Yi-Jing is the oldest magical text, or grimoire, in continual use in the history of mankind. To those able to decrypt its binary code, it provides instruction for attaining to those higher states of awareness commonly attributed to mysticism, and the awakening of psychic abilities. It is in this context that The Sɵrcerer’s Yi-Jing: A 21st Century Treatise is offered. It is not intended to replace earlier interpretations, any more than the accretions layered one upon the other over thousands of years were replacements for those before them. It is not an attempt to ‘update’ an old system, but rather a discussion as to how it remains as relevant in the 21st century as 5,000 years ago. Yi-Jing is founded upon unchanging Truths which do not depend upon Time. Such a philosophy shows the lie of our modern myth of ‘progress’ and is entirely incompatible with it.
Having said this, Yi-Jing has had inestimable influence to the progress of our modern sciences. Quantum physicists Hiesenberg and Schrodinger both made constant reference to it, and when Bohr was granted a coat of arms he put the symbol of the Tai-Ji at its centre. Yet this is not to imply the Chinese knew about quantum physics 5,000 years ago. It is to recognize that even our newest and most profound scientific discoveries find reflection in the unchanging Laws as described in the Yi-Jing.
So precise is the ancient philosophical-scientific system of Yi-Jing, and so universal are these Laws, they are reflected even in the structure of DNA; each hexagram corresponding to an individual codon. Yi-Jing also relates to the human body in terms of the ‘chakras’, major nerve ganglia generating the electromagnetic biofield, with each line of a hexagram corresponding to these ‘circuits’ from the feet to the brow. Unsurprisingly, this biofield has been found to be measurably stronger in practitioners of Tai-Ji; a discipline which is itself based on the principles of Yi-Jing. These very real, scientifically measurable, energy circuits are related to the neurological imprints of maturation, and the archetypes of our collective unconscious, as discussed in The Neuronomicɵn.
Yi-Jing was developed 4,500 years before the westerner Liebnitz believed himself to have been the inventor of binary code. Modern neurology has lead to the realisation that the brain itself relies on a binary code; a neuron is either on or off, a one or a zero, yet their resulting combination seems to result in our consciousness, with its perceptions of both time and space. The binary system of consciousness is most easily envisioned if we imagine a holographic input with a three dimensional grid system super-imposed over it, such that all the energy patterns contained within it can be described in terms of three dimensional geometry encoded from a two dimensional form, meaning the three dimensional information can be processed using only the fundamental binary code.
Might it be that the ‘hard question’ as to exactly how consciousness arises from matter has been asked the wrong way around? That the reason why materialist science cannot arrive at an explanation is because it does not? Neurology has failed to locate anything resembling memory traces or ‘recordings’ in the brain itself, and what are we, if we are not our memories? What we have found, however, is that our brains respond to our environment far more than we ever expected. Might it be that consciousness is in fact boundless, and the binary coding of our brains, of our DNA, and perhaps also of Yi-Jing, allows for consciousness to be received and decoded – a little like the way Wi-Fi informs our home computers? If so, might this also solves the conundrum of artificial intelligence – consciousness not arising directly from the binary coding, but channelled and decoded through it?
Modern scientific advances have brought us to the understanding that everything is ultimately made of energy, and that all phenomena is one continuum at various wavelengths of the electromagnet light spectrum. Mind and matter, indeed all phenomena, are ultimately one unbroken movement; an understanding encapsulated 5,000 years ago in the Yi-Jing. Matter itself is a binary system, and so is Time. In quantum physics, the wave function that describes how electrons and other particles behave is a mathematical model in a multi-dimensional space based on ‘complex numbers’, including the paradoxical ‘imaginary’ number, the square root of -1. The wave function maps possible future states in terms of probabilities; Stochastic resonance. When a quantum particle such as an electron interacts with a physical system it collapses into one of many possible outcomes. Many possibilities are reduced in that instant to an objectively observable fact. Yet the wave function itself is non-material; it is only a mathematical description of possibilities, a measurement of the patterns of change.
