While not particularly attracted by magic and divination, calling
the square "magic" needs some justification. The number
19 was chosen since, from the remotest antiquity, it appears
as a number with a particular meaning in religion, magics and
alchemy. Adding the I Ching lines generating the Exagrams for
your enjoyment required a work which no magics can carry out.
There are 512 lines in the 64 Hexagrams and they are inserted
here sequentially (as complete Hexagrams) but not in the order
appearing in the treatise and they flow one into the other in
a smooth uninterrupted sequence. A whole round of the magic
square generates 240 Trigrams and 2 odd lines. Every
six clicks will bring forth an Hexagram; it will not
be displayed on the monitor so keep paper and pencil handy.
The initial line of an hexagram, in the small image on the top
right, has a small caption indicating its starting point. Presently,
the explanation of the 64 hexagrams of the I Ching is not included
here since a whole slew of literature concerning the I Ching
is available on the Internet, but a table with their structure
and name and a key for identifying
the Hexagrams, both from Richard Wilhem's translation of the
I Ching, are included.
The pictures and the digital art images linked to them have
no logical sequence and sparse and scanty caption. You may click
either the image or the I Ching line above it (they are not
equally linked) or alternate between them. If you are keen on
maths, you may figure out the available combinations.
Hence, instead of stalks and coins now
you can use the mouse and, additionally, the fact that "a
picture speaks a thousand words" to draw oracles
and omens, or simply download a picture that you like. While
some pictorial sequences may give rise to subjective interpretation,
some hit common ground in a striking manner.
out this work with a cocktail of 722 numbers randomly sorted
several times was a revelation of inconceivable realms which
do act on something which works purposely far beyond our psyche.
My understanding is that we are an experience of Life
and that Life itself is a grand cosmic comedy
carried out by something that goes far beyond the numinous.
Do not ask me who wrote it, that is well beyond that mental
image conceived as "god". "The Magic Square"
as you see it here is a personal creation and the hints it gives
out might be strictly subjective... I cannot say! Yet, from
unknown depths it does speak.
The Magic Square can be used as a toy or a pastime, but if to
be used for some definite purpose in case of some particular
event use it rarely: it might have a story to tell, according
to how you your subconscious interprets the resulting display.