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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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In your own consultation with the I Ching, you drew the image of Development, and I suppose that the Judgment verse must have given you pause, in view of the nature of your question. Clearly, it speaks very directly to your question, saying, as it does, “The maiden is given in marriage. Good fortune. Perseverance furthers.” Did you then see a great contradiction in the specific verses that were highlighted for you by your consultation? I don’t think that contradiction is really the right way to view it.

In essence, the oracle was telling you that your marriage is a matter of high propriety, planned with perfect rightness for you by the Great Spirit, much in the way that a loving Chinese father and mother arrange for the marriage of their daughter according to the ancient customs and principles of mutual compatibility that were the ideal of that traditional society. The whims and transitory inclinations of the daughter were viewed as of very little significance in determining her fate in this regard. Indeed, there is a hint of the way in which a protracted process requiring considerable patience may be involved in the final working out of the details whenever this particular image appears with reference to a question of this kind. You may have wondered if this image suggested that patience in your relationship with J. would result in a favorable outcome of the two of you, viewed as a couple in a longer-range future. But, the message conveyed by the image is more general than that. The oracle is telling you that your future in love and marriage is already a reality on which you can rely with unquestioned assurance and confidence. You are approaching to that happy eventuality, that certain inevitability, with gradual steps. As Richard Wilhelm, in his great commentary on this image, says of the way to proceed along in this process, “within is tranquility, which guards against precipitate actions. . . The development of events that leads to a girl’s following a man to his home proceeds slowly. The various formalities must be disposed of before the marriage takes place. . . The development must be allowed to take its proper course. Hasty action would not be wise.” This is why the oracle, in the central verse associated with this image, says, “Thus the superior person abides in dignity and virtue. . .” It is the mature elder daughter that is given in marriage in this image. And, “mature” is the operative word in this idea.

In fact, in his more extended commentaries on the image of Gradual Development, Wilhelm says, “Attainment of a proper place bespeaks a correct attitude of mind.” The fulfillment of your destiny, you see, certainly does require a “correct attitude.” This is why you have been led to cherish that attribute of greatness of soul and personhood. You have everything that it takes to attain to perfection in life. With gradual progress, you will always move forward to the consummation of your destiny.

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