**language**based on

**shape**, rather than through the conventional reductive viewpoint of nucleotides and amino acids.

Here, we adapt the dodecahedral model to the system of Change in an attempt to discern what insights or refinements to extant notions we might derive. Hand-held models are dear to the author, particularly for the practical value they provide in exploring the systems thus represented. This exploration proves no exception. The model displayed below employs color to characterize the faces. Each face is blazoned with McNeil notation (q.v.) to assist in diagramming the model. The blazon allows for quick identification the attached vertices, face, and edges.

**FACES**

Faces stand for symbols (xiang). Our symbol set is described by the letters [E W F A], standing for the four elements recognized by the ancients (earth, water, fire, and air). In the "alphabet" of Change, these would be represented by xiang di-grams [⚏ ⚎ ⚍ ⚌]. Dodecahedral modeling provides three faces per symbol, possibly to provide for each

We should like to investigate the possible significance of the pentagon as it relates to the symbols. "Why five sides?" Five does not often appear in the lexicon of Change. The Chinese did have a theory of Five Elements (the four mentioned plus 'Metal'). We further observe that the maximal path length connecting any two vertices on the model is five.

**position**in a sequence; that possibly being a defining characteristic of a symbol -- where it falls within a sequence.We should like to investigate the possible significance of the pentagon as it relates to the symbols. "Why five sides?" Five does not often appear in the lexicon of Change. The Chinese did have a theory of Five Elements (the four mentioned plus 'Metal'). We further observe that the maximal path length connecting any two vertices on the model is five.

**VERTICES**

the dodecahedral model of Change places hexagrams at the vertices, where faces (symbol triplets) converge. Since the dodecahedron has twenty vertices, each vertex identifiable by a McNeil symbol triplet, with each of the twenty triplets having six possible symbol sequences, the model appears to allow for 120 possible hexagrams, providing for some redundancy. In the discussion that follows,

Isochromous (same color) triplets (e.g.

**AAA**) have only one distinct sequence; four such triplet sequences exist:**EEE WWW FFF AAA**

**AFW**) have six valid sequences; twenty-four such triplet sequences exist:

**EWF EFW EWA EAW EFA EAF**

**WEF WFE WEA WAE WFA WAF**

**FEW FWE FWA FAW FEA FAE**

**AEW AWE AEF AFE AWF AFW**

Dichromous (two colors) triplets (e.g.

**AAE**) have only three valid sequences, one for each position of the odd symbol; thirty-six such triplet sequences exist:**EEW EWE WEE EEF EFE FEE EEA EAE AEE**

**WWE WEW EWW WWF WFW FWW WWA WAW AWW**

**FFE FEF EFF FFW FWF WFF FFA FAF AFF**

**AAE AEA EAA AAW AWA WAA AAF AFA FAA**

**EDGES**

Edges define faces, each edge held in common by two adjoining faces. Edges also connect vertices. Thirty distinct edges exist on the dodecahedron. Since vertices stand for hexagrams, edges act as paths connecting vertices. This role suggests that an edge defines a change from one hexagram to another, further implying that the paths are directed, hence numbering sixty in total. We have elsewhere noted that the hexagrams may be understood as forming thirty-two pairs, under at least two schema. Efforts to integrate edge-as-pairing would have to account for the missing paths/edges.

**ANGLES**

If a side of the pentagon (purple) is taken as unity (1), a diagonal (blue) measures

*phi*. The red segment equals (

*phi*-1), and the yellow segment equals (2 -

*phi*).

The pentagon's relation to

*phi*is worthy of mention in this section since the author had long-sought a relation between Change and

*phi,*now obtained, albeit indirectly.

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