How to Consult the I Ching Using Marbles

The I Ching (or Yi Ching or Book of Changes) is most commonly known as an ancient Chinese method of divination. The following method is a quick and simple way to determine an I Ching hexagram using marbles. This method has the same probability of outcomes as the original yarrow stalk method.

Steps

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    Obtain 16 marbles in four colors: seven marbles of color A (young yin), five marbles of color B (young yang), three marbles of color C (old yang), and one marble of color D (old yin).
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    Think of a single question. Concentrate on the question and draw a marble from the bag.
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    Write down the resulting line. Begin with the first (bottom) line, and work your way up to the sixth (top) line. Once six lines have been determined, the hexagram is formed. The lines are:
    • old yin = ---x---
    • young yin = --- ---
    • young yang = --------
    • old yang = ---o---
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    Return the marble to the bag and shake it a little to mix the marbles.
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    Repeat five more times, so you have six lines recorded.
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    Interpret the hexagram by matching it to the description or translation from the I Ching.

Things You'll Need

  • bag
  • 16 marbles
  • piece of paper
  • pencil

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Categories: Paranormal Beliefs | Confucianism