Hilary Barrett, I Ching

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When Yi is neutral

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

A couple of months ago I wrote about ‘Essentials for Yijing readings‘ and included that old favourite hobby horse of mine: the commentary is not the answer, along with some examples of commentary – Wilhelm’s, Karcher’s and mine – that was decidedly not what the oracle said. All three examples I came up with were from lines where Yi’s original words […]

Living Connection

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Thinking about why we’re creating the journal software,  I found myself writing a sort of personal creed. Here it is – Living Connection Nothing definitive – of course – but heartfelt. If you like it, please share it freely.

Danger – good fortune?

Friday, September 5th, 2014

I’m just coming to the end of the ‘omens’ section as I revise and enlarge ‘Words of Change’, my Yijing glossary. This involves testing out ideas by looking at every instance of each omen, along with all the example readings I can find. Since I’m going into more detail this time around, I’ve been looking more […]

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 […]