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20. I Ching

1. I Ching Workbook
by R.L. WING
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Catlog: Book (1978-12-19)
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Average Customer Review: 4.87 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
This book is indeed a Workbook for using the I Ching. There are so many books about the hexagrams, but not many go into enough detail as to how to really USE them from a practical perspective, and leave the reader to figure it out for him or herself. R.L. Wing's interpretations of each hexagram are more detailed than one usually finds. As the other reviews indicate, Wing keeps a impartial distance, however, and that requires the user to read between the lines to apply them to their own circumstances.

For each hexagram, he gives several paragraphs where one gives an interpretation if you're asking on a personal matter, another if the question has to do with career, another if your question is about family relationships, etc. For myself, I used it heavily when I found myself in a new job or with new acquaintances and found it to be extremely useful in navigating the political ups and downs and figuring out who to trust. I spent a while asking deeper and deeper questions into each area and it helped me to transform my professional relationships and find a more meaningful career. Thanks, R.L. Wing!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Oracle is a living thing
I first encountered this R.L. Wing's version of the I Ching many years ago,and it remains to this day the best and most understandable I have ever seen. This book has a personality - I don't know of any other way to describe it. It has an astonishing ability to answer even the most direct and pointed questions with a relevant response and sound advice. If you have ever had the slightest curiosity about the I Ching or the Tao, you must have this book. I've replaced my copy of this book 3 times now, having worn out the previous ones. Be prepared - you don't read this book, you converse with it.

5-0 out of 5 stars I CHING demystified!
While I am still a novice at working with the hexagrams, I was frustrated with trying to make sense of I Ching, until I found this workbook. Sometimes, it just takes a picture or a simple chart to make things clear.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finding your Tao
This is a wonderful book for those not interested in deciphering the English translation, which can be most difficult. It is straight forward, with all the information needed for imediate use. It stirs your imagination to desire the highest ideals, and gives information on exacting those ideals or actions. Years ago I studied an english version of the I Ching, but never understood it as clearly as I do now, and therefore only applied it to problems. After reading the brief but concise info on how and why this book is used, I am applying it to all aspectds of life, living, my enviornment, and more; with ease and awe!

5-0 out of 5 stars Meet a new and treasured friend!
I've had this book for more than 20 years. It is in almost constant use. It is truly like conversing with another entity. I own many different copies of the "I Ching", but this is my most valued. It is a beautiful translation and in keeping with the spirit of the "I Ching". ... Read more


2. The I Ching or Book of Changes
by Cary F. Baynes
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More than just a translation, Richard Wilhelm's I Ching is a profound introduction to the Chinese world-view. The I Ching (Yi Jing) is recognized by both Confucians and Taoists as a foundational work, and Wilhelm shows why. He separates his work into three books. The first book is about the hexagrams--the meanings of the lines and Wilhelm's extensive comments. The second presents two early commentaries that interpret the wisdom of the divinatory text, also with Wilhelm's helpful notes. And the third book takes us back to the hexagrams for more detailed commentary from both ancient Chinese thinkers and Wilhelm. Wilhelm is able to offer such enormous assistance because he spent the better part of a decade in China studying under classically trained scholars. His love for the work is thus as broad as his understanding.

The I Ching was originally used for divination, kind of like palm reading or interpreting the stars. It differs from simple prognostication, however, in that it demands us, as diviners, to cultivate an understanding of the world and ourselves. Without this understanding, the text is useless, hence the value of the commentaries, particularly Wilhelm's. This version is not without its biases, of course--it is a European's understanding of the I Ching, through a late-Qing dynasty Confucian perspective, translated into English by a Jungian psychoanalyst. Nonetheless, it succeeds like no other. --Brian Bruya ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A classic document on the I Ching
This book is my first exposure to I Ching divination. Mr. Wilhelm went through a lot of detail except he forgot to mention just how does one use it... but no matter. The information like "9th line in the second place... can be found on the internet). This book is so detailed that it's not something I'd recommend sitting down and reading, you'd get lost (or bored). It's more like an unfinished sculpture that you keep chipping at mentally. Armed with the basics, 3 pennies, and the book, you can start divining immediately. I must say that the book's answers are uncanny. You can ask questions on the past, present and future (even other people...:-)) And somehow the hexagrams line up exactly to answer your question. The language is a bit old-fashioned and it takes some intuition to figure out what the I Ching is telling you based on Wilhem's explanation alone. This translation should be on your shelf as a reference, even you eventually get a simpler breakdown of the I Ching. I recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars More than a divination tool; A Key to understanding the Self
Those approaching the "I Ching" for the first time are generally looking for that tool of divination that will fortell the future. Sorry to say, the "I Ching" is not for them. It is for the student of the self seeking to find a key to self-understanding, and a knowledge that things "change." The "I Ching" is, after all, the "Book of Changes." This particular volume is the definitive translation and commentary on the hexagrams, and the serious student will learn more about him/herself than about an uncertain and changing future. Because, you see, the future is not fixed. The individual controls his/her own destiny. For the newcomer to Eastern philosophy, or the initiate to the mysteries, Baynes masterful and insightful translations and commentaries (along with some delightful comments by Carl Jung), make this edition of the "I Ching" an invaluable addition to the shelf of any person seeking spiritual enlightenment, as well as a greater understanding of the "self" within us all.

5-0 out of 5 stars You have to read it to get anything out of it.
The pages written by Dr. Jung alone are worth reading. I've gotten very amazing answers using the oracle. The answers that were incomprehensible may have had something to do with my less than perfect "Ling". Also, the Instructions for consulting the oracle are in the back of the book. (Look in the table of contents)

5-0 out of 5 stars Humble Experience
Have you ever wondered how the duality of exhistance ought to be? Why society seems so profoundly different from the oddness of our predetermined day? Indulge in this great read. There is no other - that can compete with well over six thousand years of tried and true universal truths. You know, the unspoken beauty that eminates from our event horizon. Not quite following me? Get the book, read it, love it and just be. Raise your conscience to a more universal level.

5-0 out of 5 stars My 7th copy of this great book.
Like C.G. Jung, I consider my I Ching, along with the Bible
and the Koran, one of the most important books I own. It is
a holy book, and the Wilhelm/Baynes translation is the best.
I recommend it unreservedly to anyone seriously interested
in the ancient yet timeless Chinese view of the cosmos. ... Read more


3. The Complete I Ching: The Definitive Translation by the Taoist Master Alfred Huang
by Alfred Huang
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Catlog: Book (1998-05-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.86 out of 5 stars
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The first translation to honor the authentic Chinese spirit of the Book of Change

For more than 3000 years the I Ching has been the most important book of divination in the world. Yet it has always been translated by Westerners who brought their own cultural biases to the work. Now, for the first time, an eminent Chinese scholar has translated the original ideograms of the I Ching into English. Imprisoned and sentenced to death during the Cultural Revolution in 1966, Master Alfred Huang studied the I Ching in secret with some of China's greatest minds. Released in 1979, he emigrated to the United States, where he discovered that no I Ching existed in English that truly understood the Chinese mind. This book is the product of his desire to right that situation.

To the Chinese, the I Ching is nothing without the Confucian commentaries known as the Ten Wings. Previous editions have given them only a minor place in the book, or have left them out altogether. In this new translation, they are restored to their central importance by Master Huang.

