How the “Hexagrams” are formed create a guidance in relation to the question asked. Legend tells us the I Ching was created by “Fu Hsi” or “Fu Xi”, a mythical emperor said to have lived around 2800 BCE & received the knowledge of the hexagrams through a series of visions, which he then recorded in the form of a book. Later, during the Zhou Dynasty (1046-256 BCE), the I Ching was further developed and expanded upon by the philosopher Confucius, who added commentaries and interpretations to the original text.
One of the key concepts in the I Ching is the idea of yin and yang, representing the opposing forces of the universe. Yin is associated with darkness, femininity, and passivity, while yang represents light, masculinity, and activity. The interaction between these two forces is believed to create balance and harmony in the universe.
Feng Shui, translated to English meaning “wind and water,” is based on the principles of the I Ching. It’s a practice of harmonizing the flow of energy, or “chi” in a space by arranging furniture, decor, and other elements in a specific way. Feng Shui is a great method to create a balanced, harmonious environment that supports the specific person, to create the life they desire, bringing the potential of good health, happiness & prosperity into the mix. Yes, the principles used are the foundation, however; the most important part of the equation is creating the specific recommendations for the person living or working in the space.
In Feng Shui, the I Ching is used as a tool for divination and guidance. Practitioners will consult the book for auspicious timing for an activity, potential of an action or undertaking. I Ching practice is not limited to Feng Shui, it is a great way to begin the day, simply by asking “What is important for me to learn from today.” The Hexagrams are created by throwing a series of coins and creating the arrangement of the 6 lines. Hexagrams are interpreted in relation to the specific situation and can provide insight & guidance for the best way to proceed.