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The I Ching is a traditional Chinese oracle. The meanings of the oracle are created using combinations of lines and dashes (in the instructions called continued and discontinued lines). Each hexagram is made up of six lines; the oracle has 64 possible hexagrams. Each hexagram has a meaning, much like a Tarot card or a rune. One reason people are drawn to Tarot is the images on the cards. They speak directly to our subconscious and help create a bridge from our inner wisdom to our conscious minds. Runes and the I Ching are purely symbolic systems and as such appeal mainly to our intellect. For this reason, many Tarot readers havenâ€™t been drawn to the I Ching.
This deck changes all of that! By combining an image with each hexagram, the meanings become easier to remember and interpret. The images really are quite beautiful and partner really well with their assigned hexagram.
For example, number 7 is Earth over Water and shows a close up shot of determined soldiers clad head to toe in black armor. The meaning reads:
The army. One does not know the path that subterranean water follows. If it gushes out to the exterior we will be blessed with refreshing springs. One fights a battle for a just end. The firmness in which one grips a sword to achieve a goal under an impartial balance. Strength and willingness to reach a goal.
59 is Wind over Water and shows a picture of a woman, her face clearly drawn but her image becoming more and more â€śunfinishedâ€ť as if she were dissolving. The interpretation is:
Dispersion. The wind moves the surface of the waters; the sea allows itself to be swayed. The waters rise with the wind and sprinkle everything but later it ebbs. Confusion dominates the moment; one should centre oneself on what one really desires. Reflection, and return to situate the value of each thing and its place, will help one avoid obstacles.
20 shows an old woman, face painted white, a black dot on her chin and forehead, a strange black line from her forehead, over her eye, down her cheek. She is in ceremonial dress, her clasped hands held aloft. The meaning:
Wind over Earth. Contemplation. The wind extends and reaches every corner, visits and caresses all manifestations of life. Those who comlete these perfect nature cycles will be able to teach them and will be full of wisdom. To construct a future with wisdom, analyze the past. Meditation, interior knowledge, and observation prepare us for the future.
Card 16, Thunder over Earth gives an enigmatic image of aÂ a sexy woman with her back to us and her backside thrust out, showing very clearly through a sheer wisp of a covering. Its meaning:
Enthusiasm. The boom of thunder strikes fear into the hearts of mortals but on waking, one is full of optimism and eagerness. Self-assurance and certainty of future events. Moment of satisfaction and paying attention and the search for solutions. Reflection before deciding whether something is finished.
This magnificent deck is for anyone interested in the I Ching in particular or any well-crafted oracle deck. Beautiful, clear, and wise. What more could you ask?