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I am excerpting some content from my book, I Ching Prescriptions (Choosing Change) to briefly describe the underlying premise of the book and why I was inspired to create it.

If you have been viewing this blog for a while you know that I have been working for a long time on my graphic interpretation, I Ching Meditations.  This version is different from my Prescriptions which are direct and easy to use, just like taking a pill might be. During the process of creating  images for I Ching Meditations I experience each hexagram as a whole, with the 6 lines as one continual organic process.

Creating an image for each line of a hexagram is a slow and meditative process. I have to live with the hexagram during this process and came to feel that it is as if I had asked the I Ching a question and received all changing lines. I absorb the meaning of each line as it relates to the hexagram as a whole in a different way than when I ask a question and then read only the lines that changed. This process of working with the I Ching led me to the idea of choosing a situation for I Ching guidance rather than to only rely on the synchronistic method. I have read a number of I Ching articles on how to use the I Ching where the writer says to read only the lines that are changing for guidance. So I’m proposing a concept here with a different approach that goes against the traditional directions for consulting the I Ching. I use both methods.

Choose Your Changes

  • When consulting the I Ching as a prescription, instead of asking a question in the traditional coin throwing approach, decide what issue in your life that you either want to deal with or are now involved in.
  • Look at the list of the 64 Prescriptions. Decide what prescription you need.
  • Look up the prescription distillation in the book and see how the advice applies to your life.
  • Each I Ching prescription has seven parts to it; the general meaning at the top and the six phases written from the bottom up.

I have created a chart of all the hexagrams and their opposites that shows what a hexagram transforms to if all the lines change.

chart for changing lines hexagrams

chart for all changing lines

I have created a poster of the 2 charts which can be purchased at my Zazzle store .

Clicking  the Plus one icon blow will take you to a free download of a PDF of these 2 charts.

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18 Comments on I Ching With All Changing Lines

  1. KevinNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Adele
    Very nice – thanks – I like this 🙂


  2. JPNo Gravatar says:

    One thing I’m curious is what is your opinion on the situation where there is no changing lines. Does it mean a very static situation where you have little option to change it and therefore need to accept it and kind of “roll with the punches”?
    Oddly enough I seem to get this a lot with hexagram 12-Standstill

    • Adele AldridgeNo Gravatar says:

      Hello JP. Thanks for commenting with your question. It is interesting that you get the hexagram for Standstill with no moving lines, sort of reinforcing the time of standing still. My experience with receiving an I Ching response with no moving lines is that like with all questions, it depends on the situation. There are as many different views on this as there are I Ching readers. I frequently read the entire hexagram when this happens – the judgement and all the moving lines — just for general advice. I got Obstruction 2 days in a row with no moving lines – eeeek! is what I thought to that. But you will notice that in all the hexagrams – well, most all, there are always sections that point to a change for the better or the worse, depending on the hexagram. Like in Standstill the last line talks about the standstill coming to an end. Eventually everything changes. That’s what the I Ching is all about, “The Book of Changes.” So back to your question it really depends on the situation and your question. In my book, “I Ching Prescriptions” I talk about using the hexagrams by seeing what happens if all the lines change. If one moves through all the changes in Standstill it turns to Peace.

  3. Roy JohnsonNo Gravatar says:

    I am a bit new to I Ching…been doing some reading…my first question is about changing lines…I am really confused about the concept of it and how do you determine what is a changing line…thanks

    • Adele AldridgeNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Roy,
      A changing line is one of the basics of consulting the I Ching and there are a ton of books out there to get you started using this great fabulous work. I recommend getting the all time best, Willhelm’s version which put the I Ching on the map in this country when it was published in 1950 by Princeton University Press. It remains a best seller still. Be sure to read Jung’s forward to the book before you even begin.

      Happy “changes”

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