How to jump into I Ching as a Newbie.
Amazon.com presently lists 6,774 books on the I Ching and 32 now on Kindle. 2,100,000 links for I Ching are on a Google search.
I’m in an on-going blogging class that has inspired me to write something for people who know nothing about the I Ching and may want to find out more about it without investing time or money buying and reading books on a subject that probably isn’t for them. So this is a test post to see if anyone responds. This is a way also to get feedback if you should try this method and responses are open to anyone in the Blogosphere.
The LVS online Blogging class also has a blog you can find HERE.
So if you know nothing about the I Ching and are curious the best way is to do it first and read about it later. You can try this and also get feedback if you want it.
a) Formulate your question and write it down. I keep a date log for my more important questions.
b) Think of the I Ching as a wise person that has lived for well over 3,000 years with an accumulation of collective wisdom.
c) Make your question short, clear and focused on one thing. Don’t ask an either or question.
d) Try not to ask fortune telling questions, like, “Will I get married?” A better way to ask that question might be, “Advise me on the way to find a partner.“
e) Don’t ask the same question more than one time. If you check out the three different links I used here as a quick way to ask the I Ching a question chose just one.
I Ching is a guide for the best way to act in any given situation. The ancient Chinese text is full of phrases about “the superior man” which refers to the inquirer with advice on how to act in the best (superior) way for the given situation.
Think of a situation where you would like counsel. An example might be “How should I respond to ….?” (what ever the situation)
Another question might be something like: “What is causing ….?” (what ever)
Or, “What is my life purpose?” That’s a heavy one. Write that one down.
I have found asking the I Ching to elaborate on a dream to be helpful with sometimes amazing results. The I Ching is akin to dreams as both are often enigmatic and also symbolic in meaning.
Find your answer on line. The easiest way to jump into I Ching is to go to an online link that does the virtual coin throw for you. If you find the response interesting and want to know more about I Ching you can do that later. For now, ask your question with this quick jumping into method. I include several sites here where you can ask your question quickly and without having to know anything else.
a) Chris’s free I Ching page
This is very easy to do. Just type in your question. Write down the resulting I Ching number(s) for future reference.
b) Eclectic Energies
This is a page where one clicks on the virtual coins and an answer comes up. You will have a choice of 3 kinds of coins to use. There are links on this page for more information if you want to read it.
c) I Ching online
A place to key in your question with a guide for phrasing questions and a good simple explanation on I Ching Basics.
There is also a link to a place where you can find an image with all the Hexagrams and by clicking on them find an interpretation for your answer. This site also has a forum one can join.
If you want feedback you can post the question you asked here in the comment section.
a) Tell the number of the Hexagram you received, or both if there was a changing line which then results in 2 Hexagrams. You don’t need to understand about changing lines yet in this quick jump in for newbies exercise.
Example Question: What will the results for moving to Princeton be for me?
Results: Hexagram #26 changing to #14.
b) I will respond with some expansion on the results based on what I find in the I Ching resources that I use.
c) By posting your question and answer you will open up the dialogue for possible other viewers of this blog to give their thoughts on the subject.
d) You can always read the Wilhelm or Legge interpretations yourself on line by going to the resource links in this blog.
If you post your question and answer in a comment here and receive feedback you can tell us if the reading was meaningful to you in anyway. That would be interesting for all.