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Podcast #18: dream and decision

Podcast #18: dream and decision

In this episode, Raka shares two readings: ‘What if I go back to university for postgraduate studies?’ Yi answers with Hexagram 22, Beauty, changing at line 2 to 26, Great Taming: changing to and ‘What if I just leave this whole university thing?‘ …which gave her Hexagram 20, Seeing, changing at lines 1 and 5… Continue Reading

The genius of the Daxiang (part 2)

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series The Wings

In my last post, I talked about how the Daxiang paints pictures of individual hexagrams, as a whole. In this one, I’d like to try a change of perspective, zooming in and zooming out, to see what comes into focus. Commentary on the lines The Image builds on and humanises the Oracle text, but it’s… Continue Reading

Advice for an author

Advice for an author

Episode 10 of the I Ching with Clarity podcast features a listener’s reading. Lynn Keller’s book, Thanksgiving in America, is just coming out; she asked Yi what her focus should be now with the book, and received Hexagram 33, Retreating, changing at lines 3 and 4 to 20, Seeing. changing to In the course of… Continue Reading

Yi’s kindness

Yi’s kindness

It’s easy to become preoccupied with how beautiful, subtle and complex the Yijing is – there are endless layers and dimensions to discover – but more than anything, I keep coming back to its kindness. For example, the readings I cast when a close friend had just been diagnosed with an aggressive cancer. I looked… Continue Reading

When Yi says ‘me’

When Yi says ‘me’

By and large, we know what sort of thing we expect Yi to say (though not, heaven knows, what it will say): ‘Here’s what you’re doing’ or ‘here’s what would happen’ or ‘here’s how to cope with that’ – something along those lines, describing or advising. Only every now and then – just eleven times, in… Continue Reading

Contemplating 20 line 4

Contemplating 20 line 4

I’ve been mulling over this line – part of a recent open reading of mine – for a while. ‘Seeing the realm shining out. Fruitful and useful to be a guest of the king.’ Changing this line takes you to Hexagram 12, Blocked – a situation where no messages get through and basically nothing’s working.… Continue Reading

Hexagram 20: the Tower?

Hexagram 20: the Tower?

También disponible en español Hexagram 20 is called Seeing – but if your I Ching experience began with Wilhelm, then you’ll be familiar with the idea that the shape of the hexagram itself is a picture of an ancient tower: ‘A tower of this kind commanded a wide view of the country; at the same… Continue Reading

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