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Introductory I Ching course © Hilary J Barrett 2004
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Part 1: Where does it come from, and what is it for? _______________________________ 3 So what is it used for?_______________________________________________________ 3 Part 2: How to identify a good I Ching translation__________________________________ 5 Part 3: Reviews of some of the best I Ching books _________________________________ 7 Stephen Karcher, how to use the I Ching _______________________________________ 7 Alfred Huang’s ‘Complete I Ching’ ____________________________________________ 8 Part 4: The working parts _____________________________________________________ 10 Part 5: Finding the real question _______________________________________________ 13 Are there any wrong questions?______________________________________________ 14 Part 6: How to consult _______________________________________________________ 16 Part 7: A sample reading _____________________________________________________ 19 “What’s the potential in this relationship?”____________________________________ 19 To sum up: _______________________________________________________________ 20 Part 8: What now? ___________________________________________________________ 22 Become a friend __________________________________________________________ 22 Get some different translations______________________________________________ 22
Introductory I Ching course © Hilary J Barrett 2004
and recommend some of the best available. However. and new I Ching books are proliferating! (In the next part of the course. Early Chinese diviners asked whether they should invade a certain state. was following an age-old tradition when he asked the oracle to help him understand a dream.Part 1: Where does it come from. and of understanding and moving with the changes around you. Since then.) As you develop your own relationship with the oracle. But what is truly remarkable about the I Ching is that it has developed organically from these ancient roots. Change is the only constant.000 years ago in ancient China. without any particular question in mind. The modern world is finding new meanings within the oracle: it’s answering questions about everything from stock market investment to the latest New Age gurus. and philosophical. The I Ching offers ways of changing your own life. people have most often asked it specific questions about projects in their lives. it is impossible to say. in the 21st century. spiritual. in your outer and inner experience alike. generations of people who studied the oracle and consulted it for guidance in their own lives have added their own commentaries to it – practical. This has been in continuous use since the kings of the Zhou dynasty used it to plan their campaign to overthrow the corrupt Shang rulers. business people ask about advertising campaigns. and what is it for? The I Ching is an ancient Chinese oracle: its name means Book of Changes. And then as 3 Introductory I Ching course © Hilary J Barrett 2004 . The Marquis of Wei. The ancient diviners would ask two questions – ‘If the king sets forth?’ ‘If the king does not set forth?’. with new ‘branches’ of theory and experience growing and flourishing over the millennia. in about 1000BC. So what is it used for? You can consult the I Ching as a meditation. But it isn’t called the Book of Change for nothing. The oldest parts of the I Ching oracle were first written down some 3. they are thought to come from a spoken tradition of shamanism that is immeasurably older: how old. I’ll cover how to recognise a good I Ching book. in 478BC. Some of their words have been enshrined as part of the I Ching in use today. I think you’ll find that its timeless voice speaks directly to modern concerns. The very oldest texts within it are known as the Zhouyi – the Changes of Zhou. However. you might ask ‘what if I take this job?’ and ‘what if I don’t?’. I often do dream interpretation readings for clients.
4 Introductory I Ching course © Hilary J Barrett 2004 .now. people have always asked the I Ching about their relationships. all this potential remains beyond your reach. the courage to change the things I can. it’s more likely to be about the emotional consequences of moving in together than the political repercussions of an arranged marriage – but things do change a little over 3. The important thing is that it isn’t. But if you don’t get hold of a true. and the wisdom to know the difference. (This could be because there’s no such thing…) Do you know the Serenity Prayer of Reinhold Niebuhr? “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change. (True. just a way to predict a future that’s set in stone. and never has been.” The I Ching brings both the wisdom to know the difference and the insight and confidence to make one. In the next lesson I’ll show you how to discriminate between the good translations and the all-too-common wastes of paper. and give you some links where you can find free texts and information on the I Ching.000 years!) Probably these examples have already started you thinking about what you can achieve with the I Ching. authentic translation.
