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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 present moment does NOT show signs of great progress. The image of The Empress, when she appears in a reversed position, is traditionally understood as a sign of stagnation, and this image appears in a position dominating all of the other images that we have drawn for you. And, its primary characterization of your situation is echoed and elaborated on in the first of the two images that we have drawn from our I Ching Oracle, namely the image of Standstill. The name of this image is clear enough with regard to its characterization of the situation, but the verse associated with this image that has been highlighted specifically for you by today’s reading provides some nuance of meaning that may be helpful to you in deciding how to proceed.

In this verse the oracle says, “They bear and endure; This means good fortune for inferior people. The standstill serves to help the great man to attain success.”

Now, it goes without saying that you are not aiming for the good fortune of “inferior people.” You are addressed as the “great man” when you are reminded that standstill has a function to play in moving you forward in life (a seeming paradox, but only seeming!).

Listen to a great commentary on this verse. “Inferior people are ready to flatter their superiors in a servile way. They would also endure the superior man if he would put an end to their confusion. This is fortunate for them. But the great man calmly bears the consequences of the standstill. He does not mingle with the crowd of the inferior; that is not his place.” As Confucius noted about this verse, there is a hint of inappropriate condescension in the situation that it describes. It shows the pitfall of deceiving people who are dependent on you with regard to what is required of them. In essence, as the leading personality in your situation, it does NOT help to be undemanding – or, in other words, co-dependent. Indeed, the implication is that any weakness on your part in this regard leads ultimately to conflict (expressed in the second of the two images from the I Ching on this question).

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