Hilary Barrett, I Ching

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Getting inside the imagery

Monday, May 19th, 2014

- or, How just a Smidgen of Background Knowledge can take you a Surprisingly Long Way. As soon as you start talking with the Yijing, it’s apparent that there are things here you don’t understand. ‘Crossing the great river’, for instance. You probably don’t make a habit of wading rivers, especially not rivers big enough […]

Four ways Yi works with dreams

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

A wise person said to me recently, ‘There’s only one oracle.’ She meant that there’s only one reality speaking to us – so it shouldn’t surprise us when dreams, Yi, guides, synchronicities and all turn out to be working together. On reflection… this turns out to happen more often and in more ways than I’d […]

Oracle bones and remembering

Monday, February 24th, 2014

I have a lovely, fat book on my shelves called Sources of Chinese Tradition (volume 1), full of excerpted translations from the Chinese. Chapter 1, fittingly enough, is about oracle bone inscriptions: the earliest Chinese writing, divination records from the Shang dynasty, long before Yi came into being. The bone – a turtle shell or […]

Checking the answer?

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

A kind correspondent (I haven’t sought his permission to quote, so I’ll just call him KC) wrote to ask me my opinion on the ‘RTCM’ – the ‘Retrospective Three Coin Method’ developed by Carol Anthony and Hanna Moog, which is meant as a way to confirm or deny your interpretation by casting three coins to […]

Feel free to ignore anything the I Ching says

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

I hope I win some kind of prize for provocative titles? Good… but there is a point to this. I always have my ears open to pick up insights and ideas from outside ‘Yijingland’ that will make for better Yijing divination. (I have something coming up called Into the Flow of Change that’s a resource […]

The old ‘resulting hexagram’ conundrum

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

I recently had an email from ‘M’, who’s baffled by a recent reading. M’s particular question was a little unusual, asking what he himself is really looking for in a given situation, but the basic problem he’s having is familiar: “Essentially, I am confused as how to interpret the original hexagram, changing lines and subsequent […]

How important are the changing lines?

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

(This post is about the basics. If you know them already, you can skip this and seek out something more sophisticated.) ‘How important are the changing lines?’ Someone emailed me to ask that: his ‘I Ching’ book had taught him to read one hexagram with one changing line for every reading, and (perhaps unsurprisingly) he […]