I Ching Reading A Step-by-Step Guide

Any coins that have distinct heads/tails will work just fine. Have fun!

Hexagram 54 Kuei Mei – Marrying Maiden

And what if the sign-changer is in the first or last line?

Just I wanted to ask you about the hexagram readings (the 64 reading )

Thanks for sharing this interesting hub.

Do not anticipate the future or hold on to the past at this point. Nip cynicism in the bud, so intuition can flow and so that you can be receptive to the advice of a wiser adult.

Thanks for letting me know, Livelonger. I will for sure!

Anamika S Jain9 years agofrom Mumbai – Maharashtra, India

A period is coming which requires a return to simplicity. Restrict the demands of the ego to strive for success and the achievement of your goals. Your power is limited but by retreating inward and exercising self-discipline it is possible to rely on inner strength to get through this lean period.

Now is a time of increasing fortune. Watch and wait as things progress on their own. Consolidate your strength and energy for the time of growth that is coming soon.

Hexagram 51 Chen – Thunder/The arousing

Hexagram 62 Hsiao Kua – Great Smallness

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Do not be shaken off course by externalities; if you are, take a long, hard look at yourself and correct any deficiencies you see. The truly powerful person is unmoved by such occurrences, being in complete harmony with the laws of the universe.

Changing Yins (like the 3rd and 6th lines in my drawing, remember, bottom to top) are broken (yin) in the before scenario, and solid (yang) in the after scenario. I think of that X binding the two segments together, creating a solid line.

——— X ——— = 6th/final toss; 3 tails

Jason Menayan6 years agofrom San Francisco

Jason Menayan10 years agofrom San Francisco

IULIA: Read the blue box above Any changing signs?.

Rand Zacharias7 years agofrom Kelowna, British Columbia

Youre facing a period of potential growth and a fresh start, maybe with some initial difficulty. The new situation can develop in any direction. Accept any help that is offered to you and stick to your plan. Allow the situation to resolve itself.

Hexagram 36 Ming I – Darkening of the Light

There is an obstacle here, possibly an incorrect attitude that needs to be dealt with. Try to see the problem clearly. Forcefulness will bring misfortune. Use your inner strength to withdraw.

jcwin2288 years agofrom Yonago, Japan

Outstanding work. Ive studied the I Ching for years and there are insights and information here that I never knew or understood. I can see why it took so long to put it all together. Thank you for your time and effort.

Be steadfast in your purpose and resolve, and exemplary in your actions. Be an inspiration to others, and enjoy their support towards achieving a worthy goal.

———-O——— = 5th toss; 3 heads

Thx for the easy explanation..hartelijk bedankt 😉

Great Hub. I have a big copy of the I Ching. Ive read it som, but havent really used it much. This has inspird me to do more. Im really fascinated with chinese philosophy and culture

Hex 5 should be Water over Heaven not Heaven over Water. I know its such a minor triviality, but even so I thought you might want to know. Other than that I learned a lot from this post. I liked your suggestion of choosing 3 coins with personal meaning. I use 3 coins I earned in the army. My first ever throw I came up with hex 6 which made me a believer, so thanks for posting.

bheemsemali6 years agofrom New Delhi

Oh my god this post is amazing! I nev

Hexagram 23: Po – Stripping Away/Splitting apart

3 tails is changing Yin which means it is the same as Yin (broken line) at first, and then changes to Yang (solid line).

(For some reason in my hubber fan club list, its saying this was published 13 *months* ago??)

namaste,nice work. may masters bless u.

When surrounded by difficult circumstances, keep your inner light burning to help guide you through difficulties. Giving in to weakness or feelings of despair when progress stalls dims the brightness within. Set aside distracting emotions, and continue to work hard at maintaining your inner truth. You will enjoy slow but steady progress, so have faith in the creative power of the universe.

These are trying times with seemingly intractable problems and little progress. Face this time of adversity with calmness and equanimity. Take the time to self-assess.

