|Hi Exp.I agree with you about the book. I'm similairly enamoured. I've been using it for a few years and have found it a really striking and compeling tool for thinking and insight. I've read around a little on it and it seems there are inumerable ways to divine, just as there are innumerable versions of the text. Best thing is to keep on experimenting! |
Having said all that, I tend to stick to Wilhelm's "rules" when I use the text. I don't count the mon-moving lines, as Jung did, neither do I take account of changing lines in the second hexagram. Taking account of all these extra lines seems like it might get a bit confusing, if you are divining about a specific situation, though it may well be a good way of gaining insight into the hexagram itself. Perhaps this is what Jung is getting at in his introduction, as he seems to be investigating the I Ching's nature at first, rather than exploring a specific situation?
As for the third question, about relating to the second hexagram, hmmm.... well, some commentators say that the initial hexagram indicates the current situation while the second shows "what is to come" but I actually think this is too fixed and linear an approach myself. Sometimes the first hexagram seems to be the situation in hand, while the second and the moving lines indicate advice as to how to bring things to their best resolution. It varies from reading to reading though, sometimes I discount the second hex. (or the moving lines) entirely.
What I tend to do is look through the whole reading (first hex> moving lines> second hex) and look for points in the text, or insight I have about the hexagrams/lines that strike me as relevant, discarding any information as I see fit. I then try and take this as advice to cultivate in my life (that's the hard bit!)
If you're not already doing so, perhaps keep a record of your readings and refer back to them, to see if this generates any more insight. I often take a few days to make my mind up about a reading. I've often found that the most seemingly inaccurate consultations have been that which I've learnt the most from, it's just that I'd closed my thoughts/options down to a little box, and the reading is refering beyond these limits.