Trigrams

Each hexagram consists of two trigrams which are groups of three lines. The lower trigram also designates the inside and the upper trigram also designates the outside.

For each trigram I give its title in Richard Wilhelm’s book translated by Cary F. Baynes.

The trigrams are described in detail in Wilhelm’s translation of the eighth wing also called Shuo Kua.

You will also find information on Wikipedia in the article titled as Ba gua.

The eight trigrams are:

Eternity

Eternity

Richard Wilhelm / Cary F. Baynes: Ch’ien, the Creative, Heaven

 

 

Material

Material

Richard Wilhelm / Cary F. Baynes: K’un, the Receptive, Earth

 

 

Rule

Rule

Richard Wilhelm / Cary F. Baynes: Chen, the Arousing, Thunder

 

 

Question or Answer

Question or Answer

Richard Wilhelm / Cary F. Baynes: Sun, the Gentle, Wind

 

 

Sending or Receiving

Sending or Receiving

Richard Wilhelm / Cary F. Baynes: Li, the Clinging, Flame

 

 

Hygiene

Hygiene

Richard Wilhelm / Cary F. Baynes: K’an the abysmal, Water

 

 

Restraint

Restraint

Richard Wilhelm / Cary F. Baynes: Ken, Keeping Still, Mountain

 

 

Overflow

Overflow

Richard Wilhelm / Cary F. Baynes: Tui, the Joyous, Lake