Saturday, July 2, 2011

Yao Numbers and the Tree of Life

The following animation is a graphical depiction the nine species of "Yao Numbers," a concept introduced in Ta Chuan, the Great Treatise.  It displays the nine families in forward and reverse sequence.  It is the so-called Fu Xi (also, xiantian) diagram rotated 45 degrees CW.  We suggest that these nine families are analogous to the "Nine Worlds" surrounding Yggdrasil, the Teutonic Tree of Life.

The animation appears to depict a signal initiated at one pole (congruent with the realms called Hel and Asgard in the Teutonic tradition), propagated through the medium, then confirmed by the receiving pole.  Conceptually, it bears  resemblance to a common depiction of Yggdrasil, the Teutonic Tree of Life with its "Nine Homeworlds."  

From the poles  the signal passes through either group of three hexagrams with pairs formed by complementarity or "separated pairs".  These are congruent to the planes called Bright Alfheim & Dark Alfheim in the Teutonic scheme. The  purported power of these realms is to mediate between the worlds of Asgard and Midgard:
There is also a transitional world between Asgardhr and Midgardhr, where the energies of the former are transmitted to the latter world. This realm is called Alfheimr (world of the Elves), and is characterised by the higher aspects of light and air (equivalent perhaps to the occult conception of the Etheric planes). In this world, the highest energies of the human world mix with the lowest energies of the Gods. Beneath Midgardhr (the physical world) is a corresponding region intermediate to Midgardr and Hel, called Svart-Alfheim (world of the black elves). In this region are found the mysteries of earthly manifestation, represented by the dwarves.  
Teutonic Cosmology by M. Alan Kazlev
In most detailed depictions of the Tree of Life, a formation comprising a central node bounded by a group of four nodes (q.v. quincunx) is present.  In this presentation, the largest and central of the five families comprises twenty hexagrams, each with three YIN and three YANG lines, and each having yao-number <180>.  This node is congruent to Teutonic Midgard, the home of Men.

The four groups surrounding the central group have {sizes} and <yao numbers> as shown: ({6} <172>, {12} <176>, {12} <184>, {6} <188>).
The congruence of these groups to the Teutonic tradition is less clear than the others.  The candidates are: Jontunheim, Vanaheim, Niflheim, & Muspelheim.

The following crude table displays the 64 hexagrams and the nine yao-number "families" into which they fall, the quantity of hexagrams per family, as well as yao-numbers and line-analysis (#YIN lines and #YANG lines) for each hexagram.  Wen pairs are shown within parentheses where possible.

0 YANG,6 YIN <144> { 1} [2]*
2 YANG,4 YIN <168> { 3} [27 29 62]*
5 YANG,1 YIN <172> { 6} [(9 10) (13 14) (43 44)]
4 YANG,2 YIN <176> {12} [(5 6) (25 26) (33 34) (37 38) (49 50) (57 58)]
3 YANG,3 YIN <180> {20} [(11 12) (17 18) (21 22) (31 32) (41 42) (47 48) (53 54) (55 56) (59 60) (63 64)]
2 YANG,4 YIN <184> {12} [(3 4) (19 20) (35 36) (39 40) (45 46) (51 52)]
1 YANG,5 YIN <188> { 6} [(7 8) (15 16) (23 24)]
4 YANG,2 YIN <192> { 3} [28 30 61]*
6 YANG,0 YIN <216> { 1} [1]*

*indicates Wen pairs formed via complementary opposition; Wen pairs of this nature fall into separate families.

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