Friday, November 11, 2011

11/11/11 Creative Day

If the number zero were 陰 (yin) and the number one were 陽 (yang), today (11/11/11) would make up the first hexagram of the 易經 (I-Ching/Yì Jīng) or the Book of Changes. The first of 64 hexagrams, 乾 (ch'ien/qián) is the only hexagram that matches our date with 6 yangs. It is sometimes translated as "the creative," "heaven," or "force."

The hexagram is depicted below on the left. In the middle is the Chinese character for ch'ien/qián in ancient script font and on the right is the same character is a modern script.


I hereby proclaim 11:11:11 AM of 11/11/11 to be the Creative Moment of Creative Day... to be repeated every 100 years if we ignore the first two digits of the four-digit year. We sort of missed the first and only real 11/11/11.

Go forth and create something on this Creative Day! It's as good a reason as any.

PS: 3000-4000 years ago, I'm sure the authors of I-Ching had in mind this date and moment based on a calendar and time system not yet invented or adopted.

PPS: Somehow, the 40,271th cycle of 9,192,631,770 periods of the radiation corresponding to the transition between the two hyperfine levels of the ground state of the caesium 133 atom on 315th rotation of the 2011th revolution of the 3rd wandering star big enough to be rounded by its own gravity around an yellow dwarf calculated using a system agreed upon on the 55th rotation of the 1582th revolution since some arbitrary time around a ball of fusing atoms is special.

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