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Restoring the I Ching to its original form, Huang underscores its first use as a practical oracle by Chinese farmers. His translation beautifully preserves the starkly poetic voice of the original, while his comments clearly and simply explain the images and detail the historical references buried within the verse. Huang reveals the I Ching as an epic poem equivalent to The Iliad and The Odyssey--one hexagram recalls the dethroning of Feng Feng; a series of lines portray Wang Hai, one of the three High Ancestors of the Shang dynasty; a third contains a sage proclamation of Lord Tang.
Each hexagram and its corresponding interpretation is presented on a two-page spread, making this version unusually easy to use and understand. Introductory chapters detail the evolution of the I Ching, from the philosophical reinterpretations of Confucius to the modern musings of Carl Jung, and clearly explain both the coin method and yarrow-stalk method for consulting the oracle.
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Year 16 of The Duke Cheng of Lu (574 B.C.) When the Marquis of Jin attacked the state of Zheng, the Viscount of Chu came to Zheng's aid. The Chu army ar rived at dawn and spread out threateningly to confront the Jin army. The Marquis of Jin consulted the yarrow oracle and got Return, a good omen according to the Keeper of Rec ords. The text reads: Woe to the south land. Shoot at its king. You will hit his eye. (Chu, a southern state, was eventually defeated.) J"" USED SI 52 I CHING Year
avidly following the results of scholarly research on its meaning and origins. I continued to consult the I Ching as oracle, and have found it to be a source of strength and comfort, especially in times of personal crisis and sorrow. Here, however, I offer thoughts on the relationship between physics and the I Ching. To begin, I should point out some common traps, so we may avoid falling into them. The "flower children" of the sixties turned to the I Ching, mainly to rebel against what they
under him, sent Confucius a gift of ham when Confucius was out of the house (and hence could not be present to refuse it). By social custom, the significant gift obliged Confucius to pay Yang Hu a return visit. (As it turned out, Confucius waited till Yang Hu went out before calling on him, but unfortunately bumped into Yang Hu on the way and was trapped.) THE HEXAGRAM 137 COMMENTARY The little pig evokes images of celebration and festive feasts. The hexagram assures us that self-help and
Shang rule, floods forced the moving of the capital. The images of flowing water that dominate this hex agram vividly convey to us both the delights and benefits of gently flowing water and the fearsome destructiveness of a deluge. Nevertheless, even when it expresses fear, the hexagram holds out the hope of safe passage. THE IUDGMENT * This is a favorable time for §oin8 Places- consulting those with power and expertise; a good time for getting things done. THE LINES ' Tnis is an excellent
alive and ordered all books burned, except those on medicine and other useful subjects. The I Ching was spared because as a book on divination it was deemed useful. The Qin Dynasty lasted a mere fifteen years. After the death of the First Emperor, uprisings broke out all over the land. By elimination and merger, there quickly emerged two major forces vying for the throne: Chu and Han. Chu had the irresistibly romantic combination of Macho Hero, Thoroughbred Steed, and Great Beauty. In