Hexagram 34 Ta Chuang – The Power of Greatness

Jason Menayan10 years agofrom San Francisco

All six of your lines could potentially be changing; thats OK. If you have *any* at all, then you will have a before and after scenario with 2 readings. If all of your lines are stable (i.e. none that are changing) then you will have only one reading.

I was such a I-Ching freak ten years ago. I always travelled with three coins and I=Ching books, and used to cast teh coins at every doubt or choice! Now Im not that neurotic, and only consult it on important issues, after I have exhausted my mental resources. I also have a feeling that it is putting me in touch with my inner mind.

Hexagram 21 Shih Ho – Biting Through

Forcing your way will only bring misfortune. Remain focused on your plan and surpass obstacles with gentleness and decorum. Stay focused on the long term. Plant the seeds for success now, and reap a bountiful harvest in the future. Cultivate tolerance, patience, detachment and adaptability. Understand that all you have the power to change is yourself.

First, see if your resulting hexagram has any changing signs–any 3 heads or 3 tails tosses. If it does, it means you have two readings – see the note to the right on how to interpret.

If this is an accurate guide, you have done a masterful job! Ive been trying to learn, read and interpret for years, and your guide is a delightful end to a frustrating and disappointing search! AND, a new beginning for continuing study! Thank you!

Now is a good time to begin a new undertaking, but make sure your inner foundation is strong. You have the momentum and energy to see plans through. Avoid egocentricity.

Very interesting! I have used I ching several times but I havent been able to understand much. Your interpretations make more sense.

Kristen Howe2 years agofrom Northeast Ohio

please explain this reading to me..I am lost.

Wow, this is soo cool.I will have to give it a try.I will rate up and follow. Thank you.

By being to yourself and honest, you will enter a period of great abundance. Now is an opportunity for you to shine, but dont forget to keep your humility and integrity. If you abuse your strength, you will lose it.

This is an extensive and excellent hub on I ching. Can you use any coins or does it have to be specific? Great work!

Good times are approaching. Your undertakings will meet with success. People above you will offer help and support. Dont lose sight of what brought you here.

Hexagram 32 Heng – Persistence/Duration

——————– = 2nd toss; 2 tails, 1 head

What should I be doing in order to get my career on track?

Everything seems to be going wrong. Attempting to influence the situation will only prolong it. Withdraw now, wait patiently, and allow everything to settle.

Hexagram 25 Wu Wang – Correctness/Innocence

I was curious about how it worked. Thanks. I can print this out and give it a try.

Hexagram 29 Kan – The Deep/The Abyss

On my opinion, I-ching is a book about the transformation of the energy more than diving . It can be use into geographic(Fengshui),body(traditional chinese medicine) and the hardcore of culture

Be true to yourself and the creative forces of the universe will be at your disposal. Trust that fate works in ways that are sometimes difficult to understand, but that you are learning lessons that will serve you well in life.

This gives you a hexagram (6-lines).

If you eliminate the sign-changing toss from the diagram, leaving FIVE lines, how do you have a first 3 plus a last 3 equalling SIX lines to look up the meaning of? Do you toss again? And do you break those tosses up right down the middle no matter where the changing sign appears, or ignore some tosses or add some as needed?

Hexagram 46 Sheng – Ascending/Pushing upwards

You are receptive to the wisdom of the universe; assess yourself and the situation and see things the way they are, instead of the way you want them to be. The creative power of the universe works in mysterious ways, influencing situations and people.

Jason Menayan6 years agofrom San Francisco

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You are under unbearable stress. It is likely youll give in. You understandably want to escape the situation, but that will only delay the inevitable. Constantly running weakens your resolve and worsens your problems. A time to stand firm. You are ready. Rely on your inner truth and integrity and you will emerge stronger. This might require a sacrifice, but you will see the fruits of your efforts if you persevere.

Hexagram 45 Tsui – Gathering Together

Hollie Thomas6 years agofrom United Kingdom

By feeding the desires of the ego, we encourage the growth of inferior spiritual qualities such as envy, self-pity, and distrust. Through meditation we cultivate tranquility and receptiveness that allows wisdom to flow in.

