gua key: look up your answer here
key to the gua
(not clickable though:
find your gua image below
to click through to its page :)
Bear in mind that, though the number of the gua will change depending
on the sequence it's in, its meaning always remains constant: lake-over-earth
always embodies the same energy, whether numbered ‘three’ or ‘forty-five’.
Some of the gua names are traditional, while others express what I personally
feel to be their essence. Where the theme is more challenging, I’ve tried to
show the way through in the name, i.e.water-over-mountain, traditionally
named obstruction becomes overcoming obstructions.
This is because the Zhouyi is all about showing us
'the way through' in order that we can navigate our way out
of darkness, difficulty and stagnation, back to the light of living
in grace and harmony with the earth and all her beings once more.
A renowned and illuminating translation, which
has been my trusted companion for many years,
c/o the site of composer and author Akira Rabelais.
Wilhelm's interpretation may appear a little impenetrable
if you're a beginner, but if you don't connect with it, remember
to check back every so often, as you may find that you reach
a point where its treasures suddenly begin to open up for you.
These two translations read like pithy koans, often touching
the parts other versions fail to reach with their inward-focussed
radical simplicity. The button takes you to a page on Joel Biroco's
fascinating site on the Yi Jing with the download links to Language
of the Lines and The I Ching Oracle on it. As well as much else
of interest on his site, there's an insightful ~ and entertaining ~
comparative review of I Ching interpretations.
If you try either of the translations linked to above, use their
key to the hexagrams rather than the one at the top of this page, as they're both
in the sequence which starts with heaven-over-heaven, and finishes with water-over-fire.
Any thoughts? All feedback welcome!
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