T A O I C H I N G
The Mystic Gateway
What are the Moving Lines ?
The hexagram has 6 Lines, and these are either YANG energy (a straight solid Line), or YIN energy (a broken Line or ‘dash’).
When you select a hexagram, often, one or more Lines have the potential to ‘move’ or change into the other (opposite) energy. A second hexagram is produced (out of the first one) which will show the outcome of this change of energy. The ‘Moving Lines’ arise automatically as a result of the power and direction of the energy present in you, or the situation. You will make a note of these Lines when you construct your hexagram [They appear automatically on your set of Elements]. The Ancient Chinese worked-out every possible combination of YIN and YANG energy, with over 4000 combinations or responses, to produce the I Ching as a compendium of thought, activity, and reaction, which we can use today. After the Reading for your hexagram, you change all the ‘Moving Lines’ [which will arise from your coins, or actually indicated on each Element] in one go and consult the new hexagram for a glimpse of your future before it happens, so there is the possibility of reconsidering your intended course of action.
In the TAO I CHING a ‘Moving Line’ is immediately indicated, and can be changed after your first initial Reading. Also, the position of a Moving Line in any trigram will show the area in which the change will happen. Only in the TAO I CHING is the possibility of changing a trigram yourself – only if you are sufficiently detached – to produce an unexpected revelation.
" Change the hexagram,
and you change your life."