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Hexagram 37, People in the Home

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 11:51:49 +0000

Its name and nature The name of Hexagram 37 is simply 家人, jiaren, ‘Home People’ – which also means the members of a family. Here’s the old form of the character – – where you can see that a ‘home’ is an animal – a pig – under a roof. Home is where the pig is; it’s […]

How to make Yi less disconcerting

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 13:38:43 +0000

The Yijing as a whole is a rather disconcerting book. It can say things we don’t understand, or, worse, things we understand perfectly well but don’t want to know. A reading can be reassuring, can reinforce your thinking, or it can give you a real jolt. ‘I have had this truly brilliant idea, how about it?’ […]

Paul Fendos ‘Book of Changes’ review

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:11:18 +0000

Short review Don’t buy this one. Buy Minford and Redmond instead – or save up for Field, which I feel is worth its somewhat eye-watering price. Longer review Here’s the publisher’s blurb for Paul Fendos’ new I Ching: ‘The Book of Changes: A Modern Adaptation and Interpretation attempts to breathe new life into the Book […]

Clarity and the flying bird

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:19:14 +0000

I’ve written before about looking at groups of changing lines, and seeing how they point towards their changed hexagram – just as a single line would do. (I’ve just added all those posts to a series, so you can find them all easily.) Here’s another for the collection: Hexagram 62, Small Exceeding, changing at lines […]

Not knowing about dodder

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 19:47:53 +0000

Hexagram 4 has an exceptionally clear, direct Oracle: ‘Not knowing, creating success. I do not seek the young ignoramus, the young ignoramus seeks me. The first consultation speaks clearly. The second and third pollute the waters, Polluted, and hence not speaking. Constancy bears fruit.’ It’s often the one that gives people their first sense that […]

Lost property

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 12:08:14 +0000

A short story In typical Yi style, this is a very short story: ‘Traveller in a place to stay, Gains property and an axe. My heart is not glad.’ ‘Subtly penetrating under the bed, Losing your property and axe. Constancy, pitfall.’ These are lines 56.4 and 57.6, and they have a direct textual parallel: gaining […]

Advice from Zhu Xi

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:25:22 +0000

One of many interesting things I found in Richard J. Smith’s The I Ching: a biography was an account of Zhu Xi’s approach to divination. Zhu Xi (1120-1200) wrote firmly of Yi’s identity as an oracle, not just a ‘book of wisdom’. In addition to creating the yarrow method we use now, he also prescribed considerable ritual […]

The future of the Yijing?

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:37:58 +0000

My publishers have asked me to come up with a short introduction outlining the history of the Yi. So – wanting to do a good, thorough job – I have started by reading Richard J. Smith’s The I Ching: a biography. It’s a fascinating book, very readable, and it’s given me much more insight into the […]

The well in the valley

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:19:58 +0000

Hexagram 48 line 6 says, ‘The well gathers, Don’t cover it. There is truth and confidence, Good fortune from the source.’ Bradford Hatcher, who has dug more wells than your average Yijing scholar, suggests that this is an artesian well, one where the water rises spontaneously. That certainly fits with my experience of the line, […]

When Yi says ‘me’

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 14:15:40 +0000

By and large, we know what sort of thing we expect Yi to say (though not, heaven knows, what it will say): ‘Here’s what you’re doing’ or ‘here’s what would happen’ or ‘here’s how to cope with that’ – something along those lines, describing or advising. Only every now and then – just eleven times, in […]