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The Images (Hexagrams) of the I Ching Oracle in Psychic Readings

Psychic Readings from The Psychic Internet often feature images drawn from the I Ching Oracle. To offer supplementary information about these images for our clients, and for the public, we have provided this archive of brief articles.

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The abstract images of the I Ching Oracle (usually called "hexagrams") symbolize all of the related and interacting aspects of reality. In the following excerpts from actual Psychic Readings, the images of the I Ching are discussed.

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Before Completion

On another level, we sense that you suffer from a lack of recognition, and seemingly limited success in your endeavors. We feel that this results from your superficial view of the influence and effect that you are actually having in the world, and that you may not be taking into consideration the ultimate results of your efforts. And, in this regard, I may turn now to the verse that is highlighted specifically for you by today’s Reading from the image of Before Completion.

In this verse, the oracle says, “Before completion, attack brings misfortune. It furthers one to cross the great water.” And in his commentary on this verse, Confucius said, “The place is not the appropriate one.” Thus, it should be understood that whatever lack of success or fulfillment you may be experiencing in your work at this time, this ought NOT to be taken as a judgment on the nature of your work, or on your commitment to it. Instead, the oracle is telling you that you are probably NOT doing the work in the appropriate place.

This idea is echoed in the central verse that is associated with the image of The Cauldron, in which the oracle says, “Fire over wood: the image of The Cauldron. Thus the superior man consolidates his fate by making his position correct.” And it is just in this sense of correcting your position that you may understand the idea of crossing “the great water.” You are at a very crucial and transitional stage in the development of your life’s work, and in order to complete it, a move is necessary, from your present position to another that will be more appropriate and conducive to the kind of success that you are destined to achieve.

It is clear to us that your destiny in this respect is a very great one, and a very responsible one. There is no doubt that your ultimate success is not merely a matter of personal significance. On the contrary, we believe it has a worldly importance, and your role in accomplishing it must put you in the position of leading others toward a collective goal that transcends purely individual interests.

In the image of Before Completion, one encounters a situation in which there is a fundamental disharmony in the way that its constituent elements relate to each other. Indeed, at the point at which the oracle takes up its analysis of this situation, things in general may be said to be in a state of apparent standstill or stagnation. Addressing itself to the “superior man” in such a situation, the oracle declares that the task at hand requires a conscious and intentional ordering of these disparate elements. As the oracle says, in the central verse associated with the image of Before Completion, “Fire over water: the image of the condition before transition. Thus the superior man is careful in the differentiation of things, so that each finds its place.”

In other words, a great deal more than your own advancement depends on the success to which you are striving in your work. And, whatever discouragement you have faced in the past, and may be facing now, it is vital for you to keep this in mind. There is, then, great significance in the so-called Judgment that is associated with the image of Before Completion. In it, the oracle says, “Before Completion. Success. But if the little fox, after nearly completing the crossing, gets his tail in the water, there is nothing that would further.” The image describes a fox crossing an iced-over stream. Apparently, it was observed that it was fatal to the fox if he allowed his tail to droop, for, in getting wet, this somehow made his further progress impossible. In essence, the oracle is describing the importance of posture, metaphorically speaking. And this tends to underline our own sense of what I could call a temporary dropping in your spirits, referred to at the beginning of this Reading.

The danger in this situation is that progress that is otherwise pre-determined becomes somehow aborted mid-stream. As Confucius said about the fox, “he is not yet past the middle. There is nothing that would further, because the matter does not go on to the end.”

But the paramount message under the circumstances in which you find yourself concerns, as I said above, the need for a move from your current position to a more appropriate one in which you can once again hope to complete the work that you are committed to.

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