The Math Behind the Trillion


4,096

With the 64 Hexagrams there are 64 X 64 = 4,096
Unique 2-Hexagram Readings.


720

Each Transition contains 6 musical tonal centers where each center corresponds to each of the 6 Meridian Pairs.

Deep Organs Hollow Organs
Yin Yang
   
Heart (HT) Small Intestine (SI)
Kidney/Adrenal (KI) Urinary Bladder (BL)
Pericardium (PC) Triple Warmer (TW)
Liver (LV) Gall Bladder (GB)
Lung (LU) Large Intestine (LI)
Spleen/Pancreas (SP) Stomach (ST)

These tonal centers can be sequenced in 720 different strings.

3 Examples

SP - ST

KI - BL LV - GB
LV - GB PC -TW HT - SI
KI - BL LU - LI SP - ST
HT - SI HT - SI LU - LI
PC - TW LV - GB KI - BL
LU - LI SP - ST PC - TW

 


24

There are 12 Key Signatures and 2 Time Signatures = 24.

  C Db D Eb E F Gb G Ab A Bb B
                         
3/4 Time CYin DbYin DYin EbYin EYin FYin GbYin GYin AbYin AYin BbYin BYin
4/4 Time CYang DbYang DYang EbYang EYang FYang GbYang GYang AbYang AYang BbYang BYang

 


15,625

By making use of different combinations of the 5 Shu Points (Water, Wood, Fire, Earth & Metal) there are 5 possibilities per each of the 6 Meridian Pairs. The 2 Hexagrams inform what classes of Command (Shu) Points to draw from:

5 X 5 X 5 X 5 X 5 X 5 = 15,625


Bottom Line

4,096 X 720 X 24 X 15,625
=
1,105,920,000,000

or

270 Million Variations per Yi Jing Reading

 

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