This book also emphasizes the intricate connections between the 64 possible hexagrams, and introduces several new methods for doing readings. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Use the I Ching in the manner it was meant to be used
Expertly translated by Alfred Huang, a third-generation master of Wu style Tai Chi Chuan, Chi Kung, and Oriental meditation, The Complete I Ching is the ancient Eastern philosophical classic and book of divination that has been used since ancient times to seek meaning. This English version is exceptional in that it includes full translations Confucius' Ten Wings, his commentaries and insights that are crucial to the wisdom the I Ching has to offer. An extensive introduction teaches the reader about the subtleties of the translation as well as instructions for using the I Ching in the manner it was meant to be used. Due to its exhaustive and meticulous accuracy, The Complete I Ching is the version to have for English speakers interested in exploring the insights and uses of this age-old resouce.

5-0 out of 5 stars ... each step in preparation for the next....
The insight of the I Ching has been a companion guide in my life for two decades, my well-read, well-marked, well-worn, well-loved Wilhelm translation and my books of journal notes. For the past several years, I've felt that I was missing something, some connection I had as yet not been able or ready to make. I would pick up other translations, hoping to find that which had eluded me, only to determine that they missed the mark -- they did not speak to me. Until now. Thank you Master Huang, for you are helping me build the bridge to the next level. I look forward to the upcoming release of your new book. The journey continues....

5-0 out of 5 stars Superior in every way! A version true to Chinese Wisdom.

The most difficult task when translating a document from its original source language into another language is to carry across the full *meaning* of the work (as it was intended, not how its interpreted). This is virtually impossible to do without a thorough understanding of both the original language (that which the document is written in), and of the culture that is transmitted via that language. Until now, this has been the same problem that has plagued other English translations of the I Ching.

Previously, these other translations have relied upon a Western perspective and understanding, leaving something important behind... the cultural wisdom behind the I Ching. Even the best translations available prior to that of Master Huang (those by Wilhelm, Legge and Blofeld) have failed to fully relate the cultural wisdom inherent in the I Ching. They've come close, but close isn't close enough. These translations lack the open-endedness of the Chinese I Ching that lead to its multiple interpretations and are inherent in the Chinese writings of antiquity. To gain an understanding from a Chinese perspective requires an understanding that only someone living within the culture and fluent in the language, with many years of practical experience (and training), has to offer. Enter Huang.

To truly experience a culture, and its wisdom, one must experience it first hand. Raised in China and spending a good many years of his life working with the I Ching, Master Huang has gained an understanding of the I Ching that most of us could only hope to experience. He has taken on the monumental task of translating this amazing book into English, with the cultural wisdom, open-endedness and fluidity of the original I Ching, and succeeded.

This is, bar-none, the best English translation of the I Ching published to date, and the only version you'll ever need (unless you enjoy collecting books). I cannot recommend it enough!

5-0 out of 5 stars A great I Ching for your library!!!!
I confess, when I first purchased this book I was a little put off. I was new to the I Ching and I probably had the get answers quick mentality. I almost immediately put this book on the shelf. But I kept coming back to it in order to glean an in depth perspective. As I have grown in my studies of the Ching (only 8 months!!) and as I have applied its wisdom and answers to my current situations - I have realized just what a momumental task that Huang has accomplished. It goes without saying that this will be one of my prized versions. I now use it extensively because it gives accurate answers and provides appropriate background but it still very versatile for any situation. It's is a beautiful book, too. I recommend that you throw the dust jacket away. My binding was weak and may necessitate me purchasing another version, but oh well. I simply love this book. The prose and explanations are relevant and applicable. His value adds such as change patterns, et al are a great addition.

If you are new to the I Ching and getting your feet wet but want books of substance and endurance then The Complete I Ching is an excellent place to start and truthfully it will be the ONLY translation that you will need. I also recommend that you purchase Stephen Karcher's How to Use the I Ching and Sarah Denning's The Everyday I Ching. All three are a tour de force in your understanding and application of the I Ching's wisdom. If you really want your money's worth - get Karcher's I Ching kit since it has his book, yarrow stalks and coins.

If you wish to have one more resource, then I recommend R. L. Wing's I Ching Workbook as a means of understanding and visually seeing the patterns that affect your life.

5-0 out of 5 stars Alfred Huang's translation of I Ching - Life Transforming!
Alfred Huang's modern American prose and poetry translation of the I Ching is "the best" translation I've read. There are many enjoyable commentaries on the I Ching in English (e.g. Wu Wei's I Ching Wisdom) and there are older translations of the I Ching held in high esteem by western scholars (e.g. The Richard Wilhelm/Cary F. Baynes translation). But with Alfred Huang's translation, you get a pre-"cultural revolution" professor of Taoist philosophy translating the I Ching directly into English from ancient Chinese texts and modern Chinese commentaries/scholarship. This is much better than reading Cary F. Baynes' "English language" translation of Richard Wilhelm's "German translation" of Chinese texts -- which until Master Huang's translation was considered the "definitive" English-language translation available. The I Ching is comprised of four parts: 1) divinatory passages 2) history of the Zhou overthrow of the Shang dynasty 3) Duke of Zhou's commentary and 4) commentary by Confucius. Alfred Huang adds a "fifth" part: a scholarly and native-Chinese perspective on ancient and modern Chinese cultures. In those five parts of the Alfred Huang's translation of the I Ching one finds: 6) tons of practical Chinese philosophical meditations on living attuned to the laws of nature and humanity. Despite my praise for Huang's translation, I do have some questions or concerns! For example, in comparing his translation to "other translations in English," Alfred Huang relies almost exclusively on only two English-language translations by Wilhelm/Baynes and Bloefeld -- only dropping "James Legge's" name in a brief introductory cameo appearance. There is scant mention of the many other English-language translations available. For Master Huang to simply say I focus on only Wilhelm/Baynes and Bloefeld because they are "the best" in English is not convincing scholarship; it's merely a claim. His scholarship with the Chinese texts seems apparent, but I would like to see more comparisons with other English-language translations. Can some of the other translations into English spread light on the I Ching? My second reservation: how much is Alfred Huang's own commentary influenced by his immersion in Taoist and Confucian philosophy, and how does this chronologically undercut the purity of his translations? In other words, are we getting an anachronistic I Ching translation here -- i.e. a post Taoist-Confucian reading or rearticulation of the I Ching? (And why does Master Huang only use 5 of the 10 "Wings" of Confucius and not all 10 in his translation?) Despite these reservations, I can only applaud Alfred Huang's translation as masterful and definitive. Without having flipped a single coin or yarrow stalk, Master Huang's text has begun to transform my restless life into one of greater harmony. Of course, he would say it is not he who transforms, but the wisdom of the I Ching. Thank you Master Huang for making the I Ching more accessible to my daily life. I hope you translate the Tao Te Ching next. Xie Xie Ni Da Shi! ... Read more


4. I Ching: The Book of Changes and the Unchanging Truth
by Hua-Ching Ni
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4-0 out of 5 stars Book of Changes and the Unchanging Truth
I have been working with this book for some 2 years, studying the I Ching. While it is not an easy read- particularly the first 11 chapters, it providews an in-depth look at the roots of the I Ching and the development of the hexagrams and Chinese cosmology. The hexagrams themselves are lovingly examined with commentaries that provoke thought and self -inspection. It may not tell you whether to take the job or get married, but it will give you an insight into an aspect of a situation that you might not otherwise consider. Master Ni provides many wonderful stories in his commentaries that provide useful tools for living consciously and responsibly.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best ever I-Ching
This is really two books in one. The first 200 pages or so gives a great deal of information on the traditional Taoist astrology and numerology that underlies the I-Ching. As valuable as this information is, it is the translation of the I-Ching itself where this work really shines. It is evident the author has a deep understanding of both the meaning of this text and the culture form which this teaching arose. In several instances the author gives facinating insites on ancient Chinese life and culture while explaining the meaning of the hexagrams. A great contirbution to the world's understanding of this classic text. A must for all readers from casual to scholars.

