The Ultimate I Ching Reader, this program facilitates the use of the I Ching (or the Book of Changes), an ancient Chinese classic text, as an oracle. The process of consulting it in this way involves determining the hexagram by a method of random generation and then reading the text associated with that hexagram.
The I Ching in itself and the program are localized in English, Italian, French, German and Spanish so that (almost) everyone can easily access the Oracle.
The program, with an easy and streamlined interface will allow you to consult the Oracle for your important (or not important) decisions when you cannot make your mind.
The result can be saved with a title and/or can sent via email to a friend or to yourself for later reading.
The program will permit also to browse signs and lines as in the original book to allow meditation and lateral thinking.
In this excerpt from the wonderful book of Douglas Adams "Mostly Harmless", simply substituting 'I Ching' to 'Astrology' and 'coins and signs' to 'stars and planets', you'll get a very good description of what I Ching is.
"In I Ching the rules happen to be about coins and signs, but they could be about ducks and drakes for all the difference it would make. It's just a way of thinking about a problem which lets the shape of the problem begin to emerge. The more the rules, the tinier the rules, the more arbitrary they are, the better. It's like throwing a handful of fine graphite dust on a piece of paper to see where the hidden indentations are. It lets you see the words that were written on the piece of paper above it that's now been taken away and hidden. The graphite's not important. It's just the means of revealing their indentations. So you see, I Ching's nothing to do with coins and signs. It's just to do with people thinking about people".
The fact that the book track his history to more than two thousand years ago and it is one of the most important books of ancient Chinese culture add to the meaning of it as "way to find what you think".
The program simulates the casting of three coins for six times and then determines the corresponding hexagram.
The "Sign" is the resulting hexagram, with the "changing lines", the lines that are changing from one state to the other.
The text related to this hexagram will represent "the Present", the actual state of the thing. Once a hexagram is determined, each line has been determined as either changing (old) or unchanging (young).
Any line in a hexagram that is old ("changing") adds additional meaning to that hexagram. Those are "the Mutations", the changes that are happening.
Taoist philosophy holds that powerful yin will eventually turn to yang (and vice versa), so a new hexagram is formed by transposing each changing yin line with a yang line, and vice versa. Thus, further insight into the process of change is gained by reading the text of this new hexagram and studying it as the result of the current change. This second hexagram is "the Future" and represents the resulting state after the current change.
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It took me a while to find this in the updated version, but click the 'browser' tab and it has what I believe is the James Legge translation, which actually explains why the lines read the way they do with a brilliant clarity that extracts a bit more practical sense out of it by going deeper into the dynamics that make it the one book which leans a bit more toward 'the physics of time' than mere superstition, of the many books in this genre
the Legge translation is super hard to find here in book form..and I'm in NYC. Thanks and huge kudos for this app. Terence McKenna would smile.
Functional for the experienced seeker
I use this app instead of my coins and it works. The text is derived from Whilhelm-Baynes, and offers no interpretation on the oracle screen but traditional commentary is in the "Browser" section, which you can pop in and out of. I have been using the I Ching for over 10 years so I use the text as a reminder. One can tell it was translated by a person with ESL, and there are a lot of typos but it's still useful for the experienced seeker.
I expected this to be like my I Ching book which has much more text and can be really thought provoking. What you see on the sample of this app is what you get each time you. I mean, that is *all* you get ... two short blurbs. And no virtual coin toss.
Not sure why others think the app is so great. Maybe I'm missing something, but this will never work as any kind of oracle for me. It's coming off my iPhone the next time I sync with my Mac. Don't waste youron this.
- Giacomo Tufano
- 24.5 MB
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2009-2016 Giacomo Tufano
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.