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From my readings journal

From my readings journal

In this episode, I share a couple of readings from my journal: ‘What about leaving this volunteering role?’ 32.3 to 40 ‘What do I do when I’m there?’ 61.4.6 to 58 And I talk about conversation with Yi, the interplay of text and structure, catching up with the reading years later, and the experience of… Continue Reading

Camping on the left

Camping on the left

In this podcast episode, Lucy asks why she’s hesitant to use her gifts – and Yi responds with Hexagram 7, the Army, changing at line 4 to Hexagram 40, Releasing: changing to The moving line: ‘The army camps on the left,No mistake.’ Hexagram 7, line 4 …which certainly casts new light on this idea of… Continue Reading

Telling the story

Telling the story
This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series The Wings

The Xugua – its scope and limits As you may know, I’m a huge enthusiast for the Sequence of Hexagrams: its hidden patterns, the ways it creates meaning, its big reflections and arcs and the way it adds depth to readings. The Xugua, the 9th Wing… is not really about any of that. It doesn’t… Continue Reading

The genius of the Daxiang (part 1)

The genius of the Daxiang (part 1)
This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series The Wings

Introducing the Image Sometimes we explain things to ourselves by comparing and contrasting – like the Zagua. Sometimes we tell stories, like the Xugua (Sequence of Hexagrams). And often, we paint mental pictures. The Yi is overflowing with pictures, of course – not least the ones created by its component trigrams. This is where the… Continue Reading

Puzzling over 54, line 1

Puzzling over 54, line 1

It’s a not-unfamiliar experience with readings: the oracle text of the hexagram says one thing, and then a moving line says something quite different. You probably know the basic principle: the moving line text takes precedence. It’s the ‘You Are Here’ sign to the hexagram’s overall scene-setting. Still, it’s worth going beyond that to wonder… Continue Reading

Release the arrows

Release the arrows
This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series Two-line relationships

Archery in Hexagram 40 Hexagram 40 is Release: its core theme, from the simple decision of the Oracle to the clear air after the storm of the Image, is the release of tension. That might remind you of archery, which is a special, intentional kind of tension-release: deliberately drawing the bow, creating tension, and releasing it… Continue Reading

Borders and boundaries

Borders and boundaries

What is Jie 介 ? The character jie 介 occurs three times in the Yi: 16.2 ‘Boundaries of stone,Not for a whole day.Constancy, good fortune.’ 35.2 ‘Now advancing, now apprehensive.Constancy, good fortune.Accepting this armour blessing from your ancestral mother.’ 58.4 ‘Negotiating opening, not yet at rest.Containing the affliction brings rejoicing.’ As you can see, I haven’t… Continue Reading

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