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Yearly Archives: 2012

Casting the Vessel

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Casting the Vessel

Warning: this post is pure, unadulterated gleeful Yeekery. I’ve been reading about how the ancient Chinese bronze vessels were made. Here’s a fascinating pdf on the subject (right click and choose ‘save as’ to download), with images of the finished vessels and also the moulds used in the casting, and diagrams showing the whole process.… Continue Reading

Hexagram 4 and seeking meaning

My reading for this past week was hexagram 4, Not Knowing, with no changing lines. I appreciate getting unchanging hexagrams: it seems to me that Yi’s making allowances for me, giving me just one simple thing to keep in mind. I take it as an invitation to reflect. The issue with hexagram 4 – mine,… Continue Reading

Non-attachment and Hexagram 25

You should know about Susan Piver’s Open Heart Project because it’s a beautiful gift to the world – and also because, every now and then, it provides intriguing little sparks of insight into hexagrams. Here’s Susan talking (in the video on the left) about non-attachment, in ways that make me think of Hexagram 25, Without… Continue Reading

Basic human need Yi answers, part 6: line 4

That need Yi answers is for… ‘The Well. Moving the city, not moving the well. Without loss, without gain, They come and go, the well wells. Almost drawn the water, but the rope does not quite reach the water, Or breaking one’s clay jug, Pitfall.’ in the background as underlying reality, and in the foreground… Continue Reading

The basic human need Yi answers, part 5: changing line 2

(This post is part of an absurdly long series: The basic human need that Yi answers The basic human need Yi answers, part 2: the Well The basic human need Yi answers, part 3: the change The basic human need Yi answers, part 4: changing line 1 ) Moving on to line 2: ‘Your own… Continue Reading

The basic human need Yi answers, part 4: changing line 1

As I’ve mentioned a few times before, I asked Yi what the basic human need is that it answers, and it responded with Hexagram 49, Radical Change, moving at lines 1, 2 and 4 to Hexagram 48, the Well. Here (at last!) are that reading’s moving line texts: ‘Bound with yellow cow-hide.’ ‘Your own day,… Continue Reading

Travelling: the light of being here

I’ve never found Hexagram 56 particularly inspiring. (I wasn’t over the moon last December to receive it as my primary hexagram for this year.) Travelling means you’re ‘passing through’; that wherever you are, it’s not where you belong, and there’s not so much you can do there. Its trigrams suggest a campfire lit on a… Continue Reading

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