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36 The Tao Of I-Ching
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tables are not arbitrary inventions, but have evolved over the centuries Trigram

in a trial-and-error way through observation, and we should expect 
Chien Tui
Li Chen

to find modern parallels. For example, Kun tends to represent activity 
Human 
of a responsive sort, such as "work." Its time is from 1 to 5 p.m. Head
Mouth
Eyes
Feet
Body
Modern scientists of body rhythms, paying no attention to the I Ching, 


have independently discovered that the time of day when a person is Human Youngest Middle 
Father
eldest son
"most able to cope" is this same period.
Affairs
daughter
daughter

The student should memorize the tables and also work out indi- 
early October early June early March mid-September
vidually each part of the table to develop themselves, A wild pig, for Season
early July
early April
mid-December mid-October
example, would tend to attack a traveller by rushing from concealment

in a fast dangerous charge. Thus it is represented by Kan. Dogs for 7 p.m. to 5 p.m. to 11 a.m. to 5 a.m. to 
Time
thousands of years have been guards and protectors of the home, hence 10 p.m.
7 p.m.
1 p.m.
7 a.m.

it is easy to see how they are related to Ken. Some of the attributes — 

Direction South or Southeast Eastor Northeast 
such as liver and Chen — relate to specialized branches of knowledge 
Northwest
or west
South
or East
that are not clear unless we have studied them. However, most can be 

figured out with common sense and will train us to develop our Trigram

The more we study the basic symbols and how they work, 
perceptions. Sun Kan Ken Kun 

and then relate other things to them, the more we will begin to learn.
Human 
In studying, we must keep an open mind and not look for a single Thigh
Ears
Hands
Abdoman
Body
solution that never changes. 
A hotel, for instance, means Ken, because 

it is where people stop for the night and are inactive. But if it has a Human eldest middle youngest 
mother
nightclub in it, then we are looking at the Tui aspect of it.
affairs
daughter
son
son


early april early december early february
early july 
Trigram
Season
early june
early january
early march early september


Chien Tui
Li Chen
7 a.m. to 1 a.m. to 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. to 
Time
Symbol Heaven
Lake Fire
Thunder
11 a.m.
5 a.m.
5 p.m.
1 a.m.

Virtue
Tough Joy Magnificence Stimulus to 
Direction southwest or northwest north or west or 
a Strong
Movement
southeast
or northeast
northwest
south

Animal Horse
Sheep Pheasant
Dragon

Miscellaneous:
Trigram

A circle, ruler, jade, metal, cold, ice, deep red,

Sun
Kan Ken Kun city, 
Chien
serious, bone, large resort, car, sky-scraper, 

Symbol Wind Water Mountain Earth cogwheel, clock, machine, huge.

Virtue
Penetr'iion
To Entrap Stop
Obedient
A bar-girl, female singer, bank employee, restaurant, 
Animal Chicken Pig
Dog 
Ox
Tui
bird, bill, sword, coffee, kitchen, mouth and tongue, 

concubine.



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