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Intuitive I Ching

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In this blog, you will find short articles which explain the philosophy of the I Ching, the different hexagrams and the moving lines.
This is done through the use of an example question; a real life question from Barry to the I Ching Oracle. In this way, you can see how the reading and the interpretation works.

Any three coins will do

October 2015 Posted on Wed, October 21, 2015 20:03:02

The young man stood in the midst of the
shop selling esoteric articles, gently shaking a set of three old Chinese coins
in his hands. You know the sort; they have a hole in the middle. It was clear enough he was weighing up in his
mind whether the coins were suitable for use in consulting the I Ching.

Doubtless the shop was charging a high
price for these ‘spiritual’ coins. I hoped he would decide against buying them,
and save himself some money. The truth is that any three coins will work, just
as a line and hexagram originated by the computer. For sure there are countless
other ways of creating a hexagram; all that is needed is that the method used
is apparently random.

The creation of an I Ching reading is very
easy. A child of four could do it with less effort than her learning to count
to twenty.

The difficult part is making sense of the
reading the I Ching has produced. It does seem sometimes that the oracle is
deliberately expressing itself in impenetrable, incomprehensible language.
Actually, the cryptic nature of the lines is a blessing in disguise, for a
particular line can then be applied to many widely differing circumstances. Of
course, this leaves interpretation even more in the hands of the person
performing the reading.

Here’s how to interpret the reading:

Become familiar with
the way the I Ching communicates.

You will
find that individual lines express themselves in a similar fashion in different
readings. Gradually a feeling for what the oracle is likely to be indicating
with a certain cryptic phrase will develop.

Learn as much as
possible about the background to the question.

The more you know
about the situation surrounding the question, the greater the chance that you
can hit the nail on the head.

Use your intuition
as much as possible.

person asking the question may have certain characteristics which will give you
an idea as to the heart of the matter, and your own intuition will help guide
you to the correct answer.

the night before the reading, you will have a dream which, when interpreted,
will lead you to spotting the right interpretation.

person asking the question may make a chance remark which rings a bell with
you, leading you to a quite different interpretation to that which you were
originally intending to give.

Practice makes

Before you try
interpreting someone else’s question, keep on using the I Ching oracle to give
advice on your own questions. Your familiarity with the way its expresses
itself will grow; simply comparing what you conclude as to the meaning of the
reading with what then takes place in physical life can be an excellent guide.

Good luck with the I Ching. It is an invaluable resource
if you learn how to understand it correctly.


Question of the month: What will Russian involvement in
Syria lead to?

Conflict (Hexagram 6) No moving lines

The I Ching urges care and a ‘cautious halt halfway’. It
seems Russia is defending its military ally in the Middle East, Bashar Assad,
the President of Syria, who has been losing the lengthy civil war in his

While Russian military aircraft have only just started
bombing the anti-Assad forces, Turkish, French and American air forces have
been bombing the blazes out of the Syrians for some time now. The Russians have
different objectives to the U.S. and French, wishing to inflict damage on all
anti-Assad forces. If the rebels were to prevail, it would mean Russia losing
its Mediterranean naval base at the Syrian port of Tartus.

By contrast, the Turks are primarily concerned with
inflicting damage on the Kurdish rebels in the north of Syria lest the Kurds
gain ground in Syria, providing a base for Turkey’s own Kurdish rebels.

France and the United States are supporting the rebels in
Syria who are not allied to the Islamic State (IS), an extremist group of Sunni
Muslims. They are actively bombing IS strongholds but are supportive of the
Kurds. Why the West is involved at all is unclear. Assad and the ruling clique
in Damascus are a nasty lot, reliant on brute force to counter all opposition.
But IS would almost certainly be nastier, and the wobbly coalition of Free
Syrian forces might turn out to be no better than those who came to power after
the West destroyed Ghaddafi’s rule in Libya.

In this dog’s dinner of a conflict, it is essential that
Russia, the Turks, France and the US all start coordinating their bombing
raids. If Russian bombers killed or wounded U.S. military advisors on the
ground, or an aircraft from one participant was shot down by another, the consequences would be incalculable.

Hence the I Ching recommends compromise and coordination.
The various parties involved would do well to seek intermediation from ‘the
great man’, an independent but respected person.


August 2015 Posted on Wed, October 21, 2015 17:15:09

I Ching reading of the month – August 2015

Each month the newsletter gives a shortened reading of general interest to our western society. This month:

In the month ahead, will Greece face further financial trouble? (16:00h. CEST 4th Aug 2015)

The primary
hexagram, shown as the left-hand of the two diagrams opposite, is that of Tun/Retreat.
The 2nd Place is the only moving line (see the yellow stripe).

Executive Summary

This reading indicates that (a) Greece will hang on to the euro during
the month ahead, but (b) that steps will have to be taken by the country’s
creditors to prevent bankruptcy contamination spreading to other Eurozone

Primary hexagram

The primary
hexagram, the left-hand diagram above, shows the first two lines are yin, whereas the top four are yang. The top four are in retreat from
the upwardly moving yin lines. This
is appropriate, for the inferior, dark yin
lines have the ability to harm and overwhelm the strong, light yang lines. These however retreat
upwards towards heaven, ensuring they cannot be harmed.

The hexagram
represents the situation. In this case it is one of the Eurozone being in
danger of becoming overwhelmed by Greece’s debt.

Now let’s
look at the moving line, as shown above by the yellow bar in the middle of the
second line. A moving line represents a specific place in the situation
described by the hexagram as a whole.

The second
line shows one of the advancing yin
lines, and here it is clinging on with all its might to the yang line immediately above it in the
third place. It will not be shaken off, and – at least from its own perspective
– that is the right course of action.

So, Greece
will not be separated from the euro (at least for the coming month, the period
about which the reading applies). Instead, it will try to do everything
possible to comply with its creditors’ demands, so that it can keep the euro.

Secondary hexagram

The moving
line creates a new hexagram; the second line changes to its opposite while all
others stay the same. The secondary hexagram can often mean a time progression
– i.e. what happens next – but it can also indicate another aspect to the
situation involving the question posed.

Here the
secondary hexagram, shown in the right-hand diagram above, represents a
situation in which both a time element applies as well as its highlighting
another aspect to the entire matter of Greece’s financial woes.

The hexagram
(Kou/Coming to Meet) is warning of a
potential danger – that the yin line
in second place causes the remaining lines to step aside by appearing harmless.
The Beginning line is like a charming young girl, who is permitted to rise to
power and position, at which point, rather too late in the day for anything to
be done about it, her bad character reveals itself.

Here the second
line, the line which has moved, is relevant. It warns that Greece’s
indebtedness needs to be contained. If it is allowed free rein, it will
‘contaminate’ other Eurozone countries with similar debt problems. Think here
of Italy, Portugal and Spain, which might find the idea of their filing for
bankruptcy on their government debt appealing if Greece was permitted to do the

In terms of
the I Ching, the second line in this hexagram is inclined to link up with the yang line in the 4th Place (the third from the
top), and this needs to be prevented if contamination is to be avoided.

Note: This reading only applies to the
period 4th August – 4th September, and not necessarily to
a final outcome for Greece’s debt problems.