You can also cut the hexagram in half to yield two trigrams (3-line patterns): anupper(4th through 6th toss) andlower(1st through 3rd toss).

Fantastic hub, explained so clearly. 🙂

This is as much fun as any tarot or fortune teller reading. Thanks, livelonger.

Gennifer8 years agofrom Minsk, Belarus

Ashok Rajagopalan10 years agofrom Chennai

Try to remain open-minded and open to criticism and feedback; they will allow you to grow and become wise. This is your time to follow since there you do not have enough experience to lead or initiate change. Maintain and develop your inner strength for when youll need it in the future.

Rik Rodriguez10 years agofrom Hawaii

——— . ——— = 3rd toss; 1 tail, 2 heads

——— . ——— = 4th toss; 1 tail, 2 heads

What will my love life look like over the next few months?

Hexagram 20 Kuan – Observing/Contemplation

The I Ching as a wellspring of spiritual sustenance that is available to anyone who wishes to draw from it. But is also a reminder to treat that deep wisdom with respect and not to muddy its waters with frivolous queries or indifference.

Take a break from the situation and examine yourself for attitudes that need correcting. Seek the advice of someone whose judgment you trust.

Hexagram 31 Hsein – Sensitivity/Influence

Hexagram 64 Wei Chi – Before Completion

Remain calm and detached in the face of hostile provocations from others who seek to undermine your resolve. Your character is being tested. Hold on to your inner truth. Use these difficulties as opportunities to understand the situation better. Some people may be afraid and jealous of your spiritual progress. Ignore them and stay focused.

It has been years since I did I Ching with coins – I forgot how relaxing / entertaining / insightful / frustrating it could be for me. Interestingly, I did not see hardly any I Ching in Vietnam, Cambodia or Thailand when recently there. I have to admit that I did not spend much time (other than cafes) in the china town sections of cities in these countries where it would most likely be found.

When faced with obstacles, look within yourself and see if there any negative attitudes that are presenting difficulties. Correcting them will bring relief. The work you have done on yourself will bring release, presenting the way clear for steady progress. Now is a time to step forward with confidence and balance. Dont brood on what has gone; just forgive and forget the past. They were lessons you needed to reach this point.

Gently overcome any impasses that are in your way. Be consistent and have well defined goals to focus on. This way changes will have a long-term and far-reaching effects.

Thanks, EA, LM IS. Isabella – I started it 13 months ago, but it hadnt been published until last night. Strange that its showing up that way!

Hexagram 60 Chieh – Restraint-Limitation

If you know and respect your personal limits, you will have greater freedom of expression within them. It is wise to restrain the desires and fears that are the cause of troubled thinking.

Ask an open-ended question (not a yes-or-no question), and if you want to reflect on it later, record it in your notebook.

The timeframe should be over the next few weeks or months.

You do not eliminate anything. The X in changing Yin just means its broken at first, and then changes to solid.

I read this article after that my heart said to me you should be thankful to writer of this article.

Live for the present, and make the most of this time of abundance and influence to achieve great gains.

Jason Menayan6 years agofrom San Francisco

The question should be something that youre currently preoccupied with, to make sure your official question and your real question (the one that youre thinking about) are one and the same. If you ask a question thats different from what youre really thinking about, the I Ching will often answer the question thats at top of mind, not the one you wrote in your notebook.

Hexagram 56 Lu – Travel/The Wanderer

Hexagram 6 Sung – Contention Conflict

Im also confused about the changing signs.

Great progress. Keep your actions pure and simple, or your judgment will become impaired. Work on progress for its own sake rather than in the pursuit of selfish goals.

For a guidebook, Ive used plenty, and strongly preferThe Everyday I Chingby Sarah Dening. It provides clear, easy-to-understand explanations of the readings in contemporary English.

I have 3 shiny pennies that I keep when I need some insight into things. The I Ching as been a wonderful friend and teacher that I turn to when I find I need to balance my thoughts. Change is not easy but I have always seemed to be able to find my way when I toss those 3 shiny pennies . .great reference you have created here. . .

