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Researches on the Toltec I Ching - Volume 1I Ching Mathematics: The Science of Change (Researches On The Toltec I Ching) (Volume 1)

This first volume of Researches on the Toltec I Ching sets forth an entire new science by which to interpret and analyze the inner workings of the sacred technology surrounding the ancient Oracle. The Oracle is that aspect of the numinous that speaks directly to human beings. It is the spiritual half of nature that has, of old, been called the World Soul and, more recently, the Imaginal. It has had numerous incarnations as a divinatory instrument among various cultures but none of those have approached the elegant marriage of complexity and simplicity that marks the system of the I Ching. Nor have any of those other sacred technologies garnered the serious attention and research of so many brilliant men and women across the past three-and-a-half millennia. Times change and with them, the most long-lived relics of human experience. Indeed, change they must if they are to continue being a living part of human experience that extends forward into an increasingly complex future. The core essence of such sacred technologies—those systematized mechanisms by which human awareness comes into unmediated contact with the numinous reality of which it is a part—do not, of course, change. What changes is our capacity to understand the ramifications of that essence. In the case of the I Ching, what has changed is our appreciation of the rational-mystical approach to life: Our growing awareness of the holistic and synergistic nature of life has made us realize that reason-without-spirituality is as cynical as spirituality-without-reason is naive. Its core essence is in fact the very model of rational mysticism: The progressive alternation of foundational polarities into symbols applicable to the widest range of human knowledge provides the rational counterpoint to its mystical relationship with the numinous spirit of the Oracle. Volume II of this series is “The Image and Number Treatise: The Oracle and the War on Fate” Volume III of this series is “The Forest of Fire Pearls Oracle: The Medicine Warrior I Ching”

Researches on the Toltec I Ching - Volume 2The Image and Number Treatise: The Oracle and the War on Fate (Researches On the Toltec I Ching) (Volume 2)

This second volume of Researches On The Toltec I Ching reinterprets significant portions of the Ten Wings classic commentary on the I Ching in light of the transcultural approach of The Toltec I Ching. Specifically, it renders the sections known as Discussion of the Trigrams and the Great Treatise into terms consistent with the mystical-rational methodology of The Toltec I Ching. In doing so, it follows the structure laid out in Book II: The Material as presented in the Wilhelm/Baynes translation of The Book of Changes. The Oracle communicates by the law of meaningful coincidence, using the apparently random tossing of coins to build up the hexagrams line-by-line. This ages-old method of consulting the Oracle is known as The Forest Of Fire Pearls. Volume I of this series is “I Ching Mathematics: The Science of Change” Volume III of this series is “The Forest of Fire Pearls Oracle: The Medicine Warrior I Ching”

Researches on the Toltec I Ching - Volume 3The Forest of Fire Pearls Oracle: The Medicine Warrior I Ching (Researches On The Toltec I Ching) (Volume 3)

This third volume of Researches On The Toltec I Ching is atavistic in that it reverts to the more primitive form of the original divinatory text, which consisted of mantic, or oracular, formulas with little or no commentary attached. In that vein, the oldest layers of the Book Of Changes furthered the oral tradition, making use of mnemonic aphorisms whose poetic-symbolic nature invoked the Oracle’s message within the mind of the diviner. The title of this volume, The Forest Of Fire Pearls Oracle, comes from the ancient Chinese name for the traditional coin oracle method of consulting the I Ching. The present volume can be consulted as a standalone divinatory text. It is, however, designed to be used in conjunction with The Toltec I Ching—as an adjunct to the material in that book, the present mantic formulas expand the range of interpretations open to the diviner. There are, beyond that, other features of this volume that recommend its study alongside The Toltec I Ching. First, it places The Toltec I Ching hexagrams within the context of the older King Wen version. This it does by comparing both the individual hexagrams from each version, as well as the overall sequence of hexagrams from each version. And, second, it provides mantic formulas for the unchanging lines in each hexagram. This is especially useful in analyzing a divination closely, since it is seldom the case that all six lines change in a reading. The Line Changes for a reading can, of course, be found in The Toltec I Ching hexagram texts, while the present volume provides a glimpse into the inertial, or unchanging, issues of the situation represented by the hexagram. Volume I of this series is “I Ching Mathematics: The Science of Change” Volume II of this series is “The Image and Number Treatise: The Oracle and the War on Fate.”

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I Ching Mathematics for the King Wen Version (Researches on the Toltec I Ching) (Volume 4)

This volume of I Ching Mathematics for the King Wen Version sets forth an entire new science by which to interpret and analyze the inner workings of the sacred technology surrounding the ancient Oracle. The Oracle is that aspect of the numinous that speaks directly to human beings. It is the spiritual half of nature that has, of old, been called the World Soul and, more recently, the Imaginal. It has had numerous incarnations as a divinatory instrument among various cultures but none of those have approached the elegant marriage of complexity and simplicity that marks the system of the I Ching. Nor have any of those other sacred technologies garnered the serious attention and research of so many brilliant men and women across the past three-and-a-half millennia. Times change and with them, the most long-lived relics of human experience. Indeed, change they must if they are to continue being a living part of human experience that extends forward into an increasingly complex future. The essence of such sacred technologies—those systematized mechanisms by which human awareness comes into unmediated contact with the numinous reality of which it is a part—does not, of course, change. What changes is our capacity to understand the ramifications of that essence. In the case of the I Ching, what has changed is our appreciation of the rational-mystical approach to life: Our growing awareness of the holistic and synergistic nature of life has made us realize that reason-without-spirituality is as cynical as spirituality-without-reason is naive. Its core essence is in fact the very model of rational mysticism: The progressive alternation of foundational polarities into symbols applicable to the widest range of human knowledge provides the rational counterpoint to its mystical relationship with the numinous spirit of the Oracle.