The sunrise salvation party (XXXV)

One of the coolest things about the I Ching is the way it manages to so simply describe events and possibilities we know to exist, things we know to be real and yet simultaneously know to be intangible, unprovable, and even to some degree imaginary. Fortunately, the I Ching is not an insecure Scripture. It [...]

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They Say Power is a Double-Edged Sword – What do you Think? (XXXIV)

After a most regrettable absence of several months, the time has come at long last to resume our long-running series taking a hexagram-by-hexagram look at the I Ching. As a fallible wizard, I struggle with change. On the one hand, I want everything to stay the same. For example, I'm still pissed off every time I [...]

XXXIII. When the Bad Guys Win

As we continue our exploration of the I Ching's thematic second half, the progression as it now stands goes: dating then marriage then the bad guys win. To some of you, that will sound strange. To some of you (who may have been married before), it actually makes tons of sense. Either way, we totally [...]

XXXII. Marriage in the Solar System

As we stated on Monday, this second "half" of the I Ching concerns social relationships, and we're starting with some of the most basic. In the previous hexagram, we were looking at influence, while here we go a step forward to union. Previously, we were looking at dating and courtship, while here we are looking at [...]

XXXI. Girlfriends and Boyfriends

Despite the fact that we are numerically not there yet, hexagram 31 represents within the text the start of the second half, or "Book Two." Whereas the first half was primarily concerned with natural/cosmic phenomena, we are here told that the second half will concern social interaction and relationships. Accordingly, we begin with the image [...]

30. The Lesson of the Torch

Notice that, as with the previous hexagram, we again have a doubled trigram. Whereas in hexagram 29, we are seeing the repetition of water, here we see the complementary repetition of fire. Water falls from the sky and then flows all over the earth to bring life, but fire does the opposite, rising up from the [...]

XXIX. Water is Great if you don’t Drown

Arriving at hexagram twenty-nine, we come across the first symbol since the first two that is comprised of a repeating trigram. In other words, the top three lines are the same as the bottom three. In this instance, the repeated trigram - one solid line between two broken lines - represents water, which is, of course, [...]

XXVI. Does the Public Need You?

Here, we have a hexagram that serves almost as a mini-essay on the nature of a person who is sort of born to be a politician (in the best sense of the word, not the worst). Written multiple thousands of years ago, it's something of a marvel that it seems so applicable to this day.What [...]