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Yearly Archives: 2018

Not robbers, but marital allies

Not robbers, but marital allies

Things that come in threes One of many things about Yi that I first became aware of when Scott Davis pointed it out: there’s a tendency for motifs to occur three times. (He gives the example of whether words are trusted – not in 43.4, not in 47 – not until 49.3, when words of… Continue Reading

Yi in 19th Century Japan

I’ve been browsing with growing fascination through the Takashima Ekidan. Published in 1893 in Tokyo, this is an English translation by Shigetake Sugiura of an original Yijing translation by Kaemon Takashima, a successful serial entrepreneur and respected diviner. (‘Eki’ is the Japanese name for the Yi, and I believe ‘dan’ means ‘monograph’.) It includes a… Continue Reading

Hexagram 43, Deciding

Hexagram 43, Deciding

Name and nature: the enigma of guai Hexagram 43 is called 夬, guai, which is generally understood to mean‘decision’ or ‘resoluteness’ or ‘breakthrough’. The oldest forms of the character show a hand holding up an object – a token of authority, perhaps, or an archer’s thumb ring. In some early versions of the character, it’s… Continue Reading

Borders and boundaries

Borders and boundaries

What is Jie 介 ? The character jie 介 occurs three times in the Yi: 16.2 ‘Boundaries of stone, Not for a whole day. Constancy, good fortune.’ 35.2 ‘Now advancing, now apprehensive. Constancy, good fortune. Accepting this armour blessing from your ancestral mother.’ 58.4 ‘Negotiating opening, not yet at rest. Containing the affliction brings rejoicing.’ As… Continue Reading

Divination is a relationship

Divination is a relationship

Talking with Yi is a conversation – and with regular readings, we develop a relationship with the oracle. We habitually talk about it as a person: ‘Yi’ rather than ‘the Yi’; something we can ‘get to know’ rather than just ‘learn’; something that speaks. (The roots of the word ‘oracle’ are in Latin orare, ‘to speak’. Oracles… Continue Reading

New Resonance Journal, now with password and printing

New Resonance Journal, now with password and printing

I’m very, very pleased to announce the birth of The Resonance Journal, version 2.0!     With this version, you can: Print your entries …which also means you can use your computer’s ‘print to pdf’ driver to share individual entries. Protect your journal with a password And adjust the size and font of all the text… Continue Reading

Hexagram 41, Decreasing

Hexagram 41, Decreasing

Decrease, Increase Hexagrams 41 and 42, Decreasing and Increasing, are an especially clear hexagram pair: the two of them together describe a single phenomenon, seen from two perspectives. There is a single flow of energy, life and abundance, and it moves as a cycle: ‘Decrease, Increase, the beginnings of abundance and decline.’ When you receive… Continue Reading

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