1-0 out of 5 stars This Book is different and appears to be inaccurate.
Besides being way overpriced this book is inacurate and I feel there are much, much better books out there that cover this subject correctly.

1-0 out of 5 stars This book is not a accurate or written by a taoist master
This author writes books on almost everything and puts himself out as an "achieved master" and his way is the only way.... If you want a completely slanted and biased view from an "achieved master" that is the "ONLY" one with any knowledge...then this book is for you....

5-0 out of 5 stars The paradigm for Daoist cosmology and energetics
I have used this book as a fundamental source in my Daoist/Shaolin self-cultivation and have gained immeasurable benefit from the elucidation and experience of Master Ni. This volume is a distillation of a life-long practice and many of the principles of the Daoist Canon. Any serious practitoner of Tai Ji Quan or Qi Gong should have this as a ready reference, since the principles of th I Ching are the fundamental source of these methods of cultivation. This is a gift from the Jade Realm! ... Read more


5. The I Ching or Book of Changes : A Guide to Life's Turning Points
by Brian Browne Walker
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Catlog: Book (1993-09-15)
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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For centuries, The I Ching or Book of Changes has been consulted for sage advice at life's turning points. When its wisdom is sought with sincerity and sensitivity, this Chinese oracle will help to promote success and good fortune and to impart balance and perspective to your life. Its everlasting popularity lies in the lessons that it teaches about how to use your positive qualities in order to attain life's greatest rewards-prosperity, understanding, and peace of mind.

Brian Browne Walker's new, highly accessible translation of the I Ching, because it is clear and direct, allows you to make the wisdom of the ancient Chinese sages your own. Brian Browne Walker has studied the Chinese language for twelve years, and has studied and practiced Taoist philosophy with a number of teachers in the United States and abroad. Among his mentors are a Taoist master in California and Sawat Pracheron in Thailand.

This new translation's easy-to-use format and contemporary language will be a boon to new users. Devotees of the I Ching will find that this version enhances their understanding of the ancient text.
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5-0 out of 5 stars THE book to begin with!
I'm sad I had to find this book at [a local store] before I saw it here! (This book didn't come up in my Amazon searches for "I Ching" when I searched the first time.)

In any case, I first encountered this book at my local library while doing some general browsing. For someone who had not previously studied the I Ching before, it was easy, accessible, and devoid of any difficult esoteric philosophies to comb through while utilizing this absolutely valuable tool. If you are looking for a great, simple book to begin your education in the I Ching, I absolutely recommend this book. With this book and three cents, you have the keys to the wisdom of the universe!

(An exageration, perhaps, but the book is THAT easy to grasp and use. At the same time, it's THAT profound. Use the I Ching's wisdom, or ignore it--at your peril.)

5-0 out of 5 stars A truly wise, accessible volume
Okay, I'll admit it. I've tried several times over the years to understand the traditional translations of the I Ching, like the Wilhelm/Baynes. Frankly, they're much too steeped in ancient Chinese cultural thinking for me to understand. And I think I'm a pretty smart fellow.

Brian Browne Walker's translation is amazing. I find it to be a tremendously helpful oracle. The wisdom contained in this translation is a great testament to Walker, and of course to the ancient Chinese authors.

This book has helped me countless times. It never ceases to be an aid to me in times of confusion. I'm not sure *how* it works--but it does! This is one of the most helpful books I own.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Saramental Tool
I purchased this book several months ago based on the Customer Reviews. It has had a profound effect on my life.Its answers are consistently amazing, deep,nuanced response to my situation. Thanks to the reviewers who took the time to respond--but a special thanks to Brian Browne Walker.

5-0 out of 5 stars I Ching 101
Of the books I have reviewed, this book is by far the most "user friendly" to a beginner. Mr. Walker's book is a great starter on the journey towards studying and achieving a deeper understanding of the I Ching... one that won't scare the reader off at the outset.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Authentic, Literate, Clear, Simple, Easy To Use
The I Ching, an oracle that has guided many Chinese for the last three thousand years, is a challenge to the Western mind. We understand things through causes, but the I Ching operates apparently in an acausal or synchronistic way causing Westerners who consult it to be frankly often astonished at the uncanny coincidence between the question asked and the answer received. C G Jung was himself vastly impressed with it and wrote the foreword to Princeton's Bollingen Series edition of the work. But that edition, like so many others, is so complex, confusing and unintelligible that I have often thought the oracle worked by means of the very confusion, by the presentation of an amorphous surface upon which our subconscious mind projects the intuited answer - much like divination through tea leaves, wax droppings, clouds, swirled wine, smoke, mirrors, crystal balls or the innards of slaughtered sheep. Walker's translation or paraphrase or simplification, call it what you will, belies that. Gone is the obscurity and illiteracy; and still one may find the same uncanny results. The Western mind will have to ponder on to solve the secret. In Walker's work the essential meaning of the 64 hexagrams and of each of their 6 possible "changing lines" is clearly presented in less than two short pages per hexagram. A three-page introduction, a page and a half of instructions, and a chart of the hexagrams (conveniently repeated at the end) complete the book in the simplest fashion possible. There are no complex explanations or theorizing, no history, no multiplication of commentaries, and no cheapening adaptations. Production values are high; the color and quality of the cover and the paper stock are excellent. There may be hundreds of versions of this book, but of the several dozen I have seen, this is the best text for a combination of beauty, fluency, clarity, fidelity to the original, and facility of use. ... Read more


6. Guide to the I Ching
by Carol K. Anthony
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Catlog: Book (1988-07-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.82 out of 5 stars
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Used by its readers as an oracle, this book, based on the terminology used in the classic Wilhelm/Baynes translation, puts the I Ching into modern language. This allows its wisdom to be applied to the situations of everyday life. Decoded are words such as "the superior man," the "inferior man," "the inferiors," and the "faithful followers," which refer respectively to the true self, the ego, the bodily self, and aspects of character such as patience and perseverance. Expressions such as "crossing the great water," and "seeing the great man," are seen to mean getting past the danger of giving up on oneself, and remembering the potential for good in every person. Understanding such words and phrases occurs in the context of the entire wisdom of the I Ching which counsels those who consult it to follow their innermost feelings, as these bring one into harmony with the ever-loving Cosmos and its protective powers. Judging by the more than 4000 letters written by its readers, this book has been used by adults from all occupations and beliefs as a self-help spiritual guide and educator of the truths of life. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Translation Adds to Other Souces That Illuminate the I-Ching
This is by far one of the best books that I have purchased on the subject of the I-Ching. Its translations are quite extensive and give in-depth interpretations of the hexigrams and changing lines. If you buy this book, be prepared to read its translations with patience. I am currently a newer student of the I-Ching and have to really sit in quiet and prepare for long contemplation of the readings. It is well worth the time and effort. I highly recommend this book, but also purchase a book with less detailed interpretations to augment this incredible piece.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ms. Anthony has obviously used I Ching in her life.
Ms. Anthony has obviously used the I Ching in her life and in this book shares its' usefulness, and her love for, and insight into, the meanings. Also,she uses the Wilhelm/Baynes translation with which so many of us are familiar and writes this as a "guide" to the use of that. Her paraphrases are exquisite in their ability to simplify for us, the more literate translations.

