The meaning of the name of this book, Yi,
is still unresolved. A sacrifice for change -
either for the sun, for the moon, or
in the night.
Use this YiJing (I Ching) together with a good traditional
translation! Wilhelm, Lynn, Balkin, Legge, Blofeld (or Bradford, see below!), to name some. Shop at Amazon.com!
I made this one
because many possibilities cannot be found anywhere, so I add them
here, searching for the wide range of meanings, rather than making a
This website is online since day, month and year of
White Dragon, April 22, 2000
the name of this website (it was Book of the Moon). The character YI is not a
picture of the moon, but the name of an ancient sacrifice - to the sun!
Its ideogram is the sun emerging from behind a cloud (see Stephen Marshall
'The mandate of heaven', and the dictionary 'Le Grand Ricci'). Its
original meaning was the change of weather, later encompassing all
Latest find: no sun or moon at all in the character 'Yi'...
Since there are also clues for an ancient calendar system, I will not
discard the idea of the moon. The duration of 13 lunations is 13 x 29,53 =
383,89 days. The Yijing has 384 yao, hexagram lines.
(Marshall's book and his website are extremely valuable for everyone who
seriously studies the Yi-jing.
The best translations I know:
I Ching (Yijing) of Bradford Hatcher:
http://www.hermetica.info About every aspect of YiJing you can imagine.
And the excellent translation with interpretation of Hilary Barret: "I Ching -walking your path, creating your future". Available in US and UK