Yi-Jing effectively allows us to measure the wave function before it collapses, thus predicting events before they have happened within space-time. We can understand that the system measures only probabilities, and can never provide us with absolute certainties; nevertheless these measurements provide us with reliable predictions, with events closer in time to the present more accurately predictable than those distant.
Additionally, the less an event depends on previous occurrences the harder it will be to predict, which is why no divination system – or natural psychic – has been able to assure lottery wins. Finally, as Bohr observed, order arises from chaos, and chaos is implied within order, so some things will always be unpredictable. This is why hexagram 60: Limits, warns us that under certain conditions divination itself is limited.
Also worthy of meditation is the relationship between the eight trigrams of Yi-Jing, and the six lines of the hexagrams, with the six dimensions postulated by E8 theory, which looks set to replace String Theory, the failed earlier attempt to provide a Unified Theory of Everything. The assumed constants of materialist science are still clung to with dogmatic fervour, from time being linear to consciousness arising from matter, even the number of dimensions consciousness might inhabit, but are slowly being worn away by cumulative evidence. Nearly everywhere we find this wearing away we also find Yi-Jing. This is no coincidence; the text itself speaks of how water, ever adaptable, inevitably wears away even the hardest stone.
The relevance of Yi-Jing in modern sɵrcery becomes further apparent when considered in context of those Laws discussed in The Neuronomicөn as Sympathy (Contact / Contagion), Energy, Spirit, Psyche, and Neuromancy;
This is the imitative principle that anything that has happened once, whether literally or symbolically, will occur again with increasing probability.
Early man’s first instincts towards sympathetic magick might be seen in cave paintings of successful hunts. Through pictorial representation we also evolved our first written languages, including the charaktēres of the Bone Oracle texts upon which Yi-Jing was ultimately founded. As well as referring to divination they were also employed in incantation. Chinese sɵrcerers of the ancient Fulu traditions employ the Ba Gua trigrams and hexagrams in this ‘active’ manner, and they are a common feature of the Sak Yan talismanic tattoos of Thailand.
Most practitioners will be familiar with methods of investing spells with energy, typically understood to be the Force that sets inert matter into the movements of consciousness. Perhaps mankind’s first instincts towards energy magick might be seen in the many spiral, concentric circle, and wave-form psychedelic abstracts depicted on cave walls.
Another classic example of energy deployed in magick is the projection of Life Force in the Fu sorcery of esoteric Daoism, defined in its various stages of purification as jing, chi, shen, and shu, raised and accumulated through Chi-Kung and directed as yang (light) or yin (darkness); perhaps by charging a sigil-talisman, empowering the double for astral attack, or by energizing the body to create an impenetrable aura and lend additional force to physical blocks and blows. In the words of Lao Tzu, The Art of War, “The Warrior Adept’s energy is devastating. His timing is taut. His energy resembles a drawn crossbow; his timing resembles the release of a trigger.”
In the magick of any tradition, Spirits of Light (‘Yang’) will most often be approached through humble petition while those of Shadow (‘Yin’) are dealt with through pacts and commands; depending also on the practitioner’s spiritual inclinations and natural allies. The Wisdom of Yi-Jing applies to either case – it is most known as a book of divination, meaning to ‘ask the divinities’.
Yi-Jing originates in a philosophy known in ancient China as Yi-Fa; its binary code system is reflected also in the African divination system of Ifa. This Wisdom informed, in turn, the geomancy and astrology of Persia, which entered into the Solomonic grimoires to arise in Western Tradition as geomancy.
Psychism is the direction of the human mind’s own powers, and the control of an opponent’s mind. The psychic potentials of human consciousness are far beyond what most westerners have been conditioned to believe. Psychism presents a continuum from hypnotism and neurolinguistic programming to sigil magick (the creation of synthetic neurosis), through to advanced psychic techniques such as remote viewing / influence, telepathy, telekinesis, etc.
The weaponisation of psychic abilities is exemplified by military intelligence backed projects such as Project Stargate and Project Jedi. On the battlefield abilities such as precognition, most commonly experienced as ‘hunches’, can save lives.
