|Drum the I-Ching? Yes, you can! The following directions may seem like a lot of work, but the results are well worth the effort. Please read through all the directions first before starting. |
DRAWING YOUR WORKSHEET
All you need to do for this is make a copy of all 64 hexagrams laid out in order. Draw the hexagrams from the chart in your favorite I-Ching book. Lay out the hexagrams on an 8-1/2 by 14 inch sheet of 1/16th inch graph paper. If you get the kind that has non-reproducing lines, then you can make a copy of your completed sheet that will show only the hexagrams.
Place Hexagram # 1 at the lower left of the sheet, then moving up, stack Numbers 2 - 6 in a column on top of the first one. Number each hexagram below its lines. Start Number 7 at the bottom to the right of the first column. With 6 hexagrams in each column, you will end up with 10 columns of 6 and the last column with only 4 hexagrams.
With graph paper it's easy to lay out each solid and broken line. Using a sharp #2 pencil, make each solid line 6 squares in length and one square high. Place one square of space between lines. Leave 1/4 inch (2 squares) between each hexagram. Broken lines will be one oval that's 2 squares long, then a space of 2 squares, then another oval 2 squares long. You may wish to color in the lines of the 8 trigram elements later. Or you can make the lines solid black. If you make each trigram element a different color, this will help you to feel the energies of each trigram as you drum the I-Ching.
Make another sheet containing only the 8 trigrams/elements that combine to make the 64 hexagrams. Label each trigram with its element name.
Mo Maxfield chose the colors listed below, but you could choose whatever colors resonate with you. For instance, the Feng Shui people may want to use the colors associated with that system, e.g, Earth (Kun) = yellow/ochre/brown. Water (Kan) = black; Wind/Wood = green, etc.
HEAVEN = YELLOW
EARTH = GREEN
THUNDER = GRAY
WATER = DARK BLUE
WIND-WOOD = CLEAR or WHITE
MOUNTAIN = LIGHT PURPLE
FIRE = RED
LAKE = LIGHT BLUE
Choose a dark blue and a gray that look different from each other. Neither should be so dark that it's hard to tell them apart.
Now you're ready to color in each element on your big sheet with all 64 hexagrams. An easy way to acomplish this is to color in all the Heaven trigrams, then all the Earth, and so on. Use magic markers with a fine tip. Now take your finished sheets to a copy place and copy them in color.