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About Colors Used for These Lines of Trigrams

I arrived at the colors associated with each trigram from the book, I Ching, The Classic Chinese Oracle of Change translated by Rudolf Ritsema and Stephen Karcher, published by Barnes & Noble in 1995. However when I did research for this book I noticed that some other I Ching authors didn’t associate the same colors with some of the trigrams. I found black, yellow and blood red attributed to The Receptive Earth; Thunder was both green and yellow; Wind/Wood were both scarlet and white, and Abysmal Water both black and blood red. For the sake of time and effort I will continue to use the colors from my original source.

As I have been putting this book together the effect of seeing the trigrams in color has caused me to view the hexagrams more as what they are — two trigrams interacting with each other. I’m used to seeing these six lines in black on white, defining the lines as one statement. Whereas when I view the hexagrams with both colors, I get an additional hint of meaning, reminding me of the meaning of the trigrams contained within each hexagram.

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2 Comments on The Trigrams and Their Various Associations

  1. TrishNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting! I don’t think I’ve ever associated color with trigrams. Can’t wait to see what you’re doing with this!

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    • Adele AldridgeNo Gravatar says:

      I think you have my I Ching Prescriptions which is where I use the colors for the lines in the trigrams.

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