The I Ching with Clarity podcast dives into real I Ching readings, relishing the way the oracle dissolves barriers between spiritual connection and ordinary life. Once a month, I’ll explore a new reading, aiming both to make interpretation accessible to beginners and to share some rich imagination food for more experienced diviners.
Portrait of a relationship
49:03A reading for an I Ching Community member, Honey, aka MeltingPot247, with four moving lines full of darkness and warnings - What do I need to know about this relationship as it is now? The answer: Hexagram 32, Lasting, changing at lines 1, 3 4 and 6 to 41, Decrease. changing to There's a lot to listen to, here: how Honey's experiencing the tension between the two hexagrams, the realities of Lasting and her need for Decrease; how she recognises each moving line (especially line 6, which was much clearer to her than it was to me!); how the Steps of Change help her to 'find herself' at each stage; how an overall picture comes together. In the reading, I mention the Chinese characters for the names of the two hexagrams. You can see them both and read more about them at LiSe Heyboer's website: Heng, Lasting and Sun, Decrease. And if you'd like more information about Change Circle, Clarity's core membership, here you go.
Podcast #18: dream and decision
38:06In this episode, Raka shares two readings: 'What if I go back to university for postgraduate studies?' Yi answers with Hexagram 22, Beauty, changing at line 2 to 26, Great Taming: changing to and 'What if I just leave this whole university thing?' ...which gave her Hexagram 20, Seeing, changing at lines 1 and 5 to 27, Nourishment: changing to I'm sorry about the sound quality, which isn't up to my usual standards - I hope it won't detract from your enjoyment of the episode. And please rate, review and/or share - thank you!
From my readings journal
19:07In this episode, I share a couple of readings from my journal: 'What about leaving this volunteering role?' 32.3 to 40'What do I do when I'm there?' 61.4.6 to 58 And I talk about conversation with Yi, the interplay of text and structure, catching up with the reading years later, and the experience of having an oracle slap me round the face with a wet fish. Sign up here for a free I Ching chat to be shared on the podcast.
Camping on the left
35:06In this podcast episode, Lucy asks why she's hesitant to use her gifts - and Yi responds with Hexagram 7, the Army, changing at line 4 to Hexagram 40, Releasing: changing to The moving line: 'The army camps on the left,No mistake.'Hexagram 7, line 4 ...which certainly casts new light on this idea of 'hesitation'. I've added an interlude part-way through, where I talk about the relating hexagram and its role in the reading. As ever, I'd welcome your feedback!
What are New Years?
15:52For this 15th episode of the I Ching with Clarity podcast, I asked the oracle to explain the whole idea of a 'New Year' to me. 'What's a creative way to imagine New Year? What's its deeper significance?' Yi responds with Hexagram 57, Subtly Penetrating, changing at lines 2 and 5 to 52, Stilling: changing to A short episode, this one, with only my voice. (Back to listener readings next month! And you're very welcome to share one of yours - you can book a reading here.) I hope you enjoy it, and I wish you a very happy New Year, where nothing fails to bear fruit.
27:34In this fourteenth episode of the I Ching with Clarity podcast, Sasha shares a relationship reading: Hexagram 29, the Repeating Chasms, with no changing lines: If you've ever wondered what to make of an unchanging reading, this one could be helpful: we take our time exploring the hexagram's atmosphere, its context - where it comes from, what it isn't saying - and, most importantly, what Sasha recognises about it. I also experimented with adding an 'interlude' mid-reading to explain how I was using the patterns of the extended Sequence to tell more of the reading's story. Let me know whether that's useful! If you'd like to have a reading in a future episode - it's free, of course - please book here.
On the cusp
37:35Episode 13 of the I Ching with Clarity podcast features an author who's on the cusp of sending her book out into the world, just not quite sure why she doesn't feel ready for this. Is this the time, or should she wait? Yi gave her Hexagram 42, Increasing, changing at lines 5 and 6 to 24, Returning: changing to Line 5 is lovely: 'True and confident, with a benevolent heart,No question: good fortune from the source.Truth, confidence and benevolence are my own strength.'Hexagram 42, line 5 Line 6... isn't: 'Absolutely no increase in this,Maybe someone strikes this one.The heart's foundation is not lasting,Pitfall'Hexagram 42, line 6 What to make of the contrast, and the 'scary' line? Here's the episode -
About a snake
46:01Pamela contributed a thoroughly unusual reading for episode 12 of the podcast... She asked, 'What do I need to know about the snake?' and Yi answered with Hexagram 8, Seeking Union, changing at lines 1, 3 and 5 to 36, Brightness Hiding: changing to Here's the snake in question (with thanks to Pamela for the photo): - listen to the episode for the full story. And here are three Chinese characters I mentioned during our conversation: Bi, name of Hexagram 8Yong, ever-flowingYuan, wellspring (Isn't that an interesting visual 'rhyme' between bi and yong?) With its three moving lines, this reading's a bit longer than previous episodes. I hope you still enjoy it - let me know!
Yi on authenticity
36:54This is episode 11 of the I Ching with Clarity podcast, featuring another listener's reading. Sarah asked, "How can I better convey my authentic and true self with others?" and Yi replied with Hexagram 45, Gathering, changing at lines 4,5 and 6 to 23, Stripping Away - changing to It's a deep, rich reading, profoundly reassuring. As we were talking about 45.5 - 'Gathering together has a position.No mistake.No trust at all.From the source, ever-flowing constancy.Regrets vanish.'Hexagram 45, line 5 - I showed Sarah this page of ancient forms of the character yong, 'perpetual, ever-flowing', which shows a human figure flowing with the river currents. The story it reminded me of was this one, from Zhuangzi. Enjoy the reading! And if you'd like a free podcast reading yourself, you're very welcome to apply here.
Advice for an author
28:57Episode 10 of the I Ching with Clarity podcast features a listener's reading. Lynn Keller's book, Thanksgiving in America, is just coming out; she asked Yi what her focus should be now with the book, and received Hexagram 33, Retreating, changing at lines 3 and 4 to 20, Seeing. changing to In the course of the reading I mention a few Chinese characters: 遯 dun, Retreat. I couldn't find an image of the ancient character online, but LiSe shows us the components. 觀 guan, Seeing - the bird with great eyes and a crest, a heron: guan, seeing, from hanziyuan.net and 好 hao, 'loving, good' (from 33.4), showing a mother and child: hao, good, from hanziyuan.net As I mentioned on the podcast, the Yijing Foundations Class is coming up in September. Do have a look through the details at https://www.onlineclarity.co.uk/c/yijing-foundations-class/, and if you're interested, sign up for more information.