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Preparing for the I Ching

Paper

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Paper and Pen to write your question and draw your hexagram.

Three Coins

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Three coins, they can be pocket change or your favorite coins

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Pen

Pen and Paper for drawing Hexagram

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I Ching

Your I Ching book - see “Which Book? tab for ideas on which book or books work for you

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I Ching

Your I Ching Journal

You will need an I Ching book, such as The I Ching by Wilhem/Baynes or one of the many others. You may wish to have a "Guide," as well. The Which Book Tab on this website has description of many of them.

A Journal is invaluable for learning how you and the "the Sage," "the Oracle," the I Ching interact. The date, the Hexagram, the lines, your question can then be a reference you get the same Hexgram later, or get a similar phrase in a different Hexagram..

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Casting three coins is the most populer method to construct a hexagram. There are several others including manipulating 49 Yarrow Stalks.

   These are random: Carl Jung called it syncrnicity: there is no apparent cause and effect in the complex systems, the full understanding of the relations are hidden — the randomness is only apparent.

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Forming Your Question

The oldest recorded way to ask a

question is a tentative statement:

I intend to ..., or maybe not.

Or, I intend to .... What is likely to happen? 

You can also be to simply state what is on your mind, even a short stream of conciousness.

Prepare Your Mind

The I Ching will always answer question, but it will be inciteful if you prepare your mind in your own tradition — meditation, prayer, ritual sayings, or simple sitting still with yourself

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Ask the Sage

Write you question or note what is on you mind.

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