Clarity’s free online I Ching is new and improved; the oracle’s sense of humour is much the same as ever.
First, the new reading features:
- instead of showing all the text of both hexagrams, leaving you to pick out the relevant parts, this displays only the hexagrams and lines that are part of your reading. (Some people mentioned on the forum that they prefer to see everything – you can still do so by following the link in the right-hand menu to the old-style reading.)
- the whole reading is displayed on a single page that you can save
- you can also save, send or share a link to the reading (just copy and paste from your browser’s address bar)
- and there’s a ‘download as pdf’ button
- It also comes with helpful links: at the foot of the reading page, you’ll find a link to start a new thread in Shared Readings, and one to the hexagram search results for your reading.
Many thanks to Ewald Berkers for all this excellence. (Any bugs you find will be the result of my fiddling about with the styling after he’d finished.)
And then the oracle’s sense of humour. As I was saying – unchanged.
There was the time when we seemed to have finished, so I visited the online reading and did a test cast. ‘How are we getting on?’ or words to that effect. The answer was an unchanging hexagram, and revealed a bug with unchanging hexagrams – the text was repeated. And the reading? 56, the Traveller. Still on our way, not there yet.
It’s nice to work with a programmer who will not only fix the bug within minutes, but also get the joke.
Then when Ewald really had finished, I was working on fitting the reading into this site’s template and styling. I am not particularly knowledgeable about these things, so it’s all trial and error. Try copying and pasting something, save, upload, refresh the page, see what’s broken. Back to the source code, try to guess what I broke, edit, save, upload, refresh. Fixed this, broke something else. Edit, save, upload, refresh. And so on, for about an hour. Gradually it comes together.
I did all this with another test reading; this time for the question I just typed in ‘test’. The answer: Hexagram 26, Great Taming, changing at line 3 to 41, Decrease or Offering.
‘A fine horse for pursuit.
Constancy in hardship bears fruit.
Daily training, chariot driving, protecting.
Fruitful to have a direction to go.’