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on 6 February 2015
The author has tried to provide general access to a complex divination system of interpreting the I ching, for which I give him credit. However the abbreviated version of Wen-Wang Gua can't possibly match the nuances of the original method, which examines relationships with the date, moving lines, line positions and interactions etc.. The result is in my opinion, a very eloborate heads or tails coin toss. It doesn't help that the author introduces a system of Hexagram labelling that must be read from right to left in order to construct a hexagram in the traditional method from the bottom up. This only confuses anyone with any existing knowledge of the traditional method of consulting the I-Ching oracle. It is further confused by the author who assigns a different initial number to the hexagrams descriptions that does not tie up with any existing traditional oracle e.g. Hexagram "Jie" is number 40 in any traditional book, but is number 30 in this book. This all adds to the confusion of trying to find the appropriate page in the book. Furthermore, I used this book for a few weeks, and in my experience it wasn't a patch on the traditional method that I am used to. In summary I will give the author 8/10 for effort, but only 2/10 for the resulting product (in my experience).
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on 9 January 2013
Another fantastic modern day version of the I Ching. Methods of consulting the oracle are straight forward and could be done using Tarot cards. I guess the tarot card method can be used as a visual interpretation as the probing of question unfolds. It does beg the question..Is it a tarot reading or an I Ching reading? I guess both really and they back each other up very well. There are 25 different categories to answer each of the 64 Hexagrams that doesn't involve breaking the answer down to 6 lines. With this in mind I do use this version along with any of the other books on the I ching using the lines, to compare answers. They both go hand in hand and not confuse or contradict with their answers. The Clear cut edition is to the point and concise whereas other modern versions of the I Ching, hones more in depth and I would recommend other readers to try this very interesting book out. I will rate Masters. R. Chang interpretation of top star rating of 5.
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on 17 March 2013
Found that the matrixes do not run in the same order as other I Ching books ie 1 to 64 but are indexed randomly which became quite confusing. Also found the translations to be quite generalized
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on 1 March 2013
The beginners guide to the Chinese I-Ching system of living. If you are of this persuasion, you find this very fulfilling.
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