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,...

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?,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...