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Troll Story

Troll Story

In which you will encounter hesitation, second-guessing, repetitious readings, decision, ‘contradictory’ moving lines (what do you do with those?), a good dose of common sense and a particularly persistent troll.

Also these readings…

Hexagram 18, Corruption, changing at line 3 to 4, Not Knowing:

changing to

Hexagram 49, Radical Change, changing at lines 2, 3 and 5 to 54, the Marrying Maiden:

changing to

Hexagram 6, Arguing, changing at lines 5 and 6 to 40, Release:

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And finally, Hexagram 45, Gathering, changing at line 2 to Hexagram 47, Confined:

changing to

Listen for the full story – I hope you enjoy it! Obviously with that many readings, this is more of a canter through, not a deep dive into any of them. Is this useful/ interesting, or do you prefer the episodes with just one reading?

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Seven days

Seven days
This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Periods of time

People often ask about the significance of the specific periods of time mentioned in the Yijing. Does this literally mean seven days, or ten years? Very occasionally, it can – but normally, these periods have symbolic value. It’s interesting to see that ‘seven days’ get three mentions in the Yijing: in the Oracle of Hexagram… Continue Reading

Finding meaning

Finding meaning

Sergio asked a big question for this podcast reading: how to deal with his sense that his life lacked meaning. Yi’s response was quite a modest, domestic one: Hexagram 37, People in the Home, changing at the fifth line to 22, Beauty: changing to ‘With the king’s presence, there is a home.Do not worry. Good… Continue Reading

Hexagram 60 as relating hexagram

Hexagram 60 as relating hexagram

Measuring Hexagram 60 is called Measuring, or Limits – not in the sense of imposing restrictions, but of knowing where the edges are, and discovering or negotiating what’s workable. The original concept is the knots and segments of bamboo, and hence all ways of dividing up something big into smaller segments – the chapters of… Continue Reading

Levels of questioning?

Levels of questioning?

Something I just came across… Alan Seale, in Create a World that Works ( a book I haven’t read, and no doubt should) described four levels of engagement with experience – from the most easily accessible to the most creative: Drama – the blow-by-blow, he-said-she-said reliving of events, in a breathless spin of emotional reactions.Situation… Continue Reading

Great good fortune

Great good fortune

The Yijing is an optimistic oracle: omens of good fortune come more often than those of misfortune. But on four* occasions, it goes one step further and promises great good fortune: ‘Enriching the home.Great good fortune.’ Hexagram 37, line 4 ‘Great good fortune, no mistake.’ Hexagram 45, line 4 ‘Welcomed pushing upward,Great good fortune.’ Hexagram… Continue Reading

No direction bears fruit

No direction bears fruit

‘Not yet across, creating success.The small fox, almost across,Soaks its tail:No direction bears fruit.’ There are ten places where the Yi says that ‘no direction bears fruit’, or (in the Wilhelm/Baynes version) ‘nothing furthers’: 4.3, 19.3, 25.6, 27.3, 32.1, 34.6, 45.3, 54.0, 54.6, and finally 64.0. It’s easy to see this is a Bad Sign… Continue Reading

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