Yeah! I always thought of it as a kind of binary...Solid and broken lines...everything is built on that! Have you found the chart at the back of your book. It shows the trigrams in a graph. On a folded page of heavy paper. all eight horizontally across the top and all eight vertically down the side. It will ID a hexagram for you, you just pick the lower trigram you received then look across the horizontal line up to find the upper trigram. Where they meet you will find the hexagram you drew. For some reason they folded the page inward. I reverse the fold it so to make it more available. Ok this just me and my opinion. I'm NOT a very intuitive guy. It is my view that for the truly intuitive a complete familiarity with the trigrams and all the attributes assigned to each of them is needed But for myself...honestly, I try to take note of the explanation given as to how the Judgment and Image were arrived at. But I have come no nearer in my life to being able to make such interpretations for myself. That said...I have done much better applying those explanations to my question, rather than trying to interpret from the trigrams and nuclear trigrams. I see what they are saying, but lack the intuitive grace to see that in the trigrams for myself. Fortuity for me this isn't a necessity. Just a really nice advantage to have. The important thing is to see what they are saying. How they came to know what they are saying really isn't that important. Weather what they are saying is true is really all that matters. Me? I would pull together the basics, how to toss the coins and gain an answer. From there I would ask the oracle for guidance in undertaking it's study. What was important for me in my approach may not be all that important for you. In a way the book rewrites itself for each one of us, tailored to teach each of us. The I-Ching may just been the worlds first interactive book as well as the oldest. Oh! One thing.You might wish to read Hexagram 4 Youthful folly. There you find the guidelines that must be followed by both student and teacher. Youthful folly gives consul to both.