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Product Details

  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Anthony Publishing Company; 3rd Revised edition (December 31, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0960383247
  • ISBN-13: 978-0960383245
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When this book was first published in 1980, I was convinced that no one could add to the monumental commentary of Richard Wilhelm... I was wrong. Ms. Anthony has made a genuine contribution to our understanding and use of the oracle. --Harry Goldgar, New Orleans Times Picayune

From the Publisher

This book, published first in 1980, is here presented in its third revised and enlarged edition. It remains the best selling I Ching book for its major independent press distributors in the U.S. and England, and it has been translated into German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Croatian. It has attained a dedicated and enthusiastic worldwide following from readers of all interests and backgrounds.

More About the Author

Carol K. Anthony majored in creative writing at Ward Belmont College and the University of Iowa (1950), but did not find "her medium" until a friend brought her the I Ching in 1971, during a mid-life crisis. It was seven years later, when she realized that the notes she was keeping each time she experienced an "Aha," (to something the I Ching was trying to get her to understand) were something also of potential help for others. These notes would become her first book on that subject -- "A Guide to the I Ching." Ms. Anthony has been sharing her "Aha!s" ever since in one well-received book after another: four by herself until 1994, and three more in collaboration with Hanna Moog, a translator of all her books into German, and an expert publisher's editor on the I Ching for Eugen Diederichs Verlag.
Ms. Anthony states of her relationship with the I Ching, "It came to me at a time of personal crisis, and helped me in ways I could not have imagined. It showed me that times of crisis are also times of opportunity -- the opportunity to connect with the unique inner resources each of us possesses, but may have forgotten. They are the very resources we need to make our lives meaningful. The I Ching is a guide for this journey. It shows us that when we value and are true to ourselves and to our potentials, the whole Cosmos comes to our support. Today, more than ever, this 3000 year old book and its philosophy is needed

Customer Reviews

One never knows when, but that the good will happen is reassuring.
James W. Ausmus
It's a great friend, helps me keep my attitude balanced and compassionate, with wide perspective.
Diane Patterson
I love this book, have used it for years - my latest paperback has fallen apart.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3, 2003
Format: Paperback
After comparing at least seven or more 'guides to the i ching' over a period of 10+ years, I have found this to be the best. While other books tend to look at other beings in a negative light when translating some of the i ching hexagrams, this book cautions the reader to look at their own inferior qualities.
Other books seem to have explanations that will make the student feel better, this book has translations that are less pleasing, but perhaps more honest. I look at this translation as an introduction to physics of the spirit.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By catherine de saint phalle on September 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
The I Ching has been in my life since I was nineteen. I am now four-four. My interest has not waned. But since I have read C.K.Anthony's books, ( only a year ago ) what I had only felt obscurely, like swimming under water, has been put into words. The author has not only written efficiently but has expressed a deep personnal commitment. As if she had blended two opposites : a personnal truth and the contact with the outside world. Bravo to Carol K. Anthony.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 27, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book is an outstanding place to begin work with the I Ching. Especially compared with direct translations. I don't know about you, but I'm not familiar enough with Chinese symbolism to understand what "four horses grazing in the meadow; there is no blame" means. Fortunately for those of us similarly afflicted, Carol Anthony and Wilhelm/Baynes have done the hard work for us.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By David W. Edsall on November 16, 2007
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First off, I want to state that, when I first began doing I Ching readings, I referred to this book (and this book only, actually). This was the book that was recommended by my Acupuncture teacher. I, initially, found it to be incredible.

That was until I found out that this book is simply Mrs. Anthony's interpretations of what the I Ching states. After I bought the Wilhelm/Banes translation, I began to use them both. However, after about a month, I stopped using Mrs. Anthony's book altogether. I found her interpretation to be more of a hindrance than a help, mostly because I didn't see how she got certain meanings out of passages. I enjoyed reading the I Ching and making up my own mind about what the passages meant to me.

Do not get me wrong. I think many people will really enjoy this book. Mrs. Anthony gives a more Western approach to the I Ching and this is probably what many Westerners want and can use. However, for those who really want to get dig down into the hexagram meanings, the I Ching, Taoism, and the like, I would suggest starting with the Wilhelm/Baynes translation or, possibly, another good translation (I have heard there are some more recent ones out there). Then expand into other books that come your way.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By John Wilson on July 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is by far one of the best books that I have purchased on the subject of the I-Ching. Its translations are quite extensive and give in-depth interpretations of the hexigrams and changing lines. If you buy this book, be prepared to read its translations with patience. I am currently a newer student of the I-Ching and have to really sit in quiet and prepare for long contemplation of the readings. It is well worth the time and effort. I highly recommend this book, but also purchase a book with less detailed interpretations to augment this incredible piece.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Leigh Glanville on June 29, 2001
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This is a truly magnificent work written by a very wise lady. If you are at all interested in developing yourself using the Wilhelm\Baynes edition of the I Ching you will find this book indispensible. It is astoundingly insightful and must be regarded as a major achievement along with her other top book "The Philosophy of the I Ching". I read both of these daily. Many many thanks.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 1998
Format: Paperback
Ms. Anthony has obviously used the I Ching in her life and in this book shares its' usefulness, and her love for, and insight into, the meanings. Also,she uses the Wilhelm/Baynes translation with which so many of us are familiar and writes this as a "guide" to the use of that. Her paraphrases are exquisite in their ability to simplify for us, the more literate translations.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Heather on March 20, 2006
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This is a great version of the I Ching! Carol Anthony takes the sometimes difficult to understand messages of the I Ching and turns them into plain english. Very good for beginners, or for anyone who wishes to get the full message of the I Ching without doing all the interpretation.
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