An in depth guide to the I Ching,
This review is from: The Original I Ching Oracle: The Pure and Complete Texts with Concordance (Paperback)
Whilst other books I have seen simplify the I Ching, this one retains all the original depth of meaning. It takes a little time to adjust to interpreting it, but is well worth the effort, the result offering a far broader picture than is available in the simplified versions.
One reviewer said it "diminishes the mystical and spiritual meanings that many feel are inherent within the I Ching and sticks to psychological implications." I disagree, it all depends on how the individual reads it. There are several layers of meaning in each hexagram, including many references to the 'dao' or spiritual path, and the 'small' which can be interpreted as trivial material things, but can also be interpreted as maintaining spiritual presence and harmony - thus adding an entirely different quality to any reading. When the 'small' is understood in a spiritual sense, a new dimension is brought to interpretation of the word 'great', also frequently used in the text. I could go on...
I like very much the 'counter hexagram' explanations which can be a great guide to the main area of focus.
The only slight criticism is that the example reading given in the introduction did not resonate with me at all. To be fair, the important thing in any reading is that it resonates with the questioner, it is not for me to judge that, but perhaps a selection of example interpretations would be more helpful. That said, this is the only version of the I Ching that I have felt motivated to buy, others I looked at but did not feel any inclination to get them for myself. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone seriously wanting to understand the I Ching.
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