Synopses & Reviews
The I Ching
, or the Book of Changes
, is based on the 64 hexagrams created at least 5,000 years ago by the legendary first Emperor of China, Fu Hsi. These ancient six-line 'bar codes' that look so modern to us today are made up of different combinations of eight basic trigrams, each of which represents a natural element. Around 1100 BC, the Chinese King Wan provided a textual commentary for these hexagrams. The hundreds of interpretations and translations that have appeared since are based on this text.
Unlike all the I Ching scholars before him, Frits Blok based his interpretation on the four natural elements that make up each hexagram. What he discovered in the process was that the often cryptic commentary of King Wan was modeled by this same approach. Blok's strategy of deconstructing each hexagram has led to a unique book, which is a milestone in the history of the I Ching.
Like life itself, the I Ching is a hermetic labyrinth. At every crossroad and dead-end alley in this maze, Frits Blok shows the reader how to gather courage and pick up the Ariadne's thread that leads to full conciousness.