Magick, Shamanism and Taoism: The I Ching in Ritual & Meditation. Explore the Magical Aspects of I Ching Divination
The Book of Changes (I Ching) is much more than an oracle; it is also an incredibly potent tool for both theoretical and practical magick and meditation. The magician can use this book to learn how to work with the primal elemental forces of the universe as revealed in the ancient Hexagrams.
For the first time in an esoteric study, Magick, Shamanism, and Taoism include both the standard Chinese word characters for the Hexagrams and representations of their archaic antecedents, based on the earliest known examples of Chinese calligraphy. This creates the possibility for the development of interesting and authentic variants of talismanic magick.
Comparable to the well-known Qabalistic Tree of Life, the I Ching. As with the Qabalah, it is a “cosmic map” that seeks to define categories for all possible combinations of elements and circumstances occurring during the universal cycle of creation and destruction. Those familiar with the Qabalah will find this system of universal symbols to be a perfect complement.
This book is primarily about the Book of Changes and its connections to Taoism, the Chinese Wu’s magical practices, and related schools of thought. My goal has been to open up the I Ching so that it can be approached on a variety of levels, each of which is critical to the overall picture.
Whereas the majority of books on the I Ching focus on the oracles as a means of divination, my work expands on that foundation to include the possibility of magickal rites and meditations, fusing traditional ideas with contemporary experimentation. This enables a more personal appreciation and assimilation of the primal elemental forces underlying the Trigrams and Hexagrams. It does so by describing not only the fundamental tools necessary for Chinese-style magick, but also the symbolism and esoteric theory that underpin their use.
Parallels between Taoism and other worldviews such as shamanism, Ninjutsu, Shinto, Thelema, and Tantra assist in broadening and explaining fundamental occult concepts. Hexagram correspondences connect interpretations of the figures to related symbols, gods, ritual instruments, and appropriate magical workings in a way never attempted before in an I Ching work.