Something I just tried, that seems to work quite well: putting a question to Yi, reflecting on the answer – and drawing a single tarot card as a cue – or a clue – to ways to think about it. Asking what I needed to reflect on about helping more people to connect with Yi, I received 45, Gathering Together, changing to 32, Enduring. When I drew the Hierophant (from the Haindl tarot) by way of ‘clue’ to this one, it opened the floodgates for a stream of ideas. The Hierophant ( image here) passes on a tradition: divination is not just a problem-solving technique, but a way of connecting to an inherited wisdom. To use divination to discover the spiritual forces acting in your life, you need to have access to stories that allow you to name and recognise them.
Which of course sparks off whole new ranges of ideas – does that mean Yi wants to connect us to the Chinese tradition, or that it can become a new way of unlocking our own tradition? (And what on earth is ‘our own tradition’ in the modern West?)