I’ve been working and re-working my personal Interpretation of I Ching in various forms for what feels like forever. Recently I started to post I Ching Meditations on a Blogger hosted site and got sidetracked when I began to learn how to do a self-hosted Blog on WordPress for my Yoga Babe Cafe. So now I will transfer what I have on Blogger to here and change my form of presentation somewhat by adding more posts about my creative process, dreams and stuff I’m not thinking about as I write this.
I want the reader to have some understanding of my purpose and goals for this I Ching blog. I first became obsessed with I Ching in 1970. This interest coincided with the feminist movement where I was frequently asked, “Why are you interested in that sexist book that talks about the superior man all the time?” I Ching developed as the Chinese language developed over three thousands years ago so that question was not something I could respond to in a sound bite.
While there are many interpretations of I Ching, they are from the perspective of the traditional Eastern masculine view. So partly in response to those early days of that repeated question, and partly because I love to write and make pictures, I decided that I needed to create my own version of what I Ching means to me. I Ching Meditations is expressed in imagery and words. So this is a Western Woman’s perspective on that most valuable ancient Eastern archetypal work. As I look back, deciding to do this was an act of hubris on one hand and also a path of optimism on the other. I did not take into account that just living my life with endless major interruptions would cause me to take a very long time to complete this work. Another problem that I encounter is that I often come up with different meanings for the same Hexagram. This is one aspect of I Ching that is magical and what hooks so many of us into repeatedly consulting this book of wisdom. I’m talking about subtle nuances depending on the situation. A third issue that I have added to my list of deterrents for getting on with it is my continual change of mediums that evolved over time. I have more to say about that in another Page.
My goal is to be able to finish my interpretation of all sixty-four Hexagrams and eventually publish them in print form. Consulting I Ching for wisdom or advice is always a subjective experience. My I Ching Meditations are personal and my hope is that I will generate some dialogue from other I Ching devotees – or perhaps inspire others to learn more about this great work.
There are many sites and books that tell what I Ching is, giving historical facts and instructions on how to use it. I don’t aim to repeat much of that information here but will add some links to sites of interest.
For anyone new to I Ching I recommend reading Carl Jung’s forward to the now classic Wilhelm-Baynes, Princeton University Press edition of The I Ching. This interpretation is my I Ching bible.