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Unformatted text preview: EALC 350g Chinese Civilization Birge I-ching 5% Divination Exercise This exercise is ungraded: you will get all or nothing credit. It is worth If points (out of 100) of your final grade. The exercise is designed to give students a chance to experience the Book of Qhanggs as it has been used in China since ancient times and in the modern west. You may conduct the exercise as seriously or casually as you wish. The divination method below is the simplest and most popular in the United States. A more complicated method, using yarrow stalls (or sticks), is described in the readings. You may use this if you like, but it will take much longer. 1. Go to Leavey Library and check out one of the editions of the I-ching, Bmk of Changes on reserve for this class. The Richard Wilhelm and Cary Baynes translation (Princeton Univ. Press, 1950, 1967) is the most complete. The John Blofeld translation may be easier to understand. 3. Throw all three coins together. Heads represents yang with a value of 3, while tails represents yi_n with the value 2. When you add up the results of your toss, you will get the number 6, 7, 8, or 9. The odd numbers (7 and 9) produce an unbroken or mg line. The even numbers (6 and 8) produce a yin or broken line. This is the first line of your hexagram. 4. Throw the coins six times to build your hexagram. The lines build from them up (i.e. line 1 is the bottom line, line six the top one). 5. Lines formed by all yang faces or all yin faces (those with values of 9 or 6) are moving lines. They are called "old yang" and "old yin” respectively. This reflects the idea that anything taken to extremes becomes its opposite. When the moving lines are changed into their opposites a new hexagram is formed. Both the original and the new hexagram should be noted. The lines and their numbers are represented as below: 9 9 (three heads) old yang (moving line) 8 __ _ (two heads, one tails) young yin 7 (one heads, two tails) young yang 6 ——X— (three tails) old yin (moving line) Mommas-aim 1. Start with the hexagram resulting from the coin toss. Find the number of your hexagram from the chart in your reader (p. 75 of the Ifihing selection). Match the upper and the lower trigrams, and the square where the column and row intersect tells your number. (Note: the number of the hexagram can also be found in the introduction to each of the translations.) 2. Find your hexagram in the Ighing. Start by reading the text of the hexagram as a whole (this includes the The Judgement in the Wilhelm trans.) together with the Image (Wilhelm) or Symbol (Blofeid). (In the Wilhelm tnmslation these are in Book I, pp. 3-252.) You may also wish to consult the commentaries and appendixes (1n Wilhelm Book III), but this is not necessary. (Note: the Legge translation leaves out the Image or Symbol, which is found in Appendix 1, pp. 213-266. If you use this translation, you may skip these.) 4. If you have no moving lines, stop here. Your divination is complete. If you have moving lines, look down at the interpretation of each of the moving lines. Note that the text will say "Nine at the beginning" or "Six at the third place" etc. Remember, only 9's and 6's are moving lines. If one of the line commentaries contradicts the main hexagram, the line takes 5 . Finally, if you have moving lines, find the hexagram that results when you change them into their opposites. Look up this hexagram and read the main text (Judgement) and Image or Symbol as in your original hexagram. This represents the development and outcome of the situation that began with your first hexagram. For the second hexagram, disregard the individual line 6. Write down all your results. am In about a page, describe the process of your divination and give personal feed-back: ...
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