I did not find the topic on the forum, so I opened one. At various times during my life I have been draw to I-Ching. This is weird, as I am always very reticent about magic or divination practices that are very specific of a culture of which I know little or nothing. I bought the only I-Ching book that I own (translation from Chinese of Richard Wilhelm with a foreword of Jung) when i was fourteen. I have used it on and off (more off than on), as I've always found it extremely fascinating but also very obscure. However, about one month ago I took it up again and I have a feeling this time is for good.
For those of you who do not know, I-Ching, or The Book of Changes, is a Chinese book of oracles dating back to about 3000 BC. The book contains sixty-four hexagrams, which are derived from eight trigrams. Trigrams are made of lines, which can be whole or broken (I don't know if you say this in English, sorry). Broken or whole lines can be fixed or mobile. If they are mobile, they change to their opposite and give life to a new hexagram. Lines are drawn using three coins or straws. I've always used the coins, so I am not familiar with the straw method.
To each hexagram in the books corresponds a response. The response is in short verses, and can also contains an Image, more verses. Comments to he verses are available. I think this is the most difficult part of the process of divination with I-Ching, as the responses can be very 'obscure'. This is, I think, because I-Ching is a fundamental text of Chinese culture, and I am a Westerner with very little knowledge of Chinese society. However, I find that with practice, and mostly by getting to know the trigrams, the sentences and the images appear much clearer.
So all this to ask: does any of you have experience with I-Ching? Do you know of any good book around? If you use it, how often do you use it? Do you find that the more you use it the more it speaks to you, or is it the opposite?
Sorry for the flood of questions!