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SiXiang and Geometry of the Four Living Creatures




'Si Xiang' is the four living creatures (four phases) described in Revelation 4:6-8. The four living creatures are four hexagrams, and since a hexagram is a six-pointed star, the six wings of each living creature are the six points of a six-pointed star.


New International Version of the Holy Bible described the four living creatures as follows:
In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back. (Revelation 4:6) "NIV"
King James Version of the Holy Bible refers to the living creatures as four animals.
In the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. (Revelation 4:6) "KJV"
Beast: animal
Four beasts: four animals

The four animals are symbolized by four hexagrams, and six (the first three letters of the word 'Si Xiang') implies the six wings of each of the four living creatures or four animals.
And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him (Revelation 4:8) "KJV"
Four beasts: four symbols
Four symbols: four hexagrams
Six wings: six points of the six-pointed star or the hexagram

The four animals are described as follows:
And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.       (Revelation 4:7) "KJV"

Bagua is made up of two squares, and each square is divided into four triangles. Since a square is made up of four triangles, the two squares constituting the Bagua are equal to eight triangles.

Mathematically,

Bagua = Square + Square
            = 2 Squares

A Square = 4 Triangles

Therefore,

Bagua = 2(4 Triangles)
             = 8 Triangles

Each triangle is a trigram such that the eight triangles are eight trigrams.

The three sides of the triangle (the trigram) are the following three persons of the Blessed Trinity:
  1. Father
  2. Son
  3. Holy Spirit
Jesus says,
Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples: baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19) "GNT"
Recall that the Holy Spirit (the third person) is the Tao, and the Tao is the sum of the Father and the Son. Therefore a  trigram is equal to the first two persons of the Blessed Trinity. Each person is a line so that a trigram is two lines and the eight trigrams are 16 (2 × 8) lines.

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