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Characteristics of Tai Chi
origins, meanings, lineage, analyses and exploration

Tai Chi Moves and their associated Hexagrams

Hexagrams: | page one | page two | page three | page four |

Beginning

hexagram 35:
CHIN: Progress

sun rising over the earth - begining of day. Arms & legs parallel

 


upper trigram: Li, or sun
 

lower nuclear trigram:
Ken, or legs, arms

hexagram 35
 
lower trigram: K'un, or earth
 

grasp sparows tail - ward off

hexagram 1:
CH'IEN: Creative

grasping the head and tail of the bird


 

hexagram 1
   

Grasp sparrow's tail - rollback

trigram:
K'UN: Receptive

'Heaven is high, the earth is low' I Ching


 

trigram k'un
   

Grasp sparrow's tail - press

trigram:
K'AN

the moon waxing & waning


 

trigram k'an
   

Grasp sparrow's tail -withdraw/
push

trigram:
LI:
Sun

the arc of the sun through the heavens


 

trigram li
   

Single Whip

hexagram 49:
KO:
Revolution

Heaven & earth bring the revolution of the seasons

 

 

upper trigram: Tui, or joyous, fair
 

lower nuclear trigram:
Sun, or gentle, and wind

hexagram 49 upper nuclear trigram:
Ch'ien, or turning
 
lower trigram: Li, or sun
 

Play Guitar

hexagram 17:
SUI:
Following

joyous activity in playing the musical instrument

 

 

upper trigram: Tui, or joyous, oval shaped
 

lower nuclear trigram:
Ken, or legs, arms, hands or fingers

hexagram 17 upper nuclear trigram:
Sun, or wood or string
 
lower trigram: Chen, or arousing or foot
 

Strike with shoulder

hexagram 34:
TA CHUANG:
Power of the great

Like a goat butting a fence

upper trigram: Chen, or arousing or thunder
 

lower nuclear trigram:
Ch'ien, or strong, moving, forward

hexagram 34 upper nuclear trigram:
Tui , or smash
 
lower trigram: Ch'ien, or strong, moving,forward
 

Stork Spreads wings

hexagram 22:
PI:
Grace-beauty of form

bird with one wing high, one wing low


upper trigram:Ken, or hand or wing
 

lower nuclear trigram:
K'an, or water

hexagram 22 upper nuclear trigram:
Chen, or movement, feet or forest
 
lower trigram: Li, or bird or eye
 

Brush knee

hexagram 18:
KU:
Decay

to work on what has spoiled to remove decay

 

upper trigram:Ken, or hand, leg or mountain
 

lower nuclear trigram:
Tui

hexagram 18 upper nuclear trigram:
Chen, or movement
 
lower trigram: Sun, or wind, or gentle
 

 

Hexagrams: | page one | page two | page three | page four |

 

 
 
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