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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 Gentle

The image of The Gentle is literally a description of the element that the Chinese called Wind. You know how traditional science divided the elements into such categories as Earth, Air, Fire, Water. Depending on the culture, different elements were emphasized. The Chinese had a place for an element they called Wind. And, the image of The Gentle also describes the gradual growth of wood in the earth. In both associations, the idea of gentleness suggests gradual growth, and the invisible power of air in motion. Possibly the ancients may have known that air in motion is really little particles of various kinds of gas moving through the atmosphere, for in the Judgment verse associated with the image of The Gentle, the oracle says, “Success through what is small. It furthers one to have somewhere to go. It furthers one to see the great man.”

We know that whole landscapes can be worn down and transported to the sea through the eroding influence of the minute particles that make up the wind. The key idea involved in this process is persistence. But I will quote the great commentator, Richard Wilhlem, to give you a broader picture of the meaning conveyed by the ideas implicit to the image of The Gentle. He builds on an alternate translation of the name of the image of The Gentle, i.e. “Penetration,” and he says, “Penetration produces gradual and inconspicuous effects. It should be effected not by an act of violation but by influence that never lapses. Results of this kind are less striking to the eye than those won by surprise attack, but they are more enduring and more complete. If one would produce such effects, one must have a clearly defined goal, for only when the penetrating influence works always in the same direction can the object be attained. Small strength can achieve its purpose only by subordinating itself to an eminent man who is capable of creating order.”

The idea of a “clearly defined goal,” may be taken quite literally, while the idea of “an eminent man” may be more loosely understood. It often implies that one should subordinate one’s behavior to an eminent ideal, or to one’s conception of the Deity. We do not happen to see the presence around you of any one personal individual, any particular man, who would properly receive your subordination, but it is possible that the oracle is alerting you to his presence even though we can not confirm his presence from a purely psychic point of view.

In the first of the verses that has been highlighted specifically by today’s Reading from the image of The Gentle, the oracle says, “In advancing and retreating, the perseverance of a warrior furthers.” This verse clearly acknowledges the various setbacks that you have experienced in recent times, as well as the continued progress that you have continued to make under challenging circumstances. Once again, Wilhelm’s commentary may be helpful to you. He says, “Inborn gentleness is often carried to the point of indecisiveness. One does not feel strong enough to advance resolutely. A thousand doubts crop up; one is, however, not minded to withdraw but drifts indecisively to and fro. In such a situation, a military decisiveness is the proper thing, so that one resolutely does what order demands. Resolute discipline is far better than irresolute license.”

And in the second of the verses that has been highlighted specifically by today’s Reading from the image of The Gentle, the oracle says, “Remorse vanishes. During the hunt three kinds of game are caught.”

It is clear to us that the response of the I Ching Oracle for this Reading pertains principally to your professional and entrepreneurial concerns. However, this verse casts something of a broader light on the whole issue, as, once again, Wilhelm indicates so well in his commentary. He says, “When a responsible position and accumulated experience lead one to combine innate modesty with energetic action, great success is assured. The three kinds of animals referred to served for offerings to the gods, for feasting guests, and for everyday consumption. When the catch answered all three purposes, the hunt was considered especially successful.”

The keywords to keep in mind as you work on your various endeavors during the coming year are persistence, gradual progress, modesty, smallness, energetic action, and Divine Creative Power. These things will lead you to the great success portended by this Reading.

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