Hilary Barrett, I Ching

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Book of stories: myth and legend

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

If you think about it, some stories play a big part in our conversation even though we never tell them in full. With a story everyone knows, you don’t need to tell it, you only need to allude to it. So ‘No, he isn’t Prince Charming’ becomes a short way of saying, ‘This is not the story […]

Yijing, Book of Stories

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Stories are a big part of how readings work. When we’ve gone round and round the situation a few (dozen) times in our thoughts, and everything is stale and stuck, Yi says, ‘Imagine, it’s as if…’ – and everything changes. How I got here, where ‘here’ is, what paths might be open to me now – […]

Questions of choice

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

I spend a lot of time thinking about what we ask the Yi and helping other people find their questions. This is a bit odd, because finding the question really isn’t complicated at all. It’s not a matter of devising a question nor even really of deciding on one, but of finding it: discovering what you’re […]

Hexagrams and their scale

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

I started work recently to research a post on Hexagram 23, Stripping Away – a hexagram of loss, whether that means painlessly shedding what’s outlived its usefulness, or having something you’re very much attached to torn away. Looking through a dozen reading experiences with this one, I was struck again by how much hexagrams don’t describe […]

You vs Yi? What if the reading feels wrong?

Friday, February 26th, 2016

It’s not uncommon to have the experience of a reading confirming what you already know – even if you hadn’t quite acknowledged that you knew it. But what when the reading simply goes against what you feel is right? You’re drawn to do something, you’re excited about doing it, your intention’s taking shape… and you ask Yi, […]

Just one thing

Monday, February 1st, 2016

I spend a lot of time exploring and writing about the endless depths of Yijing readings. There are those little seeds of meaning hidden in the etymology of individual characters, the long resonances across the structure of the Sequence, the pictures to be painted with trigrams and stories to tell with nuclear hexagrams, the mythical […]

Four things I learned about Yi last year

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Last March I explained how I don’t know the first thing about Yi (namely, why these line-patterns mean these words). I’m happy to report that I still don’t, and I’m still lit up with curiosity and fascination for this strange and beautiful old creature we call Yi – and I think there’s something to be said […]