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About the Author

After purchasing his first Tarot deck in 1973, Mark McElroy began terrorizing other neighborhood nine-year-olds with dire and dramatic predictions.Today, he calls Tarot "the ultimate visual brainstorming tool," and shares techniques designed to help others ask better questions, see more options, and achieve their goals.

He is the author of Putting the Tarot to Work, Taking the Tarot to Heart, What's in the Cards for You?, and the new I Ching for Beginners (all Llewellyn). He is also the author of The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Tarot (Que).

Mark holds a B.A. and M.A. in creative writing and composition from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has more than two decades of experience as a public speaker and corporate trainer. He has written, produced, and hosted classroom, video, and online training for some of America's biggest companies, including SkyTel, MCI, Office Depot, Staples, and many others. Today, he works as a writer, voice actor, and creativity consultant; samples of his work are available at www.hiremark.com and www.tarottools.com.

Mark lives and writes in Mississippi, where he shares a home with his partner, Clyde, and two cats, Tiger and Lilly.

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Product Details

  • Series: For Beginners (Llewellyn's)
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; 1st. Ed edition (November 8, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738707449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738707440
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #710,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Janet Boyer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 3, 2005
Format: Paperback
"Enough tire-kicking! It's time to get under the hood of the Book of Changes and get a peek at its thirty-five hundred year-old Wisdom Engine: a ingenious problem-solving computer built back when the Silicon Valley was just the Silicon Gully." - From the book

The I Ching (pronounced eee ching or yee jing) is a profound Chinese oracle that speaks to the complex and changing nature of life. Centered on the Tao-the Truth or master pattern of the universe-the I Ching blends the Yin (feminine principle) and the yang (male principle) to address virtually every type of situation.

Originally consulted using yarrow sticks, this ancient oracle comprises 64 hexagrams consisting of six lines. Each hexagram is like a "chapter" of the Book of Changes (another name for the I Ching). Solid lines are yang and broken lines are yin; both are considered stable. Then there are changing lines that are yang turning yin or yin about to become yang. Although diviners generated these hexagrams with yarrow sticks in the past, modern methods have incorporated coins or even special I Ching cards.

In his new book I Ching for Beginners, Mark McElroy makes this often-ponderous oracle accessible to a new generation. He admits that this book is not a translation nor is it a traditional or scholarly exposition. Nevertheless, I Ching for Beginners provides everything you need to quickly consult-and apply-the wisdom found in the Book of Changes.

Even if you're not into divination, Mark makes the case that the I Ching provides opportunity for reflection, enhances our perception, encourages awareness of impact, and moderates our responses. Often leading individuals by the hand to the "middle way", the I Ching dispenses wise advice for those seeking insight.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Seven Kitties on July 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
If you're looking for a book that discusses the I Ching as a philosophy or metaphysics or meditation tool, this book isn't what you're looking for. However, if you want an I Ching that can give insight and solutions into your life, this book is nothing short of spooky. I made a quick and cheap set of index cards as he describes (if I flipped coins around here, my cats'd make sure I spent all day looking for coins) and for the first month that I owned this book I did a reading every morning.

Unlike Tarot, where sometimes you and a deck have to take some time getting to know each other (tarot people know what I mean), this worked right off the page from day one. He offers wonderful blurbs on each of the trigrams, and I was so impressed at how spot on they were at predicting what I needed to look out for that day (my general question) that I started analyzing the book for 'cheats'. You know, generic stuff that could fit anybody "you have a friend named Joe? John?" "You feel as if no one understands you?" That sort of ultrageneric stuff that the Rube desperately clings onto. Nope. Not here. The trigrams are widely different in meaning, with very little overlap.

If you want a practical I Ching tool, and something that you will turn to day after day with confidence, THIS is the book to get.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Swinkels on March 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
First of all, you should read the excellent review posted by Janet Boyer. I've got not much to add to this.

I consider this book (and Mark's Bright Idea Deck) as my private mentor/coach. It does not tell me what to do, but confronts me with a set of questions and options to consider. Over time I have learned the importance of asking the right question; sometimes an answer is not even needed, the question alone makes the problem disappear.

Why 4 stars and not 5? Well, we all got spoiled by Mark's use of examples on how to use for instance his bright idea deck.

Well, in this I Ching book, no "50 ways to use the I Ching", no "What would the trigrams do", no different "spreads".

I'm sure I have enough information to construct these on my own, but I would love some practical examples, some "spreads" using more than one or two hexagrams etc.

Anyway, I recommend this book to everyone!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brahman on July 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
I own many translations of the I Ching. Of all of them, I would have to say that this book represents the best interpretation of the oracle into modern English, followed closely by the translations by Mondo Sector and Sam Reifler's work as well as the exhaustive "The Laws of Change" by Jack M. Balkin. Everything from the names of the individual "gua" to the judgements and lines are re-interpreted into modern English in this book, so don't expect to win any arguments with someone who owns the Legge edition or the Wilhelm/Baynes text. Still, this book is direct, to the point and impressively accurate in capturing the spirit of the individual hexagrams if what you're trying to do is understand how the hexagrams relate to modern life. Cross referenced with "The I Ching Handbook" by Mondo Sector, you can see how each individual moving line leads to a transitional hexagram for a complete analysis of whatever hexagram you come up with and its moving lines. Buy it! Hide the title with a book jacket if you want to impress people, but buy it and you will not regret the purchase.
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