Taoscopy for Windows 8 help


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  • Cast an hexagram

    To cast an hexagram, press the 'New' button located at the top of the screen. The initial hexagram is shown in the middle, the transformation in the right and the nuclear hexagram in the left.

  • Asking a question

    When the option is activated, you will be able to enter a question before the cast, which will be memorized. Cancelling the question will also cancel the cast.

  • Trigrams meaning

    Each hexagram is displayed with its lower and upper trigrams. Several meanings for these trigrams are presented in the combo boxes located on the left of the trigrams.

  • Changing lines

    The changing lines are painted in dark blue or bright yellow. By clicking on these lines their comment will be displayed. You will also see the derivated hexagram in the right and, for the second to the fifth lines, their matching comments in the nuclear hexagram.

  • Nuclear hexagram

    The nuclear hexagram is formed with the two inner trigrams of the initial hexagram. By clicking on the lines of the initial hexagram, the matching lines in the nuclear hexagram will be highlighted and their comment, if the lines are changing, will be displayed. By clicking one of the nuclear hexagram lines, you will see its comment if the line is changing, while the matching line in the initial hexagram will be highlighted, then the transformation of the nuclear hexagram will be displayed on the right.

  • Delete a cast

    To delete a cast, select it in the list, then open the menu bar and click on the button titled 'Delete', which is located in the bottom menu bar, on the left.

  • Load and Save hexagrams

    You can import and export your casts by opening the menu bar and selecting the 'Open' and 'Save' buttons located at the top right.

  • Clear the list

    You can delete all your casts by pressing the button representing a trashcan and titled 'Empty the list' at the top left.

  • Explore

    By clicking on the 'Explore' button, the companion hexagrams will be shown. At the first click, the mirror hexagram will appear on the left: it is the hexagram obtained by turning the initial hexagram upside down, and the complementary hexagram will appear on the right: it is the hexagram obtained by swapping the yin and yang lines in the initial hexagram. By clicking again you will see the successives nuclear hexagrams, which are each the nuclear hexagram of the previous, and their transformations. Finally, another click on the 'Explore' button will display the initial position again.

  • Searching the list

    To perform a search, use Windows 8 search functionality in the charm bar (Windows key + 'Q'). You can search a cast by name, title, date, hexagram number, associated question or with the six digits representing its lines: 6=old yin, 7=young yang, 8=young yin, 9=old yang. The first line is the bottom line. For example, the hexagram 53 with changing lines at the second and fifth places will be noted 867897. To find all the hexagrams 53, the simplest will be to type 53 - in the search bar.

  • Access to the settings screens

    The settings screen is available in the charms bar (Windows Key + 'I'), by choosing 'Options'. The settings are described below.

  • Sending hexagrams by mail

    To send a cast by email, select it in the list then open the share charm (Windows key + 'H') and select your mail client.


  • Input a question before cast

    When this option is activated, you have the possibility to enter a question with the keyboard.

  • International

    You can choose your language among those available.

  • Update

    The hexagrams text is regularly being updated. When connected to internet, by pressing this button you can download the latest version.

  • Hints

    The hints appearing on the screen are only displayed once. This option allows you to see them once again.


  • Sources

      The hexagrams comments have been created with the help of the following sources:

    • The I Ching or Book of Changes, Richard Wilhelm, translated in English by Cary F Baynes, Princeton University Press
    • I ching by James Legge looked at
  • Thanks

    • The site which I have consulted numerous times.
    • The site for their tremendous help during the translations.
    • The CATS for teaching me the art of programming (They know who they are).
    • The many hexagrams which enabled the achievement of this project.

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