Sounds obvious. There will also be comments from the author on the original texts. part of the 10 Wings. Instead of translating it. some of whom know the I Ching well. how can the I Ching speak to you if its words are taken away? A single image contains a great concentration of significance. you can perform perfectly good divinations without the more metaphysical of 5 Introductory I Ching course © Hilary J Barrett 2004 . I kept you in different rooms and ran in-between passing on summaries of what he said (or what I’d understood of what he said!). It’s as if I told you there was someone I’d like you to meet – but instead of bringing you and him together to talk.Part 2: How to identify a good I Ching translation If you want to use the I Ching for yourself. Every time you ask the I Ching a question. Beware of the words ‘modernisation’ and ‘simplification’. no? But in fact the shelves in the ‘New Age’ section of the world’s bookshops are groaning with ‘I Ching’ books that have very little to do with the I Ching. There are many authors out there. but make sure you can see clearly which is which. but it would all be rather flavourless… Seriously. But the I Ching as a whole contains a wealth of additional. What kind of communication would you have? You’d manage to share some information. though. The basic requirement for a I Ching translation is that it should be a translation. Look for the original images: the Well at Hexagram 48.) To be honest. (There’s a full account of the Wings and how to use them in divination in the reference manual of the complete I Ching Course. and can be understood on many levels at once – there are always new depths of meaning to be uncovered. which consists just of the name of the hexagrams. they write out their own explanations and paraphrases. you will need to start with a copy of it. this creative interaction never takes place. you will find that this one is new. and a unique set of meanings. The most important part is the ancient Zhouyi. who feel that the original imagery of the I Ching is simply too remote from modern perceptions. the tiger in Hexagram 10. But if you’re stuck with someone else’s ‘one size fits all’ interpretation. Another factor is how much of the I Ching you are getting. Even when you’ve already received exactly the ‘same’ answer several times in response to other questions. no doubt. you create a unique relationship between your question and its answer. judgements and line texts. later commentary. some who don’t. the rivers to cross and directions to move in.
but in the nature of the internet.onlineclarity. noun or adverb. (Ideally. you would have a large collection of individual translations. including complete translations. But it is good to have the option of reading the complete book. it could be the object or subject of a verb.uk/I_Ching_resources/Wilhelm_translation. especially if they are replaced by insightful interpretations from the modern author. 6 Introductory I Ching course © Hilary J Barrett 2004 . In the recommended books below.co. especially in the oldest parts of the text. Even between faithful translations of the I Ching.onlineClarity. I have one further recommendation for you: buy more than one if you possibly can. Having a second translation does more than just give you alternative versions to choose between. these things come and go. so you can begin to develop your own. You can find an up-to-date listing here: http://www. personal understanding. The same character can be a verb. There’s practically no punctuation. and the translator’s choice of where to insert a comma can change the meaning completely. This is because the Chinese characters do not work in the same way as English words.these commentaries.pdf There are also plenty of online resources. there are enormous differences in meaning.) … … you can get Book I of Wilhelm’s I Ching for free from onlineClarity: http://www. commentaries and more.but you can manage without!) To prove that I’m not just saying this to increase my book sales . I mention which ones include the complete I Ching.co. with in-depth reviews and extracts to enable you to choose the translation that suits you best.html In the next part: some of the best I Ching books you can get. It liberates you from the ideas of any translator.uk/I_Ching_resources/directory. a concordance and a Chinese dictionary .
