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What if you could find the 'aha!' moment in every reading?

(If you already know you want to join Change Circle, click here to go to the order form.)

You know that moment – when the doubt and anxiety about getting it wrong dissolve away, and the tantalising sense of missing something evaporates, and you hear the Yijing’s answer. It’s unmistakable: the oracle’s speaking to you.

The moment of recognition can be dramatic (tears, laughter, yelling at the book…), or it can be subtler (a wry smile, freer breath, gradually sensing how something’s unlocked) – but you know it when it happens.

This is why the Yijing’s so endlessly fascinating, because of these ‘aha!’ moments that draw us into conversation. Or rather – not so much the conversation, as the change it makes possible. Healthier relationships with strong communication and mutual understanding; deeper insight into our own motives and patterns; big projects navigated with greater wisdom and vastly less stress; decisions based on clear vision of the whole reality… and, yes, help with the small stuff, like why the computer’s on the fritz or where the hamster’s hiding this time.

Change Circle synergy – and how it grows the ‘aha!’s

If you want more of this lively, life-changing conversation with the Yijing, then membership in Change Circle – Clarity’s private community and Yi Academy – could be for you. There are three ways it multiplies the ‘aha!’s:

  1. Yijing Courses

    To begin with, the online Yijing Foundations Course (as sold separately here for £50) gives you the essentials of how to interpret for yourself: familiarity with the simple structures of a reading, so you don’t get lost amidst apparent contradictions; knowing how to engage with the imagery and get the conversation flowing when you’re stuck. Here are the course details.

    For people who are already confident in the fundamentals, I’m also developing materials on the more advanced tools and techniques I use in interpretation – methods that let you access more of what a reading has to tell you. These further connections, perspectives, distinctions and stories can unlock whole new dimensions of significance in a reading.

    – and all the Yijing learning materials I develop in future will be included inside the Change Circle.

  2. Community

    Change Circle is not just a store of information; it’s a gathering of people – as fascinated by Yi as you are yourself, and just as drawn to go deeper and learn more.

    One way Yi helps is by giving you an entirely new perspective – and that can be a lot easier to perceive through dialogue with other people and their different perspectives. Also, a feature of groups like this is that synchronicity tends to happen. What you’re learning turns out to be what I need to learn; what I’m discovering turns out to be what you need to remember; the hexagram she received yesterday is the one you have today… and so on.

    Change Circle includes the Reading Circle forum for sharing readings (and dreams, in the ‘Dreams and Yi’ space) privately – and also the Yi Academy forum, a safe learning environment for practising the suggested applications from the course and trying out new interpretive tools. I’m available in all the forums to answer questions and offer reading feedback.

    “Knowledge should be a refreshing and vitalizing force. It becomes so only through stimulating intercourse with congenial friends with whom one holds discussion and practices application of the truths of life. In this way learning becomes many-sided and takes on a cheerful lightness, whereas there is always something ponderous and one-sided about the learning of the self-taught.”
    (Wilhelm on Hexagram 58)

    Still no ‘aha’? Let’s talk.

    As a Change Circle member, you can book a time to chat with me by Skype or phone (I set aside two 30-minute appointments each week for this). If you have a reading or part of a reading you’re stuck on, or a hexagram that keeps coming back until you get the feeling you must be missing something – or any Yi-related question – talk to me, and I’ll help.

  3. Experience

    As you know – you learn the Yijing through your own reading experience: there’s no other way. However… you can also learn a lot from other people’s experiences – especially when those experiences are illuminated with the benefit of hindsight and made easy to access. This is the particular gift of WikiWing, our collaborative Yijing book. It started life many years ago when I ‘seeded’ the Wiki with my own notes, and has been growing steadily since then.

Each of these three ways – courses, community and shared experience – nourishes the others and multiplies their effects. The more you grow in confidence with Yi, the more you can contribute and help out relative newcomers (it’s an ideal environment to practise reading for others); the more you share your experiences, the richer the whole community becomes.

Yijing Foundations Course Details

This is a 14-week course (a new module is delivered to you every two weeks) designed to clear away whatever obstacles stand between you and confidence in your own I Ching readings. If you…

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

…and sometimes find yourself giving up on a reading when you wanted and needed its help, then this is for you. Click the ‘syllabus’ and ‘course format’ headings below for more information:

Syllabus

I designed the course syllabus by 1) asking a lot of people what problems and sticking-points they had in interpretation and 2) asking myself, ‘What do I use to solve those problems – and which of these techniques or insights could I absolutely not manage without? What’s essential to understanding a reading?’ The resulting course covers:

1. Discovering the question

This is the invisible obstacle: often, what seems to be an interpretation problem is really a confusing-question problem.

2. Connecting to images, part 1 – the trigrams

Probably the single most important element of confident reading: really experiencing the connection between the Yi’s imagery and your question. No matter how complex a reading gets, you will always be using that inner touchstone. So we have several weeks to build confidence in that – starting with something as simple and elemental as the trigrams.

3. Connecting to images, part 2: single hexagrams

Developing the skills of connecting to and applying a reading, and getting a feel for a hexagram as a whole.

4. Reading structure part 1: primary and relating hexagrams

The framework for good interpretation: knowing a reading’s basic structure and how its elements ‘talk to’ one another. (No more puzzling over apparent contradictions!) Primary and relating hexagram first, then…

5-6. Reading structure parts 2 and 3: moving lines

– understood through both line positions and steps of change, so you can handle multiple moving lines without confusion.

7. Foundations for a reading practice

Different ways you can integrate readings as part of your life and keep growing a strong working relationship with the I Ching.

There’s also a Yijing reference guide: casting with three coins, other ways of casting, help choosing a translation and a reference pdf of some common Yijing terms, from bagua to Zhou.

Course format


Each module is presented in three formats, so there’ll be something for your preferred learning style:

  • video – with user-friendly controls so you can replay sections as often as you want, accelerate playback, pause or skip ahead through the table of contents, or even run a full text search
  • audio – extracted from the video to take with you and listen on the move
  • pdf ebook – for swift learning, and for convenient reference

Absorbing the material in all three ways – watching, listening and reading – helps it to ‘stick’ in your mind, so the information’s there when you need it.

Also, each module comes with suggested experiments, exercises and ways to apply what you’re learning. (Which is important, because information without experience is just an unopened book – and, since it’s all digital, not even useful as a doorstop…) The Yi Academy forum provides a safe, friendly environment to practice, where I’ll give you feedback on your progress and you can compare notes with other students.

So to sum up…

Change Circle includes:

  • The Yijing Foundations Course
  • More advanced Yijing learning materials
  • Yi Academy forum
  • Reading Circle forum
  • WikiWing
  • …and the opportunity to book an I Ching chat with me each month

Choose the right price for you

Change Circle, with its range of different components, is going to be worth different amounts to different people. To me, £10/month (about $12 or €12) feels like a reasonable rate for access to it all: your average astrology or tarot course with this kind of support would cost a fair bit more, but Change Circle is a community as well as courses, so I don’t want to price it out of reach. So… pay what you want. If it feels good to you to pay more than the £10/month, then thank you. And if not, then thank you, too, for joining.

Spacious 60 day guarantee

Obviously, you can cancel your Change Circle membership any time. But in addition to that, if you want to leave within the first 60 days of your membership, simply let me know and I’ll refund everything you’ve paid. No questions, no hoops to jump through and no hard feelings.

Why two months? Two reasons: it means you’re not under pressure to decide before you’ve had time to see what’s there (you’ll have received 5 of the 7 course modules, for instance); and 60 days is Paypal’s maximum refund period, within which I can make the refund at the click of a button, without fuss.

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