The I Ching
What is the I Ching?
The I Ching is an ancient divination text and one of the Five Classics, a group of five texts that form the core of Confucian philosophy.
It is known as the Book of Changes, and it serves as a map of how the energies that make up the universe evolve.
While it can serve as a philosophical text to be read in its entirety to help you understand this process, its most common use is as an Oracle.
How Does It Work?
Simply put, you ask a question, use a divination method to guide you to the correct section of the text, and read the answer.
This is no "Magic 8 Ball"! There are 64 distinct readings, each with a compliment of at least 6 additional lines that show up depending on the question asked.
There's an art to interpreting the readings. Sometimes they are shockingly literal and match your situation clearly, and other times you have to dial into the themes of the reading to apply them to your question.
In each case, the I Ching helps you understand the nature of the situation you're in by relating it to the nature of how things in the world change and evolve. It helps you understand what forces are combining for you at present, and what will allow the situation to progress.
I Ching Reading Sessions
What is an I Ching Session?
In our sessions, we start by determining what question to ask the Oracle. As with interpreting the answers, there is an art to finding the right question.
We'll discuss what you're looking to shed light on and determine how to frame it as an answerable question. We will always end up with the "right" question as I use divination methods to confirm if the answer will be meaningful before we ask the question.
After that, we again use divination methods to determine the correct reading, and we read it together on a shared screen (or I read it aloud if we're operating over the phone).
After the reading, we interpret what we heard and connect it directly to your question.
What Kinds of Questions Can I Ask?
Typically the questions land in the realm of what I would call a medium level of focus.
"Am I going to get fired next week?" for example is likely too specific. The I Ching doesn't give us facts, it gives us guidance.
"What should I do with my life?" by contrast is likely too broad. The I Ching tends to assume you are engaged and trying to solve a problem, or that you're dealing with an active situation.
"I'm at a career crossroads, what should I bear in mind as I proceed?" might be a happy medium. In this example, we're not asking for information that's too specific, but we're looking for advice on a specific situation that we need more context on.