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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 Wanderer

The first of the images that we have drawn for you today from our I Ching Oracle also speaks in a different way about the transition that you are experiencing. Thus in the two verses that have been highlighted specifically by today’s Reading from the image of The Wanderer, the oracle describes two related events. In the first verse, the oracle says, “The wanderer comes to an inn. She has her property with her. She wins the steadfastness of a young servant.” And in the second, the oracle says, “The wanderer’s inn burns down. She loses the steadfastness of her young servant. Danger.”

In these verses, the oracle paints a picture of your previous experience. In your sojourn through life, you found a place of temporary habitation and occupation in the corporate world. People coalesced around you in your work, and things were accomplished. But as time went on, certain contradictions made themselves apparent, and in your response to those contradictions, you found that people around you began to disassociate themselves from you, leaving you isolated, something like a round peg in a square hole. Then, your real position as a “wanderer” in that world became obvious to you, and you knew that you had to move on.

In a great commentary on the image of The Wanderer by a Taoist philosopher (Liu I-Ming, translated by the incomparable Thomas Cleary), I think you will find some food for thought with regard to the necessity of setting to work on the “differentiation of things.” He wrote, “This image represents nurturing the fire and transcending the world. It follows on the previous image [The Marrying Maiden, in which] there is uncontrolled action based on emotion, obeying the mundane energy of conditioning and burying the primal celestial energy, taking the artificial to be real, taking misery for pleasure. Practitioners of Tao should first see through worldly things, looking upon all conditions, all existents, as passing by, not injuring the real by delighting in the false, not disturbing the inward because of the outward. Understanding stillness and staying in the proper place, stabilizing illumination so that it is not damaged, when illumination and stillness are used together one can thereby transcend the world while in the world. The good fortune of correctness is when illumination is based on stillness, resting in ultimate good. Applying illumination with stillness, one forgets feelings in the face of objects. When illumination is based on stillness, one ejects extreme intellectualism. Unperturbed, like a mountain stably resting on the earth, unbefuddled, like the sunlight shining in the sky, inwardly there is no disturbance, outwardly there is no obscurity: When there is something to do, you use clarity to deal with it; when there is nothing to do, you use clarity to remain still. You are then free from greed and craving, not expecting or pursuing, not lingering or tarrying. If you are concerned with externals, you forget the inward; by pursuing ramifications you abandon the root. When illumination is called for, then be aware; but while aware still remain clam. When stillness is called for, be still; but while still, remain aware. When illumination and stability, awareness and stillness, are unified, how can there be failure to develop and prosper.”

In these words, the commentator takes his cue from the two subsidiary images that together comprise the whole image of The Wanderer. These are the image of The Mountain and the image of Fire. The Mountain symbolizes stability, stillness, and permanence. The Fire symbolizes intelligence in the widest sense of the word, and inspiration. In some ways, the commentator might be describing the kind of intelligent insight into the nature of things that comes naturally when we sit still in mediation, and I’m sure, despite the Taoist origin, you can easily recognize the affinity in this commentary for traditional ideas associated with Buddhism. These words remind me of the many years that Buddha spent in a cave and meditating constantly before coming finally to the realization that he needed to go out into the world and spread his Buddhist doctrine. I think also of the many years that the Apostle Paul spent after his personal revelation, stitching tents in Tarsus, waiting on God, before his mission was revealed to him.

As a musician, I can’t help relating these ideas to a kind of secret that every accomplished player needs to learn and reduce to second nature. This is that before every movement, there is a preparation. In the broadest sense, this is manifested in the idea that music comes out of silence. If you watch a conductor before the orchestra, you will notice that there is a moment of perfect stillness AFTER the baton is raised, and before it makes its descent to indicate the downbeat when the music first sounds. The novice musician is never aware of this, and the teacher has to painstakingly impart a sense of restraint to the student. It is a delicate balancing act, since too much restraint results in music that never truly sings. I’m not at all sure I can find the words to express this properly. It needs to be felt more than put into words. Stillness and silence are the basis. Everything follows from it. As Thomas Aquinas said in his remarks about the Gregorian music of the church (paraphrasing), “It is the pause that gives sweetness to the chant.”

Accept, then, with grace this moment of stillness in your life. It’s not necessary for you to be “busy” doing something at this point, not necessary for you to have a goal toward which you are working. Our work in the world is like the thunder and the crashing of the storm. But the truth is always heard in the “still small voice.” Be patient. Be inwardly still and aware. Everything will follow from this and your questions will be answered when the moment is right.

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