Hexagram 01 – Six Dragons of Heaven

If you are ever curious as to what heaven looks, like, then feast your eyes on this, Baby.

hexagram1-qian1Count it… SIX straight lines, all in a row.  This is the image of Heaven, Ladies and Gentlemen, and I don’t mean the kind with puffy clouds and bad elevator music played by chubby toddler angels.

I mean the real deal!!!

Hexagram 1 – Ch’ien – The Creative – Wilhelm translation

The Judgement:
The Creative works sublime success,
Furthering through perseverance.

The Image:
The movement of heaven is full of power.
Thus the superior man makes himself strong and untiring.

The doubling of the trigram Ch’ien, the Creative, gives the image of powerful and constantly repeated movement.  The doubling suggests that one draws strength from within one-self, and that after each action a new one follows, without cease.

T’uan Chuan – Commentary on the Decision

Great indeed is the sublimity of the Creative, to which all beings owe their beginning and which permeates all heaven.  The clouds pass and the rain does its work, and all individual beings flow into their forms.

Because the holy man is clear as to the end and the beginning, as to the way in which each of the six stages completes itself in its own time, he mounts on them toward heaven as though on six dragons. He towers high above the multitude of beings, and all lands are united in peace.

The way of the Creative works through change and transformation, so that each thing receives its true nature and destiny and comes into permanent accord with the Great Harmony: this is what furthers and what perseveres.

What all this means is that the Creative, which also happens to be Hexagram number one, claims the highest accolades of all the hexagrams.  It is supposed to represent the sublime, the Yang, the strong, the masculine, and the initiator of all things.   It is called the Creative because everything starts with an idea— a Creative idea, and from there, it is represented by an image from nature.  The image is six dragons because each line represents a dragon, and there are six lines; ergo, six dragons.


Now, you know me.  I get a bit antsy when I hear that the guys get to lead and the girls have to follow, so I did me some digging into this.  I questioned some ‘in-the-know’ Taoists and they told me that it wasn’t quite the way I had imagined.

It is not so much that the guys lead as it is the quality of being a leader leads.  Since we all have a bit of yin and a bit of yang in us, sometimes, we lead and sometimes we follow.  The Babe in us girls allow us to take the yang bull by the horn and lead a little; balance out that yin gentleness and submissiveness.

In any case, Heaven is called the Creative precisely because it is the space where the Creator creates.  It  is not so much out there somewhere in the deep dark void of space as it is in between our ears.  Get this, Babes, we can create our own Heaven by becoming more creative and by utilizing our creative energies.

Here’s the trump card.  If we are using our creative energies to create— what the hell does that make us, eh?

3 thoughts on “Hexagram 01 – Six Dragons of Heaven

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  1. My apologies but this is one of the basic understandings of the I Ching. To see it as just “male” yang as opposed to female yin (Kun) is to miss the point and be stuck in duality. What is beyond all duality is Oneness. When it splits it must necessarily split along the lines duality. What was One is now Two. As the Taoist texts say, the One becomes Two and the Two becomes Three and the Three becomes many. The I Ching’s 64 hexagrams are a graphical illustration of this. So when this energy appears, we are IN duality.

    In the phenomenal world, things MUST be in duality, we have no choice. This hexagram states that one half of the duality is dominant here. In the phenomenal world. something by necessity must initiate. This is the power that initiates, whatever dualistic label you want to put on it.

    Something MUST take that initiatory energy and make it a “thing” in this world, which is the role of K’un, the Receptive. Trying to find or create a hierarchy is to get lost in the illusion of duality. You lose the tree in the forest.


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