Adele Aldridge on June 29th, 2016
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The Image of Mountain over Earth

I Ching image Hexagram 23 lines

Image for hexagram 23, Splitting Apart

This is the time when part of the self separates
from the known environment.
The falling away may bring you to form a new connection.
Whether splitting or a new joining,
this is a transformative experience.
When the split happens there is no guarantee.
The falling away could result in total disintegration
or a path leading to a new beginning not yet imaginable.
At such times we cannot chose the outcome.
This event is the end of the known
or may lead to a turning point of new life.

Thoughts about hexagram 23:

When consulting the I Ching people usually don’t like receiving hexagram 23, the dreaded Splitting Apart. In reading Blofeld, Ritsema/Karcher, Shaughnessy, Cleary, Legge, Wilhelm/Baynes, Alfred Hauang and more, some of the titles are, Peeling Off, Decay, Stripping Away, Intrigue, Deterioration, Collapse, Fracturing, Tearing, Disintegration, Unraveling, Falling Away and Parting.

The Judgments say, “It does not further to go anywhere,” or “It is not advantageous to make a movement in any direction what ever.” Ritsema/Karcher say, “This hexagram describes your situation in terms of something outmoded or worn out. It emphasizes that eliminating what has become unusable is the adequate way to handle it.”

Legge has an interpretation that points to my thoughts on this hexagram. “Decay has begun at the bottom and crept upward. The hexagram symbolizes the ninth month . . .”


The specific image is that of a bed and its occupant, and the symbolism describes the attempts made to overthrow him. The lower trigram of Docility and the upper trigram of Keeping Still suggest to the superior man of line six how he can best deal with the prevailing circumstances. The situation is not hopeless—winter is followed by spring, night by day, and the waning moon soon grows full again. So will it be in the course of human affairs.


Katya Walter in her book, The Tao of Chaos, discusses the similarity of the character for I Ching the DNA structure. “This patterning organizes the very code that builds us, the DNA that shapes our bodies, bone, muscle, and skin. And it organizes our psyches too.”


Martin Shonberger in his book, The I Ching and the Genetic Code discusses the similarity of the character for I Ching and the DNA structure.

Excerpted from his discussion:

I Ching character by Martin Shonberger“This sign has a curious look about it, like the germ of a plant, an embryo, perhaps even a ghost, a “Bodiless head” freely floating. And then we turn to the diagram of the DNA with the code written on the “rungs of the ladder”, 8 rungs through 360 degree = 1 whole story of the “staircase”. Is there one underlying pattern here?

The electron micrographs already available of the double helix reveal an astounding similarity to a perpetually continued I Ching symbol. With its four rungs, the I Ching symbol looks like the head of the DNA “snake.” The principle of one turn with four rungs per half story is the same. In other words the “ghost” symbol as a drawing is identical with the model confirmed in the electron microscope! . . . The written sign which is at the same time the visual image of the DNA double helix is an idea as absurd as it is informative . . . what is so astonishing is that the regular light and dark masses of the I Ching symbol complementing each other in a polar pattern suddenly, like a picture puzzle, produce a second, identical but contrarotating I Ching counterimage, just like the contrarotating spiral in the DNA code with the unvarying complementary pairs of bases A -T and C – G.

My perspective on hexagram 23

 Over the past 40+ years of asking the I Ching for counsel, of course I have received this hexagram. The result of the “splitting” was not always the negative experience that all the I Ching interpretations say it is. Sometimes splitting apart has been a good thing.

 I have made my point that the I Ching has a similarity to the structure of our DNA. My interpretation for hexagram 23 is that it could be the time when we split off a part of our self, to join with another similar but unique event that creates a new and transformational experience.

 I don’t argue with what the wise ones have said about this hexagram. My view could only be possible after Watson and Crick discovered DNA in 1953. My perspective is to add to the meaning of hexagram 23, not to eliminate all the previous ones. Considering the fact that the I Ching originated more than 3,000 years ago when there was no knowledge about the science of genetics, hexagram 23 is an amazing “synchronicity.”

 Besides the fascinating correlations between the structures of the I Ching and the DNA code for humans, hexagram 23 seems to exemplify that moment when the sperm is on its way to unite with the egg to form the 46 chromosomes for a new human. Interesting that hexagram 46, Earth over the Wind and Wood is Pushing Upward.

Ritsema/Karcher: “Earth center giving-birth-to wood. Ascending. . . [Actualize-tao: …ability to follow the course traced by the ongoing process of the cosmos… Linked with acquire, . . . acquiring that which makes a being become what it is meant to be.]”


Is it coincidence or a synchronicity that Britain voted to Split apart from the EU on June 23rd?


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Adele Aldridge on June 8th, 2016
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ImageI Ching hexagram 22, Grace, line 6

Nine in the Last place

The state of grace flowers
like a blessing from the divine.

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Adele Aldridge on May 31st, 2016
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I Ching Hexagram 22_5

Six in the Fifth Place

Walking in the garden
you find some one to share your joy
and want to offer a gift.
Sincerity of feeling is more important
than how much you spend.
Your true love understands and
does not want more than this.


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Adele Aldridge on May 18th, 2016
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Image I Ching hexagram 22, line 4

Six in the Fourth Place

When connected to another
inspired by thoughts
that transcend time and space
imagine a white winged horse flying
to your true love.
This is a mutual experience.

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