Take advantage of a free I Ching reading! You will get a choice of methods. You can either allow the computer to generate your guas for you or you can throw your own coins or choose your own beads. You will get a reading showing the judgment and image for the initial gua, the text for all changing lines, and the judgment and image for the final gua. Text is from the I Ching or Book of Changes by Wilhelm/Baynes. In addition, you will be able to write notes about your reading and print it all up for your records.

Choose the method you would like to use:

Computer generated – coin method

This method simulates the throwing of coins. The odds for each result are:

Value Line Meaning Image Coin Toss Odds
6 —— X —— old/moving Yin line -- X -- Three tails 1 in 8
7 ——————— Yang line ------- One head, two tails 3 in 8
8 ——   —— Yin line --   -- Two heads, one tail 3 in 8
9 ———O——— old/moving Yang line ---O--- Three heads 1 in 8

Computer generated – yarrow stalk or bead method

This method simulates using the method of counting off yarrow stalks.

Value Line Meaning Image Odds
6 —— X —— old/moving Yin line -- X -- 1 in 16
7 ——————— Yang line ------- 5 in 16
8 ——   —— Yin line --   -- 7 in 16
9 ———O——— old/moving Yang line ---O--- 3 in 16

Throw my own coins

If you would like, you can throw your own coins. You will need three coins. Chinese coins are nice, but pennies will do.

Draw my own beads

This method simulates the odds of the yarrow stalk method. You will need sixteen beads in four colors: 1 bead in the first color to represent the moving yin line, 5 beads in the next color to represent the yang line, 7 beads in the next color to represent the yin line, and 3 beads in the last color to represent the moving yang line. Fill in the colors of your beads in the chart below:

Value Line Meaning Image Beads Color
6 —— X —— old/moving Yin line -- X -- 1
7 ——————— Yang line ------- 5
8 ——   —— Yin line --   -- 7
9 ———O——— old/moving Yang line ---O--- 3


(Fill in the colors first.)

Richard Wilhelm

Richard Wilhelm (10 May 1873 – 2 March 1930) was a German sinologist, theologian, and missionary. He lived in China for 25 years, became fluent in spoken and written Chinese, and grew to love and admire the Chinese people. He is best remembered for his translations of philosophical works from Chinese into German that in turn have been translated into other major languages of the world, including English. His translation of the I Ching is still regarded as one of the finest, as is his translation of The Secret of the Golden Flower; both were provided with introductions by the Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, who was a personal friend. [Source: Wikipedia]

Richard Wilhelm on AmazonRichard Wilhelm on Wikipedia

Another article by Richard Wilhelm:

I Ching or Book of Changes

Cary F. Baynes

Cary F. Baynes, 26 September 1883 - 1977, was born Cary Fink in Mexico City and grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. She graduated with an A.B. from Vassar in 1906. She married her first husband, Jaime De Angulo, in October 1910 while they were both medical students at Johns Hopkins University. Cary received her M.D. degree there in 1911, but she never practiced medicine. Cary and Jaime eventually settled in Carmel, California, in 1913. The marriage was souring by 1916, and Cary initiated divorce proceedings in 1920. The divorce eventually finalized 20 November 1922.

In 1921, at the suggestion of her Vassar professor, Kristine Mann, Cary moved with her daughter Ximena to Zurich, Switzerland, to become an acolyte of Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung. Throughout the 1920s, Cary was caught up in the development of Jungian analytical theory and worked with Jung on transcriptions, translations, and organising seminars. Knowing that her ex-husband, who was described as “a linguist, ethnologist, ethnomusicologist, writer, and patron saint of the beat generation,” would be interested in meeting Jung, she arranged for an introduction. Jaime would work with Jung as well.

Cary eventually remarried in 1927, this time to Carl Jung’s apprentice, Helton Goodwin “Peter” Baynes. Together, they translated two volumes of Jung's writings. Cary and Peter lived in California for a number of years, where they introduced analytical psychology to the population of the San Francisco Bay area. Cary and Peter eventually divorced. Cary remained intellectually active up to her death in 1977. [Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9]

Cary F. Baynes on Amazon

Another article by Cary F. Baynes:

I Ching or Book of Changes

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