Hilary Barrett, I Ching

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Hexagram 57 in readings

Friday, August 28th, 2015

(Continuing a series on hexagram 57, because it makes sense to approach this hexagram of all hexagrams incrementally!) What does Subtly Penetrating mean in readings? Well… like any hexagram, it means what it says and what it is, and no amount of commentary changes that. But I have noticed a couple of messages that Hexagram […]

The elusive hexagram 57

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

‘No one can tell me, Nobody knows, Where the wind comes from, Where the wind goes.’ AA Milne, ‘Wind on the Hill’ Xun has to be the most elusive hexagram. It’s awkward to translate (you need one word that means penetrating, interpenetrating, subtly, imperceptibly, gently, submitting…) and really tricky to pin down in readings. But […]

Change Circle changes & the Yijing Foundations Course

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

For updates… If you’d like to be kept updated on these changes, subscribe to the associated forum thread. Where I start from… Yi is pretty extraordinary. I know, this isn’t exactly breaking news. But I keep noticing it all over again: partly because I keep looking at more complex structures and finding more meaning and […]

Review: Stephen Field, The Duke of Zhou Changes

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

I’m really the wrong person to review this book: it’s a scholarly work, and I’m not remotely qualified to write a scholarly review. So here is a diviner’s take, instead. It comes as a sort of ‘whinge sandwich': appreciation beginning and end, nitpicking in the middle. (Don’t take too much notice of the filling; it’s a […]

Yi and decisions: a cautionary tale

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Here is a cautionary tale about involving Yi in decision making, how this can get you tied up in an endless series of unpromising readings, and the tremendously simple way to avoid this. Why is this a cautionary tale? Well, because I’ve managed to act out the full story twice in the past couple of […]

Some ways Yi doesn’t answer your question

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

This oracle, as I keep saying, isn’t a slot machine. It’s not ‘insert question, get answer’. Someone who is completely familiar and comfortable with Yi does not therefore receive the answers to all their questions and live in a state of perfect certainty. What they are is deeply engaged in conversation with the whole reality […]

Myth and legend in hexagrams

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Why look for the stories behind the hexagrams? To start with something uncontentious: the people who wrote the Yi had wisdom and intelligence (as well as mind-boggling genius), and were well-informed, and had good reasons for their choices. One of the things they appear to have been well-informed about is their culture’s myth, legend and […]