I ching is not something that somebody has to learn, so much as something somebody just has to do. It is a symbol-based divination system dating back 3000 years in China. It is based on a binary gate, a broken or unbroken line, formed in trigrams and hexagrams. I ching is like Chinese astrology that uses coins instead dates.
I ching is essentially a means of obtaining spiritual guidance, inspirational insight and Universal wisdom. It is made up of 64 chapters, each relating to a corresponding ‘hexagram’ which presents a particular message. It is considered the world’s oldest book, far older than the earliest books of the Bible. It is more central to Eastern culture than the Bible is to Western culture.I Ching is an ancient form of Chinese cosmology and philosophy.It is the oldest known form of divination and mysticism – written in China long before the time of Confucius. I Ching or Yi Jing (Yìjìng, Yiqing, I-Tsing or YiChing) , was a Tang Dynasty Buddhist monk, originally named Zhang Wen Ming, who traveled by sea to India and studied at Nalanda for eleven years before returning with a collection of as many as 500,000 Sanskrit stanzas. He translated more than 60 sutras into Chinese, including Saravanabhava Vinaya , Avadana , stories of great deeds , and Suvarnaprabhascottamaraja-sutra , ( Sutra of the Most Honored King , . He also is responsible for the translation of eleven Buddhist tantras and eighteen works on monastic discipline, as well as exegetic works.
I Ching Reading is not “fortune telling” in the sense that it is not attempting clairvoyance, or foreseeing your future. Any oracle that does claim clairvoyance has to presume that you lack free will which could alter the outcome, I Ching emphatically does not make that presumption. Also,the I Ching is an ancient, not a New Age, oracle. It is not designed, like “Angel Cards,” to make you feel good in a vague, fuzzy way, but to pierce through to what’s really going on. It tells us what we need to hear, not necessarily what we want to hear .