Nine (or six) in the first place: (00° – 01° Capricorn)
The first paragraph on the line page specifies whether it is a 6 – a broken line, or a 9 – a solid line. It then mentions what place the line is in. It then shows in brackets the degree and sign of the zodiac it is in. (Each place has a corresponding zodiac degree that it is in.) The interpretation is based on the line’s place in the hexagram and in the zodiac.
Note: When divining a hexagram one throws the coins and comes up with the numbers 6, 7, 8, and 9. Six or eight signifies a broken line, and seven or nine signifies a solid line. Six and nine are indicators of a changing line which are the lines that should be read.
When using a planet position it becomes the line that is changing and the nine or six becomes irrelevant.
The first place 00° – 01° Capricorn: 33. Retreat
The second paragraph shows which degree of the zodiac this place occupies and the name of the subsystem hexagram that applies to this line.
Note: As mentioned above, there is a zodiac sub-system or Pentan system in which the entire zodiac or I Ching wheel repeats itself six times around the main circle. In this subsystem, the zodiac and I Ching hexagrams repeat themselves every sixty degrees.
In the zodiac each hexagram occupies six degrees and each line occupies one degree, with eight exceptions where the degrees are shared. In the sub-system or pentan level, each hexagram occupies one degree, and each line occupies ten minutes of a degree. What this means within the context of a hexagram, is that, for every line in a hexagram there is a corresponding sub-level hexagram that will further determine or elaborate the meaning of the line.
This second paragraph gives an interpretation based on the influence of this sub-hexagram on the line (or degree).
Nine in the first place:
In this third segment, the interpretation is based on the position of the line in the hexagram and on the astrological houses corresponding to that line.
Note: This system evolved from the star shapes for each hexagram. There is a correspondence between the lines of a hexagram and the astrological houses.
The upper trigram is above the horizon, corresponding to the objective, functional houses (7 to 12).
The lower trigram is below the horizon, corresponding to the subjective, personal houses (1 to 6).
The first place in a hexagram corresponds to Houses one and two, concerning personal identity and values.
The second place in a hexagram corresponds to Houses three and four, concerning personal expression and security.
The centre point here is the IC or personal motivation point in the horoscope. It reveals the nature of one’s inner integrity or depth of character. This corresponds to the ruler of the lower trigram.
The third place in a hexagram corresponds to Houses five and six, concerning personal performance and duty.
The fourth place in a hexagram corresponds to Houses seven and eight, concerning relationships and social values.
The fifth place in a hexagram corresponds to Houses nine and ten, concerning principles and social status.
The centre point here is the MC or social motivation and status point in the horoscope. It reveals the challenges and responsibilities of authority. This corresponds to the ruler of the upper trigram.
The sixth place in a hexagram corresponds to Houses eleven and twelve, concerning peers, and consequences.
The interpretations in this fourth segment are based on traditional I Ching considerations with some astrological references added in parentheses.
Action is appropriate when a solid line is in an odd place.
Non-action is appropriate when a broken line is in an even place.
Action is inappropriate when a solid line is in an even place.
Non-action is inappropriate when a broken line is in an odd place.
In brackets the astrological note is the reference to the relevant astrological houses for this line.
Holding together happens when a solid line and a broken line are beside each other or rest on each other.
Note: In this version of the I Ching concepts of masculinity and femininity are held to be of equal significance and hence holding together is considered for both the upper and the lower lines.
In brackets the astrological note is the reference to the astrological houses which will support or hold together with this line.
Correspondence occurs when there is a solid (or broken) line in the first place and a broken (or solid) line in the fourth place. There is harmony between these two lines because they are both in the first place of their primary trigram (the first line in the lower trigram and the first line in the upper trigram). This also happens between the second and fifth lines of a hexagram (the middle lines of the lower and upper trigrams), and between the third and sixth lines (the top lines of the lower and upper trigrams).
When these lines are opposite (one solid and one broken) they are said to correspond or balance and align with each other. The strength of one is balanced by the receptivity of the other and vice versa.
Trigrams of Influence:
The first place will have one trigram of influence: the lower primary trigram.
The second place will have two trigrams of influence: the lower primary and the lower nuclear trigrams.
The third place will have three trigrams of influence: the lower primary, the lower nuclear and the upper nuclear trigrams.
The fourth place will have three trigrams of influence: the upper primary, the upper nuclear and the lower nuclear trigrams.
The fifth place will have two trigrams of influence: the upper primary and the upper nuclear trigrams.
The sixth place will have one trigram of influence: the upper primary trigram.
This is a graphic showing the degree and sign of the zodiac for the main hexagram, and the pentan or sub-theme within the zodiac sign it occupies, followed by the sub-pentan planetary rulerships for the line. This section is included for astrologers. It is presented in astrological symbols but the implications are not written out in words.
It basically shows a theme within a theme within a theme that applies to this line of the hexagram or this degree of the zodiac. (This is similar to the minute theme within the hour theme within the day theme.)