The Chinese I Ching and 2012
What can one of the oldest Chinese classic texts reveal about 2012?
The I Ching, also referred to as the 'Book of Changes' is one of the oldest Chinese classic texts and is now at the core of Chinese culture.
The first version of the manuscript, albeit incomplete was scribed onto bamboo slips in mid 4th to early 3rd century BC. The text has since been reinterpreted as a system of cosmology and philosophy, representing the 'acceptance of the inevitability of change'.
The method of the I Ching is to cast 6 coins or yarrow stalks. Each of the 6 throws will represent either Yin or Yang, the passive or the active, feminine or masculine.
Depending on this, the reader will mark down 6 complete or broken lines to complete a hexagram. There are 64 possible hexagrams that can created then looked up in the I Ching itself to discover their meanings.
Terence Mckenna and the Chinese I Ching
Mckenna studied the fascinating numerology behind the I Ching and developed some interesting theories. He found that 6 multiplied by 64 (two integral numbers of the I Ching) equal 384. This is very close to the number of days in 13 lunar months - 29.5306 x 13 = 383.8978
Mckenna also found many other mathematical instances where the numbers key to the I Ching would correlate perfectly to known natural cycles. This led Mckenna to suggest that the I Ching may be a form of ancient Chinese calendar.
The McKenna brothers arrived at the 2012 end date by using fractals. They laid a fractal pattern that they had created on top of a time scale and matched the peaks and troughs of the pattern relate to a significant points in time, for example, the beginning of life on our planet and the beginning of historical time.
They were suprised to find that the graph would fit perfectly over the timeline and in doing so, the end of the graph lined up upon December 22, 2012.