but they are the best I know of when you’re starting out. But Karcher gets away with very few additions. What it does have is probably the best introduction of any I Ching book anywhere. Turning the original Chinese into ordinary. it’s usually because it’s open in front of me! It is not a ‘traditional’ I Ching .Part 3: Reviews of some of the best I Ching books Here are reviews of my favourite I Ching books. how to use the I Ching On either side of me as I work at my desk are two large piles of I Ching books. And each includes… Name (the title of the hexagram. Then Karcher explains all the key words and concepts within the I Ching that you really need to understand in order to divine with the real I Ching . and since they are all in italics you are not limited to his understanding. so it’s quick and easy to find what you’re looking for.it doesn’t have the moralising tone you find in some older translations. Stephen Karcher. They’re not the only ones you can work with. and a lucid and beautiful translation built exclusively from the original Chinese characters.which is what he is about to give you! There’s a brief history of the I Ching. Each hexagram is set out across a double page. If this one isn’t on the top of a pile. the core of the situation) Sequence (where you’ve come from) Definition (sums up where you are) Symbol (how to work with the energies of the situation) The moving lines Lucid commentaries from Karcher on the hexagram as a whole and on each line As for that introduction I was singing the praises of… There is an account of what happens when you divine that is full of food for thought. flowing English is tricky: all translators have to add the odd word and bit of punctuation to make something intelligible. and a truly comprehensive 7 Introductory I Ching course © Hilary J Barrett 2004 . and its associations) Image (the oracle) Outer and inner worlds Hidden possibility (the nuclear hexagram.
to get another perspective. There is a connection to the spirits. and it doesn’t include the Confucian commentary on each hexagram and line (he doesn’t like the Confucian approach much…). yet still with a distinctive traditional Chinese flavour. And finally comes a sample reading. with every hexagram having ‘additional reference information’ at the end. To give you an idea of how different these two translations can be. plus insightful. when I can’t take the 10 or 15 translations I’d like to have with me! It packs an amazing amount of information into a tiny space.and a great wealth of traditional I Ching interpretation is to be found in Alfred Huang’s ‘Complete I Ching’ Sure enough. as I write this. which seek to explain their meanings in terms of the way they relate to one another. poetic and uniquely easy to relate to. that he shows with italics. The translation itself is in crisp. Likewise Huang’s own commentaries on the hexagrams are the product of centuries of I Ching tradition. even though they both consistently use one word per hexagram. I also very much value his personal comments on the changing lines. cry out (even if) there is adversity. which includes many ways of consulting the oracle that you won’t find elsewhere. If Karcher’s book is all that. but contains far more depth than any other ‘beginner’s’ I Ching. All that . challenging commentaries from Karcher himself. this book is very handy as a quick reference for patterns within the I Ching. here is the Judgement to Hexagram 43 (Karcher’s extra words. 8 Introductory I Ching course © Hilary J Barrett 2004 .account of how to divine with it: this is where I learned a lot of the methods I now use with my customers. ‘How to Use the I Ching’ is on the top of one of those piles of books and ‘the Complete I Ching’ is on the top of the other one! It has another fascinating introduction. but he can still relate them sensitively to modern concerns. His is not a traditional I Ching. why would you want another copy? Simple . modern English. This is also the I Ching I would always take away on holiday. I often turn to Huang for his translations of the commentaries . And finally. It is a perfect place for the beginner to start.clear. I’ve put in (brackets)) ‘Deciding. a mere 180 pages of slim paperback that includes all the parts of the I Ching you need for divination. display (it) in the king’s chambers. showing you how to put all this together.
Notify one’s own city: Unfavourable to use arms.’ That was Karcher. (It is) not advantageous to approach (with) arms. There are many books of commentary on the I Ching out there to help you while you find your own ‘interpreters’ feet’. used and reviewed . they show you a creative way to understand the sometimes obscure imagery in the I Ching and translate it into modern understanding. intelligent and sensitive comments on every hexagram and line of the oracle. Now Huang: ‘Eliminating. Dening has actually used the I Ching in her own work as a therapist. Please feel free to drop in and browse! Wherever you choose to find your own I Ching . Sincerely howling: There is adversity. This is the book to go to when you’re finding it difficult to get into the imagery of the ancient original. the ‘Everyday I Ching’. This is definitely not a book to use as your only I Ching. Favourable to have somewhere to go.all those that I’ve bought. simply because it isn’t one there’s no translation here. There are many more I Ching books . Even if they don’t apply to your particular situation (and it’s so well written that they very often will). Declaring at the king’s court. 9 Introductory I Ching course © Hilary J Barrett 2004 .in Clarity’s online I Ching bookstore. don’t worry.The information originates from the capital. What you do get are clear.free download or new book . (It is) advantageous to have a direction to go. The best of these that I know of comes from Sarah Dening. and how it works.in the next part of the course you’ll get an understanding of what it’s made of.’ If you find this more confusing than fascinating. and developed a wealth of experience and understanding as a result.