5-0 out of 5 stars the best
After comparing at least seven or more 'guides to the i ching' over a period of 10+ years, I have found this to be the best. While other books tend to look at other beings in a negative light when translating some of the i ching hexagrams, this book cautions the reader to look at their own inferior qualities.

Other books seem to have explanations that will make the student feel better, this book has translations that are less pleasing, but perhaps more honest. I look at this translation as an introduction to physics of the spirit.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners
I don't think this book is the right tool for someone who is taking on the study of the I Ching. The book "interprets" a bit too much for me. Every reading must take on it's own meaning for each situation, person, age, etc. Wilhelm's (book that opened this up to the world at large) while difficult to understand allows the querent the ability to "see" things for themselves. However, I will say that my dear friend would rate this book 5 stars. So, like many things with divination you must find the tools that work best for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars It has super powers
Carol K. Anthony is one of the most unassuming writers I have ever read, but how could she be otherwise? She has hooked into the power of the cosmos; and by comparison her tiny ego, tiny skills, tiny ability to convey truth comes up a tad tiny. This reflection on, translation of, whatever, reads like scripture. I simply adore and have talked with several other friends who concur. It is simply divine. A key to cosmic balance and every day common sense. I could gush about it for hours. Fact is: this is a book with super powers. ... Read more


7. The Tao Te Ching of Lao Tzu
by Lao Tzu, Brian Browne Walker
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The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu is one of the most widely read and deeply cherished books in the world, a work many consider the wisest book ever written. In his introduction, translator Brian Browne Walker says, "It is less a book than a living, breathing angel."

In his new translation, Walker stays close to the direct literal accuracy of the Chinese characters while producing a modern, exceptionally clear version that has the ring and voice of Lao Tzu, a man who may or may not have been a single individual. "I have come to think of Lao Tzu less as a man who once lived," Walker writes, "and more as a song that plays, eternal and abiding."
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5-0 out of 5 stars Among the Best
This is one of my favorite translations of the Tao Te Ching. However, note that, like the author says, this is by no means a strict translation (athough in the case of the Tao Te Ching, there are so many varied translations / interpretations available that it is diificult to say if there is a strict translation). I would recommend this version of the Tao Te Ching it as a supplement to another translation.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great translation of the Tao Te Ching
I really enjoyed this translation of the Tao Te Ching, and recommend it, as well as "Tao Te Ching: The Definitive Edition" by Jonathan Star. Well done.

5-0 out of 5 stars filled with clarity and wisdom
i had read many translations of the tao te ching and i'm happy to say that mr. walker's version is readable, smooth and filled clarity. it is a good translation because he explained the tao te ching without sounding so cryptic. instead, he explained with great clarity that even a five year old kid will appreciate. again, i recommend this translation and thanks, mr. walker.

3-0 out of 5 stars ┬┐When people lose sight of the Tao, codes of morality arise"
What sticks out the most about Lao Tzu's handiwork is how the Tao shines through even when the very core of Tao may be misunderstood by the interpreter.

Why was this translation produced anyway?

We are all aware by now that the unformed, unnamable, the all-encompassing, omnipresent Tao is beyond good and non-good. On that level of weareallone, good and non-good simply do not exist separately.

Yet in imposing a title on Lao Tzu's pages the author suggests "The Book of the Good and Natural Way?"

If this book only defined Good, would it not create non-good also?

Just the thought of either good or non-good implies its opposite.

Beyond the translators vision lays the unity, the infinite completeness, of the eternal Tao.

This GOOD that Mr. Walker speaks of must by necessity, exist for him alone.

"He who knows the Tao knows it to be the source of all things soever." (ALEISTER CROWLEY)

5-0 out of 5 stars brightest and most beautiful
Walker's version of the Tao Te Ching is by far the most beautiful and has (at least, for me) the clearest and deepest meaning. This is the the book that has taught me the most about the tao; this is the translation from which I read to my son. I hope you read it. ... Read more


8. I Ching, The Oracle of the Cosmic Way
by Carol K. Anthony, Hanna Moog
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Catlog: Book (2002-10-22)
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Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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This I Ching was written under the guidance of the Sage that speaks through the I Ching oracle. It shows the Cosmos as a system of harmony, the principles of which are clearly described in its 64 hexagrams.

The purpose of consulting the oracle is to inquire, before an undertaking, whether you are in harmony with the Cosmic Way. When this is confirmed by the words "success," or "good fortune," whatever you do will be supported by the invisible helping forces of the Cosmos. When your attitude is discordant, the oracle predicts "misfortune," meaning that these helping forces will not support what you do. The answers of the oracle are not to be taken as fortune-telling, but as reflecting the cosmic consequences of your attitude toward your goal.

All counsel given by the I Ching is directed toward helping you return to harmony with the Cosmos. To do this you are being given a deeper understanding of the principles of Cosmic Harmony that are involved in the issue at hand. In the light of these principles you will be able to recognize particular mistaken ideas that are the cause of your discord, or misfortune. This book is the first I Ching oracle that shows you how to deprogram the obstructing ideas, and thus reunite with the Cosmic Harmony.

Also presented in this book is an innovative method of communicating directly with the Sage that speaks through the I Ching. This method allows you to clarify its message until it assures you that you have reached an adequate understanding. Regularly consulting the I Ching in this way leads to clarifying insights into your life’s purpose, and to a pronounced increase in your own creativity. It was through this method, in combination with meditations and dreams, that the Sage gave the authors the completely new perspective on the nature of the Cosmos, human nature, and the place of humans within the Cosmic Whole described here. Rather than presenting you with fixed answers to every problem, this book allows the Cosmic Teacher called "the Sage" to show you your own path to insight and inner guidance. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Lacks objectivity...
Previous experience using another of Carol Anthony's I Ching commentaries raised my expectations for this much-expanded volume. The reality was disappointing, at best. The commentary is rife with authorial bias, coloring the commentary to a degree frustrating to one accustomed to the liberty of application of a more neutral approach.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Indepth Interpretation
I have read many excellent interpretations of the I Ching by a variety of authors, including other books by Carol Anthony. This latest work, however, is in a league by itself. It is extremely thorough and thought provoking. A fabulous piece of work.

3-0 out of 5 stars Hope dies Hard
Having read all of Carol Anthony's previous works, I was anticipating this latest work with high expectations. Sadly, this latest collaboration just doesn't work for me. I can see bits of her billiant insight at work in each of the chapters, but then it is muddied and confused with H. Moog's unique interpretaions and you might as well read entrails for all the help it offers. Keep using her 3rd edition, it is still the best.

5-0 out of 5 stars Looking for Tao, look no further.
As a long time student of Zen, Taoism, Chi Kung, Taiji & Baguazhang I cannot praise this version of the I Ching enough. It has made my many other versions almost useless.

This version is stripped down to the essential issues. It resolves so many of the inconsistencies that may have confused you in other versions. It will also dramatically enhance your chi kung, meditation or internal martial arts practices.

Built into this version is a failsafe that helps make sure your readings are sound. This is a very important feature that has clearly always been there, but has been obscured in the past by faulty interpretations of the I Ching's purpose & application.

Any serious student of Zen or Taoism will immediately notice how cogently it speaks & how it resolves so many problematic issues. It is truly remarkable & transformative.

