Useful Notes / Ba Gua

Bagua (八卦) or Pa Kua, meaning eight symbols, in Eastern mythology is a system to analyze natural and social events for the sake of knowledge. Key points Bagua relate to anatomy, cosmology, geography, personality, and family. The bagua as a symbol consists of an octagon, divided into eight slices connecting to a center octagon. The slices are refered to as trigrams. In the slices there are a combination little broken and solid lines. Each slice has a different attribute associated with it. The Baguazhang (八卦掌) or eight trigram palm. Pretty heavy stuff, this page will try to help you make sense of it.

Also related is the I Ching book, meaning the Book of Changes which takes the Bagua concept to a whole new level. Tropes involving Baguazhang and I Ching will be covered below.