|Tai Xuan Jing Symbols|
(96 code points)
|Symbol sets||Tai Xuan Jing|
|Assigned||87 code points|
|Unused||9 reserved code points|
|Unicode version history|
The text Tài Xuán Jīng ("Canon of Supreme Mystery", Chinese: 太玄經) was composed by the Confucian writer Yáng Xióng (Chinese: 揚雄/扬雄; pinyin: Yáng Xióng; Wade–Giles: Yang Hsiung; 53 BCE-18 CE). The first draft of this work was completed in 2BCE (in the decade before the fall of the Western Han Dynasty). This text is also known in the West as The Alternative I Ching and The Elemental Changes.
In the Unicode Standard, the Tai Xuan Jing Symbols block is an extension of the Yì Jīng symbols. Their Chinese aliases most accurately reflect their interpretation; for example, the Chinese alias of code point U+1D300 is "rén", which translates into English as man and yet the English alias is "MONOGRAM FOR EARTH". The monograms are:
- the unbroken line ( ⚊) for heaven (Chinese: 天; pinyin: tiān),
- once broken line ( ⚋) for earth (Chinese: 地; pinyin: dì),
- twice broken line ( 𝌀) for man (Chinese: 人; pinyin: rén).
The Tai Xuan Jing contains 81 verses, and in this way compares with the structure of the Dao De Jing and the Celestial Pivot section of the Yellow Emperor's Internal Canon, which gives the foundation for Chinese medicine. This 9 x 9 = 81 structure reflects the dynamic structure of Raja matter in Vedic Physics, compared with the 8 x 8 = 64 Satvic structure of the Zhou Yi or I Ching, with its 64 hexagrams, according to research by John Sweeney. This structure suggests Vedic origins for the Tai Xuan Jing. Satva, Raja and Thaamas comprise the three Guna or types of matter in Vedic Physics.
Numerically the symbols can counted as ⚊ = 0, ⚋ = 1, 𝌀 = 2, and grouped into sets of four to count from 0 to 80. This is clearly intentional as this passage from chapter 8 of the Tài Xuán Jīng points out the principle of carrying and place value.
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|Tai Xuan Jing Symbols
Official Unicode Consortium code chart (PDF)
- Trigram - (I Ching)
- Unicode range 10000-1D7FF - (specifically 1D300–1D35F)
- Ternary numeral system
- 《太玄經》 - Full text in Chinese
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