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Hexagrams as culture heroes

Hexagrams as culture heroes
This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series The Wings

Here’s Wikipedia’s definition of a ‘culture hero’: A culture hero is a mythological hero specific to some group (cultural, ethnic, religious, etc.) who changes the world through invention or discovery. Chinese mythology seems to be especially full of these: people who are recognised as heroic because they invented millet farming, or writing, or sericulture, not… 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

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

Readings for restarting the podcast

Readings for restarting the podcast

I’m sharing two ‘behind the scenes’ readings of my own in this one – encouragement from Yi that nudged me along the path towards relaunching the podcast. The questions: ‘What about restarting the podcast soon?’and‘How about this idea of a podcast solely of readings?’ There’s also a lovely example of Yi making connections between readings… Continue Reading

Walking round the pathway of 42.6

Walking round the pathway of 42.6

This isn’t one of those posts where I explore many different experts’ translations and interpretations of a line. Instead, it’s just things I’ve learned from a combination of reading experiences and a line pathway. What’s a line pathway? A line pathway is what LiSe calls ‘mirrors’: a group of four lines, connected either through change… Continue Reading

Ten pairs of tortoises

Ten pairs of tortoises
This entry is part 4 of 9 in the series Hidden gems

I’ve written all about this before, so now I’m simply going to repeat myself. In my defence, I will point out I’m in good company: ‘Maybe increased by ten paired tortoise shells,Nothing is capable of going against this.From the source, good fortune.’ Hexagram 41, line 5 ‘Maybe increased by ten paired tortoise shells.Nothing is capable… Continue Reading

What does ‘crossing the great river’ mean?

What does ‘crossing the great river’ mean?

This post is for Liz, who commented, “Hi Hilary,Ok. Point blank – what does crossing the great river mean?” How does it feel? This is a better question to ask, because divination does not work by replacing images with what they mean. First, you use your imagination to get inside the image and appreciate how… Continue Reading

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