The Twelve Earthly Branches


I Ching hexagram is Israel in which the two intersecting trigrams are the northern kingdom and southern kingdom united to form twelve earthly branches called the twelve tribes of Israel. Each kingdom is a Tetractys, an equilateral triangle comprised of ten dots that are the ten heavenly stems.

Israel is a human being whose hands are the southern kingdom of Judah and whose feet are the northern kingdom of Israel. The ten heavenly stems are the ten toes or ten fingers of the man Israel. The ten toes, representing the ten tribes of the northern kingdom of Israel, are the ten decimals: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. The ten fingers are binary digits equivalence of the ten decimals.

 Heavenly stem Base 2
 (Judah)
 Base 10
 (Israel)
 甲 (jiǎ) 0000 0
 乙 (jiǎ) 0001 1
 丙 (bǐng) 0010 2
 丁 (dīng) 0011 3
 戊 (wù) 0100 4
 己 (jǐ) 0101 5
 庚 (gēng) 0110 6
 辛 (xīn) 0111 7
 癸 (rén) 1000 8
 壬 (guǐ) 1001 9

The binary trigram or triangle is base 2 and the decimal triagram or triangle is base 10. Base 2 and base 10 are the two tribes of the kingdom of Judah and the ten tribes of the kingdom of Israel respectively. The state of equilibrium between base 2 and base 10 is the United Monarchy manifesting as the twelve earthly branches.

Earthly
Branch
 Tribe Month Time
 寅 (yín) Benjamin January 1:00
 卯 (mǎo) Joseph February 2:00
 辰 (chén) Zebulun March 3:00
 巳 (sì) Issachar April 4:00
 午 (wǔ) Levi May 5:00
 未 (wèi) Simeon June 6:00
 申 (shēn) Manasseh July 7:00
 酉 (yǒu) Naphtali August 8:00
 戌 (xū) Asher September 9:00
 亥 (hài) Gad October 10:00
 子 (zǐ) Reuben November 11:00
 丑 (chǒu) Judah December 12:00

The twelve earthly branches are the twelve months in a year and the twelve hours round a clock.



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