Glossary of Terms

These are some terms that you will see used in the Christian I Ching discussions.

archetype - A unique archetype as described in the I Ching. This term is specific to the Christian I Ching. Other interpretations of the I Ching use the term hexagram. An archetype describes a category of situations. There are 64 archetypes described in the I Ching.

coin protocol - A protocol for determining which archetype contains the answer to a specific query to the I Ching. The protocol is so named because it uses three coins to query the I Ching. The coin protocol is the most common protocol used with the I Ching today, but we recommend against it for three reasons. First, it has little historical precedent. Second, it is mathematically inconsistent with the protocols historically used by the ancient sages. Third, it does not allow enough time for a relationship to develop between the querent and the medium delivering the I Ching's response.

hexagram - A pictographic representation of an archetype composed of six lines, any of which can be solid (yang) or open (yin).

hexagram number - A numeric value between 1 and 64 that is assigned to a given archetype and hexagram.

I Ching - A 3,000 year old Chinese book of Wisdom that is used to discern how God is calling on us to respond to a given situation.

moving line - A line that is getting ready to transform into its opposite, for example, an open line about to transform into a solid line. This is in contrast to a static line.

static line - A line that is stable and not getting ready to transform into its opposite. This is in contrast to a moving line.

stone protocol - A protocol for determining which archetype contains the answer to a specific query to the I Ching. The protocol is so named because it uses 49 small flat stones. This protocol is almost identical to the yarrow protocol, differing only in the replacement of 49 stones for the 49 yarrow stalks.

yang line - A solid line in contrast to a Yin Line.

yarrow protocol - A protocol for determining which archetype contains the answer to a specific query to the I Ching. The protocol is so named because it traditionally uses 49 yarrow stalks. 

yin line - A broken line in contrast to a Yang Line.

Yìjīng - An alternative spelling of I Ching.