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I am releasing a version of this program again, because nobody sings the simple songs any more.

This is a REFERENCE EDITION of the elementary three-coin I Ching toss. This is not my personal algorithm; it is the method explicitly detailed by James Legge -- provided you can follow his tortured evasions as a Christian missionary describing heathen ritual as obscurely as possible. Doubters may find exactly the same method presented more clearly in the Wilhelm/Baynes translation published by Princeton University Press. John Blofeld's method is acceptable, but strictly speaking incorrect (he reverses the values of heads and tails tosses).

This I Ching contains no graphics, and none of the explanatory text (to avoid copyright problems). Use it with any copy of the book. I use Wilhelm/Baynes' translation of the hexagram names.

The program fairly represents the 3-coins method of consulting the I Ching. The random number generator is quite good -- keyboard latency ensures the coins are "flipped" by user interaction! -- and the algorithm which records the coin tosses is spot-on correct: Three coins decide a line: Heads is 3, tails is 2, and you add them up.

A toss of 8 is a broken, YIN line, -- --.
A toss of 7 is a solid, YANG line, -----.
A toss of 9 is a CHANGING YANG line, --o--.
A toss of 6 is a CHANGING YIN line, --x--.

The tosses decide a hexagram from the lowest line upwards to the sixth. This is how it's done. No kidding.

The fully-determined and decided hexagram is then drawn from the top down.


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David C. Oshel



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