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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 Joyous

All in all, this is obviously nothing less that the philosophical approach to misfortune. Our Reading does not focus on sadness and remorse. On the contrary, the image of Return changes in this Reading into the image of The Joyous, which describes openhearted optimism and good nature. These are the qualities that make even the oldest among us "young at heart." The Norse Goddess, Freia, was an image of The Joyous. And the apples from her orchard kept the other gods forever young. She was the patroness of the young at heart.

The Judgment verse associated with the image of The Joyous says, “Success. Perseverance is favorable.” It is evidently quite in the nature of joy to be successful. Joyousness is infectious, but instead of making people sick, it makes them healthy. Joy takes the dark seriousness out of life, which is good when one considers that we needn't be serious when being sincere will do just as well. I always think of the wit who asked, “How do angels fly?” and then replied, “They take themselves lightly.” In other words, they are joyous.

However, Richard Wilhelm in his great commentary on this image notes an important distinction when he characterizes the image of the Joyous as describing something other than mere mirth. He says, “Truth and strength must dwell in the heart, while gentleness reveals itself in social intercourse. In this way one assumes the right attitude toward God and man and achieves something. Under certain conditions, intimidation without gentleness may achieve something momentarily, but not for all time. When, on the other hand, the hearts of men are won by friendliness, they are led to take all hardships upon themselves willingly, and if need be will not shun death itself, so great is the power of joy over men.”

I think this means that where there is life there should be joy. Every day is new, and no disappointment can weaken the perseverance of the superior man. Look for the joy that is ever present within you in the form of the instinct for survival. That instinct is based on what the French call “joie de vivre.” One never says just, “The king is dead.” One always says, “The king is dead. Long live the king.” Life is ever and always joyous when “there is the right attitude toward God and man and [one] achieves something.” Don’t let any disappointment get you down. Move on without looking back.

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