In our original experiment with the I Ching  (Storm & Thalbourne, 1998-1999), the principal goal was the generation of a "hit": Participants were required to select 16 of the 64 hexagrams
(actually, descriptor pairs for each hexagram
) in accordance with the statement "Lately, or right now, I feel .
A single color or a combination of two or more colors was determined by the I Ching and then another I Ching hexagram
number gave the number of these stars to trace.
In general, I sense, he tried to be consistent, logical, and practical; he'd list the possibilities in an order which was easily remembered, and then assign hexagrams
in such a way that the earlier items--whatever they were--received the heavier weighting.
Much like I Ching's 64 hexagrams
, which are allegorical, the prophetic messages of kau cim, and bazi (four pillars of destiny) are written in poetic phrases and thus require interpretation.
These gradual and smooth changes are presented in the arragements of sixty four hexagrams
The hierarchical structure of the interaction between yin and yang is illustrated in the arrangement of the six lines (yao) of each hexagram
in I Ching.
A second, less common, type of analysis is the sequencing of the hexagrams
Similarly, as they made a hexagram
out of any six yin and yang (or any two of eight trigrams), there are sixty-four possible hexagrams
This can be extended to the potential hexagrams
(C or L)ATJA(C, N, R or Z), and a few guesses lead to the Webster Second words cATJang, the pigeon pea, and blATJang, a condiment resembling chutney.
The actor, a former artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe in London, told Desert Island Discs host Kirsty Young he consulted the I Ching - which uses random numbers and hexagrams
to guide people's decisions.
Such was the case too of Xul Solar, who in 1924 interpreted the sixty-four hexagrams
of the Chinese Book of Changes into visions, and later published Relatos de los mundos superiores, the neocriollo version of the Yijing [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII].
Li argues that harmony is the book's central theme, but the book's name and the overall content of its sixty-four hexagrams
suggest that its primary focus is change; harmony is a comparatively subsidiary theme.