The ancient book is a study of change in human life. The belief is that understanding the pattern and cycle of change will prepare the person for future events and help with making the right decisions. For more than 5000 years the I-Ching has been used and relied on by many Chinese to aid in decision making and predicting the future. It is believed to have been invented by Fu Hsi, a legendary emperor of China.
The answers or predictions of future events are revealed by using a numerological system based on the Yin and Yang, where the Yin represents a broken line and Yang a whole line. The Yin and Yang are polarizing forces but are important in maintaining a balanced universe. The modern equivalent uses three coins for divination that are tossed six times to form six lines of hexagrams.
Each side of a coin represents either the Yin or the Yang.
The “Book of Changes” is then used to interpret the meaning of the hexagrams in relation to the specific question asked. There are sixty-four possible configurations of the hexagrams; each throw of the coin makes up one line of the hexagram starting from the bottom up. The hexagrams represent a process in nature or human nature and can reveal future luck, growth, or misfortunes.