256 quadrograms

1 March 2009

Combining the I Ching with the 4 Sacred Directions

The Chinese I Ching, or Book of Changes consists of 8 trigrams arranged one above the other to create 64 hexagrams. Each trigram is made of three lines, stacked one above the other. Each line is either solid (firm) or broken (yielding). The hexagrams are made of six such lines, and arranged traditionally as follows.


A similar set of images based on the four sacred directions and colours (North = white, East = yellow, South = red, West = black) yields 256 images of 4 lines each.


This is a formative step, and the meaning to be attributed to each image has yet to be determined. There is much yet to consider.