Carol Anthony & Hanna Moog & their wise benefactors have made a critical contribution to humanity.

5-0 out of 5 stars "common sense"
In many ways, the most remarkable wonder of my life is opening radically, synchronously, and integrally with this "book," I Ching: The Oracle of the Cosmic Way.

In other ways, too, Carol Anthony and Hanna Moog's et Al complement is the spring about which many many recurring issues can come to draw appropriate clarity, that have constituted or withered, or that have "been settled" otherwise around the world and time, especially in health, psychology, physics, philosophy, history, political theory, sociology, linguistics, and theontocosmology (and particularly, "I Ching studies").

Central is the still rather peculiarly novel, evolving fact that one's own relationship with the sundrious invisible consciousness of the cosmos, which has accompanied, ahawed, and been misunderstood throughout history and truth, herein with these intimately alive, sensitive, understanding, and enduring passageways of the oracle--and unlike anything else that I have found, anywhere in word or image--finds its way simply and concisely throughout the inner truth of any situation; well beyond all seems and depths, ideas and arts, sciences and therapies, beliefs and systems; occasional; attractive; deliberate; corrective; methodically; to in with one's very heart, pulse, and rhythm; returning one's true self to, discovering, freeing, repsycheling, feeling nature; discerning and expressing its unique way, originally, as one's body and intuition; with other, limits and harmonics, transformative life, love and gifts; while going on, enjoying and equating, in this relatively new age of humanity and "the arts and sciences," here on Earth, with all: Help is on the way.

Simply, no comparison; basic; all in all, a cosmos volume. Welcome. ... Read more


9. Encyclopedia of Chinese astrology
by Tri Lam
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Catlog: Book (1999-10-28)
Publisher: Lam Inter Media Corp
Sales Rank: 173744
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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The only Chinese astrology book which contains 6 subjects in one volume: traditional Chinese horoscope, I Ching, palmistry, sky chart, Feng Shui and face reading. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Missing one important aspect.
I noticed that with the Sky Chart, he's missing the "scale/measure of your life" when counting the birthdate and time. It's a number that tells you how your life is whether you will end up a poor, average or rich person. I think he explains that in the Palace of Life section, but in Chinese/Vietnamese culture, there's a number that you come up with when calculating the birthdate/time. The lower the number, the worse off you are, the greater the number, the better.

I was hoping that this "comprehensive" book would tell me about the "scale of life" because I can't read Chinese or Vietnamese text. There is a great website for Vietnamese readers that deals with this. It is quite truthful.

This "scale of life" number is very important and I wonder why he didn't include that?

Overall, it is a good book though, just wish he included that info.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best book on chinese astrology
I have read numerous books on Chinese astrology and this is the best book. It is simple, straight forward, concise and yet comprehensive. I highly recommend it for anyone who has an interest in any aspects of Chinese astrology.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book about Chinese sky chart (tu vi)
Chinese sky chart opened my eyes to the real Chinese astrology, this method is widely used by the Chinese and Vietnamese communities, but I have never read any English book about it, because there aren't any on the market until this one. There are so many and many Chinese astrology books talking about the Chinese horoscope of the 12 animal signs, it's time for a real one -- the Chinese sky chart. Bravo! The Chinese way of reading the face is also very special.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book about Chinese sky chart, palmistry etc.
Chinese sky chart (Zi wei dou shu) is practiced within Chinese community all over the world but is never mentioned in any Western literature, this is the only book in English which gives a clear and easy-to-understand analysis of this complicated technique. Buy it, if you want to know the authentic Chinese astrology method used by most Chinese people, it's amazing, not like the other methods you have heart of. The palmistry section is very detailed with many graphics to show you the lines of your hand. A very good book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A "must" for students of astrology and metaphysical studies.
Ri Lam's Encyclopedia Of Chinese Astrology provides an informative, engaging introduction to Chinese astrology including the Chinese Horoscope (the twelve animal signs of the Chinese zodiac); I Ching (the Chinese divinatory art for finding solutions to daily problems); Palmistry (the analysis of the patterns found on the human hand); Chinese Sky Chart (the art of Chinese "Star of the King" astrology); Feng Shui (the art of arranging homes and business facilities to create an ideal environment in which to live and prosper); Face Reading (the art of predicting fortunes by analyzing the different elements of the human face). The Encyclopedia Of Chinese Astrology is an important, valued, highly recommended addition to any personal, professional, or academic metaphysical studies collection. ... Read more


10. How to Use the I Ching: A Guide to Working With the Oracle of Change
by Stephen Karcher
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Catlog: Book (1998-01-01)
Publisher: Element Books Ltd.
Sales Rank: 208787
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars A quick-fix pocketbook for rushed people
Karcher has managed to produce an acceptable introduction which stays clear of Wilhelm & Neo-Confucian dribble. Richard John Lynn's translation is more scholarly, but when you're in a quandry or rush Karcher's will do for the moment.
A word of warning, however. When describing the coin toss, Karcher mistakes the head for the tail on the old cash. The inscribed side of the coin should be counted as a yin (2) and the blank reverse of a Chinese coin as yang (3). Ooops.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Starting Place
I disagree with Bothell, WA. This is an excellent starting point for the I Ching.

The introduction alone is the best you will probably find among the translations and commentaries out there.

One of the keys to a good translation is that it is VERSATILE. A good I Ching allows for multiple interpretations given your question and circumstances. I find that many Western commentaries are too narrow and almost always focus on the spiritual or relationships too much. This version can answer those same questions, of course, but it can be used for any other inquiry you will have. It is what I wish had been my starting point.

You will at some point need to get a true translation like Alfred Huang's, but if you are getting started, you need to start here. I would also recommend R. L. Wing's Workbook as an excellent starting point, too.

My only complaint is that the cover is horrible. The I Ching is an important and enlightened book. It is meant to be revered. The cover on this one is a publisher's choice I am sure. A simple cover with the Yin/Yang symbol and simply "The I Ching" is all that is required. "How To Use" smacks of that Complete Idiot's Guide mentality. I hope the publishers change this.

Other than that, I stand by my statements. This is a very good version.

3-0 out of 5 stars good if you have prior experience with the I Ching
The title should be How to use the I Ching if you have experience with the I Ching. It is a nice book if you use it as a supplement to other books. There are much better books than this one if you want an easy to use guide to the I Ching.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing - Focus, ask, read, and learn
This is truly a feat of man and nature. We have found a way to query and hear from the same underlying forces of nature that influence our lives. Thus, giving us invaluable insight to the significant issues in our lives.