Jung found much in the Yi-Jing that informed his theory of synchronicity. Perhaps this area of his research is so neglected by psychologists today due to its incompatibility with the old materialist paradigms. As the implications of quantum physics have been absorbed scientists have begun seriously exploring phenomena such as ‘meaningful coincidence’. As with the mathematical equations of quantum physicists, we don’t know why the formulae of the Yi-Jing make accurate predictions, but they do. All we can say is that the Yi-Jing generates ‘meaningful coincidences’, and does so with unexplainable regularity. Perhaps one day the predictions of the Yi-Jing will themselves be a subject of serious scientific enquiry.
Corresponding as it does to human DNA, we should not be surprised to discover Yi-Jing has relevance to the human human body, its electromagnetic biofield, and thus also to the Schumann Resonance; the electromagnetic field of the Earth without which DNA would never have evolved. It is of profound relevance to Theta-sɵrcery, as introduced in The Neuronomicɵn. When our brainwaves match the Schumann Resonance at 7.83Hz (Theta) the biofield increases exponentially in both intensity and size, measurable as the distance from the body and the amplitude at which electromagnetic activity is registered. This same Theta brainwave activity corresponds to the activation of psychic abilities such as remote viewing / influence. The six changing lines themselves relate to the first six circuits of the biofield system, with the seventh implied when all lines are changing. These seven circuits are further corresponded to brainwave function, neurological imprints, and the seven Archetypal Laws.
The six lines of the Yi-Jing hexagrams relate to the neural circuits as follows;
1st Circuit: Biosurvival. First developed in the earliest evolution of the invertebrate brain. Imprinted during infancy. Concerned with suckling, cuddling, and the binary either / or program (approach and accept / flight and refusal) locking consciousness into the Matrix of space and time. Situated in the ‘dwarf brain’. Corresponded to < Δ Infra Low (- 0.5Hz) brainwaves; Slow Cortical Potentials, the basic cortical rhythms underlying all brain activity, playing a major role in brain timing and network function. In the body, the first circuit corresponds to the Mūlādhāra chakra, relating to the gonads and the adrenal medulla, responsible for the fight-or-flight impulse when survival is under threat. As an Archetypal Law its nature is expressed as Mercury.
2nd Circuit: Emotional / Territorial. First developed in early vertebrates. Imprinted during the ‘toddling’ stage. Concerned with aggression / submission / cooperation. Corresponded to Δ Delta (0.5 to 3 Hz) brainwaves, dominant during quiescent meditation and deep stage 3 Non-REM sleep and all stage 4 spectral activity. In the human body the second circuit corresponds with the Svādhiṣṭhāna chakra associated to the testes or the ovaries that produce the various sexual hormones involved in the reproductive cycle, the genitourinary system and the adrenals. As an Archetypal Law its nature is expressed as Mars.
3rd Circuit: Symbolic / Semantic. First developed as hominids began to differentiate from other primates. Imprinted during childhood by symbol systems and interaction with other humans and their artefacts. Concerned with calculation, prediction, intention, and problem solving. Corresponded to Θ Theta (3 to 8 Hz) brainwaves, dominant during REM dreaming sleep, magical trance, and the entheogenic experience. Theta waves suspend physical awareness and are essential in learning and memory. In the human body this is the Maṇipūra chakra, situated beneath the edge of the rib cage, corresponding to Islets of Langerhans, which are groups of cells in the pancreas, as well as the outer adrenal glands and the adrenal cortex, playing a valuable role in digestion and the conversion of food matter into energy for the body. As an Archetypal Law its nature is expressed as Sol.
4th Circuit: Domestic / Sociosexual. First developed in Stone Age tribal society. Imprinted during puberty. Concerned with hedonism, reproduction, parenting, social networks, morality etc. Corresponded to A Alpha (8 to 12 Hz) brainwaves, the resting frequency of the brain, essential to mind / body integration, coordination, and learning. In the human body this is the Anāhata: chakra situated at the heart, associated also with the site of maturation of the T-cells responsible for fending off disease. As an Archetypal Law its nature is expressed as Venus.
