. Enjoy and I encourage you to explore the hexagrams and trigrams of the I Ching. The Wilhelm translation is an in-depth look and well worth a read if you’d like to really get a feel for the depth and quality of the thinking and creative process that produced The Book of Changes.
As always, your comments and thoughts are encouraged and most welcome. Or you can just click the like button, lol.
Yours in creating the possibility,
P.S. As always, my love and deepest gratitude go to my treasured and cherished Zen Girl for her wisdom and her daily example of living a creative life.