In the previous articles we learned the 64 hexagrams in the book of change. Each of them contains oracles that inform possible results or potential solutions. They may shed light on future happenings and provide guidance on best way to approach for resolution. They may also serve as philosophic reminders in the journey of life. All of the answers depend on whether and which of the lines change in each of the 6 lines in the hexagram. So let’s return to the basics of how does one answer a question with a hexagram?

Prepare three coins and toss them simultaneously. This first toss will determine the bottom-most line on the hexagram. You will repeat the same process 6 times, working your way from bottom to top, to determine the type of line (broken or unbroken) and numeric value associated with each line. The head side is equivalent to 3, the tail side is equivalent to 2. There are four different possibilities:

All heads = 3+3+3 = 9. Lao-Yang. Draw an unbroken line. This indicates “change”.

One head and two tails = 3 + 2 + 2 = 7. Shao-Yang. Draw an unbroken line. This indicates “unchanging”.

All tails = 2+2+2 = 6. Lao-Yin. Draw a broken line. This indicates “change”.

Two heads and a tail = 3+3+2 = 8. Shao-Yin. Draw a broken line. This indicate “unchanging”.

Once this process is complete, you should have your hexagram and associated numeric values associated with each line. Then you are ready to interpret the hexagram.

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