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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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The Corners of the Mouth

The appearance of the image of The Corners of the Mouth is more than appropriate under the circumstances. As the name implies, it is, naturally enough, a symbol of nourishment, and in the Richard Wilhelm edition of the oracle, the image is given an alternative name, “Providing Nourishment.” But the symbol of the mouth is based on the formal structure of the image, which almost literally describes the human jaw, down to the relation of a movable lower part that rises to meet a stationary upper part. Indeed, one attempt at a more literal translation of the oracle translates the name of the image as "Jaws,” with the subsidiary translation of “Swallowing.”

It may be worth quoting from the initial comment on this image provided by the last-mentioned translation (Ritsema/Karcher). It says, “To be in accord with the image, you are told to open your jaws and swallow.” This brings to mind the condition of having a lump at the top of the throat. And, this is so much like the feeling that you described, and the depression you feel at the contemplation of returning to something in your life that causes you unhappiness.

Now, some versions of the idea of “swallowing” are rather cynical in their implications. One swallows what one hasn’t the power to resist. This may be the most common connotation of the word when attached to a psychological attitude. But there is another way of looking at it. Opening the jaws, first of all, is a sign of relaxation. And swallowing is the best thing you can do for that lump at the top of the throat, the incipient sign of weeping and sorrow. NOT swallowing in the sense of accepting your punishment like awful-tasting medicine. That’s like keeping a stiff upper lip, and by opening the jaw you have on the contrary already begun to relax. The path forward has nothing to do with keeping a stiff upper lip. There is nothing in your future that you have to ENDURE. When Faulkner accepted the Nobel Prize in literature, his acceptance speech declared his fundamental faith in a higher vision. He said that man was not meant merely to endure, but to PREVAIL.

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