Weird 101: The I Ching
Something that’s brought a great deal of joy into my life is Bobby Klein’s weekly readings of the I Ching.
I know. #1: Who’s Bobby Klein? #2: Da fuq is the I Ching?
WHO IS BOBBY KLEIN?
First, Bobby Klein is an amazing former hippie musician, who’s now an energy healer and Jungian analyst who lives in Tulum. He is awesome. He also channels the I Ching weekly and records a short audio file of his poetic readings that he sends to his followers every Sunday. He often accompanies his spoken words with a gently strummed guitar melody. It is like listening to a magical grandpa and I love it.
WHAT IS THE I CHING?
Second, the I Ching is an ancient Chinese divination text. It’s also known as “The Book of Changes,” and it presents 64 different main kinds of situations. Each situation is represented by a hexagram—a symbol made up by 6 lines—and they each have a number and name. Users can consult the I Ching by throwing sticks or using three special I Ching coins. The coins are thrown six times, while a question is held in mind. Then, the reader interprets the hexagrams in context to the situation.
Consulting the I Ching is an ancient practice, but it came back into vogue in the 1950s and 60s. Famous artists like composer John Cage and choreographer Merce Cunningham famously used the I Ching to help them make decisions in their pieces.
To my knowledge, there aren’t many people who read the I Ching as a service—other than hippie gramps Bobby Klein. But, it’s clearly a cousin of the Tarot or Runes, and could be something interesting to explore. Hell, if it worked for Merce, why not?
Curious? Check out Bobby Klein’s website, and subscribe to his weekly audio recordings.