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I Ching: The Classic Chinese Oracle of Change -- The First Complete Translation with Concordance [Paperback]

Stephen Karcher
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Oct. 1 2002
Your life will never be the same again! The I Ching can entirely change the way you see things, helping you recognize and resolve anxieties and fears, fulfill your every desire; and release hidden energies. Developed over 3,000 years ago in China, it was originally intended only for rulers, but now can help anyone. Inspired by Carl Jung's insights into the psyche, and researched for more than 50 years through the aid of the Eranos Foundation of Switzerland, this fully revised edition offers much more than just a new translation. It presents the oracular core of the I Ching as a psychological tool and a way of connecting with the creative imagination. The original imagery is retained in its entirety, so all the symbols can interact with your mind just as dream images do. Consult it for any question that concerns you, and it will become an active sourcebook for the care of the soul.

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Stephen Karcher PhD is an internationally known writer, lecturer, translator and consulting diviner with over thirty years' experience working with the I Ching. Rudolf Ritsema is an orientalist and President of the Eranos Foundation, famed for its seminars on Jungian psychology.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Creative and modern interpretation Dec 9 2002
Karcher's interpretation is an interesting modern alternative to Wilhelm/Baynes neo-confused and Christian version. Unfortunately, Karcher adds more refuse and he has failed to access some contemporary translations. Compared to Lynn or Shaughnessy, Karcher rarely bothers to explain when he is using an unknown Chinese source and when he is making things up as he goes along. This slippery and highly creative way of translating gets even worse in his personal interpretation of Te Chuan. He is very good-willed, yet Karcher still has not learned the difference between the yin and yang-sides of his cash (Chinese coins)...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Scholarly presentation of an ancient text Feb. 10 2009
By Tymothy Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Many people feel that this book is difficult to wade through, there is much after the initial image that reads as though it is in another language, and frankly it is. This version of the I Ching is presented for those with a history of use of the text and a desire to go deeper into the hexagrams. I personally feel that this book represents the I Ching in a more accurate light than most other texts, it feels to me as a student of the ancient Chinese to be an exploration of how metaphor was a constant in the life of those who wrote and have used the system for millenia.
Though the text is scholarly in presentation, one can use it with little understanding or need to go into the limitless depths of mathematics or mystical underpinnings. One can simply throw the coins (though to be sure, the yarrow stalks are the preferred method with an entirely different mathematical system) and read the first image to establish a relationship with oracle.
The downside of the book is that it is time consuming to move into the language as Karcher attempts to write in English as one would write in pictographs, with words as metaphor. Though it can be trying, still there is much to be gleaned by this manner of exploration and i recommend this translation for the serious minded, but it is the system (Ba Gua) that students of the I Ching are studying, the words are but translations of the images whether in ancient Chinese or in modern English.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Creative and modern interpretation Dec 9 2002
By Ren Qi-zhen - Published on Amazon.com
Karcher's interpretation is an interesting modern alternative to Wilhelm/Baynes neo-confused and Christian version. Unfortunately, Karcher adds more refuse and he has failed to access some contemporary translations. Compared to Lynn or Shaughnessy, Karcher rarely bothers to explain when he is using an unknown Chinese source and when he is making things up as he goes along. This slippery and highly creative way of translating gets even worse in his personal interpretation of Te Chuan. He is very good-willed, yet Karcher still has not learned the difference between the yin and yang-sides of his cash (Chinese coins)...
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE LOVE LOVE! Jan. 18 2014
By Lorinda N. Rainwater - Published on Amazon.com
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I AM...TRULY IN-LOVE with Stephen Karcher's I Ching Translation With Concordance...I HIGHLY recommend it to all spiritual seekers of Wisdom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars book in excellent conditions April 30 2012
By altair - Published on Amazon.com
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I was surprised that the book came much earlier than it was expected.Although it is a used book, it is really very good.
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