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  1. Dating coins and stalks

  2. Liu Yao - analytic Yijing interpretation

    The latest podcast that I made with Johannes Bloemsma for our Casting Changes podcast deals with this topic:
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    --> Going back to the source: the manuscripts of Richard Wilhelm (1) – 易學 (yjcn.nl)
  4. yi4 jing1 易經

    You got the directions wrong. South is on the top, North below, East to the left and West to the right, as is custom with Chinese maps.
  5. yi4 jing1 易經

    The gate says 太清宫, there are (at least) two Daoist temples with this name. One is the Supreme Clarity Temple in Shenyang: Supreme Clarity Temple (Taiqinggong) , Shenyang - FYSK: Daoist Culture Centre - Database (daoinfo.org) The other is the (Laoshan) Qing Gong Temple in Qingdao. As Google Maps shows far more pictures of the latter location I suspect your picture is also from this place. But the text in the footer is unreadable because the image is too small so I am not entirely sure. I have not been able to find other photos of this specific gate.
  6. yi4 jing1 易經

    Because according to legend the Yellow River brought forth the Hetu on the back of a longma 龍馬. See 河图洛书 - 维基百科,自由的百科全书 (wikipedia.org) The Hetu and Luoshu are only mentioned in commentaries though, and don't seem to be connected to the Zhouyi, the core of the Yijing. Scholars are also not certain if early references to these charts refer to the pictures that we know today. Originally the Hetu and Luoshu might have been totally different objects/shapes/principles.
  7. The corresponding YouTube channel can be found here: Casting Changes - YouTube.
  8. Exciting news! Johannes Bloemsma and I started a Yi podcast: Casting Changes: Podcasts about the YI in Times of Movement. The first podcast is available now - an introduction about who we are, what we do and what we are going to do with the podcast. Including the examination of a hexagram that is representative for our new endeavour! If you want to watch the podcast and be informed of new episodes you can sign up here: https://castingchanges.projects.webpages.one/ This is going to be fun!
  9. trigrams and colors

    There are not really 'correct' colours - it depends on the source and era what colours are assigned to each trigram. The Shuogua chapter of the Ten Wings will give you some colour associations, but often the colours are also derived from the Wuxing connection with the trigrams.
  10. Book copied on silk, Zhou Yi (Book of Changes)

    See for a study and translation of the Mawangdui Yijing and its commentaries I Ching (Classics of Ancient China): Shaughnessy, Edward: 9780345421128: Amazon.com: Books.
  11. I had trouble finding information about this picture because the characters in the title were unfamiliar to me. But by searching for the start of the commentary below it ("花上八字...") I could find more information about it. This page 003八枝盘鉴图 (360doc.com) contains two modern versions of the picture and it says in the description that it is made by a woman from the Tang dynasty, but her name has been lost. It is poetry, and a transcript of the text can be found here 中贸圣佳国际拍卖有限公司官网 (sungari1995.com) with a bronze reproduction of the image. When you perform an image search on Google with "鞶鉴图" you will find more versions of it. This kind of 'poetry in pictures' is not uncommon and they are often exquisite works of art.
  12. 道教考古石刻研究項目 Past event on Saturday, July 31, 9am EST (9pm HKT) This multi-year project, funded by the Luce Foundation, aims at advancing the study of Daoism through the use of archaeological and epigraphic materials, including statues, stele inscriptions, cave shrines, temple inscriptions, and inscribed tomb epitaphs. We hope to introduce and use these understudied material sources to augment the canonical textual sources in understanding the social history of Daoism and to explore developments and changes in ritual practices that are often invisible in the written records. Speakers: Gil Raz 李福 (Dartmouth College): Introduction to Project Stele-Statues and Texts: Two Examples Bai Bin 白彬 (Sichuan University): Survey of Sources Host: Richard Wang 王崗 (University of Florida) The recording of the event can be found here: https://youtu.be/3BhGcscm1zI