A round-up of readings from the run-up to the election, with thanks to Google.
The earliest pertinent reading I found was from 24th May:
“What will an Obama presidency bring to the nation?”
Now, there’s some ambiguity around this reading: for one thing, by July the original poster was saying the question had been different; for another, the hexagram numbers aren’t given, and there’s no actual translation of the lines. But the answer looks to be
49, Radical Change, changing at lines 2, 4 and 6 to 9, Small Taming.
Radical Change, hm? Not that I’ve been following the campaign closely from over here, but hasn’t ‘change’ been something of a theme?
Moving on to September, we have,
“Will Obama become president?”
The response was Hexagram 26, Great Taming, moving at lines 3 and 5 to 61, Inner Truth. Line 3 shows how much work was still to do, and no-one posting at the time ventured an interpretation, but both lines are favourable.
As far as I know, there’s just one I Ching reading online dedicated to McCain, and that’s at our own I Ching Community, where Willowfox asked about both candidates on September 21st – when the outcome still wasn’t obvious from the polls. Yi gave her 20.1.2 to 61 (Seeing Inner Truth) for McCain and 31.6 to 33 (Influence’s Retreat) for Obama, and she concluded it would go to McCain by a narrow margin – not an unreasonable response to a reading that mentions Retreat. (It’s a reminder, though, that the I Ching isn’t limited by its commentary. The writers of commentary take a very dim view of 31.6, but the text itself doesn’t mention good or bad fortune, just eloquence.)
Into October, and there’s,
“Will Obama be the next president?”
with the response 18.2.6 to 15: Corruption, and dealing with Corruption, with Authenticity. The writer concluded the corruption was America’s and Obama would shortly be dealing with it.
Then “Who will win the election?” – non-partisan author and a complex method, concluding it’ll be Obama.
This thread from the I Ching Community (October 19th) contains several interesting readings:
- “Will Obama be the next President?”19.2 to 24
- “Who will be the next President?”220.127.116.11 to 6
- “What will be the world’s response?” 18.104.22.168 to 56
…and a second Hexagram 49 about Obama.
“Is Barack Obama going to be the next president of the United States?”
received hexagram 11 in response – unchanging, apparently (though the writer might just not have known about or had access to changing lines – it’s not clear).
Here’s an interesting one: a worried Democrat on October 28th asking,
“What do I need to know right now?”
and receiving Hexagram 49 (surprise…) changing in the fifth place to 55, Abundance/ Feng. 64% of respondents to this post thought the reading meant an Obama win (while only 13% thought it was about a pet squirrel called Ralph).
And finally… on November 4th I found a Twitter message from _Darryl:
“I Ching, what can you tell me about Obama’s chances of winning tomorrow? Answer: hexagram 49”
(Radical Change. I think we get the idea.)