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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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Beware of being in a hurry to resolve things. Take a lesson from the legal profession. People go to the lawyer and say, “This sword is hanging over my head and you have to do something. If I’m going to jail I want to get it over with.” And, the lawyer says, “Just relax.” And then, he gets up before the judge and mutters a wealth of inexplicable legal mumbo-jumbo. Since there is nobody who can understand it, the judge declares a six-month recess for study and contemplation. By that time the witnesses all leave the country or die, or become senile, and the case is dismissed. Where there is a conflict it is often the better part of valor just to wait. As Milton said, “They also serve who only stand and wait.”

The I Ching Oracle expresses this in another way. In the central verse associated with the image of Conflict, which is the second of its images that we have drawn for you today, the oracle says, “Conflict. You are sincere and are being obstructed. A cautious halt halfway brings good fortune. Going through to the end brings misfortune. It furthers one to see the great man. It does not further one to cross the great water.”

This is not the time to wage a decisive campaign in other words. The great man is the arbitrator who finds the middle road of compromise between the opposing positions. Listen to the great commentary by Richard Wilhelm on this verse. “If a man is entangled in a conflict, his only salvation lies in being so clear-headed and inwardly strong that he is always ready to come to terms by meeting the opponent halfway. To carry on the conflict to the bitter end has evil effects even when one is in the right, because the enmity is then perpetuated. It is important to see the great man, that is, an impartial man whose authority is great enough to terminate the conflict amicably or assure a just decision. In times of strife, crossing the great water is to be avoided, that is, dangerous enterprises are not to be begun, because in order to be successful they require concerted unity of forces. Conflict within weakens the power to conquer danger without.”

As for your immediate situation, a verse from the image of Conflict, highlighted specifically for you by today's Reading, will give you some insight. It says, “If one does not perpetuate the affair, there is a little gossip. In the end, good fortune comes.” A great commentary on this verse says: “While a conflict is in the incipient stage, the best thing to do is to drop the issue. Especially when the adversary is stronger, it is not advisable to risk pushing the conflict to a decision. It may come to a slight dispute, but in the end all goes well.”

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