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The Gift Of The Tortoise: New Insights Into The I Ching Paperback – June 6, 2011
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About the Author
Jo Onvlee and Amy Shapiro were trans-Atlantic collaborators on this and "Questioning The Oracle: New Insights Into the I Ching." Jo is a metaphysical scholar in Amsterdam, Holland, with expertise in T'ai Chi, the I Ching, Astrology, Tarot and meditation. Amy is a holistic therapist, author and publisher in Gloucester, MA (USA), offering services and books in Astrology, T'ai Chi, Past Life Therapy, Humor Therapy and Nutrition Therapy. Visit NewAgeSages.com to learn more about Amy's books and services.
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The first volume is yet another translation of the Book of Changes. Unfortunately, this is yet another infelicitous garbling by "translators" with no evidence of knowledge of Chinese. The famous line 3 of Meng (Hexagram 4) is rendered:
Going for the Wealth is a dangerous path.
If she does, marry her not...
The correct meaning is:
The woman is strong, but it is not suitable to marry this woman.
Nothing in the original about her being a gold-digger, as implied by Onvlee and Shapiro.
It is apparent that the authors put great effort into studying the Yijing, but unfortunately, in all the wrong places. The quite brief bibliography lists some New Age works but not a single scholarly one. It lists the translations of Legge, W/B, and Blofeld, all respectable but also several pseudo-translations. The important versions of Lynn and Rutt are not cited.
The second volume is about Yijing numerology. There is interesting material here but it very hard to follow. Clarity is not served by the many terms invented by the authors, such as "Triole," (different from a "Tri-une") "quaternary values," and "Un-time."
Much thought and effort has gone into these volumes and if they ever think of reissuing, collaboration with someone who can help them express their ideas more clearly would greatly enhance their usefulness.
What I liked best in the book is the diagram on p 155, in which the hexagrams are placed on a tortoise shell so as to look like the natural markings.