I Ching — The Book of Changes
The Visionary I Ching, fully presented in this section, is a non-sexist, non-militarist interpretation of the ancient oracle, with the addition of inspirational art for each of the I Ching hexagrams. Paul O’Brien’s modernized version renders this revered divination system more useful as an enlightened decision-making aid for modern times. We offer this section of the website as a supplementary or alternative resource for I Ching users, along with instruction to help beginning users easily learn how to use three coins to consult this inspired repository of timeless wisdom and advice.
O’Brien‘s discovery of the I Ching as a teenager in San Francisco — followed by three decades studying the oracle as well as Carl Jung’s work on the Synchronicity Principle — ultimately resulted in the composition of this modern but faithful I Ching interpretation. The text was originally written for use in a very early multimedia program — an interactive I Ching program called Synchronicity (1989); later came the more immersive Oracle of Changes CD-Rom (adding a meditative sound track and original art for each hexagram in 1997), and the creation of I-Ching.com and Tarot.com interactive websites (2000, sold in 2007).
As of 2014, the Visionary I Ching became available as an illustrated ebook for Kindle or iPad.
For Apple or Android smartphones, there is now an elegant and easy-to-use Visionary I Ching APP!
- How To: Give Yourself an I Ching Reading
- Interpret: I Ching Hexagram Lookup and Interpretations
- Photo Album: Hexagram Artwork
- Article: History of the I Ching
Other I Ching Books and Resources
Like any ancient text, there are I Ching books on the market today that offer an assortment of translations. A few have modernized the text, removing gender bias and archaic language. Others have elaborated on the explanations, and only roughly paraphrase the original text. There is a range of quality in translations. Although the Wilhelm/Baynes version by Princeton Press, with its forward by Carl Jung, is the most popular, it is tainted by the politics of the Chinese 19th century and tends to be stilted in a slightly Germanic way (translated into English from German). It does, however, faithfully preserved the militarism and sexism of patriarchal China going back to the time of Confucius and before. Another version that is also faithful to the original Chinese, but far easier to digest, is The Complete I Ching: The Definitive Translation by the Taoist Master Alfred Huang, a modern I Ching scholar, former dean of Shanghai University (imprisoned for criticizing Mao).