The I Ching is also known as the Book of Changes, an ancient and sacred Chinese text. This book is a classic of Confucian belief. It was often used to foretell the future; similarly, the book could also provide moral, philosophical, and cosmological guidance.
The I Ching is based on a series of 64 hexagrams, each consisting of two trigrams. Each of the eight basic trigrams is named for a natural phenomenon –wind, fire, heaven, and so on. Each hexagram has symbolic significance. Since this symbolic meaning is only revealed through mysterious poetry and philosophy, the practice is challenging.
To consult the book, a fortune teller must cast lots six times. This will help them determine the correct hexagram. In its earliest forms, the Book of Changes was used for fortune telling. However, over 3000 years ago, the original function was expanded to include the provision of moral counsel.
Until the Qing dynasty, the I Ching also included a numerological component. That’s fell out of favor, so has been re-emphasized as Westerners become influenced by Eastern mysticism. Western supporters included the famous psychoanalyst Carl Jung, who felt that meditating upon the text would help one to access the subconscious mind, the Akashic records, and wisdom.
The eight trigrams