about The I Ching
the i ching Oracle as defined by itself
The main function of an oracle is to speak. (The word oracle comes from the Latin verb orare “to speak.”) In certain ancient cultures people devised methods that allowed them to put questions to the Cosmos, and to receive an answer through a priest or priestess.
The I Ching is the only oracle that has existed in a written form for more than three thousand years. The fact that it can be consulted as a book has unfortunately made people forget that the Cosmos has a voice that can speak directly to any person who sincerely seeks an answer to a question that truly matters. Among such questions are those that concern the following:
· getting to know oneself
· learning about the harmonious Cosmos and its Ways
· bringing ourselves back into harmony with the Cosmos by learning about the human place in it
· participating in the countless possibilities of living a life that fulfills us
· accessing Cosmic help for our deepest needs. Those include the renewal of our life force, healing our minds and bodies, self-understanding, and the expression of our unique talents and gifts.
Soon after Carol came to the I Ching, in 1972, she was shown a method of meditating, that is defined in Hexagram 52, Keeping Still. (It is now called “Meditating”). This method allows the voice that replies through the oracle, called “the Sage,“ to make itself clear. Carol has described her experiences in a video posted on YouTube. It is part of a series of videos under the title I Ching. My Key Learning Experiences. See Part 4. The Identity of the Sage.
Years later, Carol was also shown a short method that allowed her to directly ask the Sage questions by tossing three coins. See Article 3: The New Method to Clarify the I Ching’s Message.
When Hanna joined Carol in 1998, they used this method to allow the Sage to clarify and correct the texts of the 64 hexagrams of the I Ching. The result was a new version of the I Ching called, I Ching, the Oracle of the Cosmic Way. Carol has described their process in Article 5. How Our New Version of the I Ching Was Written.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
CAROL K. ANTHONY
I began my study of the I Ching in 1971, during a mid-life crisis, when I was age 41. My difficulties made me receptive when a friend, desiring to be of help, introduced me to the Wilhelm/Baynes translation of the I Ching. It taught me to meditate in a way that helped me to understand what the hexagrams were saying. I kept notes of these insights as they occurred. Within seven years I had a complete set of notes on each hexagram that helped friends understand the hexagrams they received. I quickly realized that my notes filled a unique need. Two meditation experiences led me to publish them under the title, A Guide to the I Ching, and to found Anthony Publishing Company. This book was followed by The Philosophy of the I Ching, in 1981, The Other Way, Experiences in Meditation Based on the I Ching, in 1990, and Love, An Inner Connection, Based on Principles Drawn from the I Ching, in 1993. These books interested other publishers and some of them were translated into German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Croatian.
Born in 1946 and growing up in post war Germany, I had learned to view life as “hard,” and to work, work, work for everything I thought would give me worth. At age 36, I was completely exhausted. It was then that I glimpsed that I could no longer follow the values I had taken for granted. As an answer to my inner call for help, a good friend brought me the biggest gift of my life: the I Ching. I had no one to teach me how to interpret its hexagrams, but was deeply touched by its answers. No human expert could describe, as it did, my difficult situation so perfectly. At the same time, it gave me the deep certainty that something good in my life was waiting to be discovered..., something that meant growth, a new kind of life; and something that would truly fulfill me. Consulting the Richard Wilhelm translation meant that I often only got a glimpse of what the oracle was saying.
Through a number of "helpful coincidences," I was eventually hired by the German publisher Eugen Diederichs Verlag (the original publisher of the Wilhelm translation) to translate into German, a number of English books on the I Ching, including Carol’s four books. Besides, I was asked to compile a collection of essays published under the title “Leben mit dem I Ging. Erfahrungen aus Kunst, Therapie, Beruf und Alltag.” ("Living with the I Ching. Experiences in the Arts, Therapy, and Professional and Everyday Life," Diederichs Verlag, 1996). I was also given the opportunity to write a number of articles on the I Ching for German magazines, participate in several radio and TV programs, and give lectures and seminars in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
When Carol invited me to join forces with her in 1997, I happily accepted. I could never have imagined the breakthroughs that were to occur in the years that followed:
Together we wrote I Ching, The Oracle of the Cosmic Way, (2002), Healing Yourself the Cosmic Way, (2004), and The Psyche Revealed Through the I Ching, (2009). All three books were also published in German and the Oracle book has been published in French. We currently conduct seminars both in the United States and in Europe.
Our learning from the I Ching is ongoing. We love sharing our latest discoveries in our seminars. We also invite you to check out what we have posted in "our blog."
ABOUT Anthony Publishing Company
Books published by Anthony Publishing Company since 1980 and currently in print are:
- A Guide to the I Ching, by Carol K. Anthony
- The Philosophy of the I Ching, 2nd ed., by Carol K. Anthony
- The Other Way. Meditation Experiences with the I Ching, by Carol K. Anthony
- Love – an Inner Connection Based on Principles Drawn from the I Ching, 2nd ed., by Carol K. Anthony
The following titles were published by ICHINGBOOKS:
- I Ching, the Oracle of the Cosmic Way
- Healing Yourself the Cosmic Way
- The Psyche Revealed Through the I Ching
ICHINGBOOKS is a partnership between Carol K. Anthony and Hanna Moog founded in 2000 to publish the titles they co-authored. It is an imprint of Anthony Publishing Company.