I Ching Mandala
If the centre of the circle represents unity and the outside represents diversity then the I Ching Mandala is an oracle that journeys from the centre (unity) to the outside (the hexagrams) to offer it’s insight into a particular situation from the point of view of the whole.
One of the unique elements of the I Ching Mandala is its ability to unify the Tao, Yin/ Yang, the Chinese five elements, the Bagua or trigrams & the 64 Hexagrams into a single interconnected symbol that effectively expands on the core Yin Yang symbol into a circular whole. The tree of nodes reaching from unity in the centre, through the five elements to the hexagrams is unique in Taoist philosophy in expressing the I Ching as a visual metaphor.
The advice that the I Ching gives is how the sage would deal with any particular situation. This edition of the I Ching offers a unique synthesis of this timeless knowledge comprised specially for this Mandala application taking the essence of some of the greatest translations and distilling them into a singular direct answer.
The method used by the I Ching Mandala to choose between the Yin path and the Yang path is directly influenced by the input of the user taking advantage of the many methods of subtle detection employed by the idevices. This makes a direct yet unpredictable link between the caster and the result of the oracle.
It is an essential part of this oracle to create a personal connection to the decision path of the I Ching. Great care was taken in choosing a method of interaction that made a random decision yet genuinely takes its outcome from the users precise state at the moment the coin is flipped.
The I Ching Mandala focuses the reading on the simplicity of the main hexagram and so does not deal with changing lines in this edition.
The I Ching Mandala was originally a limited edition print made in 2002 by UK Celtic artist Michael Tingle. The mobile phone app is an ideal platform to realise the I Ching Mandala in motion. What an iphone app does is show the I Ching on its journey along the tree of possibilities. To travel along the paths and interact with the mandala makes a relaxing and meditative atmosphere conducive to receiving the I Ching reading.