Diagram 3

As a student of the I Ching for over 30 years, I consider it important to share information. What follows would only interest other such students.

The old story goes that Fu Hsi was watching his camp fire one night and noticed within it three logs that reminded him of a trigram. As he walked around his campsite, he happened to see the same three longs, but from the opposite side of the fire pit. It was at this point that a great enlightenment washed over him, and he began on the path of his work which would be memorialized in the I Ching.

I decided to try this myself, and created the three "logos sticks" as they were called. These sticks are just four-sided square sticks, and on one side a cut is made to split the surface into two parts: the familiar Yin double stroke of the trigram line. This split surface, and the one exactly opposite it (which is not split, and represent Yang) are called the faces. Separating them are the two other surfaces, called the sides.

To simulate what Fu Hsi saw, place the three logos stick on their side, and in a fashion so that you can view a trigram by observing the faces which are toward you. (That is, one side rests on the table top, and the faces are at 90 degrees to the table top.) Then walk to the other side of the table, without disturbing the logos sticks, and observe which trigram is visible from your new perspective.

Yes, the simple truth is that the perspective of man (the center line) has changed, not the circumstance...

How then does this correlate? Let me suggest that the diagrams named "Fu Hsi" and "King Wen" contain valid understandings, but the diagram that Fu Hsi discovered, and that you just observed has gone unwritten. Perhaps it is time for it to be displayed again.

In the Fu Hsi diagram the trigrams are related across the center of the circle, in the relationship of heaven.

In the traditional King Wen diagram, the trigrams are related as a circle, in the relationship of earth.

Yet, as you can see if you performed the logos stick experiment, the trigrams of both Ken Wen and Fu Hsi are related in a trident fashion, the 'lost' relationship of man:

...and, as you can see, this relationship holds when you place it within the trigram-circle of Fu Hsi layout and within the circle of King Wen.

Thus we have re-discovered the 'lost' relationship recognized by Fu Hsi those thousands of years ago, and by his simple experiment been reminded that the I Ching, the stalks and the diagrams are creation of mere man, wandering between heaven and earth, and lost in the flow.


Copyright 1973 Tracy Valleau