the primal duality of Life is represented by the terms yin and Yang. Yin
energy is symbolized by a broken line,
and Yang energy by a solid line.
These lines fall into eight groups of three, the eight basic Trigrams.
Each Trigram carries an essential identity, reflecting significant natural
elements of being.
are multiplied together, resulting in sixty-four Hexagrams of six lines
each. Each Hexagram carries a message, an intuitive insight into the truth
of a moment, a situation, a transition.
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Tui/Lake over Kun/Earth,
gathering on the Earth, people massing together, sages prepare themselves.
TaoDeck is comprised of 35 cards.
There are 2 Information cards, 8 Trigram Key cards, 24 Oracle cards and
the title card.
has three different methods for obtaining a reading; the 2
Line, the Quick and the Traditional
THE 2 INFORMATION CARDS
Approach to the TaoDeck
an intuitive art,
accessing the wisdom of the I-Ching through the TaoDeck
is facilitated with a few simple techniques:
and space to use the TaoDeck
is important to consult the I-Ching in a peaceful environment.
the question in stillness, allowing it to surface fully and become
question needs to be consice and direct, asking for advice about a particular
a method (see the following section on TaoDeck
methods) that is appropriate in the moment. Tune into your question as the
deck is shuffled, spreading the cards face down before you.
the cards intuitively, waiting for the subtle impulse or attraction that
indicates the relevant card.
locating the Hexagram number from the
Hexagram lookup table on page 6 in the instructions booklet or from
any I-Ching book, you need to look up the same number chapter in the I-Ching.
Hexagram has a number and name. You will get either 1 or 2 Hexagrams as
you get changing line(s), be sure to read about them in the book
provided with the TaoDeck.
book, the Changing Lines are called "Components." Component #1
is the bottom line of the Hexagram.
Lines are also known as Moving Lines.
a study aid to your Hexagram(s),
use the corresponding Keycard images to enhance your meditation.
pick the 2 Keycards that are the Trigram images of your Hexagram answer.
Look at them for a while and try to understand the archetypal energy of
employs all 24 of the Oracle cards, using the single line in the center
of each card.
There are four possible lines, with four values assigned to them:
cards are chosen to form the Hexagram. The first 3 cards are the lower Trigram,
the last 3 are the upper Trigram.
first card chosen is the bottom line (#1), the next five are placed above
it in order of selection.
If all lines drawn are plain (no circles), your answer is one Hexagram.
If a card with Changing line(s)
is drawn, a second Hexagram needs to be generated.
The Changing line(s), where
indicated by a circle, become their opposite; changing yin to yang
(6 to 7), or changing yang to yin (9 to 8). The second Hexagram is derived
from the original plain and the newly changed line(s). CLICK
HERE for illustrated example.
locate your Hexagram in the Hexagram
Together these two Hexagrams will offer deep insight into your I-Ching
mathematical accuracy in all 3 methods, each card and its value should
be written down when chosen, and then shuffled
into the deck before drawing another card.
Uses for theTaoDeck
of putting a question to the I-Ching, the TaoDeck
can be used to let the I-Ching reveal the moment.
stillness, be open to guidance and choose the cards intuitively.
the resulting Trigram or Hexagram to serve as a message from the guidance
of the Tao.
the Traditional Method,
choosing the 6 cards, the nature of the individual Lines has to be determined.
Reading the big center Line, notice it has four possibilities, a young yang,
old yang, young yin or old yin. The circle in the middle of the Line signifies
that the Line is old and therefore the Changing Line. This method is called
Traditional because it is most like the typical I-Ching coin or yarrow
stalk method and yields 6 Lines. It does produce more Changing Lines than
the coin or stalk methods.
consulting the I-Ching
and getting a Hexagram you often have a changing or moving line (in the
book that comes with the TaoDeck
they are called Components). This results in new Lines and a
second Hexagram being generated. The new Hexagram is made up from the un-changed
Lines and the newly changed Lines. This Hexagram is very significant and
can indicate what the situation is changing into or has changed into. Whatever
the topic of the question to the I-Ching is, the Tao is in process from
one defined place to another.
is that in the cycle of life, whereby yin and yang eternally transform into
one another as they wax and wane, the individual lines in the Hexagram follow
suit. Each line is either a yin or yang energy that is at the early stage
of its cycle or at the end, where it changes polarity. In the natural laws
that govern the flow of energy, yin and yang always are in flux, always
grow and fade, transforming from one state to another.
the lines have a value of being young or old. The old yin transforms into
a young yang and an old yang changes into an young yin. The Book assigns
a number value to the lines. Yang numbers are odd, so that a young yang
line is noted as 7 and an old yang as 9. The young yin is 8 and the old
yin is 6. When consulting the I-Ching is more familiar, the Lines can be
noted down as the particular numbers.
