Hexagram Basics - Part 4



The Six lines


The First and Fifth Make the Hexagram: The Sixth is above it

The 6th (top) line of a hexagram has a rather special quality to it. Mechanically, it’s not quite part of the hexagram. Lines one through five are the working lines of the hexagram. Line 1, for example is the foundation. When you read through the Rave I Ching and pay particular attention to the 5th line, you’ll see that this line often has keynote names such as The Saint, the Savior, etc. These names are all a product of the 5th line’s “projection” nature. Where the 1st line is the foundation of the hexagram, the 5th line is the dream of the hexagram, the hope of what it can be. This is the basis of the “projection” associated with the 5th line. People “project” onto it what they want to see.

Now you really must be clear about one thing at this point. We aren’t talking about an abstract, intellectual concept. The hexagram is the chemical package of the DNA codons which encode the amino acids in our cellular structure (see further reading below). When you look at the hexagram you are seeing a complete chemical package. In this package the 1st line is the basis and the 5th line is the culmination, the projection. The 6th line isn’t part of that. It doesn’t care about the basis or the projection. It is concerned with what comes next.

Review of the Basics of a Hexagram
A hexagram can be seen from different perspectives:

All six lines stacked from the bottom up, chemical information In five differentiated aspects The Trigram The Yin/Yang Binaries The Foundation

Self Study: If you look at the Rave Mandala you will see it has all the gates in a wheel. If you look at the sixth line of every gate it has a coloring of the next gate in the mandala. This is a great way to get insight into the sixth line but also the gates in general. Share your thoughts in the Forum.

Further Reading: Now that you have all these numbers such as 64 gates, 2 trigrams, 6 lines, floating around in your head, take a look at this sample from a discussion board of scientists on the topic of amino acids. Do any of the numbers look familiar? You don't need to know this in order to give a good reading, but it is fascinating to see the genetic connections.

"...Each amino acid is specified by a codon, which is composed of three nucleotides. Since each position of the codon can be occupied by any one of the four bases (A,C,G,T), the number of potential codons is 4x4x4 = 64.

So, how does a cell deal with all these different codons? Some amino acids are encoded by only one codon, others by as many as six different codons. Some of the transfer RNAs (tRNA), which are the devices that read the DNA codons one at a time, are not very choosy about which nucleotide is present in the third position of the codon. This seems to be a compromise between the need for precision and the need for speed and efficiency. All together, 61 of the 64 codons do encode amino acids. The other three are "stop codons" -- when the protein-synthesizing machinery comes to one of these, it terminates the growing chain of amino acids at that point.

The human genome, which is made up of about 3.2 billion base pairs of DNA, is divided up into 23 chromosomes. (Remember that most of our cells contain two such sets of chromosomes, one inherited from the father, the other from the mother.) The size of the DNA string in an average chromosome is therefore somewhere in the neighborhood of 150 million base pairs..." Share your thoughts in the Forum.