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Contemplate a question or situation. Throw three coins to create a single line line. Heads or Yang is given a count of 3 and Tails or Yin is given a count of 2. Each time you throw three coins, you count the numeric value of the coins together. There are four possible number combinations that make up the four lines.
These appear as follows:

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A hexagram is made up of six lines, which might looks like this:

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Throw the coins six times and write the value, starting with the bottom line and working to the top.

When there are changing lines, you are directed to read a second hexagram as well. The young or non-changing lines stay the same and the changing line will change into the opposite to create a second hexagram.

You will need a book to properly interpret the results of your toss (see Reference page).

In the book, you will find a chart showing the hexagrams. The left column displays the bottom three lines (or lower trigram) and the top row shows the top three lines (or upper trigram). Find the intersection of column and row to determine the numbered hexagram.

Read the text until you see the words: “the Lines”. If you have a changing hexagram, you will read only those lines that change. Only read the changing lines for the first hexagram. These are a significant influence on your reading.

Read the second hexagram, again only to “the Lines” and not further.

Contemplate the situation as described by the one or both hexagrams (in the case of changing lines).