Early divination was done by the casting or tossing of sticks, and later coins & stones. with a line or blotch, as a positive or negetive symbol on each side of the object tossed. (heads and tails of a coin). they gave yes and no Answers.
The I Ching; the Oriental form of this style of divination; used lines: A straight line symbolized Yang the positive/Yes A broken line Yin the negetive/No.
In Oriental Philosophy TAO (the source of the Yi King) is the primal force of the Universe;of all.
TAO concentrates itself to a point.
TAO directs itself and becometh the Male Force, called YANG, symbolized by a Solid Line.
TAO expandeth and becometh the Female Force, called YIN, symbolized by a Broken Line.
These Three: TAO, YANG and YIN, bring forth heaven and earth, and all contained therein.
Yin & Yang are the Chinese terms for the basic polarities of the Universe.
Yin: ___ ___
Yin is Female: (Yoni) Moon; the direction downwards. Yin counter-clockwise.
Yin is space; the open angle. Yin is soft, yielding and relaxed. dark and weak.
Yang is Male: (Lingam) Sun; the direction upwards. Yang is clockwise and the closed circle.
Yang is hard, resistant and tense,Yang is time, light, strong.
Preparation: Ancient Method
Obtain 6 Chinese coins. Five shall be of one metal and the sixth of another. Six sticks will serve. Paint one side solid and the other broken. One of the six is especial; It should be made unique by painting one end on both sides.One side ye shall call Yang, and the other Yin (Heads and Tails).
Care for thine sticks as though they were coins. These sticks/coins should be kept in a wrapped black cloth, no other should lay hands upon them. They will be bathed with your aura after faithful use and repititon.
When seeking the Oracle, do thus: take out the coins or sticks, from their special place.
Face East; and clear the mind, so that no thoughts shall intrude. Call upon what god or powers that ye will; filling with pure light, raising your mind to the image of the situation of your inquiry.
Gently toss the sticks or coins, toward the East; as they fall into a pattern, arrange into an Hexagram. Each line of the Hexagram is numbered: The line nearest is number One; the farthest away is number Six. Construct the Hexagram, as tossed made up of six lines; each line being Yang or Yin. The especial stick or coin is called "The Moving Line." Construct a Second identical Hexagram; then change the "moving Line" from Yang to Yin; or from Yin to Yang.
Read the First; Hexigram; first two lines refer to the Hexagram as a whole, giving direction to the matter of inquiry. The change of the reading of the Moving Line pertains to thy situation:
Which is considered to be the Answer from the TAO.