Consultation
Consultation
Asking the I Ching once again?

I've discovered the I Ching with a book, it was one of those books with complicated sentences, but it was quite exotic and I found it entertaining for a while. Of course I didn't understand much about the I Ching and I thought it would take a lifetime of studying with a teacher to get […]

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Understanding the oracle's answer

To understand the oracle's answer, it is necessary to be modest, to not have preconceived ideas, and to recall what we know about the I Ching. Like a musician uses scales and notes, the oracle will speak through hexagrams and lines, sometimes in a way that we could not imagine, but will take our knowledge […]

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Asking the right questions

Before asking the oracle, we can ask ourselves how could we answer for the oracle, by using only hexagrams and lines. It can also be useful to ask ourself why we question the oracle. For example, if I ask you What is the day today?, can you answer me with an hexagram and lines? If […]

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The Taoscopy project

Having noted problems with the I Ching text, and wishing to realize a web site and softwares around this theme, I have decided to write my own comments, initially to simply illustrate and comment Richard Wilhelm's text and after those became an independent project. At the beginning, I only wanted to comment the few lines […]

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The oracle

The paradox that often occurs amongst I Ching students, is the little, and sometimes the total lack of trust placed into the oracle who give us the answers. Some think that answers come from the subconscious mind, others have mentioned theories like synchronicity, but generally the experts focus on studying the classical Chinese text. And […]

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Difficulties of the classical study

The original texts, which are many thousands years old, can embarrass a modern reader for several reasons. Sexism In the ancient texts, the woman is presented as inferior to the man. It is not only false but can also prevent understanding, because the readings are not related to the gender. Rejection Confucius liked to speak […]

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I Ching's translations

These translations are based on the ancient Chinese text and give their interpretation of the comments. The I Ching or Book of Changes by Richard Wilhelm (translated by Cary F Baynes, Princeton University Press) has been for a long time the first choice when starting the study of the I Ching, because Wilhelm's explanations allow […]

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The philosophy

The I Ching's philosophy relies on the Yin (receptivity) and Yang (activity) and their transformations, also called changes or mutations. In the I Ching, the Yin and the Yang are represented by lines which are combined into groups of six to obtain 64 figures called hexagrams. In an hexagram, the transformation of one or many […]

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The I Ching

The I Ching, also called Yi Jing, is a Chinese book which describes a philosophy used to consult an oracle. These two elements (the philosophy and the oracle) make it appealing and original. Originating from ancient China, it has been studied by numerous scholars, especially by Confucius, and has helped to the government of China […]

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