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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 image of The Creative is discussed.

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Difficulty at the Beginning

It is worth pointing out that Difficulty at the Beginning is associated with birth, and in this way also evokes the sense of deliverance, for every birth is a delivery. We want, in this connection, to endorse your willingness to seek counseling in therapy. The age-old Judgment associated with the image of Difficulty at the Beginning says, "Difficulty at the Beginning works supreme success, furthering through perseverance. Nothing should be undertaken. It furthers one to appoint helpers." Difficulty at the Beginning is the third in the sequence of 64 images that make up this collection, immediately following upon the images of Heaven and Earth (The Creative and The Receptive). As Confucius said about Difficulty at the Beginning, "After heaven and earth have come into existence, individual beings develop." Thus, Difficulty at the Beginning was associated with birth, and the "helpers" were sometimes described as midwives, for an ancient verse said in connection with this image, "the birth is difficult."

The idea of birth is significantly echoed for us in the image of the Page of Cups, which we have drawn for you from our Tarot Oracle. With all of these portents of birth, it may be well for you to consider childbirth itself to be part of the potential of the moment. But, our sense of your situation indicates that the term, birth, here refers more to the changes that are coming about in your person and spirit as a result of the happenings that you described in your Reading Request.

The essential message associated with the image of Difficulty at the Beginning may be summed up in the words of the so-called Image text, associated with the image from ancient times. It says, "Difficulty at the Beginning. Thus the superior person bring order out of confusion." We may have mentioned in our previous Reading for you that Deliverance is an image that is constructed out of the subsidiary images of thunder and rain. This is true of Difficulty at the Beginning as well. Imagine, then, all of the confusion of a terrific storm, when thunder and rain terrify and bewilder. Clearly, this a perfect metaphorical description of what is happening in your life at this moment as you described it.

Thunder awakens. At the risk of taking a tangent, I once witnessed a Guatemalan Indian woman take a still born puppy and place it under a large metal bucket. She commenced to pound on that bucket with all her might, like a drum, and when she lifted the bucket, the little puppy was alive and breathing. So, realize that all of these shocking events that have transpired recently in your life have a great and momentous purpose, and it is a life-giving purpose, full of wonderful prospects for the future.

One of the verses that is highlighted specifically for you by today's Reading from the image of Difficulty at the Beginning says the following. "Difficulties in blessing. A little perseverance brings good fortune. Great perseverance brings misfortune." It may be best to interpret this message for you in terms of the traditional Chinese predilection for the so-called "Middle Way." Moderation of judgment is what is called for in your situation AT THIS MOMENT. All the various threads in this confused situation have yet to be woven into a comprehensible fabric. Remember, the image of Difficulty at the Beginning is associated with the idea of birth. Well, this is the nature of all times of birth. The confusion is not something to fight or rebel against. It is something to be understood as a transitory condition. Anyone who drives through a storm, when visibility is low, is asking for trouble. Why not wait a little while? It is better to sit out the storm until visibility improves enough to move forward with confidence. This is the most important part of our message for you today. It is a cautionary message about postponing decisions.

A great commentator on the verse, Richard Wilhelm, says, "It is only through faithful and conscientious work, unobtrusively carried on, that the situation gradually clears up and the hindrance disappears."

Another verse highlighted specifically for you by today's Reading says, "Hesitation and hindrance. It furthers one to remain persevering. It furthers one to appoint helpers." This amplifies on what has been said above, and also expresses the dilemma that you face as you proceed forward on your path. It is the perfect description of you at this time, from a subjective point of view. Richard Wilhelm says of this verse: "If a person encounters a hindrance at the beginning of an enterprise, he must not try to force advance but must pause and take thought."

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