dna and the i ching explained



The first person to publish their findings on the connection between the I Ching and the DNA genetic code was Harvey Bialy. In his paper, “The I Ching and the Genetic Code” (1974) he states that Yin and Yang were synonymous with purines and pyrimidines, the two kinds of molecules working in interplay in the DNA system.  He also goes on to provide reasonable assumptions on which base corresponds to each value: adenine, guanine, cytosine and thymine.

He uses the convention of aging fluxes, Old Yin and Yang and Young Yin and Yang. Believing that the more polarized of the two sets, the purines, were equivalent to Yang, he identified Adenine and Guanine with young and old Yang, or Air and Fire. Harvey Bialy was a Qabbalist, as one finds he mentions that the Daleth, Nun and Aleph equal fifty-five, the secret number of Malkuth. (The sum of 1-10) An ancient Sumerian script states “The days are fifty, the nights are fifty, but the days of lies are fifty-five.” Considering the Lord of Lies is also the Lord of Life it’s not too difficult to draw a parallel to Hadit the serpent of light with the double-helix caduceus and his bride Nuit the lady of Stars and Night, who states “I am Nuit, and my word is six and fifty.” It seems Nuit is the Mother Mathematican, and Hadit Father Nature.

Mutational Alchemy, the discipline of The Abrahadabra Institute developed by m1thr0s, is the study of and manipulation of the changes or mutations of the universe, the same mutations that occur in the I Ching and in the DNA code. Mutation of the biological type is directly responsible in part for the process of evolution. When a Yin or Yang flux changes polarity, such as in the case of a hexagram shifting into another, it is called a mutation. 

The connection between Yin and Yang isn’t the only parallel here of course in DNA and the I Ching. The analysis of the code is humanly imperfect and attributions of each compound to the bigrams remains arbitrary and guesswork. Nature doesn’t speak in a language us primitive apes understand yet, he’s working with a perfectly elegant system that works universally and perfectly. 

Johnson F. Yan Ph.D did some of the finest work on the I Ching and the genetic code, by taking the cube model of Watson and Crick and applying the hexagrams to it. To show you how and why the DNA code is also the hexagrams it must be first understood that the code directs cellular function by speaking in codons. Importantly to our discussion the codons consist of three sets of paired pyrimidines and purines, and the code consists of four of these, just like the four binary bigrams. These are our hexagrams, as there are six total pyrimidines and purines in a codon. Dr. Yan reasoned that the Adenine and Guanine, the Purines (memorized using the mnemonic phrase All Gods are Pure) are larger molecules than the pyrimidines and should be consider old.  (The mother and the father are old Yin and old Yang) This departs from Bialy’s model which notated the purines as Yangs and the pyramidines as Yin.

Chart demonstrating the similarities between the I Ching and DNA.
Chart demonstrating the similarities between the I Ching and DNA. Each bar on the DNA strand is a bigram. These bigrams stack to form a hexagram on each side of the helix.

The codon comprises the wyrd of the DNA, each one is a command. There are exactly 64 of these command words, as one would expect just as the Chinese discovered there were only 64 permutations of all of the binary hexagrams. It’s interesting to note this took a long time – not all regions of China used all 64 hexagrams, nor did they agree on the arrangements. It took over a thousand years for the I Ching to “settle down” into the set we now see in the excellent Wilhelm/Baynes translation called the King Wen arrangement.


This relationship to DNA and the I Ching is why we call the I Ching a bio-feedback system, perfectly balancing the microcosm of humans with macrocosm. It is the Hierophant himself, directing change and keeping us in connection with the Will of Heaven. 

It would not be a mistake to say this code is responsible for most animal life, at least here on earth. Other codes exist that don’t use the same compounds our DNA uses, but they are still be based on the same two part(helixical)/four part(ATGC)/three part(codon) style, otherwise known to Hermetic Alchemy as Bigrammaton, Tetragrammaton and Trigrammaton.

m1thr0s theorized from this that their is a second set of encryption known as the 729, the code of The Body of Light.  These are the 729 ternary bigrams, adding a third element called Jen that was only partly researched in China and subjected to intense attacks by the enemies of The Enlightenment, such as Ch’in Shih Hwang-Ti and Mao. 

The 729 is at the heart of the mysteries The Abrahadabra Institute is interested in studying, even though the task of decoding them is a daunting one, especially considering our science has not yet mastered the 64 yet, let alone discovered what the 729 is using as its medium. 

By the math itself the code has to exist in nature – what it will be like when we find it is a wholly unknown and will be uncovered by some unknown future pioneer long after m1thr0s and I are dead. 

This however, does not mean that we cannot utilize the 729 right away, at least half-assedly. There are tools here on abrahadabra.com and scattered throughout the occult body of the world that belong to any human by right of birth and can be used to at least partly interface with one’s Body of Light. The mastery of the control panel of The Body of Light is exactly what Tantric masters are doing, it’s what Qabbalists are doing when they play with the three mothers and the three fathers, the three worlds of the Sephiroth. 

I hope this short explanation helps anyone get started on their study of the I Ching and the Genetic Code. There is much still to be done but grasping these basics of just how and why the codes match up so well is an essential piece of data for any occultist to know today. 

For more indepth and advanced information please visit Tony Smith’s lucid and insightful essay on the I Ching Genetic Code Hyper Diamond Physics. This article explains how the very architecture of the DNA helix is the serpentine Lo Shu.



