Here is a wholly new approach to multiple changing lines, from an equally new I Ching blog. It’s another method for isolating a single line among the many to focus on. This isn’t something I’m generally very interested in, myself. I take the view that you’re given more than one line for a reason, and ‘contradictory’ lines can also represent contradictions, choices, or different ‘layers’ of reality. So I’d be one of those readers, who, as the author puts it, â€œstill feel that it’s necessary to consult all the lines that are changing for fear that they would be discarding some significant piece of information if they did otherwise.” (And no, I don’t find that this results in such confusion as to be unviable!)
However, if I were in search of a method to eliminate parts of a reading, I’d be interested in trying this one out. It has the advantage of some simple principles behind it – like the idea that the ‘action’ is more intense towards the centre of the hexagram – that make it intuitively easy to relate to. They also make it easy to memorise – I think it’s lodged in my head successfully after a single read-through – which would make it simpler to try out than the more technical approaches. I’ve subscribed to Eric’s blog, hoping for more.