Frequently Asked Questions
In this page
- Choosing questions
- Basic Concepts
- Who’s Who
- Advanced Concepts
What kind of questions should I do?
There is not a clear agreement about the kind of questions you can ask. We think that the most productive ones can be grouped into these categories:
- Description of situations and/or human relationships.
- Clarification of doubts and/or decision-making.
- Consequences of actions or decisions.
- Unforeseen dangers or risks.
In any case, it is better to do qualitative questions than quantitative ones.
What kind of questions should NOT I do?
Primarily, those that are clearly beyond your knowledge, or at least the knowledge needed to make a difference between reality and imagination. We think that the following categories are unhelpful:
- Yes/No questions.
- Pleas of facts and figures.
- Gossips and/or matters unrelated to the consultant.
Could you cite examples of good and bad questions?
If you, e.g., are worried about your partner…
- Does he/she love me?
- Is he/she cheating me?
- How many days will this last?
- What is that neighbour (i do not ever know his name) thinking about us?
- Which is the situation between us?
- How is him/her attitude towards me?
- Why is he/she behaving this way?
- Which strategy should I take?
- What might happen if I give him/her an ultimatum?
What a hexagram is?
A hexagram is one of the ‘words’ that the I Ching uses.
Each hexagram is composed by 6 (hexa-) lines, read bottom-up, and each line can have a value yang (unbroken line) or yin (broken line). The total number of combinations is 64.
The names of the hexagrams change from one edition to another, but the main reference in the Western World is the edition from Richard Wilhelm.
What a trigram is?
Each of the two parts a hexagram can be divided. There are 8 different trigrams, because they are composed by 3 lines. If you combine 8×8 trigrams, you get the 64 hexagrams.
The meaning of a hexagram can be obtained from their constituent trigrams and their position, upper or lower.
What is the meaning of those ‘6789 codes’?
Hexagrams and trigrams are composed by two kinds of lines, yang and yin. But these ones can be divided again, getting two types of yang and two types of yin. The numbers describe them in this way:
- 6 great (old) yin
- 7 yang
- 8 yin
- 9 great (old) yang
A great yin is a yin that is prone to be transformed into yang, and the other way round. Graphically this process can be shown this way:
Also, you must take into account…
- Hexagrams and trigrams can be expressed by their numerical code of 3 or 6 digits, always counting bottom-up.
- When a line has a value of 6 or 9 it is called a changing line, and may be relevant for your query.
- When there are changing lines, the hexagram or trigram can be transformed into another called secondary.
Who (or what) is answering my queries?
The I Ching is not a supernatural entity separate from us, or a plain ‘magic’ book: When you ‘talk’ with the I Ching, you are talking with yourself. NEVER FORGET!
Who’s Richard Wilhelm?
The first Westerner who knew the I Ching firsthand from a chinese master, at the start of the 20th Century. The Wikipedia has a small biography.
Alberto V. Miranda, the Deepware Changes designer and devoted student of the I Ching since 1997. He is also the founder of the Spanish online magazine Astropuerto.
Where do the meanings emerge from the hexagrams and trigrams?
They come of their own structure and sequence. The I Ching is, so to speak, an empty syntax. In other words, the content of the I Ching emerges from its shape.
Drawing meanings from the hexagrams, trigrams and lines is the most demanding work you can do with the I Ching. Deepware Changes, fitted with its concepts management systems, facilitates this task to the greatest extent.
How does the I Ching work?
We do not believe in mystical or esoteric explanations in order to explain the I Ching.
Human mind is composed by a conscious part —the inner voice that constantly speaks behind your eyes— and an unconscious part which does everything else: automatic acts, physiological processes and even the very construction of the reality you perceive trough your senses.
The unconscious mind processes millions of times more information than the conscious mind. And, in many aspects, it is infinitely wise, but unable to analyze problems or verbal expression.
As the ancient chinese and other cultures discovered, it is possible to communicate with the unconscious mind through that appears to be pure chance. When you toss the coins or split the yarrow stalks, your conscious mind is unable to control the process, but your unconscious mind does it.
The famous ability of Rain Man to count toothpicks at a glance is not exceptional, but one of the many miracles the unconscious mind of every person can do effortlessly. The true exception in Rain Man is his ability to access/live his unconscious mind.
We at Cranfcom have designed the interfaces of Deepware Changes in such a way that leave all the work to your unconscious mind, through the nonverbal interaction between your device and your body senses and movements.
Why are the original texts of Richard Wilhelm not included?
The translation from German to English of the original Wilhelm texts were done in 1950 by Carol F. Baynes. That means that its copyright expires in 2020. Other translations made from the English one are, logically, subject to the same regulation.
Perhaps they are already answered in the Extensive Documentation. If not, ask them below.