Using cards for I Ching
Many decks offer the 64 I Ching hexagram in a tarot-flavored way.
Most of them are beautiful and inspirational but, for me, they suffer from two major drawbacks:
- there's no sensible way to get moving lines (which a key part of the reading)
- the image on the card may bias your judgment focusing on only one of the many meaning a hexagram may have
Nevertheless, I like cards: they offer a lot of possibilities, they are satisfying to touch and manipulate. That's why, for a long time, I've tried to devise a way to use them while staying faithful to the traditional methods (namely, using yarrow stalks or three coins).
I've recently come up with a design I'm pretty satisfied with and I'm looking for feedback/suggestions. These methods (like the traditional ones) build the hexagram one line at a time, but I've also designed 8 cards that could generate in one go a trigram and the moving lines.
Below you'll find some examples of the cards I designed (the first one is the one I mentioned earlier). If anyone is interested I'll be happy to go into more details on how they work. If anyone had a suggestion, I'd be delighted.