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I Ching Interpretations - Hexagram 40 & 24

Updated on July 16, 2014
The 8 Basic Trigrams Of The I Ching
The 8 Basic Trigrams Of The I Ching

Origins of the I Ching

If you're reading this, you probably know something about the I Ching or Book of Changes which I said to be the oldest oracle in the world with roots going back to 8th century BC. You've probably consulted it and received answers that may sound cryptic to you. Better understanding will come with longer experience, as it has in my case.

The eight basic trigrams that form the base for the 64 hexagrams of the I Ching are said to have been created by China's first emperor, the great sage Fu Hsi. He studied nature and his inner self and came to understand how the energies of yin and yang create all things. He also understood that nothing is constant but change.

Yin And Yang Lines Make Up The Hexagrams In The Book Of Changes
Yin And Yang Lines Make Up The Hexagrams In The Book Of Changes

The Wisdom of the I Ching

This ancient Chinese oracle helps you to go with the flow of the universe rather than against it. If you follow its advice, you will find life is smooth because you'll know when to stop and start. The I Ching is uncanny in its accuracy. It shows you the way of the "superior man" and the "inferior man."

It tells you what to expect when you act as either one. Carl Jung wrote an interesting introduction, describing his own experience with this "singular book" for his friend Richard Wilhelm's best-selling book on the I Ching.

The I Ching Is Known As One Of The Oldest Books In The World
The I Ching Is Known As One Of The Oldest Books In The World

Testing The I Ching's Accuracy

You'll find plenty of websites that help interpret the answers you get from the I Ching, but it's rare to find one that actually traces the outcome of the hexagram, which determines the accuracy of the answer. I have always kept notes of questions and outcomes, and am glad to share them with you.

Question: Will X's friend sponsor my visit to The Netherlands?

Answer: Hexagram 40 - Release/Liberation

The Judgment advises that if something is to be done, it should be done quickly.

The hexagram represents release from tension.

Analysis and Outcome: My friend with the influential uncle was told by her travel agent that she needed to present a letter of invitation/sponsorship from someone in The Netherlands or in Germany in order to procure her visa. She contacted her friend in The Netherlands and was told that her friend would try to arrange one for her. However, this did not work out. Finally, she found that she did not need an invitation at all as her uncle helped her get her visa. This was her release.

Question to the Book of Changes

Question: What if I hire the new maid?

This young woman seemed heaven-sent being from the city where I was born and so able to speak my language.

Answer: Hexagram 24 - Returning

Analysis and Outcome: There were no moving lines which made it rather difficult to ascertain the answer.

The Judgment predicts success and the going and coming of friends. To undertake something brings benefit. It also mentions "returning on the seventh day" after which a new cycle begins..

The maid worked beautifully for two days -- much better than my old help, but disappeared after that and I never saw her again. I wonder if it had something to do with the hexagram being 'locked' (no moving lines). Yes, we were of like mind being from the same place. But she 'returned' I assume to where she came from.

As you can see, the accuracy of the I Ching is mind-boggling.


Carl Jung's Introduction to Richard Wilhelm's book:

I Ching Histories:

Terence McKenna - Time and the I Ching


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      Anita Saran 3 years ago from Bangalore, India

      Thanks a ton Hackslap. Believe me, this is the most accurate system of divination and also shows you how to live the superior life

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      Harry 3 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I need to learn more about I-Ching ..Im an avid follower of numerology and astrology (Chinese and the Zodiac) and am a Reiki healer but didn't quite come to grips with this ... interesting hub..voted up!