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Chapter One Raising The Veil Of Mystery 
2 8 The Tao Of I-Ching
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history claimed his interest, and he watched the birds and the animals, Pinyin

and deciphered their languages.

Chien or Qian
Finally he turned to observe and study within himself. Out of this 

he created the eight trigrams as a method to commune with the spiritual
Dui
and invisible world, and a way to be part of everything within the visible Tui

He also used it to represent the relationships of everything in 
world. 
Li 
our three dimensional world and to build images of anything in our 

world.

We can see here how important human experience and exploration
-' = Chen Zhen 


are in the foundation of the I Ching. The trigrams were developed 
—
Sun
Sun 
by a man of relentless curiosity who wished to understand all things. 

We can begin to study the eight trigrams by observing how simply 

they are derived from the Tai Chi. Two different methods are used to
Kan Kan 


describe this process in figures below. One uses a rectangular block
Yin 
Ken 
formation, see in figure 1-4b the other uses a tree diagram as shown 

in figure 1-4c.
K̆n
Kun




The circular form below is another method of visualizing the genera- 
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ABA K.'
tion of the eight trigrams. It is created by taking the rectangular blocks 
r~+'
HIMMIEn
Lesser Yang.
~,' 'Lesser Yin Great Yang
and forming them into a circle as shown in figure 1-4d.
Yang

Tai Chi



Figure 1-4b






Eight Trigrams _



Four Symbols




Two Forms




Figure 1-4d


Tai Chi
If we want to easily recall the eight trigrams, we can use an ancient 

menmonic using four pairs. One member of the pair is generated by

changing the lines of the other:

Figure 1-4c



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