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Book of Changes Series of Workshops

October 11, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


Book of Changes Series of Workshops

Starting monthly via Zoom from October 11th 2023

The Hexagram that can tell us most about this coming Earth Sheep month of July is Number 46 Sheng, sometimes called the Ascendant.

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Both component Trigrams are yin, that is to say, essentially female: Kun represents the Mother, Soen the Eldest Sister. This is about the return of power to the yin. After tens of millennia, not such a bad idea.

In the 4th book in Frank Herbert’s Dune series of novels, the eponymous “God Emperor” takes it upon himself to prevent by whatever means a holocaust that will annihilate humanity. One of his first moves is to create an army composed entirely of women on the grounds that only women will enforce consistently by consent and without over reach. Sheng is hinting at this type of dynamic.

There are more Yin than Yang lines in Sheng which is often optimistically termed “The Ascendant”. Sheng speaks of ambition, flight and a rising above things, a clearing up, a re-set perhaps. But for sure a time of compassion not of excess.

Taking these ideas together it may be that arbitrary power whether at home or abroad, in places of big decision or the sitting room, is due to be called to account this Earth Sheep month. There is a sense of appropriate balance coming.

Reading the Month from its Hexagram – has been in use a long time. And what we’re planning from October is to build a Yi series around it. This will take around seven years to complete.

Initially you can join us for a year, that is the first twelve sessions. The complete project will take around 7 years. Having committed to the first year, you can join, leave and rejoin as suits you or stay with us throughout.

Alteration to format: What we now intend is that the sessions will be in two parts, the first will be Richard talking to camera with students present and recording if they wish but muted and off camera so that we can publish the recording, then after a short break we will have a Q & A in our usual format and of course we won’t publish this part.

Here’s the plan: on the 2nd Wednesday of each (Chinese solar) Month we will examine thoroughly the Hexagram of that particular month. We’ll start on Wednesday October 11th with the Hexagram relating to the Water Dog. Each month I’ll aim at an exhaustive examination of the Hexagram plus some speculation as to what the ensuing days may feature. It’ll be educational (including for me) engaging and hopefully enriching. Join us.

The 2nd Wednesday of each month commencing on October 11th at 5:00pm BST for approximately one hour.

Please note that numbers will be strictly limited.

Cost for the first 12 sessions is £375 until September 12th 2023

After that it’s £400.



October 11, 2023
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Richard Ashworth
01483 428998
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