$108.00 USD

Introduction to the I Ching (Book of Changes)

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Learn the basics of the ancient Chinese system of divination and calculation for gaining wisdom and developing intuition.

The I Ching is one of the oldest books in the world and is central to the formation of Taoism. It is a book of wisdom, divination, cosmology, calculation, philosophy, internal alchemy, science, and a means for mapping out all phenomena.

All Taoist practices such as Taijiquan (Tai Chi), Chinese medicine, Feng Shui, and astronomy/astrology, to name a few, are foundationally structured on the I Ching. 

Many of the brightest minds in our world’s history have held a deep fascination with the I Ching. Interestingly, Gottfried Leibniz, the inventor of the binary code system we currently use for our modern-day computers and devices, published a paper crediting the Chinese for creating the first binary code system after his study of the I Ching. He also noted that every binary number from 000000 to 111111 corresponded exactly with the I Ching.

Intrinsically mathematical, the I Ching is an incredible tool for divination and calculation. Because of its depth and complexity, it’s important to understand the I Ching before attempting to use it meaningfully, much less applying its insights into your life. Consequently, you need a knowledgeable teacher to guide you.

Although many teachers have an academic understanding of the I Ching, few of them can teach its true Taoist fundamentals and principles. Stuart Alve Olson is uniquely qualified to clarify the inner workings of the I Ching. He has been studying and teaching I Ching and Taoist philosophy for nearly 40 years and is an award-winning author of over 35 books on Taijiquan, meditation, Taoism, and the I Ching.

In this beginner course, you will:

  1. Learn the essential components and structure of the I Ching
  2. Understand the correlations of the images that make up the I Ching
  3. Study basic Taoist philosophy and how its concepts are integrated into the flow or movement of the I Ching
  4. Determine whether a question should be answered through calculation (using correlations of images) or divination (using the oracle)
  5. Know how to calculate the answer to a given question or properly cast and interpret a question to the I Ching

The four classes in this course were recorded in the summer of 2023. Registering for this program gives you lifetime access to the videos and course materials.


Continue your studies of the I Ching in our Membership …

I Ching Study Group

(For Beginners and Advanced Students)

In this ongoing monthly I Ching Study Group, available for free to all members, Stuart will give a short talk on an important aspect of the I Ching, and then have group participation in examining a casting or calculation of a question posed to the I Ching.

The most difficult aspect of the I Ching is learning how to interpret the answer to a question. This is what the I Ching Study Group will largely focus on and it will be a very interactive portion of each monthly session.

The study group will meet after the second Member Talk of each month. 

Learn more about the Membership here.

Membership is for a suggested donation of $18/month, but if you wish to make any other donation arrangement please let us know. Just email us with your request.