Book of Changes
gives us the wisdom of seeing how our situation is changing or has changed
by showing the movement of the lines and the resultant second Hexagram.
The Changing or Moving lines only show up with the Traditional method.
The Quick and 2 Line methods do not allow for them, but it is possible
to find them. (See Other Methods.)
uses the 16 cards with the 3 Line Trigrams in their lower right side.
It is used for two main reasons. The first is because it brings the Trigrams
and their qualities more into focus. The Trigrams are the basic archetypes
of the ancient world and working with them brings that primal awareness
more into consciousness.
The second reason is that this method is quicker, requiring only two cards
to be chosen and then easily looked
up for the Hexagram answer.
This Method is simpler because it doesnt result in Changing Lines.
playing with early prototypes
of the TaoDeck,
it became clear that only using Trigrams to get a reading was an important
option. For serious students of the I-Ching philosophy, many situations
in daily life can show up as Trigram associations. One goal of the TaoDeck
is to increase understanding of the I-Ching and the base Trigrams. [For
example, once while doing Tai
on a large hillside, a wind storm appeared quickly. It was such a clear
image of Wind over Earth that the appropriate Hexagram #20 was soon studied.]
2 Line Method
is more of an experimental
and philosophical system. It comprises the12 cards with a 2 Line Duogram
in the upper left part of the card. The 4 Duograms are the foundation
of the 8 Trigrams and so using them is another way of understanding the
cycle of yin and yang. The 4 Duograms are utilized directly as the way
of generating a Hexagram. A total of three cards needs to be chosen, yielding
six Lines. Hexagrams are seen as being comprised of 3 levels of 2 lines
each. As in the other two Methods, the first card chosen is the bottom
Line(s) of the Hexagram.
may feel more appropriate at certain times
and with certain people to use 3 cards to find a personal or group Hexagram.
Another reason is that perhaps it feels better on an intuitive level to
ask a question of the Tao and find-choose 3 cards as the answer instead
of 2 or 6 cards. The understanding of seeing Life as 3 realms of Heaven/Spiritual,
Human and Earth/Nature is very ancient and profound.
there may be some other meanings, values and associations that show up
in using this method. Please let the I-Ching world know what you discover
by sending an email to: info @taodeck.com.
you use the Quick or Two Line method
and want to investigate your answer more fully, there is a way to get your
Changing Lines. First, write down the 6 Lines of your Hexagram answer. Then
shuffle the cards and do the Traditional method while keeping in mind the
intention of finding the Changing lines of my Hexagram. The
6 cards you find-choose will not form a new Hexagram, they will be used
to find out which Lines of your Hexagram are Changing. So if the 1st card
is a Changing Line (the yin OR yang line with a circle in it), then the
first line of your Hexagram answer is a Changing line. If the 4th card is
Changing then your 4th Line is Changing, just simply transcribe over the
Changing Lines. It doesnt matter if the card you get is yin or yang,
what matters is if it is Changing.
playing with the TaoDeck
another method that is more psychologically oriented showed up. Using the
Key cards, spread them out face up so the Trigram images can be seen. Choose
2 of them as your current favorites and figure out which one is above the
other as in making a Hexagram. Then look up that Hexagram and see what it
says about the moment as if it were a daily reading for wisdom or guidance;
or try to understand deeper aspects of your being as expressed in the Hexagram.
It might be important to reverse the order of the Trigrams and read the
other Hexagram for insight. [When doing this method it could be important
to use the Key cards and another set of 8 cards so that doubled Trigrams
can be generated. [IE: What most represents this moment for me is
Fire over Fire. Therefore you need 2 Fire cards.]
not play with the TaoDeck
to get Hexagram readings
like its a game. You are accessing the Tao on some level when consulting
the I-Ching, therefore you are bringing that more powerful energy into
your life. Studying the I-Ching is one thing, consulting it continually
for minor matters is another. It needs to be treated with respect. It
always tells the truth and sometimes the truth can hurt!
you are demonstrating
have your friend choose the cards. No matter how casual the situation
might be, the reading is for them, so let them find it. This advice is
given from experience.
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