5-0 out of 5 stars Stephen Karcher's Practical I-Ching Guide
Stephen Karcher (creator of the Eranos Foudation I-Ching Project), presents an excellent Guide embodying the spirit and philosophy of the Eranos, which is to present the I-Ching as a psychological tool through it's divinatory use which Karcher shows is the original and authentic purpose of the text. Clear and helpful introductory material followed by a new translation and interpretation complete this very welcome book. ... Read more


11. 18 Buddha Hands Qigong
by Larry Johnson
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Catlog: Book (1998-12-25)
Publisher: White Elephant Monastery
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended for students of Buddhism, Qigong, I Ching
Buddhism, Qigong, the I Ching, and Chinese medicine have been integrally linked together for centuries. All these systems originate from a common theoretical view of reality and compliment, clarify, support, and occasionally challenge each other. Larry Johnson's 18 Buddha Hands Qigong examines Qigong in general, and the energetic transformations possible through these practices, exploring what is referred to as 18 Buddha Hands presents an intriguing perspective of the Yin/Yang mechanics of Qigong, within the manifold framework of the Medical I Ching. 18 Buddha Hands Qigong is highly recommended for students of Buddhism, Qigong, the I Ching, personal health from the perspective of Chinese medical practice and theory. ... Read more


12. Understanding the I Ching
by Hellmut Wilhelm, Richard Wilhelm
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Catlog: Book (1995-05-15)
Publisher: Princeton University Press
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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The West's foremost translator of the I Ching, Richard Wilhelm thought deeply about how contemporary readers could benefit from this ancient work and its perennially valid insights into change and chance. For him and for his son, Hellmut Wilhelm, the Book of Changes represented not just a mysterious book of oracles or a notable source of the Taoist and Confucian philosophies. In their hands, it emerges, as it did for C. G. Jung, as a vital key to humanity's age-old collective unconscious. Here the observations of the Wilhelms are combined in a volume that will reward specialists and aficionados with its treatment of historical context--and that will serve also as an introduction to the I Ching and the meaning of its famous hexagrams. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Book w/ Lots of Information
When I purchased this book, I knew very little regarding the I Ching, the process and meaning(s) behind it. After reading the book I have learned a great deal of information. It's a book that anyone wanting to understand the I Ching should have in their collection. I also purchased I Ching Workbook by R.L. Wing along with this book which was extremely helpful. I took them both with me on a vacation I went on with my friend and we had a wonderful time with it. ... Read more


13. The Laws of Change : I Ching and the Philosophy of Life
by JACK M. BALKIN
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Catlog: Book (2002-11-26)
Publisher: Schocken
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Yale law professor and philosopher of culture Jack Balkin offers a brilliant new translation of and commentary on the ancient Chinese Book of Changes, or I Ching. Balkin deliberately steers a middle path between the orthodox Confucian interpretations of the past and contemporary translations of this classic text. He produces an accessible, easy to understand version that incorporates the new scholarship on the origins of the I Ching while emphasizing its ethical and practical importance for contemporary life.

The Laws of Change: I Ching and the Philosophy of Life offers the most detailed commentaries available in English on the I Ching’s ethical and philosophical teachings and explains how people can apply them to everyday life problems. Balkin also provides a comprehensive survey of different methods of consulting the I Ching, and an excellent history of the I Ching’s transformation from a Bronze Age diviner’s manual to a beloved book of wisdom that lies at the very heart of Chinese culture. This is an indispensable work for anyone who wants to understand the I Ching and its history. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Best All Around I Ching Book
This is probably the best introduction to the I Ching, and for the average person, the best all around version of the I Ching available in English.

If you like the old Wilhelm-Baynes translation, you will like Balkin's. It is both clear and poetic. The best feature of this book is the extensive commentaries on the hexagrams and the line statements. They delve into the symbolism of the I Ching and explain its moral teachings. This book is full of profound wisdom and practical common sense. It is also beautifully written.

There are several good translations of the I Ching available today, like the Wilhelm-Baynes and Alfred Huang's. But neither of them has practical commentaries on how to apply the book to everyday life situations that compare to Balkin's. And Balkin's takes account of recent historical findings that they don't. In fact, just for the commentaries alone this book would probably be a good supplement to any translation you currently own.

This is not a scholarly translation like Richard John Lynn's, which is not that easy for the beginner or the casual user to understand. At the same time, it is much more accurate, informative, and sophisticated than the dozens of popular versions of the I Ching that are being sold these days. It has lots of information about the historical origins and symbolism of the I Ching and the different ways to cast the hexagrams.

If you want something clear and comprehensive, with lots of historical detail and really good commentaries, Balkin's is the one to get. It is the best way to get in touch with the wisdom of this famous oracle.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Practical Version, Filled With Wisdom East & West
This is a wonderfully realised English translation of the ancient bronze age divinatory tool, the I Ching. Mr. Balkin, a careful writer who renders crisp yet meaningful prose, has given modern thinkers a true gift in this book. 'The Laws of Change' strikes a poetic balance between the Wilhelm/Baynes edition and some of the accessible recent versions. It's easier to get into than the Wilhelm/Baynes and much deeper in its wisdom than its competition.

What's particularly well done is Balkin's well thought out commentary on the lines, which, though retaining a level of unconscious symbolism for a unique interpretation, give a pracitical, useful approach to understanding situations. I found myself wishing the author was my uncle or grandfather -- that I could probe his mind for answers to some of my life's toughest issues!

This is an I Ching for people wishing to do better in their organizations, for understanding how best to deal with complex and difficult social/business situations, and for making personal decisions with far-reaching affects. It's also quite good if you're like me and are still trying to learn how the world really works. As the author says, "You should not be afraid of the changes that you want to make." (Thanks, Mr. Balkin, for reinvigorating the resolve to make important changes. Your respect for this ancient text is clearly shown and helpful to all.)

K.M. McKay

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Commentaries on the I Ching
This book is the best I Ching if you want in depth discussions of what the hexagrams and lines really mean. I own several different versions and in most of them there's only a paragraph or a few sentences. I'm always left wanting more. In this version everything is made very clear and it makes the book even more relevant to my life. There's also a great discussion of lots of different ways to cast the hexgrams, more than in any other book I've seen. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who uses the I Ching on a regular basis.

3-0 out of 5 stars Respectable but not groundbreaking.
Faithful to the readability of Baynes but also acknowledges recent scholarship. Does not provide calligraphy of chinese characters and does not provide much in the way of folk history of hexagrams. I have great nostalgia for Baynes but really appreciate the insights in Alfred Huang's translation (despite his audacious claim of completeness in his subtitle.) This translation falls somewhere in the middle. ... Read more


14. The I Ching Workbook
by Wu Wei
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Catlog: Book (1997-01-01)
Publisher: Power Press
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5-0 out of 5 stars Neat as a journal
I really liked how this book is set up. I din't think that all of the questions wu wei has for each reading applies every time you do a reading. I loved how the I ching is in the front of the book. It's like getting two books in one! Any I use it frequently and will fill it up soon and buy another. ... Read more


15. The Illustrated I Ching
by R.L. WING
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Catlog: Book (1982-11-12)
Publisher: Main Street Books
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5-0 out of 5 stars If you have to read reviews on the I-Ching
If you have to read reviews about I-Ching books this is the first book you need to buy. The study of the I Ching begins with practice by consulting the oracle not with immediate attempts at understanding-especially for the Western mind. This version of the I Ching is the easisest way to make that first step. You read a few paragraphs on instructions to throw three pennies and begin an adventure that can last from a few minutes to a lifetime. Despite its ease of use, this book is a complete work unto itself shold you choose to go deeper. It has ample references to history and more subtle interpretations. A glimpse of Western understanding may be obtained by reading Carl Jung's foreword in the Baynes/Wilhelm interpretation.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book
I own both this one and the I Ching Workbook and they are practically the same book, though this one doesn't have the spiral binding (which you'll need because you'll open it so much) but has the most beautiful, meditative paintings on each hexagram. The pictures give you a profound inner sense of the truth of each throw of the coins, transforming the experience into a deeply effective tool for inner growth. Not to be confused with the Art of War or the Tao Te Ching, the I Ching focuses mainly on political relationships and the development of character as one navigates one's way through professional and personal relationships. The main thing you'll get from using the I Ching is, to learn which situations you can definitely change and which ones you should just let pass. It also shows you where you are in the development of goals and what to prepare yourself for, as you go on. Start with one question, and when you read the answer, if you have deeper questions, ask them too. You'll get amazing answers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best I Ching available
Some of the longer reviews will tell you how this I Ching integrates relevant art work with practical advice. I just wanted to second all the positive reviews here in saying that from looking at many I Ching books, this is the only one that really clicked with me. The art work is beautiful and the text is very illuminating. 5 +++ stars!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Interpretations for Abstract and Visual Thinkers
this is the best version of the I Ching out: each hexagram is accompanied by a relevant piece of traditional Chinese painting that helps the intuitive understanding of the message the hexagram intends to convey. Lively text translation that interprets the hexagrams on the four planes of existence: spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical aids in the interpretation of the hexagrams' messages as related to the areas the question might address. The tone is psycho-spiritual-social but written in everyday terms.

