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Step-By-Step Instruction


Following these simple steps will guide you through a complete consultation with the I Ching Online.


Step 1


In the opening screen, enter your question in the text-box.

Your don't NEED to enter a question.
Writing it down is optional, but it helps in concentrating on the issue if you formulate it in written form.
It will help you get your topic "in-the-air".
And since version 3.0 you can store your reading in a database, for later retrieval.
If you don't enter a question, you will only have the exact time the question was asked as a clue to what it was about.
Furthermore, theCustom searchbutton will only appear at the Trigram tab, if you actually type in a question.
It is for printing purposes as well; you will remember what the answer was about, when you print the answer, together with the question, on paper.
When the page is closed, the question is gone in cyberspace, unless you have saved it in your personal account.
The more detailed the question, the more accurate the answer you will get.
A vague question will invite a vague answer.
A tip for non-English-speaking visitors: Try to formulate your question in English; this will help you concentrate on the problem, and besides, will improve your English!
We suggest you try the online Google Translate.

Only ask serious questions; don't test the I Ching.
If you don't take the I Ching seriously, it will not work.

Do not ask yes/no-questions like "Should I quit my job NOW?" or either/or-questions like "Should I quit my job NOW, or should I stay?", because either way you ask two questions in one.
Better pose the question as: "What will happen if I quit my job NOW?".

Step 1

Push the Continue button.


Step 2


Now you can choose between two methods for throwing coins.

Throw coins virtually, or
Throw coins by hand

Nothing wrong with virtual coins, but if you insist on using your own real metal ones, you can do so, by pushing the Throw coins by hand button, and fill in the result of your cast by flipping the coins on the screen.
The coins flip when you click them.
When done, the Read button works the same for both methods.
The Throw coins by hand feature comes in very handy as well, when you want to read back a former reading.
When you remember the pattern of lines, you can fill them in later, and see the answer again.

Either way, until you finish the first line, you can still go back to the opening screen, in case you did not enter your question satisfactorily, by pushing the Back button.
(From version 3.2 there is no Back-button any more, because now you can simply close the window, correct the question and click Continue again.)

Step 2

3a Click the Throw coins virtually button six times,
     or
3b Click the Throw coins by hand button, and manipulate the coins on the screen by clicking them.


Step 3a


Step 3a


Step 3b


Throw three coins by hand, and fill in the result, by manipulating the coins on the screen.

The first time you click a coin it will show yin.
With every further click, you will toggle between yin (dark) and yang (light).
Every time you have thrown three real coins, fill in the result by clicking the coins in the screen until they match your cast.
Heads is yang and tails is yin.
You can manipulate the coins until you push the Read button, which will appear after you finished all six lines (= 18 coins).


Step 3b


Every time you build a line, either by pushing the Throw coins virtually button, or when you chose the Throw coins by hand button, and filled in three coins, one hexagram line is built at a time, from the bottom up.

One side of the coin represents yin  yin, the other yang  yang.
Yin counts 2 and yang counts 3.

Throwing three coins at once makes four combinations possible:


2 yang, 1 yin (3+3+2)= 8

yangyangyin young yin

pure yin

2 yin, 1 yang (2+2+3)= 7

yinyinyang young yang

pure yang

3 yin (2+2+2)= 6

yinyinyin old yin

changing yin

3 yang (3+3+3)= 9

yangyangyang old yang

changing yang



young yin

A broken line represents yin.

young yang

A solid line represents yang.

If either a yin or yang line is red, that line is a changing line, which will transform into its polar opposite during the course of your consultation.

old yin

A red broken line represents a yin line that transformes into a yang line.

old yang

A red solid line represents a yang line that transformes into a yin line.


Step 4


Step 4

To advance to the interpretation, click the Read button.


Step 5


In the next screen, the Cast Hexagram tab appears.


Step 5

With the Cast Hexagram begins the answer to your question, often explaining the situation you are now in, or what has gone before.


Step 6


Click the Changing Lines tab.


Step 6

Changing Lines transform into their polar opposite during the course of your consultation.
When there are more than one lines changing, there is a problem in interpretation; if these lines are contradictory, which one to choose?
At IChingOnline we have chosen to apply a set of rules to determine the one changing line that prevails.
Although this set of rules is old and widespread, it is just one of many methods that can be found to handle this delicate issue.
Consider it a guideline, which is not 100% compelling.

And from version 3.9 (or 2.9.18 of the I Ching Online Original site) you can read about all other changing lines as well.

But, no matter how many lines are changing (if any), according to our method, ONE of them prevails as an answer to your question.
The following rules determine which one.

There are seven possibilities for the number of changing lines:


0.


There are no Changing Lines.


Read only the Cast Hexagram.


1.


There is one Changing Line.


Consult this changing line.


2.


There are two Changing Lines.


If both lines are Six (Old Yin) or Nine (Old Yang), the Upper Line applies.
If one is Six and the other Nine, the Six prevails.


3.


There are three Changing Lines.


The middle line counts.


4.


There are four Changing Lines.


Read the upper NON-changing line.


5.


There are five Changing Lines.


Read the only NON-changing line.


6.


All lines are Changing.


Only the Transformed Hexagram applies.
With two exceptions: If all lines are Six or all lines are Nine, read both Cast Hexagram and Transformed Hexagram.


Of course the computer program applies the rules for you.
In our example there are two Changing Lines, a Six (Old Yin) and a Nine (Old Yang).
The Six (Old Yin) prevails.

In this case, the I Ching would consider quitting your job the wrong move:

"Self-discipline teetering toward self-destruction An empty martyrdom. Turn back."


Step 7


Click the Transformed Hex tab.


Step 7


The Transformed Hexagram describes the future situation, after the lines have changed, and if you follow the advice the I Ching has given.
In our example, the accelerated growth of which the I Ching is speaking, you will surely experience when you do NOT quit your present job.
(Whether this will be IN your present job, or in any other situation that results from your not quitting, the I Ching does not say.  Perhaps you will be fired anyway, and experience a rebirth under your own steam.)

If there are no Changing Lines, this Hexagram is equal to the Cast Hexagram.


Step 8


Click the Trigram Symbols tab to read the interpretation of the two Trigrams (based on King Wen) that the Cast Hexagram is made of.


Step 8


A Hexagram is made up of two Trigrams, one atop the other.
Only the Trigram Symbols of the Cast Hexagram are displayed.

A Trigram is made up of any combination of three yin and yang lines.
There are eight possible combinations, each with its own distinct attributes:


yang yin yin yang
yang yin yang yin
yang yang yin yin

Ch'ien / Heaven

 

Chên / Thunder

 

K'an / Water

 

Kên / Mountain

 

yin yang yang yin
yin yang yin yang
yin yin yang yang

K'un / Earth

 

Sun / Wind

 

Li / Fire

 

Tui / Lake

 

The Hexagram in our example is made up of the Upper Trigram K'an / Water, and the Lower Trigram Tui / Lake.

     

Line

 

Upper Trigram:

yin

K'an / Water

yang
    yin
 

Lower Trigram:

yin

Tui / Lake

yang
    yang

Hexagram 60: Chieh / Limitations


There are 64 hexagrams in all, each representing an archetypal situation in life.


See page "About I Ching" as well.


Printing


Of course you can print your I Ching reading.
Select the frame you want to print by clicking anywhere in it.
In the File menu of your browser choose "Print Preview".
At the top of the next screen you must see a drop-down box in the printing toolbar.
Choose "only the selected frame" and not "as laid out on screen".


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