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Mountain above: hexagrams 41 and 52

Mountain above: hexagrams 41 and 52
This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Mountain above

There are just two ‘outer mountain’ hexagrams in the Upper Canon: 41, Decreasing, and 52, Stilling. Hexagram 41, Decreasing The Oracle Hexagram 41 is Sun 損: decrease, damage, harm, weakening. So the words of the oracle that define it are startling – ‘Decreasing has truth and confidence.From the source, good fortune.Not a mistake, there can… Continue Reading

An interview

An interview

CJ Liu kindly invited me to be interviewed on her show, and here’s the result. (I just want to reassure you that CJ did get a better reading from me than you see here! We talked about her reading for an extra half-hour or so in private, when she didn’t have to split her focus… Continue Reading

Mountain above: hexagrams 26 and 27

Mountain above: hexagrams 26 and 27
This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Mountain above

Two more hexagrams with mountains on top, two more intriguing trigram pictures… Hexagram 26, Great Taming Hexagram 26 is ‘Great Taming’; ‘taming’, chu, originally means simply to rear domestic animals. Great Taming – rearing big animals, like the horse, bullock and boar in the moving line texts. By extension, it comes to mean nurturing, providing… Continue Reading

New ‘fan yao’ page added

New ‘fan yao’ page added

I’ve just added a new page to the ‘Learn’ section of the site, introducing the fan yao: what this line is, what it shows you, and how to use it in readings. Also something of a health warning, as it can be quite misleading if you’re not clear on how it relates to the answer… Continue Reading

Tiny I Ching art cards

Tiny I Ching art cards

A bucket-full of cold water to start with I’m not normally very enthusiastic about I Ching cards, simply because the oracle was never designed to be consulted that way, and it shows. Where tarot creates meaning with the relationship between a card and its position in the spread, the Yi creates meaning with the relationships… Continue Reading

Mountain above: Hexagrams 22 and 23

Mountain above: Hexagrams 22 and 23
This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Mountain above

I talked in a previous post about gen, mountain, as the outer trigram of Hexagrams 4 and 18. There, it ‘nurtures de‘, with a dual obstructing and protecting function that feels something like mentorship. The next appearances of mountain outside come in the 20s, a series of hexagram pairs with inner thunder, outer mountain. Hexagram… Continue Reading

News about Resonance Journal for Mac

Long, long ago, when Justin (the programmer) and I started incubating the idea of Yijing journal software, we settled on building it in Java so it would work for Windows and Mac. And thanks to much attention and TLC from Justin, that’s what it does. However… it all turned out to be a little trickier… Continue Reading

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