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5-0 out of 5 stars On target!
A colleague gave me this book 15 years ago and I have found it immensely helpful ever since. I generally consult this I Ching whenever I am in a transition or under stress and want some wise advice. Six throws of 3 pennies and I am on my way to excellent guidance. I am so glad that R.L. Wing took the time to give such a pleasant and easy to use version of a very complex oracle. I have shown others how to consult this I Ching and have bought many copies for friends. This book has given me an education in life, relationships and the way this world works--it is full of basic truths to live by. My copy is almost falling apart from hard use! ... Read more


16. Secrets Of The I - Ching
by Joseph Murphy, Kenneth Irving
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Asin: 0735201250
Catlog: Book (1999-12-20)
Publisher: Prentice Hall Art
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The classic guide to tapping the practical benefits of an age-old book of wisdom--revised to captivate today's spiritual seekers

Based on the revered Chinese philosophy with a 5,000-year-old tradition, the I Ching, or Book of Changes, is rich in revelations.An eminent expert on the powers of the subconscious, Dr. Joseph Murphy opens the guiding force of this ancient text to anyone with an appreciation of the possibilities.With the help of three coins--ordinary pennies will do-- readers will learn to apply their intuitive abilities to receive the I Ching's answers.

With a practical outlook, this hands-on guide presents simple techniques for enlisting the I Ching's aid in everyday problem-solving and decision-making.Murphy explains the I Ching hexagram system, revealing its roots in human psychology and the principle of constant change.Demystifying obscure terms and symbols, the author leads the way to consulting the I Ching for clarity and guidance in times of confusion and crisis.By combining basic mathematical formulas with spiritual awareness, readers will realize the miracle-working potential of their own mind and connect with the I Ching's truths.As a result, they'll gain vital insights into questions about career, family, romance, financial security, and life goals.And they'lldiscover the wonder of genuine peace of mind.

SECRETS OF THE I CHING, does not claim to predict the future.But it does provide the tools to mark any future with the promise of greater personal and spiritual fulfillment. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A positive Western perspective on our old friend
I found a copy at the thrift store. It's on my desk now. I use a desktop PC to 'cast coins', then flip to this edition. It's been my fav for a couple of months now.
This edition provides interpretations based on Biblical reflections of the images in the I Ching. If you have ever fallen in love with God, you will like how Murphy couches every interpretation as an opportunity to turn it over to God, return to God, seek inspiration from God, trust God's wisdom. He does this for each and every line of every hexagram. Using this approach constitutes a great contribution to the I Ching genre and a huge achievment in synthesis.

4-0 out of 5 stars Valuable Information on the I-Ching
I agree with the previous reviewer. The beginning of the book provides a wonderful explanation of the I-Ching and how to cast coins and read. However, the biblical references provided for interpretation are somewhat vague. I highly recommend for anyone interested in learning about the I-Ching. I prefer to use to The Everyday I Ching, Sarah Dening, for hexagram interpretation.

4-0 out of 5 stars The I Ching from a Western point of view........
This book has much to recommend it. The strongest chapters are the first few, in which Murphy gives the background of the I Ching and talks about synchronicity and the linkage between the subconscious and universal minds. His description of how to consult the oracle (using pennies) is very clear and easy for any novice to understand. As far as his view of the I Ching goes, he sees it as being closely connected in spirit with Western metaphysical thinking. The entire second half of the book comprises the interpretations of the hexagrams, using biblical passages instead of the original Chinese judgements and images. For me this doesn't really work, as most of Murphy's biblically based interpretations are far too general to have much application. Like the newspaper horoscopes, with imagination they could be interpreted any old way.

Thus, if you are a purist who wants a translation of the I Ching which most closely follows the Chinese version, I would not recommend this. I would instead go with the Wilhelm/Barnes version published by Bollingen--this is the translation Jung used and it's very good reading in and of itself. However, for learning to use the I Ching, Murphy's book is a fine introduction.

5-0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
I am a fan of Joseph Murphy. His books have helped me this past year more than any other to create my future and understand that I need to control my thoughts. This book is my first I Ching book. It is well written and easy to understand. I find that when I ask a question, the answer easily goes to the topic at hand and of course helps me to heal my mind in that area, besides helps me choose a course of action. This is a good first book. ... Read more


17. The Astrology of I Ching (Arkana S.)
by W.K., Ph.D. Chu, W.A. Sherrill
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Asin: 0140194398
Catlog: Book (1993-09-01)
Publisher: Arkana
Sales Rank: 158350
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars The former reviewer BlueJay54 is wrong
The former reviewer doesn't seem to know anything about the I Ching, Chinese Astrology, or how books were written in old China. There _does_ exist a He Luo Li Shu manuscript of which Sherril & Chu's book is a translation, in fact, I have several Chinese versions of it on my shelves. This manuscript uses the so-called Four Pillars of Chinese Astrology and links them with the eight trigrams in a way which is perfectly acceptable according to Chinese numerology. The reason why the introduction in S&C's translation is so terse, is that the Chinese original doesn't give any explanation about the workings of the system either. And that is very Chinese: don't ask _how_ the system works, just see if it works for _you_.
The calculations in S&C's book help you to calculate your Four Pillars. These calculations are not found in the Chinese original, because in China everybody already knows their Four Pillars. And S&C's calculations are just one way of many to get your FP's. Complex? Yes, but it would be useless to explain why they choose this method, because it would not add anything to the subject of the book.
The Chinese original explains each hexagram in terms of 'you will (not) get rich, you will (not) have many childeren, you will (not) have a high place in society', etc.; this is what most Chinese people were/are interested in. S&C give a more Western approach, adding psychological elements about character and capabilities.
The former reviewer has experienced that the system works. In China that would be sufficient. And S&C's translation is a very Chinese book.

