The Sifter (I/I)

It is 539 years before the common era.

Chen Yu consults the Book of Changes. He sifts the yarrow sticks. He casts the I Ching.

He casts it . . . poorly.

The hexagram he casts does not appear in any books. It is only spoken of on the forbidden scroll.

It is hexagram 68, “Emptiness.”

There are some who say that Chen Yu broke the world.

3 thoughts on “The Sifter (I/I)

  1. Hmm.

    A year before the fall of Babylon and the latest possible date for the Mylitta/Nabonidus confrontation in which, as far as we know, Mylitta failed, God intervened, the nature of the world became such that godmaking was much less easy or reliable and becoming a god (At least, for one of Mylitta and Ella’s line) tended to lead to utter oblivion.

    Given this, I’ll operate under the assumption that the confrontation occured in 539 BC. I could be wrong, but things seem at the moment to point that way.


  2. Ooooh. The qliphothic hexagrams. Except, hmmm, wouldn’t 68 have to be a septagram?

    Unless “poorly” meant casting it in a trinary nature, rather casting more binary lines than needed. Hmmm. Which would imply the existence of 665 total hexagrams that Man Was Not Meant To Know. I kind of want to try and figure out and detail some of them, now. Maybe even coming up with the new trigrams which the hexagrams are formed from….

    Excellent story, at any rate.

  3. It occurs to me that here is another story about the fragility of the Hitherby world. The Hitherby world is extremely interesting to read about and think about, but if I could choose where to live I’d pick our primordial world: the one with no rents in the fullness thereof. The one in which, when a promise — no matter how strong — collides with reality, it’s the promise that breaks.

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