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       ching - the book of changes and other cookies

       /usr/games/ching [ hexagram ]

       The  I  Ching  or Book of Changes is an ancient Chinese oracle that has
       been in use for centuries as a source of wisdom and advice.

       The text of the oracle (as it is sometimes known)  consists  of	sixty-
       four  hexagrams,	 each  symbolized  by  a particular arrangement of six
       straight (---) and broken (- -) lines.  These lines have values ranging
       from  six  through  nine,  with	the  even values indicating the broken

       Each hexagram consists of two major sections.   The  Judgement  relates
       specifically  to	 the  matter  at  hand (E.g., “It furthers one to have
       somewhere to go.”) while the Image describes the general attributes  of
       the  hexagram  and how they apply to one's own life (“Thus the superior
       man makes himself strong and untiring.”).

       When any of the lines have the values six  or  nine,  they  are	moving
       lines;  for  each there is an appended judgement which becomes signifi‐
       cant.  Furthermore, the moving lines are inherently unstable and change
       into  their opposites; a second hexagram (and thus an additional judge‐
       ment) is formed.

       Normally, one consults the oracle by fixing the desired question firmly
       in  mind	 and then casting a set of changes (lines) using yarrow-stalks
       or tossed coins.	 The resulting hexagram will  be  the  answer  to  the

       The  oracle  simply  reads a question from the standard input (up to an
       EOF) and hashes the individual characters in combination with the  time
       of day, process id and any other magic numbers which happen to be lying
       around the system.  The resulting value is used as the seed of a random
       number  generator  which	 drives a simulated coin-toss divination.  The
       answer is then piped through nroff for formatting and  will  appear  on
       the standard output.

       For  those  who	wish  to remain steadfast in the old traditions, A the
       oracle will also accept the results of a personal divination using, for
       example,	 coins.	 To do this, cast the change and then type the result‐
       ing line values as an argument.

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