2-0 out of 5 stars Muddled & mediocre
I was attracted to this book by its promising title, but inside I found plenty of reasons to be both disappointed and skeptical. First, skeptical: The authors & their credentials are only vaguely described and it shows in the poor scholarship, muddled explanations and modest literary achievement. I am not even convinced that there really exists an ancient work in Chinese from which this book is supposed to have been translated. Now, disappointed: The Introductory essay of ~60 pages is extremely poorly written and fails to explain any astronomical basis of I Ching astrology. It includes 10-15 pages of dense and poorly explained numerology (*no* astronomy or astrology) interspersed with about a dozen unexplained tables, that supposedly somehow connects astronomy to the I Ching hexagrams. That essay would be absolutely essential to using this system but it fails to explain anything. On the other hand, when I attempted to follow the cryptic instructions of looking up unexplained numbers cross-referenced in the dozen tables, I was led to a hexagram that captures some of the quintessence of my life. After all, that is what I have come to expect from that ancient Sage. However, the rest of the bulk of the book consists of a mediocre translation of the I Ching. In my opinion, just buy Richard Wilhelm's or Master Huang's translation and cast your questions there. But cast this disappointment to the nearest public library, where I found a copy, and be done with it. ... Read more


18. The Five "Confucian" Classics
by Michael Nylan
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Catlog: Book (2001-10-01)
Publisher: Yale University Press
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The Five Classics associated with Confucius formed the corecurriculum in the education of Chinese literati throughout most of the imperial period. Inthis book Michael Nylan offers a sweeping assessment of these ancient texts and showshow their influence spread across East Asia.Nylan begins by tracing the formation of theFive Classics canon in the pre-Han and Han periods, 206 B.C.–A.D. 220, revisingstandard views on the topic. She assesses the impact on this canon of the invention of arival corpus, the Four Books, in the twelfth century. She then analyzes each of the FiveClassics, discussing when they were written, how they were transmitted and edited inlater periods, and what political, historical, and ethical themes were associated with themthrough the ages. Finally she deliberates on the intertwined fates of Confucius and theFive Classics over the course of the twentieth century and shows how the contents of theFive Classics are relevant to much newer concerns. ... Read more


19. The Numerology of the I Ching: A Sourcebook of Symbols, Structures, and Traditional Wisdom
by Alfred Huang
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Catlog: Book (2000-11-01)
Publisher: Inner Traditions International
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The first book to cover the complete Taoist teachings on form, structure, and symbol in the I Ching.

* Provides many new patterns and diagrams for visualizing the layout of the 64 hexagrams.

* Includes advanced teachings on the hosts of the hexagrams, the mutual hexagrams, and the core hexagrams.

* Written by Taoist Master Alfred Huang, author of The Complete I Ching.

The Numerology of the I Ching is the first book to bring the complete Taoist teachings on form, structure, and symbol in the I Ching to a Western audience, and it is a natural complement to Alfred Huang's heralded Complete I Ching. It examines not only the classic circular arrangement of the eight trigrams but also the hidden numerology in this arrangement and its relationship to tai chi and the Chinese elements. Huang explains the binary code underlying the I Ching, the symbolism behind the square diagram of all 64 hexagrams, and Fu Xi's unique circular layout of the 64 hexagrams, completely unknown in the West. Entire chapters are devoted to such vital material as the hosts of the hexagrams, the mutual hexagrams, and the core hexagrams--all barely hinted at in previous versions of the I Ching. With appendices listing additional symbolism for each hexagram, formulas for easily memorizing the Chinese names of the sixty-four hexagrams, and much more, The Numerology of the I Ching is a must for serious I Ching students. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars very essential to I Ching comprehension.
All I can say is read this book, one chapter at a time. Then After each chapter, go back and take notes. It is very well explained, and more than worth the time and energy. It has made my practice of using Master Alfred's Complete I Ching much smoother, and it demystifies a lot of nuts and bolts in the I Ching's stucture, while tracing the origins back to the He Tu and Lo Shu diagrams. Yet it is mainly a gateway, one that takes a lifetime to put into practice. One feels incredibly lucky to have discovered such wisdom in his/her own lifetime! I've seen many gimmicky packages of the I Ching that are unauthentic, but this version here rings true throughout. ... Read more


20. I Ching
by Kerson Huang, Rosemary Huang
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Catlog: Book (1987-10-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.78 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Intro for a Western mind
This author was recommended by a website. The writing is understandable with enough of the "feel" for you to ease into books with more weight. I liked the layout which gives each hexagram two facing pages. There is a line-by-line "translation" along with a commentary & a judgment. There is a concise historical background of China and the I Ching- absolutely vital to me as an American with no prior knowledge. The authors' view, as stated in the introduction, of the Wilhelm/Baynes translation is "a faithful rendition of the Confucian interpretation as seen through Christian eyes, and reveals little of the I Ching's original meaning" which probably means you won't like this translation if you follow a Confucian philosophy & the Ten Wings annotation.

5-0 out of 5 stars Difficult Subject. Good scholarship.
One can predict the orbit of Moon with great accuracy - that is the realm of physics, and the first author IS a physicist of considerable repute and distinction. But when it comes to predicting the future in a given human situation, one is left with no widely-accepted way, or a theory. Yet, as the authors recoganize, it remains a human need. Whether nature meets this need, or not, cannot be deciphered by majority opinion. One must experiment with a theory, and see if the theory works. It is in that spirit that this "I Ching" comes to us from the Kerson and Rosemary Huang. The authors have done away with the "ten wings" and added a much smaller wing of their own to some extent. The authors provide the minimal, though sufficient, historical background that is necessary, and here very helpful, to understand and use this ancient tool, this ancient Chineese work called "I Ching," of predicting possibilities in a given human situation. Whether this ancient chineese craft works, or not, must be decided by each individual. Carl Jung apparently used "I Ching," along with night dreams and visions of his subjects ("patients"), to gain knowledge of the relevant human factors and possible actions - or inactions - as suggested by the combination of these diverse elements of the subjective life. For a western reader the question remains: are there information-carrying currents in the universe that can affect seemingly random events, and if yes, does "I Ching" act as an antena to these currents? Experiment, and decide. Huangs' have brought a three-thousand old craft to us in a way that, I think, carries certain poetry of its own, and on the way tell us of how nature may know the left from right and what part "I Ching" played in one physics office at Princeton - where Kerson Hunag was a postdoc then, and C. N. Yang a physicist, a few months away from his Nobel Prize with T. D. Lee.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Version of the I-Ching
The Problem with the I Ching is that you can't tell which version to buy without reading the actual text from the book, which you can not do over the computer. You actually need to go to a physical store and compare the different translations of the I-Ching and see which version suits you best, BUT THIS VERSION IS THE BEST. Its the one I bought after going to the store and reading and comparing the other versions.

The text is so much more readable and understandable than the other versions of the I-Ching they sell. It at times seems like someone who knows what you are doing is talking to you when you ask a question and then read the text from this book. Its not a jumble of confusion like the other versions. That is what made me buy the book.

Other versions of the I- Ching have lines that can not be understood, and didn't seem to realate to the question i asked. Every line of text in this book is clear to read, understand and I could usually just read the sentences and know how they related to the question I asked. That is not always true with the I ching. When the sentences in the other I-ching books don't make sense you have to figure them out before you can even apply them to your question. That does not happen with this book. It reads like someone is "talking" to you. The sentences just make sense.

Also, there is a very easy to undersand chart in the back of the book on how to form a hexagram some books leave this out or the chart is difficult to understand. In summary this book makes the I- Ching understandable.

3-0 out of 5 stars Depends on your point of view
Whether or not you like this sparse, minimalist I Ching will depend on if you consider the later Confucian commentaries to be mere ornamentation or a natural, organic development and unfolding of the I Ching. Is the I Ching we have today a growth in understanding? If your answer is "yes", get Wilhelm and Walker. If your answer is "no", get Huang.

5-0 out of 5 stars A concise, very useable guide
For those interested in diviniation rather than dogma, this is the I Ching translation of choice. The Huangs' translation is clear, with useful historical notations which illuminate the Western user. This is an ideal tool for divination and meditation. ... Read more


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