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‘Well Gatherings’: new weekly Yijing video chats

‘Well Gatherings’: new weekly Yijing video chats

It seems like a good time to provide another way for people to connect and help one another with/through Yijing readings. So I’ll be hosting ‘Well Gatherings’ – an hour of chat and sharing readings – via Zoom each Monday for the next month or so. Who it’s for Normally, meetings like this are just… Continue Reading

The need for Hexagram 12

The need for Hexagram 12

Hexagram 12 is called Pi 否 – Blocked, Standstill, Stasis, Negation. It encapsulates the experience of being denied and stymied. The noble one’s constancy bears no fruit: despite your best, most creative efforts, it just isn’t happening. The Sequence into this one is (as so often) quite enigmatic: ‘Things cannot end with flowing together, and… Continue Reading

Staying connected

Staying connected

Divination means we’re connected. It demonstrates that there’s no such thing as ‘isolation’: the cosmos has 100% uptime. You can toss three coins six times, any time, to experience its absolute connectivity. Yi’s connection works, as it always has, through imagery. It doesn’t just talk (though it certainly does that, too): it shows. Imagery is… Continue Reading

The importance of the question

The importance of the question

I’ve mentioned this before, and no doubt will again… the question you ask the Yi matters. It’s important to understand that this isn’t about choosing the right wording for your question. The words really don’t matter. ‘Argh – help!’ can be a perfectly-formed question for the Oracle, leading to a perfectly helpful conversation, provided you… Continue Reading

March 22nd: ‘Connecting with Imagery’ Workshop

March 22nd: ‘Connecting with Imagery’ Workshop

Consulting the I Ching? You will need… to know what you’re asking a sense of how the parts of a reading fit together, and to be able to get inside the oracle’s imagery. If you’re missing any of these, you’ll tend to get stuck and frustrated at some point – but anyone who’s missing #3,… Continue Reading

Moving lines of Hexagram 58

Moving lines of Hexagram 58
This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Hexagram 58, Opening

Opening other hexagrams I mentioned in my post on Hexagram 58 how its meanings of joy, communication and exchange are connected with the action of breaking things open, opening them up. When lines change and Opening is joined with other hexagrams, it seems to be opening them up for exchange and communication – putting their ideas… Continue Reading

Release the arrows

Release the arrows
This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Two-line relationships

Archery in Hexagram 40 Hexagram 40 is Release: its core theme, from the simple decision of the Oracle to the clear air after the storm of the Image, is the release of tension. That might remind you of archery, which is a special, intentional kind of tension-release: deliberately drawing the bow, creating tension, and releasing it… Continue Reading

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