• pursuing perfection •

The pursuit of perfection underscores every major religion on earth, yet perfection has virtually never been defined in a way that is pragmatically sensible from a logical point of view. It is only in the years following the end of World War II that such a definition might even have been a practical possibility, since prior to this it would never have been thought possible that humankind might come to threaten the balance of Nature itself on a global scale. Now we know differently and as I sit here hammering out this article in 2015 the discussion of perfection takes on the question of sustainability more than at any time in human history. Avoiding the consequences of global warming would amount to a practical application of perfection! Reversing the damage done to our environment and restoring Nature’s rich bounty would amount to a caliber of perfection requiring a miraculous change of events in human behavior, not at all likely to occur.  Suddenly perfection is adopting a very real and a very urgent definition.

Religion, generally, has maintained a pretty dismal view of Earth, portraying it over and over again as something to be disparaged and escaped. Called the Realm of Exploitation, both Hinduism and Buddhism  have portrayed Earth as a place of unspeakable suffering, the only solution of which was to quit the cycle of birth and rebirth that draws us to it time and time again. While not universally viewed in this way in Judaism, distortional spin-off religions have generally followed suit with this view of the world so that perfection has been viewed as a matter of successfully escaping its clutches by one means or another. So long as Earth is viewed as the enemy of perfection there is very little chance of including it in any plans that share an imagined perfection with the Earth itself. If it turns out that either Heaven or Hell are internal states and not external places then the possibility of realizing Heaven on Earth is decidedly disadvantaged by this grim outlook of Earth.

The most noteworthy exception to this anti-earth attitude is Qabbalah which defines Earth simply as Kingdom and does not assign characteristics of good or evil to it. East-Asian Yin/Yang philosophy also does not succumb to this notion of an inherently evil Earth where Earth is viewed as the Yin Principle opposing Heaven as the Yang. Tantricism, with its emphasis on the balancing of opposites, does not hold with the idea that Earth must be subdued in order for Heaven to prevail. Heaven out of balance is just as detrimental to our collective well being as Eath run amok, so this notion of Earth as an inherently bad place is not universally held to but has become a kind of fetish among the proponents of apocalypse for whom the path to perfection has become synonymous with the suppression of Earth. The exaltation of Life, Light, Love and Liberty are viewed as universal qualities generated internally where man himself is the right and proper focus of this miraculous attainment.  The thing for us to stay attuned to is the how with respect to the pursuit of perfection. Thus Pythagoras advocates To Know Thyself as the root of philosophical inquiry. Without a keen sense of who we are on a cosmic scale we cannot hope to achieve a balancing of opposites that has any enduring meaning. This means staying abreast of new knowledge that emerges and constantly updating our esoteric knowledge to attune itself to exoteric knowledge about ourselves and our environments. This is why the creation of maps plays such an important role in the ongoing pursuit of perfection.  The cross-referencing of ancient maps with modern knowledge yields new maps better geared to the knowledge we have on tap – knowledge that is bought and paid for through the dedicated labors of our best minds over extended periods of time. These new maps put us in a position of strength pertaining to the ancient goals which do not really change so much in themselves. Rather, what changes are the strategies which our new maps reveal.

The following chart demonstrates how the four bigrams (two line structures) pair against guanine (G), cytosine (C), thymine (U) and adenine (A) to give us a new and revolutionary system of 64 hexagrams that 5,000 years of Chinese assignments could not have given us. This eventually leads us to a new kind of binary hexagrams, the possibilities of which are as startling as they are universal.  

This next chart redefines the Lo Shu diagram with its 9 ternary bigrams that gives us the elemental properties of its 9 internal chambers. This has never been accomplished before until now and would not be possible without the syncretic nature of Mutational Alchemy. Staying abreast of all available knowledge at our disposals is what qabbalah is all about.



 Qabalistic philosophy is inherently syncretic in nature which puts more on its plate than most since it is constantly cross-referencing everything that comes before its view. This is the only way that important new knowledge can be identified and adjusted. In 1953 a body of new knowledge was introduced that will forever change the way we look at geomantic magick. Franklin, Watson and Crick and their publication of the DNA code language was not intended to advance the state of 21st century alchemy but clearly does so notwithstanding.The binary nature of the YiJing had already been identified in the 1600’s by Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz but what could not have been known was the stunning similarities between the YiJing and DNA. Several important books and dozens of scholastic articles have been written on this subject since but my purpose here is to hyphenate how unexpected  breakthroughs in scientific understandings can radically impact our sense of spirituality and perfection. 

For an informed qaballist, the Tree of Life is divided into 32 Paths of Wisdom. The 64 binary hexagrams have always been paired into 32 complementary opposites. Once we know that the 64 DNA templates are a direct parallel to the traditional 64 YiJing hexagrams, we only need some way to align the hexagrams to the Tree of Life to give us a map sufficient to assert perfection against the Tree. We also need a word or method to exercise this assertion. It happens that Mutational Alchemy answers to all of these issues and more. Thus we have every good reason for a high level of confidence that Mutational Alchemy puts us squarely on the road to Perfection, though in truth there are still certain mysterious elements lacking.  These have to do with the external environment, a very difficult thing to control with exact precision. This is one of the reasons some practitioners confine their work to special caves deemed suitable for visualization work. Others establish and maintain temple space reserved for visualization practice. Though not 100% crucial, controlling one’s external environment is a routine protocol in the ongoing pursuit of perfection. We need more capable individuals working along lines that can actually succeed instead of wasting their lives away on fantasy projections which cannot, or following in the footseps of frauds and dinosaurs who have no earthly idea where perfection lies or how it can be secured.