A fascinating and intellectually stimulating area of Chinese metaphysics, the I Ching oracle looks for answers from the Divine – from the Cosmos or the Universe – to specific questions about the future. The I Ching may be used as a supplement to both Feng Shui and or The Four Pillars of Destiny.
The I Ching, also known as the book of changes, is one of the oldest philosophical works in the world, dating from about the eleventh century BC.
The ""I Ching"" is a Divination technique based on a series of symbols called Trigrams and Hexagrams.
These symbols are made up of straight lines - either broken or continuous, to reflect the concept of Yin and Yang. The duality in the Universe. A broken line in the trigram is Yin – a continuous line, Yang.
By placing the broken and continuous lines in combinations of three, the creator/s of the I Ching, produced eight different combinations called the Eight Trigrams.
To trace the development of the trigrams is a fascinating exercise. Firstly, there was Yang and Yin, represented by:
But as all things in the universe contain both Yang and Yin within them, the presence of both Yang and Yin had to be shown in each symbol. Thus the four possible combinations of Yang and Yin, known as the Four symbols are:
But as we are referring to trigrams, then there must be three lines in each individual trigram representing either Yang or Yin making a possible of eight combinations in all:
These eight trigrams, as diagrammatic symbols, both denote and embrace the whole universe and as such are also another form of the Tai Chi symbol. Every Trigram has implications far beyond being merely three lines in either a continuous or broken form.
The 64 hexagrams form the basis of the I Ching, which is regarded in China as the great oracle of wisdom and power.
The I Ching is considered to offer sound advice in answer to specific questions and philosophers have worked over many centuries to interpret the imagery of the hexagrams, assigning intricate meanings to each line.
The I Ching is said to be able to identify the laws that regulate natural phenomena as well as being able to predict change – central in a culture, such as the Chinese, based on the premise that nothing in the world remains static.
As the I Ching is regarded as one of the most important cultural treasures in history, it is not surprising that one can find an array of books, in a variety of languages, on the topic, though it is little known in the West that there are two ways of studying the I Ching.
There is the academic method, presented around the time of Confucius, with its emphasis on philosophy, morality and politics. Then there is the more sophisticated system used widely by forecasters throughout China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. This system delivers accurate and detailed answers to specific questions enabling the inquirers to extinguish doubts and see clearly the path ahead.
The I Ching is basically a tool for attaining answers to unambiguous questions. With a calm mind and a clear, concise question in mind, you can throw three coins six times to set up the lines of a hexagram. Then through interpreting the interaction and relationships among these lines, you can find cues leading to the answers to your questions.
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