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Interpreting the Book of Changes in 2020

July 14 - July 15


Interpreting the Book of Changes in 2020

An Online Workshop on interpreting the Book of Changes in 2020. 

If some years were added to my life, I would give fifty to the study of the Yi, and then I might come to be without great faults.” Confucius.

A one-day Zoom workshop with Richard Ashworth; 10a.m.- 5p.m. BST, Wednesday July 15th.  Price: £175.

Sometimes we may feel we are wandering in mist. And yet the universe is always offering guidance if we’re paying attention. But on occasion we have to ask directly. Many people wait for signs or “markers” as to how to proceed in difficulty. Casting the Hexagrams of the Book of Changes is one way to do this deliberately.  On this workshop Richard will aim to draw every ounce of meaning from Hexagrams and lines of the Book of Changes cast in advance by each student. He is available to coach how to cast a Hexagram by email individually for each student beforehand.

The Workshop will be interactive and experiential as well as educational.
Each student is requested to pose a question prior to the workshop and to share the Hexagram the Book of Changes offers in response. We will examine every one of these Hexagrams – which of course is one reason numbers are limited – first in the abstract and then in light of the question posed. I will coach by email anyone who doesn’t know how to cast a Hexagram during the week before the workshop. No previous knowledge of Chinese or other metaphysics, the esoteric or the world of woo-woo required.

The Book of Changes commonly known as the Yi, consists essentially of sixty four images or guas. Each represents an aspect of the human experience, opening with Qian, The Creative and concluding (or not) with Wei Ji or Not Yet Complete. Casting – whether by yarrow stalks, dice, coins or some other means – identifies a Hexagram in answer to an enquiry. Sometimes answers hint at the future, often at the past. Some say that the Yi represents the thrust of the universe; spirit, higher mind or tao; others that we’re simply informing ourselves of what we already know. Either way Chinese emperors, generals, politicians and business-people have been using the Yi as adviser and reference for over 3000 years. And it seems to have been working for them.

The workshop will be interactive, informative and experiential. It may even get personal – strict confidentiality is a condition of admission. We will include some background, some tradition and some history and take a good look at the shape and structure of the Yi. Then we will examine each cast. And take it from there.

We may examine the Hexagrams in the usual ways – lines, elements, family relationships, traditional interpretation and so on – but we’ll also give ourselves permission to break all the rules and strip the Hexagrams back to their ancient simplicity, back to the Shang & Zhou Diviners of antiquity, before Confucius or anyone else fixed their meanings and see what the Yi is saying to us now.

To enroll email: sheilaashworthfengshui@gmail.com

Richard Ashworth is one of the most respected Western Masters. He pioneered feng shui surveys at a distance on My Spirit Radio in the early noughties though he is probably best known for introducing classical feng shui to a mass audience on Channel 5’s Housebusters as well as for his book the Feng Shui Diaries which chronicles a year of his work including a trip to Wuhan. His Audible ‘Imperial Feng Shui, The Real Thing’ (currently) free  is a pretty good introduction.  He has been featured in the Sunday Times and on Big Brother’s Little Brother as well addressing the GrandMasters at the IFSC in Singapore. He studies the Yi daily.

There are limited spaces on his one-to-one Online Ba zi and Feng Shui Professional Courses, more details at: https://imperialfengshui.info/courses/


July 14
July 15
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