From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia For other uses, see Bagua (disambiguation). The bagua (Chinese: ??; literally: "eight symbols") are eight trigrams used in Taoist cosmology to represent the fundamental principles of reality, seen as a range of eight interrelated concepts. Each consists of three lines, each line either "broken" or "unbroken," representing yin or yang, respectively. Due to their tripartite structure, they are often referred to as "trigrams" in English. The trigrams are related to taiji philosophy, taijiquan and the wu xing, or "five elements".[1] The relationships between the trigrams are represented in two arrangements, the Primordial (????), "Earlier Heaven"[2] or "Fuxi" bagua (????), and the Manifested (????), "Later Heaven,"[2] or "King Wen" bagua. The trigrams have correspondences in astronomy, astrology, geography, geomancy, anatomy, the family, and elsewhere.[3][4] The ancient Chinese classic I Ching (Pinyin:Yi Jing) consists of the 64 possible pairs of trigrams (called "hexagrams") and commentary on them.  photo 360-31124820_zpspg1lrpc1.jpg  photo 360-31236002_zpszihzgln3.jpg  photo 360-31227702_zpsqkmoo6jc.jpg