But first I’d like to share a little more of the extraordinary architecture of the I Ching. You can’t have half a hill. which have their roots in the basic insights it contains. Yin is more passive. and those who are ‘over-full’ are naturally diminished. however: they are more like ways of relating. the whole universe is built up from two fundamental forces. yang show the sunny side. the summer changes to autumn and winter changes to spring. it is bright and vivid. This is the basic Chinese understanding of every cycle of nature: the sun shines out (yang). The I Ching’s 64 hexagrams are simply stacks of six lines. it starts things and drives them forward. But the I Ching is both older and simpler than these systems.Part 4: The working parts Have you got your own I Ching yet? In Part 6. the moon waxes (yang) and wanes (yin). not just a random collection of obscure aphorisms. The lines represent the way yin and yang are interacting and working 10 Introductory I Ching course © Hilary J Barrett 2004 . If you’ve read any books on feng shui. yin receives and responds. you’ll learn an easy method of consulting it. which can be broken (yin) or solid (yang). and you can’t have yin without yang or yang without yin. The I Ching adds that those who are small and humble naturally grow. What’s more. (And it also gives Amazon time to deliver you your own copy!) In Chinese thought. You can see that this is true from the Chinese characters for yin and yang: yin shows the shaded side of a hill. while yang becomes more yin. the ideas and concepts that give you your reading. receiving the yang impulse and growing it into something real. everything is always moving and changing. and they only exist in relation to one another. you may well have seen long tables comparing and contrasting yin and yang. Yang is dynamic. Please bear with me! This is the knowledge you need really to understand what is happening when you consult the I Ching: it’s what makes it a complete and beautiful world of divination. and so the beings with yin qualities are constantly becoming more yang. flexible and responsive. All you need to remember is that yang initiates and drives things. then sets (yin). yin and yang. These aren’t ‘forces’ as in ‘force of gravity’.
which is just changing into yang Young yang. The hexagram of your answer can contain any combination of these kinds of line. The energy flows upwards through the lines. newly yang and stable for now Old yang. solid yang . There is a tradition that this hexagram represents the winter solstice. which has just become yin and will be stable for a while Old yin.there are really four distinct energies that can be present: Young yin. or ‘moving’. But in most answers. The dark. The yang energy of light and initiative is represented only in the first.together in this unique situation. You’ll remember that I said yin and yang were perpetually changing into one another? This understanding is also represented in the way the I Ching works. like turning on the light. sometimes (in one reading in 4) none are. When you consult the I Ching. Even though there are just the two kinds of lines .broken yin. quiet yin still dominates the situation: this isn’t an instant return. Usually there are one or two that are changing their state. from the bottom line to the top: you can almost think of them as footprints. 11 Introductory I Ching course © Hilary J Barrett 2004 . very occasionally. changing into yin. the darkest moment of the year that is also the moment when light begins its return. capturing the essence of what is involved. everything will be in flux. and all six lines will be changing! Associated with every line of the I Ching is a ‘line text’. You can see how in time it will grow and surge up through the hexagram. For example… X Hexagram 24 represents return and rebirth: any situation that is completely turned around and begins afresh. they offer no resistance. and people who receive this hexagram are often feeling impatient. you read its text: an image telling you exactly where you stand (or might choose to stand) in relation to the landscape painted by the hexagram as a whole. Very. If a line is changing. visible signs of the way everything is moving. it doesn’t stop there. bottom line: it is just beginning to enter the situation. But the yin lines are open to welcome the returning yang. the answer begins as just one of the 64 hexagrams.
