Ling Ch'i Ching: A Classic Chinese Oracle

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Westview Press, 2004 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 336 pages
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The Ling Ch'I Ching was first created by an unknown Chinese scholar who consciously sought to present the world with a more accessible oracle than the esoteric I Ching. For centuries the Ling Ch'I Chinghas been a popular divination device for attaining self-knowledge and wisdom. Like its more famous cousin, the I Ching, the Ling Ch'I Chingis rich in poetic language and metaphorical imagery, linking the dynamic principles of heaven and earth with the affairs of people. But the Ling Ch'I Chingis far more accessible than the I Ching, focusing on the concerns of day-to-day life and positive accomplishment, with no "moving lines" to interpret. The method of consultation includes throwing twelve coins, which are then arranged in three rows to yield one of 125 possible trigraphs. In the text, each trigraph is represented by a core oracle describing a situation, problem, or event, and its internal dynamic, along with a verse emphasizing the trigraph's more subtle, intuitive qualities. To aid the reader in interpreting the oracle, selections from classical commentaries have been included, as well as the translators' own commentary on the text.
 

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Contents

A Mass of Evils
186
Bitter Constraint
189
oy and Delight
191
Just Completed
193
Ghosts Watching
195
Tardy Blessings
197
Wary and Cautious
199
Great Completion
201

Fright and Terror
42
Year of Abundance
45
Slight Wariness
48
Realizing Ambition
50
Affairs Proceeding
52
Talent Advancing
54
Unfettered Iourneying
56
Anxiety and Trouble
59
Cautious Virtue
62
Implementing Orders
64
Imminent Loss
67
Spiritual Protection
70
Imminent Defeat
72
Ordering Turbulence
74
Not Yet Returning
77
Guarding against Greed
79
Resting in Tranquility
82
Glorious Auspiciousness
84
Success Penetrating
86
Anxiety and Happiness
88
Peaceful Contentment
90
Expelling Evil
92
Great Harvest
94
Decline to Minuteness
96
Avoiding Disaster
99
Opening the Concealed
102
Troubled by Illness
105
Bright Yang
107
Assistance of Heaven
109
Respected and Honored
112
Praying for Intercession
114
Sending Goods
118
Without Difficulty
120
Respectful Harmony
122
Contrary Conquest
124
Perfected Longevity
126
Firmness Extending
129
Strongly Flourishing
132
Surpassing Beauty
134
Obtaining Blessings
137
Coagulated and Congealed
140
Evil Dissipated
142
Uprightness Above
144
The Orphan Impoverished
147
Submerged Dragon
150
Beneficial Friends
153
Wickedness Excelling
155
Assistance of the Spirits
157
Sacrificing for Release
160
Repressing Disaster
163
Praying for Success
166
Following Ones Desires
169
Gains and Losses
171
Rescue and Assistance i 74
174
Great Unification
177
Sinking and Obscured
180
Yin Extending
182
Vanishing from the World
184
Supporting the Endangered
203
Flowing Blessings
205
Late Accomplishment
208
Serving the Ruler
210
Inevitable Gains
213
Avenging Insults
215
Abstaining from Advancing
218
Abstaining from Encounters
220
Bound Up
222
Respectful Caution
224
Tao of the Emperor
226
Unsettled
228
Perverse Insinuation
230
Caution over Regret
233
Appropriate at the Beginning
235
Confluence of Blessings
237
Secret Brigands
239
Good Fortune and Profits
241
Good Fortune and Happiness
243
Well Arrayed
245
Negativity Overturned
247
Not Yet Formed
249
Unstable and Overturned
251
Shunning the World
253
Ghosts Stirring
255
Slight Loss
258
Coarse Harmonization
260
Not Plowed
263
Disaster from Ghosts
265
Emptiness and Loss
267
Uncooperative
269
Doubled Abyss
272
Coming Revolution
275
Lacking Achievement
277
Disaster from Rain
280
Disaster from Drought
282
Distant Attack
284
Theft by Robbers
286
no Lost Standards
288
Cliques of Villains
290
Disputes
292
Not Yet Bright
295
Shifting and Flowing
298
Not Yet Peaceful
300
The Image of Death
302
Yang Developing
304
Year of Prosperity
306
Human Affairs
308
Preserving the Body
310
Transforming and Nourishing
312
Profits of Earth
314
Establishing Lords
316
Escorting the End
318
The Mysterious Obverse
320
Glossary
323
Consultation Chart
333
Suggested Further Reading
335
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Page 32 - A natural, tranquil order of developing prosperity thus results, and people obtaining this trigraph accordingly find themselves oriented in the midst of burgeoning growth. Thus virtually every activity proves auspicious, but since affairs have only just been initiated, care should be exercised to allow their growth to proceed naturally, in accord with the dynamics of life unfolding, rather than vigorously overstepping the constraints of seasonal evolution to forcefully pursue external things.
Page 3 - BCE), the latter part of which is often subdivided into the "Spring and Autumn" (722-481 BCE) and "Warring States
Page xv - Ching are cautioned that, unlike the / Ching — which almost always implies that through perseverance and pursuing the course of virtue the querent can escape even the most dire situations unscathed — the Ling Ch'i Ching contains many inauspicious predictions, reflecting its author's view of life and reality.
Page 30 - Marvelous things approach the gate door. Golden pheasants glitter in the sun. Yin and yang propitiously assist each other; Solitary, one will return astride a multihued, fabulous bird.
Page 9 - The trigraph provides a static portrait of a momentary situation, conceived in terms of an endless cycle of yin and yang locked in their polar tension, one increasing Introduction while the other decreases until the point of mutual reversion is reached.
Page 30 - Dwell peacefully, arrange your enterprises, and manage your realestate holdings, for then there will be gain, resulting in riches and honor as well. A salaried bureaucratic position will not yet be attained.
Page 31 - A sought-after office will be obtained, but you will not yet be entrusted with the management of affairs.
Page xv - No commercial, medical, or other significant life decisions should ever be based on the Ling Ch'i Ching...
Page 4 - Ching's worldview and frequently echoing images and lines from it, but without presupposing any actual or detailed understanding of the / Ching.
Page 1 - Chinese scholar who consciously sought to present the literate world with a more accessible oracle than the arcane / Ching; it is one of several such attempts.

About the author (2004)

Ralph D. Sawyer, one of America’s leading scholars in Chinese warfare, has worked extensively with major intelligence and defense agencies. After studying at MIT and Harvard and a brief stint of university teaching, Sawyer has spent the past thirty years lecturing and doing international consulting work focused on China.

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