The logo of the DHARMA Initiative is the Ba Gua. This is a symbol featuring 8 sets of three lines. Each of the three lines can be solid or broken. This means there are a total of 8 different sets of three lines, called "trigrams". All 8 of these are featured on the Ba Gua and on the DHARMA logo. Each of the trigrams has a meaning.
The ancient Chinese book of I Ching goes one step further and defines meanings for every possible combination of 6 lines. There are 8x8=64 different combinations, and they are called "hexagrams". These hexagrams can be referred to by their position in the book.
Here are the meanings of the hexagrams which are labeled with The Numbers. The meanings of the two trigrams that make up the hexagrams are also written.
Hexagram 4 - ENVELOPING (surrounding) - Bound/Mountain over Gorge/Water
Hexagram 8 - GROUPING (holding together, alliance) - Gorge/Water over Field/Earth
Hexagram 15 - HUMBLING - Field/Earth over Bound/Mountain
Hexagram 16 - PROVIDING-FOR - Shake/Thunder over Field/Earth
Hexagram 23 - STRIPPING/SPLITTING APART - Bound/Mountain over Field/Earth
Hexagram 42 - AUGMENTING (increasing) - Ground/Wind over Shake/Thunder
Here are the 6 hexagrams: http://uclu.org/ahhhno.htm
But did you notice that four of the trigrams of the Pa Kua in the Dharma logo are backwards? These are the trigrams in the SE, E, NE and NW positions. So what does THAT mean?
Is anyone familiar with I-Ching. The ancient Chinese oracle. Well the symbol that is the Dharma swan station is actually the Universal Compass for the I-ching which is an ancient form of divination. Each symbol, the lines around the inner swan which is actually yin and yang if you look at it, represent different trigrams. There is more to all these lines but it would take forever to write about them. Each also represents members of a family and when combined form the shapes of change. I also looked up what the numbers meant in the I-ching and through the shapes of change which go from 1-64 and 4 is enveloping,8 is grouping,15 is humbling,16 is providing for, 23 is stripping and 42 is augmenting. Then there is full descriptions of there meanings. But like I said it would take a lot to write. Any thoughts on this from anyone who knows the I-ching?
In my I-ching book it describes the universal compass as, according to "King Wen", the trigrams were also organized according to the cyclic way they worked in the world of "Later Heaven", the complicated world we live in now. It goes on to say that the arrangement when superimposed on a diagram of the eight directions it creates the "universal compass" with a virtually infinite variety of qualities associated along its axes. The whole group could then be connected to the divinatory system of the I-ching through one of the eight trigrams. Then it goes on to say the you could follow a cyclic progression of these times and qualities around the circumference of the circle in either direction to see what each quality would produce or destroy. Systems such as this are used throughout traditional science and medicine."
As quoted from "How to use the I-Ching" by Stephen Karcher
I was just doing more research on the I-ching idea and Dharma and when I googled them together I found a website at www.egoplex.com that has a lot of information about what I discussed about the Dharma logo and more information regarding the show "Lost". Very interesting. Its worth a look if anyone believes in syncronicity and fate is what you make it etc.
I was going to dig up more, but the ABC board is all kamikaze today. But if you go to the ABC board at http://forums.go.com/abc/primetime/lost/forum?start=0&forumID=17
and click on the Search link and put in "I-Ching" it will give you a listing of related posts. I will see if I can find a good thread on the Fuselage. They tend to keep their stuff all in one thread over there..