Hilary Barrett, I Ching

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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 […]

News from Clarity

Friday, July 10th, 2015

I asked Yi for work advice recently, and received hexagram 58. It seems that work has a lot to do with communicating – who’d’ve thought, right? So I will do more of that and less keeping of things under wraps, and if I ever seem to have gone a bit quiet, please prod me. Here’s what’s going […]

Consulting under the sky

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

From time to time, someone asks me about the validity of consulting with a computer program. Does it work – are the answers real? I always say yes, it works. What matters is not the physical method, but the quality of your attention. I have plenty of experience to back this up: both powerful, clear […]

Hexagram 40, Release

Saturday, June 13th, 2015

The ancient character for jie, the name of Hexagram 40, shows hands with a knife removing a cow’s horn. Perhaps this has to do with a horn implement for prising knots apart – Chinese boys could carry a knot-horn at their belt when they became men – or perhaps simply with the act of removing the […]

More on hexagram 44

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Hexagram 44 is – famously – a tricky one. ‘Coupling, the woman is powerful. Do not take this woman.’ That’s all it says – which is more than enough to give rise to all kinds of ideas. The traditional one is that the woman represents something malevolent, the seductress, power-grabbing – a distraction, a disruption, to […]

Lars Bo Christensen, Book of Changes

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Here’s a new I Ching worth getting: Lars Bo Christensen’s Book of Changes, available (in the US and UK) for Kindle and now also on paper. His aim is to create a coherent, usable and authentic translation of the Zhouyi core text. That’s interesting in itself, as ‘usable’ and ‘authentic’ are usually separated. Another recent I Ching, John […]