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How does qChing work?

At our main page, simply think of a question for as long as it takes to begin to imagine its future. Then click on the spinning oracle.

qChing throws your hexagram via the traditional three coin method, and extracts your answer from the King Wen sequence of the I Ching, the world's most ancient functioning text.

qChing answers in one of three ways: with a single hexagram, a single line from a single hexagram, or by transforming via multiple changing lines into an altogether new hexagram.

If you wish to know more about your changing lines, click on the ID, or find it by locating its number in the tables below. Remember that in the traditional arrangement of the hexagrams, lines are numbered one to six, with line one at the bottom, and six at the top.

The qChing fortunes are short, streamlined, and cleansed wherever possible, of ideology and prejudice. They are designed for the information age, when important decisions are made with the press of a key. We have put them together from traditional sources, at times re-writing, drawing on more than twenty years experience consulting the oracle. We remind you that the readings are metaphorical in nature, more a matter of imaginative guiding than a reporting of facts. This is a book of changes. It invites you to change your perspective and throw again.

However, if you want to use our engine and seek other readings than our own, we invite you to begin the journey in the famous original Wilhelm/Baynes translation: accessible from the grid on the main page, or by clicking the right arrow on any of the fortune readings. Here you'll find long, philosophical entries into the hexagrams and their significances.

Are you serious? qChing works?

The ancient computer program, the divinatory system at the heart of I Ching works. qChing has only updated, taking the oracle closer to the core of the moment than its inventors dreamed possible.

qChing does not presume to replace the actual I Ching, the literary classic that is widely available in every language in which books are published. Nor will it attempt to educate you on that book and its moral philosophy. Instead, it attempts to unveil the oracle's own message.

What is known casually today as the I Ching is in fact a palimpsest of several generations of texts laid over a radically ancient divinatory system. Necessary mystic obscurity has resulted in modern over-explication. Lost: the world's oldest and best compass for voyaging the multiverse.

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