"Of all the versions Ive used, your renderings of the texts are my heart-felt favorites. They have inspired me, made me laugh and cry and everything in between." Hope youll feel the same. This is a handy, elegant way to pause and reflect mindfully on the questions, large or small, that you face every day. The App includes a Journal function so you can keep a diary of your questions and readings, a full library of all the hexagrams to consult directly if you like, helpful help for newbies and wise old sages alike. Featured in WIRED in April of 2015.
The design is minimalist: There are no ads, no clutter, no fake parchment backgrounds of faux-chinese imagery. I wanted to provide as restful and reflective an experience as possible, considering youre consulting a centuries-old oracle on a modern magical electronic device. Ask a question, press the Yin Yang button six times to generate your hexagram. Youll get a set of texts rich in archetypal imagery, ancient wisdom, and modern wit to help you find an answer -- be it in the forest of your subconscious or the synchronicity and alignment of your life with a random event.
This app began life in the 1980s in the ancient days of MSDOS. I put nearly three years of code and writing craft into it then, teaching myself Turbo Pascal along the way. Ive updated it for iPhone (teaching myself jquery and Xcode along the way) at the request of one extremely loyal user who helped me unlock the source code from a bronze-age PC.
The I-Ching (Also sometimes rendered as Yi Jing in English) was considered a fortune-telling text in ancient China, and a kind of psychic mirror by Carl Jung: you ask a question, and the way you interact with and respond to the imagery, the archetypes, and language of the oracle helps you find the answer hidden in your own subconscious. Ive personally found it a comfort and aid at many points in my life when Ive had to make decisions great and tiny. If highly recommend you use the journal function to keep a diary of your readings: looking back on what the oracle had to say about a decision after the fact can be fun and illuminating.
The oracle is actually a binary system made up of lines, broken or solid. 6 lines capable of two states, 64 Hexagrams: its a perfect divination system for replication by a binary software process.
But the software engine here doesnt use the three-coin method popular in the west. It replicates the entire process of sorting 50 yarrow stalks again and again to derive each line: this maintains the statistical likelihood of a changing line precisely, which the coin method does not. The Help section has more on the geeky math of this if youre interested.
The I-Ching attempts to describe the world of birth, death, maturity, eating, drinking, sex, art, war, play, marriage, career change, natural disaster, success, failure, the climbing of mountains, the fall of governments, the hiring of staff, the singing of music, all in terms of the interplay between the dichotomies of the strong and the yielding, the dark and the light, the masculine and the feminine. Theres little here about "good" and "evil": the wages of failure are remorse and humiliation. The work is infused with admonishments to courage and an abiding faith in humanitys quest for the moral, the benefit of the people, the superior. Its an intensely humanist book of morality thats fascinating to explore. Enjoy the journey.