Bobby Klein is a friend and scholar. His weekly I Ching reading is one of the tools I use to plan my week, set goals, and monitor situations. I invite you to sign up for the emails, as they are informative and enlightening. There is a link to his site on this post, and here is his explanation about the translation and interpretation of the text:
FROM BOBBY KLEIN:
The I Ching dates back to 3000 BC, to the reign of the emperor Fu Hsi, who invented the original trigrams. It is an oracle that charts the flow of yin and yang energies, revealing glimpses into the higher order of the universe; it is also a book of Taoist philosophy offering guidance as to proper conduct and procedure as we make our way through this human journey. This translation has been in progress for over thirty years, when I started learning the Chinese language in the course of studying Chinese medicine, acupuncture, and tai chi chuan. My teachers at that time included Professor Wen-Shan Huang, Master Gim Shek Ju, and Master Marshall Ho’o, and they would painstakingly take me through the original Chinese texts of the I Ching, helping me with its translation and application. Each of the I Ching’s sixty-four hexagrams, consisting of two trigrams, possesses a unique meaning. A question is asked; the answer received may at first seem to be obtuse, unrelated to the question, and even confusing. But by delving into what a reading triggers in us at the moment of inquiry, the meaning of the hexagram its relevance to our situation soon becomes apparent.
The sixty-four hexagrams are all possibilities, archetypes, all circulating within our individual and collective being at any given time. By invoking the power of divine wisdom, our awareness is brought to bear on those aspects of ourselves—mental patterns, habits, persistent thought forms—that create a feeling of separation. The timing of the I Ching hexagram holds the key to our liberation from the belief in an inauthentic self and opens our path once again to experiencing our truth: union with the divine, Oneness.
The weekly readings are particularly powerful way to use the I Ching for our own and others’ benefit because by focusing our group awareness on any one hexagram’s energy, we create a field of resonance that allows the meaning to emerge with even greater clarity for all of us—like wind rustling not just one leaf on the tree, but all the leaves. Rupert Sheldrake uses the term morphic resonance to describe this kind of phenomenon, whereby there is a feedback mechanism in which the field—our collective consciousness—and our individual consciousnesses resonate. The greater the vibration, the more we condition the field of unity consciousness and bring our shared values into form.