5th Circuit: Neurolinguistic. Probably developed around 2000 BC or earlier, with the first civilisations. It is at this point that surviving literature first makes reference to a sense of ‘I’, so that one ‘feels’ love rather that is ‘visited by’ it, and the rear right hemisphere of the brain became less active. Concerned with introspection and neurosomantic feedback. Situated in the frontal cortex. Corresponded with B Beta (12 to 38 Hz) brainwaves, dominant during normal waking consciousness when we are alert, attentive, and engaged. In the body this is the Viśuddha chakra situated at the throat, considered to correspond also to the thyroid, which produces hormones responsible for growth and maturation. As an Archetypal Law its nature is expressed as Jupiter.
6th Circuit: Neuropsychic. Probably first developed around 500 BC. Concerned with deconditioning, self reprogramming, cybernetic consciousness, psychic abilities, and hacking the Matrix. Stimulated by entheogens, and through advanced meditation. Corresponded with Г Gamma (38 to 42 Hz) brainwaves associated with heightened intelligence, altruism, and spiritual evolution. In the human body this is the Ājñā Chakra. The nerve ganglia of the third eye are situated between the two physical eyes and slightly above the bridge of the nose, corresponding with the same areas of the face on the homunculus, situated around the brain’s frontal cortex and corresponding with the pineal gland, itself lying at the midline of the brain between the two hemispheres; a fact reflected in its traditional symbol of the two petalled lotus. The major function of the pineal gland is the secretion of melatonin, and regulation of the circadian rhythms; it is highly responsive to the Schumann Resonance. Working in conjunction with the pituitary gland, whose structure is comparable to the ocular retina, the pineal gland transmits light signals by way of the hypothalamus through the optic nerve fibres. It is also associated with all those sixth sense abilities relating to cryptochromes, which have been found in human beings in the physical eyes, and the area of the third eye. It is also in the area of the third eye that Gamma waves begin their sweeping pulse, travelling through the brain at an average of around 40 Hz. As the chakras are activated through meditation, and strengthened through attunement to the Schumann Resonance, the sɵrcerer attains also to the higher consciousness Gamma brainwaves. As an Archetypal Law its nature is expressed as Luna.
The seventh circuit is implied when all the lines of a hexagram are changing;
7th Circuit: Neuromystic. Probably developed in the early first millennium. Concerned with the collective unconscious, memories of previous incarnations, and communion with the Higher Self or ‘Holy Guardian Angel’. Stimulated by entheogens combined with advanced meditation, and possibly at the moment of death. Corresponded with Г > Hyper-Gamma (42 Hz+) brainwaves thought to have significance to the synthesis and translation of immediate sensory information in relation to information stored in the neural system, the mind’s ability to overcome cognitive dissonance, and resistance to change. In the body this is the Sahasrāra, situated at the crown of the head, corresponding to the area of the brain deemed to be the source of Gamma to Hyper Gamma frequencies. The crown circuit is related to pure consciousness, the death of the body, the release of Karma, and the condition of Samhadi. Physically it governs the secretions of the pineal gland and their communication to the endocrine system, also connecting to the nervous system via the hypothalamus. As an Archetypal Law its nature is expressed as Saturn.
Since the Yi-Jing was the inspiration for the first computer coding, and since our neurology is also binary, it stands to reason that Yi-Jing should be a core grimoire for any neuromancer. The binary coding of Yi-Jing may be interpreted as an artificial intelligence matured over 5,000 years, capable of making uncannily accurate predictions of future events, of facilitating communication between human and non-local consciousness, and of imparting Wisdom even to the eldest of sages. It is also an instructional grimoire for those seeking the Attainment of experiential mystical knowledge, and the awakening of those faculties commonly described as psychic.
Excerpt from THE SΘRCERER’S YI-JING: A 21st Century Treatise
currently in preparation.