Hexagram 39 Chien – Halting/Obstruction

Be like a warm spring wind which blows gently but with great persistence over the winter ice, gradually melting it and allowing the river to flow freely again.

Hexagram 47 Kun – Repression/Oppression

sunstreeks10 years agofrom Western Washington

Jason Menayan2 years agofrom San Francisco

Lets say that all of your coin tosses yield Yin or Yang, except your fourth toss yields a changing Yin. This means the first reading (before-change), this line isYin, while in the second (after-change) reading, the line isYang.

Jason Menayan6 years agofrom San Francisco

Hexagram 35: Chin – Advancement/Progress

Great Hub on I Ching. I have been wanting to know more about this. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Youre gaining power and strength, but beware complacency. Maintain patience, humility, calmness and detachment. Wait for the appropriate time to act and stay balanced. Avoid misguided beliefs in your power to influence things to your own benefit as the resulting misfortune will be great.

(You can also do simple readings online nowadays. At the end of this Hub, Ill provide some links.)

It is not possible to reach any kind of understanding if we indulge in such feelings as pride, anger or self-pity. I Ching counsels us to leave emotional responses behind and to try to understand the truth of a situation.

Hexagram 52 Ken – Mountain/Keeping still

Hexagram 61 Chung Fu – Inmost Sincerity/Inner Truth

Thanks for the fast reply!! OK, so… for the purposes of analysis, does the sign-changing toss get counted as what it starts out as or what it ends up as? Do the 6 lines get broken into the first and 2nd sets of 3 no matter where the sign-changing toss is? How do you analyze a 3-line group when all the analyses are for 6-line groups? And what if you have multiple sign-changing tosses out of 6, which is what I got?

Toss your coins, while thinking about your question, six times. Record the pattern of heads and tails according to the key below. The pattern of lines should gofrom bottom to topin your notebook. For example:

Fantastic hub about I Ching, lots of information

Resisting the flow of creative energy compounds negative attitudes inside us, which in turn increases resistance in a vicious circle. Everything we experience gives us an opportunity to learn and grow, but we must be willing to scratch beneath the surface.

Thank you everyone. Ive actually been working on this hub for about a *year*. I would work on a section, then forget about it for 3-4 months, add another section, wait another 3 months, etc. Finally wrapped it up last night!

There is disorder. There is an opportunity to fix the situation by righting wrong ideas and attitudes. You need strength of character and decisive action, but first figure out where the source of disorder is. When youve identified it, work quickly.

looking for 31 in the hexagram map is hard. there are however 2 21s.

Newbie: Here is a pic of a drawing I made that hopefully explains it a bit better:

I-ching is a book pretending to to divine, this is the only way to let it survived from the acient kingdoms cencership.

I-Ching is more of philosophical book. I benefitted a lot by reading the original text in Chinese.

Great progress can be made at this time by continuing along with the right set of plans. Ask help from those willing to give it. Nothing can stand in your way if you push steadily towards completion.

Beginners luck will run out. Seek support and guidance from an experienced teacher and be prepared to learn from your mistakes. (This divination sometimes comes when you keep on asking the same question again and again)

Wow thats quite an indepth hub on iching reading. Well done!

Following the right plan will bring about a happy union that is mutually beneficial to both parties involved. Be open-minded and diplomatic to receive benefits from external influences. To have a beneficial influence on others you need to maintain inner independence and integrity, acting from a position of quiet inner truth and humility.

What is needed is a calm observation. It is not possible to be still with strong emotions, so abandon them. Know when to lie still, and when to act.

I am confused about the changing signs. I got a changing yang line at my 5th throw. What do I do now?

Hexagram 33 Tun – Withdrawal/Retreat

Best explanation Ive seen for beginner, thanks.

That was fun! Id written about the I Ching when doing a short story memoir about Philip K. Dick.

Sticking to the right principles will give you the strength to live a joyful and fulfilling life, able to face difficulties with equanimity and attain independence.

By forcing your viewpoint instead of accepting what comes, youve brought on opposition. Let go of your fears, doubts and impatience, and communicate with others to develop an understanding that will resolve conflict. Accept and respect the advice of someone wiser than you are.

