and the Yi Jing:
Correlation of Binary Systems in Color
by Jay Dunbar, Ph.D.
Two binary systems: one of the oldest books in the world,
dating back in written form some three thousand years, and a popular tabletop
and on-line tile-laying game invented in the 1980’s. As it happens, there is a compelling
relationship between the two, and a one-to-one correspondence can be deduced between
the tiles of the game and the patterns that form the symbolic matrix of the
book. In this article I chart the
connections as I see them using a third binary system: the electromagnetic
waves of the visible light spectrum. I
also propose a new method of consulting the ancient classic. I hope that fans of the game will find this
fascinating, and perhaps delve more deeply into the book; and that scholars and
devotees of the book might appreciate the insights that spring from fresh
imagery—they may even enjoy the game!
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“Color and the Trigrams: The Masculine and Feminine Colors.” in Fulcrum: The Science Journal of the
University of Science and Philosophy, v.2, n. 3, Feb 1994, pp. 13-29.
[Nicely worked out, but arrives at different color assignments as she focuses
on the trigrams and uses more colors.
Also available on-line at: http://www.anton-heyboer.org/i_ching/trigrams/bigpattern-connie.htm]
Anthony, Carol K.
A Guide to the I Ching.
Stow MA: Anthony Publishing Co., 1988.
Dhiegh, Khigh Alx.
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Graham, Helen. Discover
Color Therapy. Ullysses Press, 1998.
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Jones, Chris Brierley.
Jou, Tsung Hwa.
The Tao of I Ching: Way to Divination. Tai Chi Foundation, 1984.
The Tao Te Ching. Harper
and Row, 1988.
Panzer, Karsten K.
[See especially “The Colors of Genes” Lecture at the World Conference on
Arabidopsis Research by K. Panzer Perzan; and “PerZan: I-Ging & Genetic
Code.” Integration of art and science,
interesting to me in that, though this application uses white for Qian and
black for Kun, we agree on the placement of dark blue at Gen, yellow on the
left and green on the right of the Fuxi diagram.]
“Jaap’s Puzzle Page:”
New Directions in the I Ching: The Yellow River Legacy. Secaucus NJ: University Books, 1975.
The I Ching and the Genetic Code: The Hidden Key to Life. D.Q. Stephenson, trans. NY: ASI Publishers Inc., 1979.
Secter, Mondo. I
Ching Clarified: A Practical Guide.
Charles E. Tuttle, 1993.
[the official site and on-line game]
Wieger, L. Chinese
Characters. L. Davrout, trans. New York: Dover Publications Inc., 1965.
Wilhelm, Richard, and Cary F. Baynes, trs. The I Ching or Book of Changes. Third Edition. Princeton: Princeton
University Press, 1967.
[Cited throughout this study. First
published in 1950, it has been the standard in the West since then.]
Yan, Johnson F.
DNA and the I Ching: The Tao of Life. North Atlantic Books, 1991.
Websites on the visible light spectrum: