Today: I Ching

Today: I Ching is a series of messages based on readings from the ancient Chinese text, the I Ching.  The messages in the series are narratives that I compose that are based on my readings and intuitive interpretations of the I Ching.  My source is the book: The I Ching or The Book of Changestranslated by Richard Wilhelm, 1950.

Richard Wilhelm

The readings contained in Today: I Ching are intended to reflect the tendencies described by the I Ching in answer to the question: “What is going on today?”  The results may reflect one’s personal situation or it may be more reflective of the prevailing consciousness of the day.  How these messages are used is up to the reader.

The question is intended to represent a current state or circumstance.  It is  intended further to represent a state or circumstance for the reader of the message at the time the message is read. So, it is not entirely necessary to read a message on the day it was published.  However, things change, so there is a window for which the message may be most accurate.

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The I Ching
The I Ching, or Book of Changes is based on the Tao.  The Tao is the fabric of the universe that contains and connects every conceivable and inconceivable aspect and manifestation of consciousness. The Tao itself is undefined.

The primary manifestation of the Tao is comprised of the dynamic polarity of yin and yang.  It is a system whose universe describes every possible state of existence.  It is constantly flowing and changing its balance between the two extreme polarities, total yin (earth) and total yang (heaven).

The I Ching describes a structure that defines the relative quantities of yin and yang in any moment and circumstance and the tendency for their direction of change. Its basic elemental structure is the hexagram, which describes the current balance of yin and yang in a system, and therefore, the state of the system.  A hexagram is comprised of six horizontal lines stacked vertically, each of which represents a yin or yang state for its position in the hexagram.  All unique combinations of the lines give rise to sixty-four unique hexagrams.

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Each hexagram is comprised of two trigrams, one over the other.  The eight combinations of lines that form the set of trigrams have been assigned descriptive properties by the I Ching.  The combination of the two trigrams for each hexagram form the basis for the interpretative narrative for the hexagram.

The I Ching itself is a compilation of narratives for the sixty-four  hexagrams.  A hexagram identified by a reading may be divined by a number of methods.  The reader then interprets the narrative for the resulting hexagram. Both the divination and the interpretation involve the intuitive intellect of the reader.  Experience is required.

I Ching  The Book of Changes  translated by Richard Wilhelm, 1950

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