The next part of the course will look at some of the questions you might ask… 12 Introductory I Ching course © Hilary J Barrett 2004 . For now. there is a lot more technical information you can use to explore the full depth of the I Ching. As your relationship with it develops. so that the points in it represented by the moving lines change to connect it with you. the most important thing is to start a conversation with the oracle. the contrasts and opposites. and also develop a greater understanding of yourself and your role. you’ll probably want to look further into the hexagrams of sequence. solid becoming broken . In fact. nuclear hexagram and patterns of change. or in the introduction to How to Use the I Ching. This can show you how the situation could develop.broken becoming solid.a new hexagram is created. But as well as the line text(s). or how you personally are responding to it. When all the moving lines have changed into their opposites . Do you begin to see the scope and subtlety of this? You can find out what the situation is and where you stand in it.Aside: One of the most common questions from I Ching beginners (and advanced users) is how to cope with the readings with many changing lines. All this from the unfolding of just two simple energies. though. moving lines also give you a further perspective on your question. See lesson 6 of the I Ching Correspondence Course for many strategies and worked examples. Often it shows the energies that you are bringing to the situation. yin and yang. You can explore all these at onlineClarity. And I’ll be happy to help you to learn to get the most out of your own readings through the personal tuition option. called the Relating Hexagram.
solid understanding of what the I Ching is. Let all the issues.for good reason! What is the first and most important thing in any act of divination? The oracle you use. you have to begin by asking yourself a series of searching questions! Think of it as the beginning of the conversation. Often this process will lead you straight to the question you want to ask. where it comes from. You can do this before you start. ask yourself this: ‘What do I most need to know about this?’ Basically there are three different questions you are likely to find yourself asking the I Ching: What is happening here? Please explain! What can I do to change this? Please show me how! What if I tried doing this? Please show me what this might lead to! 13 Introductory I Ching course © Hilary J Barrett 2004 . If it doesn’t. The most important thing from the start . the I Ching will encourage them to ‘retrace the oracle consultation to its source’. This is the longest section so far . Before you phrase the question. and I’ll show you how to make the most of your relationship with this extraordinary oracle. and the ideas behind it. you need to immerse yourself in it. the method and ritual you observe? IMHO. hopes and fears involved come to the surface. none of the above.Part 5: Finding the real question By now you have a strong.is the question you ask. the translation you buy.the foundation for the whole experience . Sometimes when people ask questions they haven’t clearly thought out. Hopefully you also have a I Ching of your own! But try to tear yourself away from it for long enough to read this. What has brought you to the oracle? What do you want to achieve? How do you expect this answer to help? What are you expecting to hear… dreading hearing… hoping to hear? Odd but true: to bring a real question to the oracle. The I Ching is asking silently ‘How can I help? What do you need me to show you?’ You owe it to your Self to be fully present in your answer.
Often a single problem will lead you to ask all three kinds of question in turn.) The I Ching itself may choose to answer with a combination of description and advice according to what you most need at the time. or what we really need to know in that moment. start by asking for a picture of the situation. for example.at least three things wrong with it. asking the I Ching questions with alternatives in. But it will almost always give you a direct answer to your question. or ‘no’. (Though people who try to use the oracle for immoral ends may well find that it doesn’t say what they’d like to hear!) But there are good and bad ways to phrase your question. (If in doubt. the question ‘Am I going to become a millionaire and am I going to marry the girl of my dreams?’ Not a good question . Likewise. or for prediction. in fact! Firstly. Take. and none of them say ‘yes’ or ‘no’! That doesn’t mean you can’t get a straight answer from it . it’s a bit more complicated than that…’ . ‘what about option b?’ Back to our useless question. They need asking one at a time. Otherwise there is always the temptation to say ‘no. you might be asking for a description. it must be about something else!’ Are there any wrong questions? There’s certainly nothing you can’t ask about. I find that such answers are rare indeed . You just need to follow the tradition of the earliest diviners and ask two questions: ‘What if I tried option a?’. Any of these is fine .most often. as your conversation with the I Ching develops your ideas. Before you cast your hexagram (more about how to do that in the next part of this course!). there are just two answers to that: ‘yes’. does not work well. that can’t be right. Why ‘almost’?? Because sometimes what we ask doesn’t reflect what is really bothering us.so long as you are clear in your own mind about what you are expecting from the answer. like ‘should I do this or that?’. I would definitely recommend that you assume that the oracle has answered your question straightforwardly.In other words. write your question down. the I Ching can find a way to answer my question directly and also to show me any misconceptions behind it.just that it is well equipped to say to you ‘actually. The I Ching has 64 hexagrams. Unless the reading speaks to you quite clearly about something else. there are two questions here. or for advice.and it often will! 14 Introductory I Ching course © Hilary J Barrett 2004 . now reduced to ‘Am I going to become a millionaire?’ Well. and 384 lines.
