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  1. 北齊趙輔和為人筮父疾 有一人父疾,托相知者筮之,遇泰䷊。筮者云甚吉,疾當愈。是人喜出後,趙輔和謂筮者曰:「泰卦乾下坤上,然則父入土矣,豈得言吉,果以凶聞。」 Zhao Fuhe from the Northern Qi dynasty (550-577) divining for a man who's father was ill. There was a man who's father was ill, so he entrusted the matter to a wise man who divined about it. He received hexagram 11, tai 泰, 'peace'. The diviner said, "this is very auspicious. The illness will surely be cured." After the client went away, happy because of the good news about his father, Zao Fuhe said to the diviner, "Hexagram 11 is Heaven ☰ below the Earth ☷, indicating the father is buried in the earth. How can you say this is an auspicious omen when the result is truly terrible?" (Example from Shang Binghe 尚秉和 《周易古筮考》) Shang Binghe does not mention the actual outcome, but I looked up the original version in the 《北齊書》, The History of the Northern Qi Dynasty, and although the text doesn't differ much from Shang's version, the wording (and interpunction in the modern version that I have) is somewhat different at the end of the anecdote, and it tells what actually happened: 輔和對卜卦的人説:“《泰卦》下是《乾》上是《坤》,這表示要入土,怎麽能説吉利呢?” 果然就傳來了凶信。 Fu He said to the diviner, "Tai gua 泰卦 is Heaven below, and Earth above, this shows he will enter the earth. How can you say this is auspicious?" As expected, news arrived that the father had died." (《二十四史全譯》--北齊書, p. 517) Liu Dajun 刘大钧 exclaimed about this case (based on Shang Binghe's version), 同样一卦,据辞和据象竟能解出完全相反的后果,真让人不知孰是孰非,何去何从! The same hexagram, but depending on the words or on the image you can explain it in two opposite conclusions. It really makes it impossible to know which one is right and which one is wrong, and what course to follow! But Liu is a scholar, and I don't think he really understands or practices divination. I also don't think he looked up the original version in the 《北齊書》.
  2. Zhouyi vs. Yijing

    This. When (Chinese) books refer to the Zhouyi they often want to focus on the core text without the Ten Wings, or they want to disassociate with the Confucian tradition that is linked to the Yijing. Many books that talk about Wenwang Gua 文王卦 have Zhouyi in their title because the subject of their book is something that is explicitly not Confucian.
  3. Who or what is answering?

    Maybe my YiTube Channel might be a start: YiTube Channel - YouTube I give Yijing courses but am currently taking a sabbatical.
  4. Who or what is answering?

    In the traditional view oracles were the voice of the ancestors.
  5. Examining a cryptic sentence from the Shuogua 說卦.
  6. Help me interpert yijing divination results

    Well, from my point of view it really isn't true. And I have sources to back it up. For starters, you could begin reading the articles in the 'forum' of Early China 14 (Vol. 14, 1989 of Early China on JSTOR), as well as this article by Dan Yuchen 單育辰, 《戰國卜筮簡“尚”的意義 —兼說先秦典籍中的“尚” 》. From your point of view apparently it is true, but you don't explain why. Pity. This is a discussion forum. Don't tell someone to stop discussing, simply because you don't have an appropriate reply. You can try to make it personal, but I'm not bothered by that.
  7. Help me interpert yijing divination results

    I am not 'guided', there is no 'burning desire', nor is there an argument to win. I simply disagree with your statement that you presented as if it is a fact, and I told you why. You, however, have only backed up your assumption by saying "others told me that this is how it is." That's not very helpful. Read up on oracles and their usage in early China, and you will understand what I mean.
  8. Help me interpert yijing divination results

    Irrelevant. You said, "You may want to rephrase the questions. The I Ching can't answer any yes/no questions, nor any either/or questions." I disagree, and I told you why.
  9. Help me interpert yijing divination results

    I appreciate your sarcasm. Just look at old examples of Yi usage, and oracles in general. Examine the oracle bones, and divination journals like the Baoshan manuscripts. You will see that there were no questions asked - the diviner stated a wish, or affirmation if you like. I don't know any (early Chinese) sources that show that the question or its phrasing was considered important. When in later times questions were asked (especially with the Wenwang Gua method), they were often phrased as yes/no questions. And no one ever objected to that. Saying that the Yi does not answer yes/no questions seems to be a typical Western attitude that is not backed up by early Chinese sources. Even Zhu Xi, in the incantation and rules that he gives in his Zhouyi Benyi, does not say anything about (the importance of) the question.
  10. No regrets: about hui 悔

    The character hui 悔 appears many times in the Zhouyi, the core text of the Book of Changes, and is often translated as 'regret'. A student asked me if I could tell a little bit more about this character, and although I already examined this character several times, new findings came up. Only watch this if you are really interested in the etymology of Chinese characters, otherwise it can be a bit boring to watch.
  11. Help me interpert yijing divination results

    That's not true. It can answer any question. Whether you are able to understand the answer is a different matter.
  12. The history of nuclear hexagrams

    Apparently I can't make short videos. This video might be a little bit too long for some of my viewers, and also a bit boring. I have defined chapters in the description of the video on YouTube so you can jump through the video if you want.
  13. Trigrams & timing