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Instructions:

=== I CHING = THE ORACLE OF CHANGE ===

"What you bring is the measure of what you get..."


--- HOW TO CONSULT THE ORACLE USING THREE COINS ---

(See also the traditional yarrow and four coins methods below).

First, think of your question, phrasing it as best you can.

Toss THREE COINS, scoring 3 for a head (H), 2 for a tail (T). From the table
below, draw a line depending on the total. Toss the coins five more times,
drawing each new line above the last, giving a HEXAGRAM made from two TRIGRAMS.

 Total Line  Meaning     Coins       (Probability)

 6     - x - moving Yin  TTT         (1/8)
 7     ----- Yang        HTT+THT+TTH (3/8)
 8     -- -- Yin         HHT+HTH+THH (3/8)
 9     --o-- moving Yang HHH         (1/8)

Any moving lines in the resulting MAIN hexagram have special significance, with
explanations in the text. Also, a CHANGED hexagram should be drawn by
converting moving Yin lines to Yang, moving Yang lines to Yin, and leaving the
others unchanged. The changed hexagram offers clues to the future.

Use the following table to read off the number matching your hexagram(s), and
see the main text above for the meanings of the hexagrams and any moving lines.

 TRIGRAMS     -- -- ----- -- -- ----- -- -- ----- -- -- -----
 Above:       -- -- -- -- ----- ----- -- -- -- -- ----- -----
              -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ----- ----- ----- -----
 Below:       K'UN  KEN   K'AN  SUN   CHEN  LI    TUI  CH'IEN
 -- -- K'UN
 -- -- Earth  2     23    8     20    16    35    45    12
 -- --

 ----- KEN
 -- -- Mount  15    52    39    53    62    56    31    33
 -- -- -ain

 -- -- K'AN
 ----- Water  7     4     29    59    40    64    47    6
 -- --

 ----- SUN
 ----- Wind   46    18    48    57    32    50    28    44
 -- --

 -- -- CHEN
 -- -- Thund  24    27    3     42    51    21    17    25
 ----- -er

 ----- LI
 -- -- Fire   36    22    63    37    55    30    49    13
 -----

 -- -- TUI
 ----- Lake   19    41    60    61    54    38    58    10
 -----

 ----- CH'IEN
 ----- Heaven 11    26    5     9     34    14    43    1
 -----

EXAMPLE: 'Am I explaining this clearly...?'
I toss TTH=7, HHH=9, HHH=9, THT=7, HHT=8 and HHH=9, giving:

 --o-- as my main hexagram, and -- -- as my changed hexagram.
 -- --                          -- --
 ----- (trigram = LI)           ----- (trigram = CHEN)
 --o--                          -- --
 --o--                          -- --
 ----- (trigram = CH'IEN)       ----- (trigram = CHEN)

I search for '14' in the main text above and find TA YU / WEALTH. I read the
decision (success!), image, and explanations for the 2nd, 3rd and top lines,
seeing these as a progression. I then search for '51', find CHEN / THUNDER, and
glean the outcome from the judgement and image of that hexagram.

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--- HOW TO GENERATE A HEXAGRAM USING YARROW STALKS ----------------------------

This method is quite an involved ritual that gets easier with practice.
Meditate on your question throughout...

1. Take 50 yarrow stalks (long match sticks will do), and put one aside which
   will be the unused 'observer'.
    /    /////////////////////////////////////////////////
2. DIVIDE those stalks not set aside INTO TWO BUNDLES, side by side.
    /    ///////////////////////////     //////////////////////
3. Take ONE STALK FROM THE RIGHT hand bundle, and put this between the little
   and ring fingers of your left hand. Take the left bundle in the left hand.
    /  | |||||||||||||||||||||||||||      /////////////////////
4. REMOVE GROUPS OF FOUR stalks from the bundle you hold, returning them to
   where they were taken, UNTIL FOUR OR FEWER remain. Place these between the
   ring and middle fingers of your left hand.
    /  | |||  //// //// //// //// ////    /////////////////////
5. Take the RIGHT HAND BUNDLE in your left hand, and repeat step 4, but placing
   the remainder between the middle and index fingers of the left hand.
    /  | ||| |  ////////////////////////  //// //// //// //// ////
6. Counting the stalks between the left hand fingers, SCORE '2' if there are
   NINE, '3' if there are FIVE (any other number indicates an error: repeat
   steps 2 to 6). Lay these stalks aside, and reassemble the two bundles.
    /  /////=3  ////////////////////////////////////////////
7. Repeat steps 2 to 6, but SCORE '2' if EIGHT stalks are held between your
   fingers, '3' if there are FOUR.
    /  /////=3 + ////////=2  ////////////////////////////////////
8. Repeat step 7, and TOTAL YOUR SCORE: this gives you your FIRST LINE, as per
   the table below.
    /  /////=3 + ////////=2 + ////=3  ////////////////////////////////
9. Reassemble the 49 stalks. Repeat steps 2 to 8 FIVE MORE TIMES, recording
   each new line above the last.

 Total Line  Meaning     Stalks(Probability/4)                  (Probability)

 6     - x - moving Yin  9(1)8(2)8(2)                           ( 4/64)
 7     ----- Yang        9(1)8(2)4(2)+9(1)4(2)8(2)+5(3)4(2)4(2) (20/64)
 8     -- -- Yin         9(1)4(2)4(2)+5(3)8(2)4(2)+5(3)4(2)8(2) (28/64)
 9     --o-- moving Yang 5(3)4(2)4(2)                           (12/64)

Note that the probabilities are different from the coin method. Also note that
the totals can be derived by summing the stalks between the left hand fingers
(25, 21, 17 or 13), subtracting this form 49, and dividing by 4. For example,
(49-17)/4 = 8.

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--- HOW SIMULATE THE YARROW METHOD WITH FOUR COINS ---

Calculate the scores for each line as follows: toss TWO SILVER coins and TWO
COPPER coins together. If the BOTH SILVER coins are tails, score 2, otherwise
score 3. EACH COPPER coin scores 2 for a tail, 3 for a head. The resulting
total scores have the same probabilities as the yarrow method (see table
above). The silver coins correspond to the first division of the 49 stalks,
while the copper coins correspond to the subsequent divisions.

This method is mathematically equivalent only!

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