you have free will. What happens depends in the first place on what you do. So there’s no definitive answer to ‘will my Aunt Aggie lend me the money?’ if Aggie hasn’t decided yet.) One other point .simply opening yourself to whatever the universe has to tell you in this moment. You might learn how she feels about it at the moment. In the next chapter: the simplest. But as a question for the I Ching. When you’ve tried clear. how would you answer them? Maybe ‘I don’t know. too. this really is a great improvement. If someone asked you this question. Whatever. The I Ching might answer something like ‘Well. 15 Introductory I Ching course © Hilary J Barrett 2004 . most popular way to consult the I Ching. will it make me a millionaire?’ (Hmmm. no preconceptions. what are you planning to do to become a millionaire?’ Seems sensible.other people have free will. There are more productive and more interesting questions to ask than just ‘What’s going to happen to me?’ Like ‘If I devote my whole life utterly to promoting my new musical toothpicks. but she’s free to change her mind. But if you were to try this…’ In other words.And that leads us straight to the basic problem. allowing you to interact with it in a completely different way. if you do nothing about it. direct questions. This is a quiet. you won’t get far. Actually there is a fourth: What do I need to know now? Nothing more than that: no subject. try this as well . meditative approach to the I Ching. Yet it’s amazing how many people encounter an oracle and seem to forget who is actually in control of their lives. I said that there were three basic questions you could ask.
though you can buy special Chinese coins if you wish. how do you actually consult the oracle? This three-coin method is the most popular.7. and you have the key to your answer . (And don’t worry about the numbers . Add up the result .once you’ve chosen your question. did you get any changing lines? 16 Introductory I Ching course © Hilary J Barrett 2004 . You will need three identical coins with recognisably different faces .8 or 9.Part 6: How to consult This is where we get down to brass tacks . Each head counts three. bottom line of your hexagram Repeat the same process five more times. the landscape where you find yourself. one head: Two heads. one tail: Three heads: Record the line you have received.) Number 6 7 8 9 Line-type changing broken line unchanging solid line unchanging broken line changing solid line Yin/yang old yin young yang young yin old yang Written Or if you’d rather not have numbers to remember. each tail counts two.the primary hexagram.e.it will be 6. just remember this: Three tails: Two tails. working from the bottom up to the 6th and last line. Write down all six lines. Throw the three coins together. i. Now. This is the first. and you can use it straight away. You remember .they’re just a convenient way to get a reading.the coins in your purse are fine.the basic answer.
