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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 Marrying Maiden

Now, the I Ching Oracle contributes something to my sense of this aspect of your situation through the image of The Marrying Maiden. This is a very interesting image. It describes a very particular kind of relationship, which is in essence positive by nature, even though the Judgment associated with it is rather severe. I think it is easy to get the wrong impression about this image from the Judgment verse. In any case, it says, “The Marrying Maiden. Undertakings bring misfortune. Nothing that would further.”

You see, the person that is described in this image is someone who plays an essentially subordinate role. The commentaries on this image have tended to associate this idea with the Chinese institution of concubinage, as hinted in the name of the image. The concubine is, of course, a woman who plays a subordinate role in the traditional Chinese household. She does NOT set the agenda. Hence, her “undertakings bring misfortune.” A very high degree of modesty and adaptability is required of the successful concubine.

I see a mirror of this kind of relationship in the interaction between you and your clients. It is understandable that you would want to take charge of their response to addiction, and, if you think of your hypnotic suggestions as reprogramming their subconscious patterns of thought and feeling, well then perhaps taking charge is really what is meant to happen when you work with a client. I of course don’t know the finer points of the theory that your therapy is based on. But my point is that you are certainly committed to the idea that, after one of your sessions, the client will never smoke again. While this is understandable, if this is your mindset, yet the I Ching warns you about taking it too seriously. Your position with regard to other people’s addictions, even at best, is limited. After all, something has to come from the client as well. Otherwise we should all be automatons.

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