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Chinese Name
Symbol Order
Sharp
If we are familiar with the binary system of enumeration, we may
recall the eight trigrams simply by reading off the numbers 0 through 7
Three Continuous 1
using the 0 to represent a Yang line and the 1 to represent a Yin line,
Chien
or viceversa. For example:
Kun _ Three Broken 8
β
Tui is the same as 001 or 1
4
Chen
Upwards Cup
Kan is the same as 101 or 5
Ken   Overturned Bowl 7
All eight are written as follows:
Li
Empty Middle 3
Trigram Symbol Binary System Decimal System
Order
Kan_ i
Full Middle 6
Chien 000 0 1

Deficient Top 2 Tui 
Tui 001 1 2
Broken Bottom 5
Sun
Li   010 2 3
In another method, we can look at the four fingers of our hand,
and imagine a set of trigrams, one on the upper and one on the lower Chen 011 3 4
joint.
Note that each set is symmetrical with of Yin and Yang reversed,
and that the order of one to eight follows that derived with the Sun β 100 4 5
rectangular bars as shown in figure 14e.
Kan 101 5 6
Ken 110 6 7
Kun 7 8
111
(Note: Normally, binary and decimal numbers are read from right to left. However,
I recommend reversing the order of reading to avoid confusion. Always read from
left to right to derive the eight trigrams. For example, "001" is read Yang, Yang,
Yin,orβ,β,.)
Finally, if we take our TaiChi symbol and rotate its center a little
to more visibly symbolize the intermingling of Yin and Yang, we can
read the eight trigrams in it by taking eight sections as shown in figure
Figure 14e
14f.