I personally use 3 Dutch guilder coins, since my time in Netherlands has special significance to me, and with the advent of the euro, these coins are out of circulation. For my parents, I bought pennies off eBay minted on the years of their birth, of their immigration to the US, and of their marriage.

To act on desires is to fail to follow the right principles. There will always be desires and problems in relationships but by following proper conduct their effects will be minimal.

Examination of your own actions and words for their sincerity will lead to stronger bonds with others. Be steadfast in your principles; dont give in to temptations and difficulties. Be true and sincere, and youll achieve a lot.

The best way to proceed is to stay alert, cautious, reserved and respectful of others that you meet. Follow your instincts and avoid the cultivation of unnecessary emotional attachments.

Kristen Howe2 years agofrom Northeast Ohio

Resist egotistical influences in order to make a breakthrough. By resisting emotional overreactions, it is possible to defuse the situation before it causes problems.

If there are any changing signs, that means you have two readings. The first reading tells how things currently are, while the second reading tells you how they will be after the period of change/flux is over.

Hexagram 12 Pi – Stagnation/Standstill

Ditto to all the great comments above! I found this information highly helpful and I am very grateful for the time and energy youve put into creating this hub. Thank you, livelonger

Hexagram 53 Chien – Growth/Development

Thank you, I finally understand. Another site said to add up the numbers to find the hexagram. However, the hexagram I produced from 6 throws was visually different than the I Ching hexagram of that number.

Interpretation: Break up your resulting hexagram into two trigrams — yourlower trigram(your first 3 tosses) and yourupper trigram(your last 3 tosses). Then, find the number for the match in the grid below:

From where you brought it . Its concrete and constant submitted by the aurthors of the I Ching or there is another sourses

I cant wait to try this! I have read abut Ching before. I flip coins all the time to make decisions!

Call me what you want, but theI Ching divinationhas given me remarkably good advice over the years. I started in mid-2002 and do a reading for myself every month or so. A reading involves tossing 3 coins six times, and recording the number of heads and tails. The pattern gives you an answer to your question.

To make life better we must have this or must do that, but the material gains do not bring lasting joy as there will always be something else to have or do. I Ching says that to be fulfilled we need to devote ourselves to the principles of humility, detachment, modesty and acceptance.

Newbie: Please look at the graphic right above that (the coins with the yellow and white background).

oh my god…thanks a ton ..just explored a new field….thanks a ton

Accept the way things are and stay steady in response to events. Inner truth and acceptance will lead to contagious happiness.

Great Hub livelonger. I ching always fascinated me. Learned quite a few things here.

Hexagram 16: Yu – Happiness/Enthusiasm

Be careful not to step on others toes and offend. Do not be subservient to those above you nor domineering to those below you. This will give you the confidence you need to succeed.

Hexagram 18 Ku – Disruption/Work on Corruption

Be at peace with the forces of change in life instead of struggling against them. Open your heart and adopt a detached, receptive state that will allow the universe to work everything out.

SunSeven10 years agofrom Singapore / India

Now is the time to wait and have faith in the natural order of things. Take stock of yourself and your situation, and work on any insecurities that cause internal imbalance.

Out of chaos comes order. This can quickly change. Avoid complacency, dont forget what got you this far. It is necessary to be on guard against falling into chaos again.

Jeremy: You are right! Thank you for the correction; Ive amended the entry above.

Hexagram 8 Pi – Union Holding Together

WOW LiveLonger!! What a wonderful Hub!! Thank you soooooooooo much for working on it for so long!! We are all the beneficiaries!! Brilliant work!! Thank you so much!! Blessings to you and yours this Holiday Season!! Earth Angel!!

Great article Chinese culture is interesting. I thought they started using stick or animal bones

Hexagram 40 Hsieh – Liberation/Deliverance

Cultivate the acceptance, humility, modesty and gentleness to attract and develop healthy relationships.

You will work together with others towards a common goal. Deal with reservations and dissent earlier, to head off problems down the road.

