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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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There is a tradition associated with this image that points to the dispersive effect of winter’s ice. In another ancient verse, the oracle says, “Dispersion means scattering.” Of course, in the ancient world, the waterways were principle means of travel, and when winter hardened them into ice, people could not gather together and communicate. In fact, through its essential structure the image is closely connected with another image called “Gathering Together,” and some of their verses are very similar. One commentator says therefore that “Dispersion shows the way that leads to gathering together.” And, in fact, the image of Dispersion is a conjunction of the idea not just of wood and water, but also of wind and water, so that you may imagine a gentle breeze coming in the spring to melt the ice that separates people and keeps them apart. This is also what our Reading is all about: dissolving the factors that separate you from your destiny and from your future beloved. However, these factors should not be seen as fixed obstacles, as such, but rather as conditions that change with the passing of time and the expanding of consciousness.

In the Judgment associated with the image of Dispersion, the oracle says, “Success. The king approaches his temple. It furthers one to cross the water. Perseverance furthers.” You are “the king” spoken of here. When you “cross the water” you draw a boundary in your life, as if you were graduating from one class of consciousness and entering into another. And you do this by approaching your “temple.” Indeed, in some respects, this Reading is all about HOW you may approach the question of love in your life. As you can see from the listing above, the image of Dispersion is juxtaposed with the image of Approach in today’s Reading. The outcome of every situation we encounter depends on how we approach it.

To approach a question from the perspective of your “temple” is to take a “religious” point of view, but what does this really mean? Well, you will think of many ways in which the idea can be applied, but we want to focus on the idea of integrity or union. A temple is a place for union, or if you like, communion. There is a kind of paradox in this, the idea that we must build a temple and go there in order to commune with the Spirit that dwells in the very deepest part of our own being. But there should be no trace of confusion about this when it comes to interpreting this Reading for you. In the present instance, the idea of approaching your temple means going deep within your own soul, to its unlimited source of faith and knowledge, in order to move from dispersion to gathering together. In other words, you do not need to think about where or when or who or any other practical consideration that may be involved. You need only to bring about a perfect integration of your own personality in order to clear the way to the great good fortune that you are destined to enjoy.

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