|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.
Just as the 8 x 8 = 64 hexagrams of the I Ching represent the Satvic form of matter in the universe, the 9 x 9 = 81 tetragrams represent the dynamic Rajic form of visible material in the universe. This basic framework lends credence to the theory proposed by sinologist John F. Sweeney that the Tai Xuan Jing was imported into China via translators, but ultimately rejected by the Confucian academy, which favored the more stable philosophy of the I Ching (Zhou Yi). Chinese intellectuals never embraced the doctrine and it lay forgotten for much of Chinese history.
If that is the case, the Tai Xuan Jing may represent an aspect of Hindu culture, but lost to India, which has been preserved by Chinese culture, although largely ignored by the Chinese. The original Tai Xuan Jing was probably written in Sanskrit and translated into Chinese.  In the same way, the 81 verses of the Dao De Jing and the 81 chapters of the medical text Ling Shu (Celestial Pivot) reflect the dynamism of the Rajic state and related philosophy.
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).
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
- "Unicode character database". The Unicode Standard. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
- viXra:1407.0062 Why Base 60
- Unicode Charts
- 《太玄經》 - Full text in Chinese
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