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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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It is interesting to consider the image of Revolution in this Reading that also gives us the image of Eight Swords. Eight Swords is an image of restraint, but a revolution is, after all, the breaking of all the bonds that restrain us. Actually, the image of Revolution is rich with detail, and as a whole it tends to emphasize the briefness of the moment in which real change occurs. This may be a change that has been prepared over generations. But it can be accomplished only in a comparative instant. In the central verse, the oracle says, “Thus the superior man sets the calendar in order and makes the seasons clear.” Of course, revolutions often aspire even to revise the calendar, as did the French Revolution, which proposed to begin again in 1787 with the year One, renaming the months as well. But, more to the point, a good revolutionary understands the importance of preparing for a moment that comes and goes with breathtaking speed. Until that moment comes, and after it passes, the revolutionary cause falls on deaf ears. There is only that promise of ultimate success, you see, that keeps the revolutionary going. It is expressed in the Judgment verse associated with the image of Revolution, wherein the oracle says, “On your own day you are believed. Supreme success. Furthering through perseverance. Remorse disappears.”

Since there is indeed something innovative in the way that you are doing business, then this Judgment comes to you as a magnificent portent of ultimate success. The ways in which you have been restructuring your business organization during the recent past and at present create a great prbability for success and satisfaction. The oracle expresses this positive promise in several verses that have been highlighted specifically for you by today’s Reading from the image of Revolution. In one of these, the oracle says, “When one’s own day comes, one may create revolution. Starting brings good fortune. No blame.” And in another verse, it says, “Remorse disappears. Men believe him. Changing the form of government brings good fortune.”

But in the last of the verses that has been highlighted specifically by today’s Reading from the image of Revolution, the oracle qualifies this excellent portent for the future with a warning about how you handle the present and immediate future. It says, “The superior man changes like a panther. The inferior man molts in the face. Starting brings misfortune. To remain persevering brings good fortune.”

The superior man is not motivated by a wil ‘o the wisp, you see. He’s dealing in something deeper than momentary whims and desires. For this reason, he is able to take the long view of things. He is satisfied with doing small things when big things cannot be done. Richard Wilhelm says, in his commentary on this verse, “We must be satisfied with the attainable. If we should go too far and try to achieve too much, it would lead to unrest and misfortune.” And in this way, of course, we come to the second image that we have drawn for you today from our I Ching Oracle, The Taming Power of the Small. Remember the “dense clouds” that I referred to with regard to this image. The image is also connected in the Chinese imagination with a period of time immediately prior to the establishment of the Chou dynasty, when one of its founders, King Wen, found himself trapped as it were in the court of the last of the Chin tyrants. This was not a good time for bold measures. He had simply to bide his time and wait for the proper moment for action. In fact, it required that he attend primarily to his own private affairs, and in the central verse associate with the image of The Taming Power of the Small, the oracle says, “Thus the superior man refines the outward aspect of his nature.”

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