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Category Archives: I Ching Links

Clarity: the acknowledgements section

There are a few websites without which this one would be only a pale shadow of itself. Here are four huge thank yous…


This is Bradford Hatcher’s site, and contains much of his life’s work – work that Yi described better than I can. The individual help and support he gave me – for instance by checking and providing feedback on my book, hexagram by hexagram – was extraordinary. I’ve referred heaven-knows-how-many people to his website over the past couple of decades to download his Yijing, both for his unique commentary (which has a distinctly oracular character of its own) and for the character-by-character ‘matrix’ translation. Those two blue volumes are always on my desk.

Yijing Research

The website of Harmen Mesker, fount of information on all things ancient Chinese, its language and divination practices. His scrupulously-researched articles are a rich source of imagination food, and he’s unreservedly generous with his knowledge.

He’s also created the world’s most aptly-named Yijing video channel, Yi-tube, which is full of good things.

Chinese Etymology

Richard Sears has been providing this priceless resource online, free, since 2002: an immense database of Chinese characters, with a great array of ancient versions of each one. If one of my blog posts talks about the etymology of an ancient character, or includes an image of one, odds are it comes from Uncle Hanzi.

Yijing, Oracle of the Moon

I see that in my first newsletter – a printed one, sent in November 2000 – I recommended “a fascinating and beautifully-presented site by a lover of the I Ching from Holland.” I still do.

I often recommend LiSe’s site for the etymologies of the hexagram names – but there are also pages on many of Yi’s most important words, and vivid trigram pages, and brilliant stuff on the layers in hexagrams without which the Yijing Foundations Course would not at all be the same. Also, don’t miss the ShenShu oracle.

Another cautionary tale?

Another cautionary tale?

I just listened to an excellent story that… well, I won’t spoil it for you. Here’s the teaser: What if a device could tell you exactly how satisfied you’d be with any decision? What if you could carry the future around in your pocket? What if you never had to say “what if” again? The… Continue Reading

Apple pie?

Apple pie?

Tucked away in a hidden corner of Harmen Mesker’s Yijing site, there’s a very interesting blog, Lessons from the Lake. Its author is learning from Harmen how to read the Yi through its trigrams, and as she puts what she learns into practice she writes clear, detailed posts about it all. An interested reader can follow… Continue Reading

Contrasts of Hexagram 6

También disponible en español Hexagram 6 is called Conflict, or Arguing; its name also means bringing to court and calling for justice. Fittingly enough, it’s best understood through contrasts and oppositions. The authors of the oracle seem to have thought so, too: its Oracle is laid out as a series of contrasts: ‘Arguing. There is… Continue Reading

Hexagram 44, insect bites and nuclears

Here is a remarkable article from Alexa over at the Quotable I Ching, about Hexagram 44 and desire – and, yes, insect bites. Remarkable for how she captures the spirit of the hexagram – and without mentioning the ‘powerful woman’ even once. She says the ‘encounter’ of 44 is like the encounter with a biting… Continue Reading

Small cosmic joke

…at my expense, of course. Shenpen Chokyi has just launched her new site, about her upcoming Yijing book and cards. (At least, it will be upcoming if we let her know we’re interested!) So… I looked through her site, and let her know about a couple of errors I found. We chatted by email, and… Continue Reading

Responses to lines

Technology has apparently come full circle: first we made every word count as we laboriously inked, scratched or engraved them by hand; then the printing press brought doorstop-sized novels (and Yijing commentaries likewise); now a phone with a 100 character limit prompts these brief responses to hexagrams, lines and commentaries: http://gnostix1.wordpress.com/recent/mindscapes/100-characters/ Good things here –… Continue Reading

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