the question you need to ask is simple: ‘What role is there for the I Ching in my life?’) Go on.with your reading done. there are academics out there who imagine they can ‘know’ the I Ching just by reading about it… So . I know I didn’t. if deep knowledge you never imagined you had is stirring within you. Could anyone get to know you just by browsing through your photo album? But odd though this seems. and it probably won’t be hard to think of a question! (But if you still can’t think of one. you’re probably experiencing one of two reactions: “Aha!” or “Eh??” If it’s “aha!” .) If you did receive changing lines. And you’ve built your relating hexagram.if you are enveloped by an extraordinary feeling of being understood and recognised. if you can feel the first tremors of a great inner explosion of new ideas. Believe me. but none of the line texts.If not.let them change! Every old yin becomes young yang Every old yang becomes young yin The other lines stay the same. 17 Introductory I Ching course © Hilary J Barrett 2004 . actually consulting the I Ching is the only way you’ll learn to understand the answers. If you’ve got your I Ching (even just a free one you downloaded) why not consult it now? Ask yourself what you most need to know to make your life better. then as well as reading the basic texts for the hexagram. you also read the ones associated with the changing lines you received. This is where things stand and where they stay: read the basic texts and commentaries in your translation. if you are smiling at the book or weeping over it… then you are one of the lucky and gifted few! Most people don’t achieve such a wonderful rapport with the I Ching on their first reading. (Much more information on what to do with a single-hexagram answer in Lesson 7 of the full course. this hexagram is your answer. And then .
understand there is nothing wrong with the I Ching.000 years. what next? First. kings. Tomorrow I’ll show you a sample reading. Read right through your whole answer Try reading what the I Ching said without paying much attention to the translator’s commentaries Look at the actions the I Ching describes. and look for them in your life. Enjoy them! Let it rest: why not get away from the computer screen and go outside for a while? Sleep on it. And in a way. it hasn’t broken yet. but for now why not take the time to live with your own for a while? I’m not going to try to sell you my professional help with it until you’ve had the time to absorb it for yourself.So if it’s “Eh??”. and there’s nothing wrong with you. Does the I Ching mention any people? Armies. The I Ching’s been working for some 3. sages? Do you recognise them? Let your imagination play with the images. Don’t worry: given time and acceptance. it will work for you. 18 Introductory I Ching course © Hilary J Barrett 2004 . your intuition is still older. This is your answer.
She needs the emotional sustenance of a relationship like a parched field needed rain. as Alfred Huang calls it in his Complete I Ching. I think you’ll still find it helpful to look at a sample answer from someone else. Being sincere and faithful. So here it is: “What’s the potential in this relationship?” Her relationship was not in good health. ‘The superior person eats and drinks. Of course. It’s sometimes a help actually to start with the relating hexagram. because it can show how you relate to the issues.’ She is on something more like a starvation diet: waiting for the climate in the relationship to change. So she asked the I Ching about the future potential of her relationship. she doesn’t need violence and abuse any more than the fields needed storms and floods… ‘Needing. but suffering in the meantime. the relating hexagram seems to be more about what she desperately needs than what she has right now. Being steadfast and upright: good fortune. Perhaps there could be another way to be steadfast and upright? Maybe by taking the risk of crossing the river to something completely new? Overall. Favorable to cross great rivers. feasting with joy. and being steadfast in the relationship had not brought good fortune.things are not brilliant. It answered with primary hexagram 48.’ Huang explains that this means both waiting for what you need. and also confronting danger. with the first line changing. and they’d already split up several times in the past. 19 Introductory I Ching course © Hilary J Barrett 2004 . giving a relating hexagram of 5.or. Brilliantly prosperous and smooth.she felt as if there must be something of value to be saved. Waiting . But not all of the I Ching’s words here seem to apply . Her partner was violent and abusive.Part 7: A sample reading While there’s really no substitute for experience in building your own relationship with the I Ching. Needing. She is the one who is waiting and watching for what she needed. But she couldn’t bring herself to make a conclusive break . the Well.
