The Visionary I Ching, presented in this section, is a non-sexist, non-militarist interpretation — with inspirational art for each of the I Ching hexagrams — that renders this ancient divination system more useful as an enlightened decision-making tool for modern times. We offer this section as a supplementary or alternative resource for I Ching users, along with instruction to help beginners easily learn to use three coins to consult this inspired system of timeless wisdom and advice.
Paul O’Brien‘s discovery of the I Ching as a teenager in San Francisco — followed by over 20 years of studying the revered oracle — led to the composing of this modern but faithful I Ching interpretation, originally for use in one of the first multimedia programs called Synchronicity (1989), then the more immersive Oracle of Changes CD-Rom (adding a meditative sound track and original art for each hexagram in 1997), and creation of I-Ching.com and Tarot.com (2000).
- 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).