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The genius of the Daxiang (part 2)

This entry is part 1 of 3 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

On the cusp

On the cusp

Episode 13 of the I Ching with Clarity podcast features an author who’s on the cusp of sending her book out into the world, just not quite sure why she doesn’t feel ready for this. Is this the time, or should she wait? Yi gave her Hexagram 42, Increasing, changing at lines 5 and 6… Continue Reading

The ‘character’ hexagrams

The ‘character’ hexagrams
This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series The 'character' hexagrams

In Part II, chapter 7 of the Great Treatise (Dazhuan), nine hexagrams are singled out. The authors of the Yi, it says, knew sorrow and disasters (or, specifically, they worried about disasters), and therefore… and it goes on to list the qualities of these nine hexagrams. You can read the whole passage here, in Legge’s… Continue Reading

Turning points

Someone, some day, really is going to have to write a huge Yi book that not only describes individual moving lines with their zhi gua in mind – for example, writing about 27.6 with 24 in mind – but also describes groups of moving lines with their zhi gua in mind. They will need to be… Continue Reading

Beautiful readings

A search for I Ching things brought me to this blog post. Profound questions, beautiful readings; I can’t describe the blog as a whole. Continue Reading

Daoism on winter

Here’s a lovely article by Michelle Wood on Hexagram 24 and Winter Solstice – capturing the quality of the time. Continue Reading

Trigrams in the sequence from 24 to 25

Hexagram 24, Returning, is made up of the trigrams for thunder within the earth: Hexagram 25, Without Entanglement, has thunder below earth’s complement, heaven: Thunder is the vital spark, often human will and initiative. In a time of Returning, the wise old kings would ‘close the gates. Itinerant merchants did not travel, and the prince… Continue Reading

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