The Jiu Gua is one of the holy symbols of the Integral Meusio. At the center is the Tai Hsuan, symbol of the Great Mystery. Surrounding the Tai Hsuan are the Elements of Lingua-U in nine configurations shaped like a nonagon. The Jiu Gua mixes traditional Chinese symbols with fresh, integral interpretations.
Technically, there aren’t just nine elements; there are actually eleven. The (⚎) symbol depicts both Fire and Wind and the (𝌄) symbol depicts both Vowel and Water. Therefore, be careful when counting Elements not to depend too much on the nine symbols alone.
Symbolizing a unity of cyclic and evolutionary processes, the Jiu Gua is located at the Veranda of The Holy Pavilion. In short, the Jiu Gua is a foundational symbol expressing all the essential sacred geometries of the Integralist’s faith. If you study the symbolism and memorize everything necessary for you to draw the symbol yourself, then you are well on the way to understanding the symbolism of the Pavilion itself, its interior and crow, once you go deeper into more complex symbolism.
Although the Tai Hsuan and the Elements are very fundamental icons, they are still plenty useful for contemplating the mysteries of faith. Practitioners of Integral Magic/k will be excited to have the new magical distinctions at their disposal for working with the myriad energies of reality.
Unlike the Bagua, which is based on eight symbols of Taoist cosmology, The Jiu Gua’s symbols do not easily fit into an eightfold scheme of compass points. For bringing the Kosmology together with the ninefold element symbols, there’s the Wheel of Spirit.