The

hexagrams of the

I Ching are numbered 1 through 64 and arranged in a particular order known as the

King Wen Sequence. This sequence and the rules which determine its order is humanity's most ancient abstract formulation, its

genesis dating from somewhere in

prehistory. In fact, the precise rules governing the order of this sequence is still a mystery.

Terence McKenna was the first modern to claim knowledge of this secret. In fact, by analysis and mathematical

manipulation he derived a date for the end of the world:

December 21, 2012. Strangely enough, this corresponds very closely with the

end-date of the Mayan calendar. McKenna had no previous knowledge of the Mayan calendar when he derived his date. Interesting, eh? The details are given on

his website and in his book,

*The Invisible Landscape*The I Ching supposedly represents the 64 archetypes around which all events in time are created. Thus by consulting it, it will reflect the conditions of the moment in which it is being consulted. In a nutshell: since the universe is a series of random probabilities, performing a random action (like flipping a coin) will result in a pattern (hexagram) that reflects reality enough to provide insight.