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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 the images that we have drawn for you from our I Ching oracle, there is a similar confirmation of our judgment in this matter. You may evaluate the appropriateness of its response to YOUR specific situation simply by knowing that the image of Influence is traditionally associated with romance and the attraction between the sexes. Another name for this image is “Wooing.” And in the so-called Judgment verse associated with this image, the oracle says, “Influence. Success. Perseverance furthers. To take a maiden to wife brings good fortune.”

Now, it might seem at first glance that this Judgment verse gives you a kind of green light in your relationship with S. But the Judgment verse only expresses the general gist of the image as a whole. Every image in the I Ching oracle has multiple aspects that have to be examined individually. And in this instance, there is reason for pause when one considers those aspects that have been highlighted specifically for you by today’s Reading.

Thus, in the first of the verses that has been highlighted specifically by today’s Reading from the image of Influence, the oracle says, “The influence shows itself in the thighs. Holds to that which follows it. To continue is humiliating.” In this verse, the oracle describes wooing or romantic influence that is based purely on erotic urges and feelings. Consider this great commentary on this verse, by Richard Wilhelm, who says, “Every mood of the heart influences us to movement. What the heart desires, the thighs run after without a moment's hesitation; they hold to the heart, which they follow. In the life of man, however, acting on the spur of every caprice is wrong and if continued leads to humiliation. Three considerations suggest themselves here. First, a man should not run precipitately after all the persons whom he would like to influence, but must be able to hold back under certain circumstances. Finally, where the moods of his own heart are concerned, he should never ignore the possibility of inhibition, for this is the basis of human freedom.”

In the second of the verses that has been highlighted specifically by today’s Reading from the image of Influence, the oracle says, “The influence shows itself in the back of the neck. No remorse.” This verse reminds us of the way in which the Bible describes the Israelites as “stiff-necked.” To be stiff-necked is to be stubbornly insistent on one’s own desire. In other words, the oracle is warning you about being stubborn about your attraction to S. In the art of life, it is important to take our attractions and urges somewhat in stride, not always giving them too much serious consideration. They come and they go. To be fixated on any particular urge, even when red lights are shining in the way, is to be stubborn in the extreme, and to court trouble. In such situations, remorse would be a good thing, because it would soften the stubborn feelings that are compelling you to act in a certain way.

In the last of the verses that has been highlighted specifically by today’s Reading from the image of Influence, the oracle says, “The influence shows itself in the jaws, cheeks, and tongue.” This describes the most superficial kind of influence that can be exercised between people. This is the influence of mere words and all the expressions of the facial mask that everybody wears around other people. Influence is only ever positive when it springs from deeper places in the human soul.

In short, all of these verses describe aspects of influence that you should avoid in your relationship with S. But, the image of Progress appears in juxtaposition with the image of Influence in order to show that this experience will teach you a lot about yourself and about other people. In this sense, the experience will be a very positive one. It is contributing to your growth and development as an individual. Something good will come of all of this in the end, even if it is NOT what you are hoping for.

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