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There are no Yi-Jing masters

Photo by Nam Hoang on Unsplash We are all Yi-Jing students! But, if you prefer, we are all Yi-Jing masters, to a certain point. It makes people feel more confident if someone is knowledgeable in their domain. The oracle and the Yi First of all we need to clear a misunderstanding. When I started working […]

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Validating Comments

When I started studying the I Ching, I promptly realized that the hexagrams were describing situations. The comments associated with each hexagram and line either give proper advice, or describe the situation and eventually predict its outcome. This is how I started studying, situation after situation, until I came to a stop because there were […]

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Can the I Ching predict the future?

The title itself of this blog post resumes the difficulty that we face. I could have chosen instead "Can I predict the future by using the I Ching?" or "Does the I Ching's oracle know the future?". This is a difficult question, because the answer is "Sometimes yes, sometimes no". So we have to explore […]

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Interpreting multiple lines: the pivot method revisited

The pivot method When obtaining a multiple lines reading, you can use one line or groupe of lines as a pivot and amend it with the remaining line (or alternatively take one line as pivot and amend it with the remaining line or group of lines). This is what I call the pivot method. Some […]

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A promising methodology for interpreting multiple changing lines

While the interpretation of unchanging hexagrams and single changing line hexagrams, it has always been difficult to interpret multiple lines. Several methods have been suggested, which all gave mixed results. Sometimes they were encouraging, and sometimes they were discouraging. As I have been busy working on multiple line comments, by the mean of consulting the […]

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43.5: Bad herb gone good

The Yi Jing comments have been made by humans, and as such they carry their lot of misunderstandings and mistakes. I have pointed already that mantic formulas like "Fortune" and "Misfortune" contradict the comments of 16.1 and 58.5. But there are also more subtle errors. 43.5 is one of them. 43.5 (43 > 34) Situation […]

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Style and Content

I was consulting the oracle about the attitude that consists of considering only the style without looking at the content. Then, after a few readings I didn't get fully, the oracle answered this: 22.1 (22 > 52) Situation One is trusted to succeed without help. It represents a situation when style does not matter. If we ponder […]

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Interpreting multiple lines: the answer is in your heart

In a recent post, I have explained that after obtaining the comment of 1.1.6 > 28, I was puzzled because I could not interpret it simply with the changing lines. I have changed my mind about that. [1 > 28] Situation 1 > 28 - Abandoning their disputes One asks their opponents to seek an […]

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Interpreting two changing lines: Mystery and Confusion

  It used to work... The traditional way to interpret an hexagram is to read the comments on the hexagram, on the transformation and the comment for each changing line (either at the end or before the transformation). I have obtained decent results by following this method, specially by using follow-up questions. Here is an […]

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