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The I Ching (The Book of Changes) is the oldest of the Chinese classic texts and possibly the world. A symbol system designed to identify order in what seem like chance events, it describes an ancient system of cosmology and philosophy that is at the heart of Chinese cultural beliefs. The philosophy centers on the ideas of the dynamic balance of opposites (Yin Yang), the evolution of events as a process, and acceptance of the inevitability of change. The book consists of a series of symbols, rules for manipulating these symbols, poems, and commentary for divination purposes. It does not predict the future, since the future is a co-created state in flux all the time, however it can be used as a guide for specific questions you might have - your very own oracle always at your disposal!
In contradiction to the Greek formed western spirit that strives to understand individuality, the Chinese
spirit sees the individual as part of a whole. Through intuition one can ask this divinatory system a question
by meditating over or repeating a question over & over by keeping only the question in mind, while using
one of the methods for divination. (For the coin method I recommend Richard Wilhelm's work on the I Ching.)
The I Ching warns: "When the oracle questioner is not in contact with the tao, he will not receive a meaningful answer, because it would be forsaken either way."
I once had a physical affliction, I checked online to see what these symptoms could be part of, and it listed a tumor and other serious diseases among a big list also including minor ones. So I checked with the I Ching, the I Ching reassured me with something like: Joyous Joyous Receiving Breakthrough. Telling me to see a friend (the doctor) etc. And it was right, it was something insignificant for which I received medication and it was healed quickly :). If you take the I Ching seriously, and ask your question sincerely it will always give you a significant answer to help you along the way.
Another example, You know the I Ching is for real when I repeated a certain question 3 times over 2 weeks, the third time the I Ching replied something along the lines of "The oracle answers the first question, but the second and third time..." :p
Carl Jung considered the I Ching as a Synchronicity Computer.
from Carl Jung's preface to the I Ching:
The I ching does not present itself with proofs and clear results: it doesn't make any uproar of itself and is not easy to approach. As a part of nature it waits for its discovery. It does not boast with facts or power, but for those that strive towards self-knowledge, towards wisdom - if there exists such a thing - it is probably the right book. (...) For one the spirit it radiates will be as clear as day, for another blurry as the dusk, for a third as dark as the night. Who doesn't feel for it, need not use it; who opposes it, need not recognize its truth. Let it go into the world to benefit those that are able to understand its meaning.
Jean Shinoda Bolen devotes an entire chapter to the I Ching in her book The Tao of Psychology: Synchronicity and Self.
If you prefer a different sort of divination, you can download an interactive CYBER TAROT program. The tarot is a set of cards displaying allegorical representations. IMO they give a more detailed reading than the I Ching, though I value them both equally. The same basic approach rules apply. (Tarot wiki link)
Cyber Tarot is a software program Rushkoff developed with Andrew Mayer, Jason Shankel, and Jennifer Kendall
in 1994. It's
PC compatible TarotCard, with two different decks and a bunch of spreads.
You can shuffle from your own deck, deal cards into the program's spreads, read divinations, plot trends, and even create your own spreads or load your own favorite decks.