not even anonymously. maybe what you need or fear most. Not the well. she’d actually asked about the future potential of the relationship. drawing water from its well to keep her alive. This reading is based on a sample question and answer in ‘The I Ching Made Easy’ by Amy and Rod Sorrell. (Note: all the readings I do for customers are completely confidential: I never quote them.) 20 Introductory I Ching course © Hilary J Barrett 2004 . The only problem came when she couldn’t quite get to the water… But to find out exactly where she stands. And they report that.What she really needs to know is whether the wait is worthwhile. But remember it’s your response to the situation. (Actually.what is it really about? ‘Replenishing. the questioner finally managed to break free. no birds.’ The well has to be the source of sustenance she is looking for.) To sum up You might like to look at the relating hexagram first. The primary hexagram should tell her more of the objective reality of the situation . drawing. No drinking. she moved in and out. Old well. What she needs is just not here. Nearly out of the well.misfortune. Neither loses nor gains. after this reading. she needs to look at the moving line: ‘Mud in the well. Looking back at her original question. Somewhere deep in this relationship. Coming and going.’ She can almost smell the stagnant. surely she can find what she needs? The relationship certainly came and went. Break one’s bucket . but whatever was there stayed the same. evaluating the role of the relating hexagram in your reading is probably the most difficult part: lesson 5 of the full I Ching Correspondence Course is devoted to this.she can expect more of the same. The site of a village may be moved. lifeless water. It’s not just that this is what she has experienced in the past . drawing.
This hexagram describes a young girl who arrives in a household as the second wife. The moving line .I couldn’t compete with the huge. I once asked about advertising in magazines. the Marrying Maiden. This was simple and to the point .-) 21 Introductory I Ching course © Hilary J Barrett 2004 . with no moving lines.or lines .and it’s a very emphatic one! For example. The I Ching came back with Hexagram 54. Better not to get into such an unrewarding situation. No moving lines? Then your whole answer is right here in this hexagram . personal response. Look to them for the definitive answer to your question. There's no point in her trying to take control or pursue her personal goals. (And so I didn’t!) I hope you are enjoying your own conversation with the I Ching! I’ll step out now and leave you to get to know each other . established companies that already advertised in the magazines.The primary hexagram contains the beginnings of the objective answer to your situation. so she’s stuck in a subordinate position.offer the most direct.
There is so much depth in this oracle that I don’t think one person could ever find it all. You know where it comes from and what it can be used for. to clarify your dreams and find practical ways to make them happen. But you can magnify this growth enormously by sharing your insights. As you connect the hexagrams of the I Ching with real life. and grow the seed you’ve planted here into a skill you can feel confident in? Become a friend If you are to become truly confident in your I Ching divination skills.and you’ve talked with the oracle yourself. there is simply no substitute for experience. I wish I could explain how much! (I won’t succumb to hype and tell you that “this will change your life”. You know how the I Ching works. and asking for help. your own understanding will grow. you’ve built up an impressive knowledge of the I Ching.according to Pocossin.) So how can you take this to the next level. 22 Introductory I Ching course © Hilary J Barrett 2004 . and bring a wealth of experience in both the I Ching and other divination methods. I still find I gain new insights from every new translation or commentary I read. It could – but it’s your life to change.Part 8: What now? As you’ve worked your way through this course. People come from all over the globe. And you have the opportunity to help your friends and family to do the same. This is what makes Clarity .‘absolutely the most practical I Ching site on the Internet. I’ve found helping others through the I Ching to be fantastically rewarding. how and when you want. I hope you’re impressed with yourself! :-) Do you begin to see the potential of what you have begun here? You could use the I Ching to get to grips with the most important issues in your own life. I would like to invite you to join the Friends of Clarity. who share readings and advice at the I Ching Community. You know how to find the right questions to ask the I Ching . … There is nothing like it even in print’ Get some different translations Even with a dozen or so I Ching translations stacked on my desk (and a good few more on the bookshelf…). the technical jargon can’t faze you. one of the members there . in a community. You can recognise a good translation when you see one.
As I add I Ching books to my own collection (and only then!). I also review them in the I Ching Bookstore .please feel free to visit and browse! 23 Introductory I Ching course © Hilary J Barrett 2004 . and it frees you to develop your own understanding.But reading more I Ching books is not just a matter of ‘collecting’ interpretations until you have one for every occasion! Seeing the wealth of interpretations that are possible lets you reach towards the unchanging core they share.
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