Hilary Barrett, I Ching

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Example reading after a dream

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Since I wrote about ‘Four ways Yi works with dreams’, I’ve been on the alert for how this conversation’s working for me. Here’s an example from my journal. I’d been divining – and worrying – about how I was going to promote the journal software. I’ve never been very good at selling things, not so […]

Line positions and the moment of divination

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Talking about ‘line positions’ sounds painfully dry and academic. (Not least if it makes you think of the formulas about line correspondence and so on.) What to call them instead? ‘Hexagram layers’? Too much like a trifle. Maybe ‘line voices’, or places to stand, ways to engage… What I’m trying to say (!) is that […]

A few essentials for Yijing readings

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Responding to emails from someone struggling with his readings started me thinking about the basic principles of interpretation – the real essentials. Of course I have picked up a bunch of background knowledge along the way, and it all contributes, but people can do perfectly useful readings without most of it. There are a few […]

Announcing: new Yijing and dreams journal software coming 15th October

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Announcing… at last… with fanfare… The Yi-plus-dreams-plus-signs journal software – that’s been in a sousaphone-sized pipeline for a while – is really taking shape now. We’ll be calling for half a dozen beta testers in mid-August, and after some final tweaking the software will be available to buy on October 15th*. The core idea of […]

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 […]