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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 Preponderance of the Small

In the image of The Preponderance of the Small, the I Ching Oracle describes a very delicate situation. One might not guess this from the literal objects that together stand as its emblematic form, namely the mortar and pestle. Yet, on consideration one can assume that it is the transformative function of this age-old utensil that gives the image its particular significance. Indeed, in an ancient aphorism connected with this image, it is said that “Preponderance of the Small signifies a transition.” Hence, the most important message conveyed by this image to you under the circumstances may be considered cautionary by nature because all transitions are unstable by nature.

This is confirmed and amplified by the verse from the image of The Preponderance of the Small that is highlighted specifically for you by today’s Reading. Here, the oracle says, “The bird meets with misfortune through flying.” Without going into the formal logic of it, the image describes delicacy and even weakness in those of its aspects that extend in an outward direction, while the center is strong. Therefore, almost literally seeing a bird and her wings, the sages connected this image with the image of flying. Of course birds, world over, in traditional cultures tend to symbolize far-sightedness, grand vision, nobility of spirit, etc. But the Chinese use the symbol in an admonitory way as well, reminding us that every bird comes back to its nest. The image touches on the concept of hubris, warning against Icarus-like beings who think they can soar and soar without limitation to any height they wish.

The image of The Preponderance of the Small advises modesty and restraint. This is why a “flying” bird “meets with misfortune.” This particular bird, a stand in for YOU in today’s Reading, is asked to think about the abundant energy that is moving you in the direction of your ultimate goals. The image of The Preponderance of the Small is in the process of changing into the image of Abundance, and an ancient verse says of it, “Abundance means many occasions.” Your success is dependent on NO single event or person. As Sammy Davis, Jr. said about the opportunities that came to him through an extraordinarily long life in show biz, “If you miss the bus, there’s always another bus coming down the pike.” There is no need for pushing too hard (soaring too high). A more flexible and restrained attitude (a comparatively “small” appearance as it were) will accomplish everything that you desire without much ado. Think of the expression, “easy does it.”

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