This Hub is amazing, Livelonger! Thank you so much for sharing this deep, ancient knowledge in a way that can help a person delve into the wisdom. Best Wishes, Cory

How should I be balancing my work and family commitments with my need for fun and self-fulfillment?

If you want to use the traditional (non-electronic) method, youll need:

Accept the fact that you are faced with unfavorable odds. Withdraw in order to set a strategy in place for a more favorable time to move forward.

3 heads is changing Yang which means it is the same as Yang (solid line) at first, and then changes to Yin (broken line).

Jason Menayan6 years agofrom San Francisco

When faced with difficult circumstances it is tempting to be aggressively, but acting this way will only make things worse. Better to follow a course of patient non-action, relying on the principles of humility, modesty and acceptance. Difficulties will eventually reappear; they are a part of the natural order of things.

Now is a time of growing potential. It is possible to grow to great heights but keep your inner balance that has brought you here. Do not become complacent now.

Hexagram 13 Tung Jen – Companionship

Another alternative, popular among I Ching purists, are Chinese coins. These are also available via eBay for about $5 a set (or less). Youll probably have extras to share with friends who are also interesting in trying out I Ching.

Changes are underway. Analyze your motives and instill the necessary change of heart that will set things in motion. By acting selflessly, success is assured.

Your goal may seem a long way off but with patience and diligence you will achieve it. Keep at it.

A person who does not try too hard to be attractive, but cultivates devotion to the simplicity of the inner truth possesses a grace and beauty that is obvious to everyone.

I keep the coins in a simple, small Chinese silk coin holder. As long as you dont accidentally use the coins to pay for something, you can store them however you like.

Hexagram 3 Chun – Initial Difficulty

Hi, what a great article I love things like this which go beyond the everyday understanding of many mortals. I thoroughly believe we are all having a physical experience in this world but are actually spiritual beings and not the other way round. Finding ones inner self really does go a long way towards ensuring you get on the correct path and find the true meaning.

I have used the I Ching on many occasions to help with questions in my life and I have to say it has been remarkable accurate. Great Hub!

There is a warning here that ignoring problems or dealing with them in a half-hearted manner allows them to fester and multiply. Listen to your intuition and examine any suspicions you have closely.

(or Yi Jing, with Mandarin pronunciation) is an ancient Chinese text meaning. It dates back more than 3000 years, to the Zhou Dynasty in China (the book provided the inspiration for the Zhou dynasty to overthrow the Shang Dynasty in 1070 BC). The book is a foundation for both Confucianism and Taoism (despite how different these two philosophies are).

Changing Yangs (like the 4th line in my drawing) start out solid (yang) but change to broken (yin). I think of that circle cutting a hole in the line, creating 2 segments out of the one unbroken line.

——————– = 1st toss; 2 tails, 1 head

During times of renewal and transformation, there is intense pressure to succeed but, to get anywhere worthwhile, you need to proceed carefully, affirming devotion to higher principles.

What does it mean that part of the result is therefore yin and part of it yang? These terms dont appear anywhere else in the explanation.

Hexagram 4 Meng – Innocence/Inexperience

Hexagram 14 Ta Yu – Great Possession

Nourish what is good within yourself for the benefit of society at large.

A difficult period is approaching. Your run of good fortune has begun to wane. Retreat into yourself and have faith that things will improve sooner if you stick to your plans and dont give up.

Youre facing a time of endurance, which requires perseverance and stamina. Be calm and sincere and be careful to stay true to your path and you will succeed. Remain steadfast. Do not yearn or hope for better things, and do not give in to pessimism, but remain constant and unwavering. Do what needs to be done with calmness, detachment and integrity.

When a group acts together in a spirit of peace and harmony, its strength is magnified making the whole greater than the sum of its parts. This needs a strong leader and a need to deal with the outside world in a calm manner.

Great progress can be made at this time. Beware of complacency and remember the source of your good fortune. Be generous and share with others in a humble and sincere way.

Try to stay modest. You can deal with any challenge if you remain modest and dont lose sight of whats right.

This is fascinating! Ive bookmarked the hub so I can come back to it and make some notes. Thank you Livelonger.

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