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About the I-ching Oracle

I-ching has been used since ancient times as an oracle to find the outcome of a project, business, or related to certain social issues. In fact, the oracle was used in any field without limits or prejudices.

The consultation services were provided by experienced priests for both the consultation procedure and the interpretation of the answers.

Since the Confucius era, the oracle has also acquired another quality: book of wisdom. Taking into account that the social philosophy of Confucianism was based on rites and morals, the Book of Changes was thus translated and interpreted to suggest a Confucian-inspired behavior.

The divinatory structure of the oracle is based on 64 hexagrams describing typical situations. Questions to the oracle require for precise answers that are translated by professionals according to the specific circumstances of the question.

For example, if someone wants to move from one locality to another and ask the oracle if it is beneficial to do so, he might receive the Hexagram 48 - Ching, The Well - that says in textual terms:

Hexagram 48 picture

    The town may be changed,
    But the well cannot be changed.
    It neither decreases nor increases.
    (Wilhelm)

That is, one can change the place but the problem (depicted as a well) that forced him/her to the new place will not be solved .

The oracle is widely used today, all over the world, but above all by resorting to the moralizing interpretations inspired by Confucius. Wilhelm's German translation went on the same line and added elements from Protestant Christianity. That is why many scholars who have studied the book today have complained about this state of affairs that alters the prophetic value of the oracle

  • I-ching and the Jungian Archetypes

Carl Jung , the famous Swiss psychiatrist, has studied the oracle himself, based on the theory of synchronicity developed by him. Jung also showed that hexagrams can be compared to archetypes as they are approached in his theory of the collective unconscious.

  • Methods of Consultation

There are two different methods of consulting the oracle: the method of Achillea rods and the coin method.

The first method is the most accurate but also more complicated and requires more time.

Fortunately, there are online applications that, although much more inefficient, can guide the consultant in one direction or another.

The most important thing after choosing the method of consultation is the interpretation of the oracle's response. In the majority of cases, the answers use a symbolism that is difficult to decipher, or alludes to events and old sayings in ancient China, which are no longer current and are therefore not understood.

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