Taixuanjing

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Tai Xuan Jing Symbols
Range U+1D300..U+1D35F
(96 code points)
Plane SMP
Scripts Common
Symbol sets Tai Xuan Jing
Assigned 87 code points
Unused 9 reserved code points
Unicode version history
4.0 87 (+87)
Note: [1]

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). During the Jin dynasty, an otherwise unknown person named Fan Wang 范望 salvaged the text and wrote a commentary on it, from which our text survives today.

The Tai Xuan Jing may be consulted as an oracle, much like the I Ching, with grass stalks or six-faced die. A tetragram drawn without moving lines refers to the tetragram description, while a tetragram drawn with moving lines refers to the specific lines.

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".[2] The monograms are:

  • the unbroken line (TXJ 1.svg ⚊) for heaven (Chinese: ; pinyin: tiān),
  • once broken line (TXJ 2.svg ⚋) for earth (Chinese: ; pinyin: ),
  • twice broken line (TXJ 3.svg 𝌀) for man (Chinese: ; 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.

Chinese English

推玄筭:
家 一置一,二置二,三置三。
部 一勿增,二增三,三增六。
州 一勿增,二增九,三增十八。
方 一勿增,二增二十七,三增五十四

Push Profound Calculation:
First Part: one sets one, two sets two, three sets three.
Second Part: one remains one, two adds three, three adds six.
Third Part: one remains one, two adds nine, three adds eighteen.
Fourth Part: one remains one, two adds twenty-seven, three adds fifty-four.

Tai Xuan Jing Symbols[1][2]
Official Unicode Consortium code chart (PDF)
  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F
U+1D30x 𝌀 𝌁 𝌂 𝌃 𝌄 𝌅 𝌆 𝌇 𝌈 𝌉 𝌊 𝌋 𝌌 𝌍 𝌎 𝌏
U+1D31x 𝌐 𝌑 𝌒 𝌓 𝌔 𝌕 𝌖 𝌗 𝌘 𝌙 𝌚 𝌛 𝌜 𝌝 𝌞 𝌟
U+1D32x 𝌠 𝌡 𝌢 𝌣 𝌤 𝌥 𝌦 𝌧 𝌨 𝌩 𝌪 𝌫 𝌬 𝌭 𝌮 𝌯
U+1D33x 𝌰 𝌱 𝌲 𝌳 𝌴 𝌵 𝌶 𝌷 𝌸 𝌹 𝌺 𝌻 𝌼 𝌽 𝌾 𝌿
U+1D34x 𝍀 𝍁 𝍂 𝍃 𝍄 𝍅 𝍆 𝍇 𝍈 𝍉 𝍊 𝍋 𝍌 𝍍 𝍎 𝍏
U+1D35x 𝍐 𝍑 𝍒 𝍓 𝍔 𝍕 𝍖
Notes
1.^ As of Unicode version 7.0
2.^ Grey areas indicate non-assigned code points

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Unicode character database". The Unicode Standard. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Unicode Charts

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