I Ching Explorer

Asking I Ching Oracle
How I Ching divination works?
It connects you to the Universe which reads your heart and reflects back to your mind your position in the world at the moment of asking your question. It is more like a weather forecast about what can soon happen, rather than a police report about something what has already happened. Understanding that fact, always put your question in specific time-frame. The shorter the time-frame – the more accurate answer you will get.
What Questions to Ask?
Ask clear inambiguous questions. Never forget that vague questions produce vague answers.
How to Ask it?
Calmly reflect, or even better - meditate on it - to internalize what you want to ask. Ask your question from the heart, not from the head. Often times you will have to go thru your inner-self to better understand what exactly bothers you and what actually you want to ask to clarify your situation. Always keep in mind – you will get the answer to the question you asked, not to the questions you meant to ask.
How Accurate Is It
The best testimony we can share here about I Ching accuracy is to repeat words of Richard Craze:
“In all the years I have studied and used the I Ching I have never failed to be amazed by its accuracy. At times it has given answers that seem to make no sense, but they invariably prove to be correct later. When I have followed its advice I have benefited. When I have chosen to ignore its advice I have regretted it. I am not slave to it – but I do respect its power and charm. As an oracle, the I Ching often seems to know more about what is going on in my life than I do.”
What not to ask.
We are sure, you have heard this expression – “You get what you give”. Ability to ask right questions is at least 50% of your success here. Never ask “Yes-No” questions – you will never get a Yes-No answer – our world is not a black-and-white and I Ching is very clear about that. For example, never ask “Will I get promotion in my job” – you will get an insight about your general situation at your job and what important factors affect your current situation, but there will be no Yes-No answer from I Ching! Questions like “Will I get promotion in my job in the next 12 month” are slightly better – at least your question is time-framed now, but a time-frame is too long and after all - it is still Yes-No question. But you can re-phrase your question and ask instead – “What life has in store for me about my job promotion in the next 6 month?” Similarly, don’t ask – “If I do this and that will I get this and that back?” But you can ask – “If you I do this and that what can I expect in the next N weeks”.
Not Asking the Same Question Twice.
Never ask the same question multiple times in consecutive casting session. You will get corrupted answers – your state of mind changes every time you cast, so the answer will be actually relegated to that state of you, not the original question you asked. As Mondo Secter very accurately explains in his book ([2], p.75): “When you ask a question over again, even if the words are changed or rearranged, you are really asking another very different question from the one written down or expressed. The real question the second time is: “I want to know why I doubt or do not (wish to) accept the original hexagram response to my inquiry””. If you are not certain that you can interpret answer, try to reflect on it and internalize what you heard from I Ching. Ask new question directly reflecting your concern. Or even better - give some time for dust to settle down – day or two, maybe week or even more will help to clear the “mind waters”. The longer the break, the better - your situation will move forward to more clear state. Then rephrase your question and ask again.
Questions without a Target Time Interval.
Everything in our lives is a function of time – timeless questions produce timeless answers. Always frame your questions into specific time interval, the shorter the time interval - the better. Six lines in hexagram are progressing in sequence, one by one, from the bottom line to the top one. Therefore, a duration of time the each line in hexagram representing is generally 1/6 of the whole time frame for your hexagram. We recommend to use a time frame which is a multiple of six – six days, six weeks or six month. While it is not strictly necessary, this time framing approach is aligned with a number of lines in hexagram and normally makes mapping I Ching’s answer to the time frame in your question much easier for you. For example, if as the answer to your question, you have received a hexagram with a moving 4th line, then the main change to happen during 4th time slot of your original question time frame. And I Ching explanation around 4th line in text for that hexagram will describe the situation you have to pay most attention. This line will be a culmination point of that hexagram reading for your whole question. If your question doesn’t have an explicit time frame it suggested you have a default time frame set for yourself. 3 month (12 weeks) or 6 months (24 weeks) considered to be good examples of it. Mondo Secter [2], p. 41 What specific default time frame to use in your casting? It is a question you have to ask to yourself. Try to find what works for you best – your mental and emotional speed of life, pace of your character, dynamics of society you live in – all these factors will affect your very own default time frame. Once you have selected that default time frame for yourself, try to reflect on it to make it a real default in your mind.
Some Useful Questions Examples.
Many questions people ask I Ching fit to the following question groups:
  • Love Matters
  • Career Issues
  • Finances
  • Family Situation
  • Life goals and paths
  • Stressful issues
  • Travel
Some Examples of Real Questions Often Asked from I Ching
  • What can I expect if I travel now?
  • What can I expect if I travel later?
  • What effect in my family life I will have if I accept job offer from Company A?
  • What can I expect professionally if I accept job offer from Company A?
  • I am falling in love with that person – please comment.
  • What life has in store for me for the next 6 month?
  • I have a relationship problems. What aspect of my character I should improve (change) in the next 12 month to make my relationships work?
  • Would you comment on difficulties I have at my job now?
It is very important to write down your question. Always write a date, time and your location along with your question. After you get your answer hexagram – write it down to the same paper. Keep all your enquires to I Ching in the special paper folder for later reflections on your spiritual journey.