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A free sample of the Paired Hexagrams course

I’ve had some questions about the Paired Hexagrams Course. Rather than just talking about it, I thought it would be better to show you some of it – so here’s the introductory lesson.

It simply runs through the three kinds of pair, so you can see clearly what they are and how they differ. Then the subsequent lessons describe each kind of pair in turn: how the hexagrams are related, what this means for readings, what questions to ask yourself to engage with them in practice. I also added an example reading for each type, which should give you more of a feel for how this works.


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If you’re already a member, use the ‘log in’ link in the top right-hand corner of this page, and the lesson will magically appear in place of this message 😉 .

If you’re not yet a member, please do join here: it’s free, and gives you access to participate in the I Ching Community and access a nice assortment of I Ching pdfs – and when you return to this post as a logged-in user, you’ll see the preview lesson here.

Understanding marriage imagery

Understanding marriage imagery

Marriage is one of the Yijing’s most-used recurring images – and in relationship readings, it’s one of the easiest to relate to. Hexagram 54, the Marrying Maiden, has told a lot of women, quite straightforwardly, that she’s not the most important thing to him. (Maybe another woman is, or maybe it’s his career, or any… Continue Reading

Hexagram 44, Coupling

Hexagram 44, Coupling

The ‘powerful woman’ problem In Hexagram 44, we are encountering, meeting or ‘coupling’ with a powerful woman. ‘Coupling, the woman is powerful. Do not take this woman.’ To ‘take’ her means to seize, as one might seize a criminal, but in this usage it’s something like the old-fashioned English, ‘taking a woman in marriage’ –… Continue Reading

Complementary hexagrams and direction

Complementary hexagrams and direction

I hope this post will make sense. It’s something I thought of in the small hours of the morning when I couldn’t sleep, and started counting complementary hexagrams instead of sheep (as you do…) – Here’s a picture of the Sequence of Hexagrams: Hm… maybe that could do with some explanation: Each complementary pair (including… Continue Reading

A ‘cello-related reading

A ‘cello-related reading

I’ve left a longer gap between posts here than I intended, mostly because March has been very full of ’cello-y things. Still, there’s a reading from one of these that cast a new light on Hexagram 31 line 3 for me, so I can at least share that with you… The background: I’d signed up… Continue Reading

Why we get stuck on I Ching readings

Why we get stuck on I Ching readings

About getting stuck… Lately, I’ve been writing a series of sunny posts about how Yi helps: how it brings understanding and insight, of yourself as well as other people; how it triggers little inner shifts that can change your life; the odd magic of everything falling into place. And… let’s be honest… that’s not everyone’s experience… Continue Reading

Like a parent?

Like a parent?
This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series How Yi helps

Writing lately about ways Yi helps reminded me of possibly my favourite chapter of the Dazhuan (the ‘Great Treatise’, 5th and 6th Wings of the Yijing): ‘Yi is a document that should not be set at a distance. Its dao is ever-changing, alternating and moving without rest, flowing through the six vacant places, moving up and… Continue Reading

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