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Approaching the I Ching, Part 7

Approaching the I Ching, Part 7

D. READING THE HEXAGRAM A young yin or young yang line does not change. An old yin or old yang line is a changing line and turns into its opposite. A hexagram with all young lines is static; only the text of the statement of the hexagram with all young lines applies to you and none of the line commentaries. The oracle then takes into account [...]

Approaching the I Ching, Part 6

Approaching the I Ching, Part 6

B. CASTING THE WANDS TO FORM A HEXAGRAM According to the ancient tradition we follow, King Wen used wands made of tortoise shell inlaid with ivory to meditate upon the Changes. Ancient Chinese adepts approached the source with great dignity. They made their invocations dressed in ceremonial robes, in the presence of the proper flowers and with [...]

Approaching the I Ching, Part 5

Approaching the I Ching, Part 5

III. CONSULTING THE I CHING USING THE SIX-WAND METHOD A. PREPARATION To prepare yourself for your introduction to the I Ching, we recommend that you follow the suggestions made in Project "X" Symposium III: Solar Teachings of China. Obtain a copy of the Wilhelm/Baynes English translation of the I Ching and use that as your standard text for [...]

Approaching the I Ching, Part 4

Approaching the I Ching, Part 4

  CURRENT METHOD: SIX WANDS It is said that King Wen used tortoise shell wands to meditate on the I Ching. The original wands were made of tortoise shells inlaid with ivory. There were six wands all exactly alike: one side blank and the other side inlaid. Each wand was the sign for a line, and six wands together made a hexagram when [...]

Approaching the I Ching, Part 3

Approaching the I Ching, Part 3

C. INSTRUMENTS USED TO FORM A HEXAGRAM ANCIENT METHODS The yarrow-stalk method and the coin method are the two methods most commonly used at present in the Western world. Fifty Yarrow Sticks The yarrow-stalk oracle became popular about three thousand years ago during the Chou dynasty . In early Chou times, yarrow stalks and tortoise shells [...]

Approaching the I Ching, Part 2

Approaching the I Ching, Part 2

II. METHODS USED TO RECEIVE AN ORACLE A. ARCHAIC ORACLES: BONES AND TORTOISE SHELLS The practice of divination in China long predates the I Ching. At the ancient site of Yin in Hunan Province, once the capital of the Shang dynasty (1766–1122 BCE), one hundred thousand pieces of inscribed bone were discovered at the turn of the twentieth [...]

Approaching the I Ching, Part 1

Approaching the I Ching, Part 1

  I. APPROACHING THE I CHING A. WHEN TO APPROACH THE I CHING The Book of Changes contains a fourfold tao of the holy sages. In speaking, we should be guided by its judgments; in action, we should be guided by its changes; in making objects, we should be guided by its images; in seeking an oracle, we should be guided by its [...]

Summer 1999

Summer 1999

During the month of May, the Community remembered in Communion Prayer Estella Heavener, the mother of  the Reverend Carol Ann Crabb, who passed away on May 2, and Jo Ann Marie McIntyre, the mother of Deacon Michael McIntyre, who passed away on May 20. * On June 3, 1999, the second luncheon gathering of Reno-Sparks religious leaders was held, [...]