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New Resonance Journal version

New Resonance Journal version

If you’ve opened your Resonance Journal today, you’ll have noticed the ‘Update available’ button is active. Click it! Your journal will update to version 2.5.1, which includes some nifty new features.

If you don’t have a copy of the Resonance Journal, you can download a trial from here. It’s available for Windows or Mac computers – not for phones/tablets, though, sorry.

Default entry type

Are about 96% of your entries Yijing readings? (Same here.) Then you can select that as the default entry type. Go to Tools > Settings and you’ll see the new tab for this. Select the type you want and click ‘close’ –


The next time you start typing an entry title, it’ll set your default entry type automatically.

(You’ll also find that when you’re creating an entry, you can see all the items on the list of entry types without having to scroll, so that saves you another click!)

Automatic image resizing

The Resonance Journal has supported adding images for years, but we’ve made this much quicker and easier now you can resize the image inside the program.

Use Alt+I as usual to insert an image (or Insert > Image from the main menu) and you’re given the option to insert your image at original size, small, or shrunk to fit the exact width of your entry, like this –

animated screenshot

…and you can fit in your photo of a tarot or rune spread, or a visiting bird, or whatever…

New time field

Just to the right of the date field, the Journal now also records the time of your entry. That’s going to be especially useful if you practice a form of divination where the time of casting is important, like horary astrology. (The date and time fields are filled in automatically when you create an entry, but you can also edit them if you’re recording a reading later.)

And some more friendly touches…

Not new features, just little things that should make your Journal quicker and easier to use…

  • Mac users will find program shortcuts make better use of the ‘Command’ key.
  • If you have a big HD monitor, go into Tools > Settings and pick the new XX-Large interface style for better readability.
  • As well as linking to entries and websites, you can now also link to a file.
  • Export to Excel now includes your entries’ tags.

Enjoy the new version! (And don’t hesitate to let us know via the helpdesk if you have any questions.)

I Ching Community discussion

Trusting your reading

Trusting your reading
This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Part of the furniture

It’s one thing to consult the Yijing; finding the confidence to act on what it says is something else. (What if I’ve got this wrong?) Yet readings without this, without change, are theoretical at best, and at worst… maybe something more serious than a mere waste of time. We need to recognise the reading’s authority… Continue Reading

The king’s presence

The king’s presence
This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Part of the furniture

(The story so far: I asked what to write about, and Yi’s response – to 46 – gave me the idea of writing about what makes for a friendly, domestic, quotidien, integrated relationship with the Oracle. I’ve written about lines 1 and 2; here’s line 5.) What makes for an integrated relationship with Yi?… Continue Reading

Bread and butter readings

Bread and butter readings
This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Part of the furniture

The second line of Hexagram 37 (and the second thing Yi suggested I write about) says, ‘No direction to pursue,Stay in the centre and cook.Constancy, good fortune.’ Hexagram 37, line 2 This line places us, and our readings, firmly at the foundations of Maslow’s pyramid: There’s no call to charge off and explore the world;… Continue Reading

Readings within walls

Readings within walls
This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Part of the furniture

A while ago – as participants in our weekly Well Gatherings will know – I asked Yi what to write about on this blog, and received Hexagram 37, People in the Home, changing at lines 1, 2, 5 and 6 to 46, Pushing Upward. It’s a rich reading that works on a lot of layers,… Continue Reading

Readings for ‘uncertain times’

Readings for ‘uncertain times’

Every article and every commercial email nowadays says something about ‘these challenging times’ or ‘these uncertain times’. And of course, we know an oracle for that: Yi is made for challenging, uncertain, bewildering times when none of our normal responses or resources is helping. Talking with Yi lately, and seeing other people’s readings in the… 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

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