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Book Review – I Ching, Text and Illustrations by Chao-Hsiu Chen

Book Review

I Ching

Text and Illustrations by Chao-Hsiu Chen

Pages: 144

 

 

Of all the oracles in the world, the I Ching is the oldest, dating back more than 4,000 years. Created by Fu Xi, the mythical First Emperor of China, the I Ching is also known as the “Book of Changes.” Not only does it provide forecasts of the future, it is also the source of all Chinese wisdom.

The outcome of throwing three coins determines if a line is broken or whole. Stack upon one another, each set of three lines forms a trigram; in all there are eight – based on the eight directions of heaven. Those were later expanded to 64 hexagrams, each made up of six lines, that now make up the I Ching.

Born in Taiwan, Cho-Hsiu Chen studied Buddhist, Confucian and Taoist teaching over many years with many masters. She learned about different versions of I Ching, including an old one with interpretations by Lai Zhi De who was born in 1525.

That version combined Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Legalism with a deep understanding of the laws of nature. That is what Chen is presenting in this book, along with 68 of her paintings, each illustrating one of the hexagrams and adding another dimension to understanding the wisdom being imparted.

 

 

Embedded inside the back cover are three coins. After reading just two and a quarter pages, you’ll know everything you need to know to begin tossing the coins, drawing the lines and looking up the corresponding forecast.

My throws offered two pieces of advice that two days later showed up in a tarot reading. You can be sure I will be throwing them again and again.

 

About the Author

Chao-Hsiu Chen was born in Taiwan, where she grew up with the influences of Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism – the foundation of her wide knowledge and deep understanding of Chinese philosophies and wisdom. She has written 40 books published in 20 languages, including, “The Bamboo Oracle: Confucian Wisdom for Every Day,” “A Clever Rabbit Has Three Hiding Places: Strategies for Life from Chinese Folk Wisdom,” “The Chinese Art of Winning” and “The Master: Teachings for Enlightenment.” Chao’s paintings can be found all over Europe and she composes music. The message she wants to get across with each of these art forms is, “Love can grow hope, as long as we know how to treasure it.”

 

 

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About the Author:

Lynn Woike

thewitchonwheels.com

All my life I have known magic was real. As a child, I played with the fae, established relationships with trees and “just knew things.” In my maiden years I discovered witchcraft and dabbled in the black-candles-and-cemeteries-at-midnight-on-a-fullmoon magick just enough to realize I did not understand its power. I went on to explore many practices including Zen, astrology, color therapy, native traditions, tarot, herbs, candle magic, gems, and, as I moved into my mother years, Buddhism, the Kabbalah and Reiki. The first man I dated after my divorce was a witch who reintroduced me to the Craft, this time by way of the Goddess. For 11 years I was in a coven, but with retirement, I have returned to an eclectic solitary practice. When accepting the mantle of crone, I pledged to serve and teach. This is what I do from my skoolie – a 30-year-old school bus converted into a tiny house on wheels that I am driving around the country, following 72-degree weather, emerging myself into nature, and sharing magic with those I meet. Find me at thewitchonwheels.com, Facebook and Instagram.