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I Ching Foundations Class

…building confidence in your relationship with the I Ching

The next Foundations Class will begin in late March 2020, and run until June.

Please sign up below so I can keep you posted with more details about what to expect, and let you know when you can join the Class.

This is a live online class on the foundations of confident Yijing (=I Ching) interpretation. It’s designed to clear away whatever obstacles stand between you and confidence in your own Yijing readings. If you…

  • have trouble applying the imagery to your own situation and question
  • worry that your biases may be distorting your interpretation
  • are baffled by apparent contradictions between different parts of a reading

…and find yourself giving up on a reading when you wanted and needed its help, then this class is for you.

Essentials in brief:


  • late March to June 2020


  • Online. Anywhere with an internet connection!


  • Yijing Foundations Course plus
  • weekly video classes
  • private class forum
  • & oodles of support and feedback
  • for just 12 people
Taking Hilary’s class was a real joy. The Yi can be confusing, especially considering that throughout history it has been shown though a prism creating a spectrum of interpretation.

It’s easy to get lost in a reading but Hilary’s insight can clarify and reveal facets of new interpretation. I liked the interaction of the class and the brainstorming process.

For me I feel I needed the personal interaction with Hilary and the other classmates and I wasn’t disappointed.Tim Swezey

I’ll be guiding you through the syllabus of the existing Yijing Foundations Course. So this is like the course – with all the essentials for good readings and none of the optional extras – plus…

  • full ‘immersion’ in the processes of interpretation with oodles of opportunity to practice (both on the calls and inbetween)
  • my personal help and support all the way
  • the company of a group of fellow-students to learn with (and from!).

The class will start in late March 2020. It’ll be for just 12 people at most, as I’ve found that number works well – enough for a lively group, but few enough that we can get to know one another, with ample time for me to help everyone individually.

I think your course is AWESOME! It contains all the brass tacks needed for better interaction with Yi.Kurt Ritchie

How can you get to know the oracle?

The Yijing is an astonishingly beautiful work of art and a store of great wisdom, but more importantly, it’s a working oracle. This means that the only way to get to know it is through your own readings. (It’s not so different from getting to know another person: you need to talk with them.)

Sometimes this works beautifully… and sometimes it’s a bit like being parachuted into the middle of a foreign country where you don’t speak the language. There’s too much information: one massive blur of hexagrams, lines and strange imagery. Where are you meant to start? It seems you need to know everything before you can learn anything.

In fact, there are just two things you need: experience getting inside the imagery and recognising how it’s speaking to you, and a working knowledge of a reading’s structure. The Foundations Class walks you through these step by step: first the living experience of imagery, then the structure and syntax of a reading. From the start, you’re guided by what you recognise in your own readings, so you can hear what the oracle’s telling you and develop your natural fluency as a reader.

Class outline

Each week, you’ll go through the lesson materials in your own time (they’re available as video, audio and text) and apply what you’re learning to a reading of your own through an assignment/ experiment. Then at the end of each week, we have a live video meeting for extra practice and Q&A.

Introductions and welcome
Getting used to the forums and video room, connecting with the other students, and ensuring there are no technology barriers in your way.
Essentials to get started
Getting comfortable with the Yijing essentials: keeping a journal, casting a reading, getting a good translation (and working with multiple translations).
Finding your question
– because your question is like the door you open to the reading. We’ll cover the process of finding a question, questions that create confusion, and ways to focus, expand or deepen your questioning.
Trigrams & recognition
Trigrams – the simple, accessible building-blocks of the Yijing. We’ll practice recognising them in situations and in yourself – because that skill of recognition is the basis for every part of interpretation, including the full readings we’ll be working on later.
Connecting with a hexagram
… its words, its component trigrams, its imagery. Practising connecting, interpreting and working with imagery within a single hexagram, with tips for interpretation and dealing with doubts.
Primary and relating hexagrams
– this relationship is the framework that sustains the whole reading, so it’s really worth exploring, studying and practising recognising how it works in (lots of) readings. Also, when you’re clear on how a relating hexagram works, that casts a lot of light on unchanging readings. We’ll look at those this week, too.
Moving lines, line positions and trigrams
Learning to hear the distinctive voice of each line position, and understanding moving lines as a story or as ‘layers’ – and as part of trigrams.
Moving lines and Steps of Change
The personal context to help you understand your moving lines; interpreting multiple moving lines; how lines work together.
A reading practice
Pulling everything together – opening, connecting with and integrating a reading, giving the Book of Change space to do its thing in your life…
The lesson I loved the most was the one dedicated to multiple moving lines. Before the course, when I got more than one moving line, everything was a mess, I didn’t know where to start. Now however, I enjoy having moving lines, the more there are, the better I can see the situation.

Working with the Yi is a never-ending joy. To understand its signs one must first start learning. I have read several Yijing books and I have no found better explanations for divination with the Yi than in these lessons.Angel Herrero

The next Class starts in late March 2020

Please sign up below so I can let you know when enrollment opens:


I want to thank you again for an enlightening experience participating in your class. You are a wonderful guide–very patient, very intelligent, and very funny.B.Sullivan

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