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The Talis I Ching

"I Ching" literally means "change". The I Ching is one of the oldest books in existence, dating back at least 5000 years. It is a first attempt by humanity to understand its place in the universe. The I Ching is not only an oracle, but a book of wisdom that shows how to respond to a multitude of situations in a balanced way. The I Ching is a chart of changes. The basis of its philosophy is that nothing is static and that our task is to adjust to the ebbs and flows of that change. Fu Hsi was a ruler who lived about 3000 before Christ and was said to have found the eight trigrams that form the sixty-four hexagrams on the shell of a tortoise. He is credited as being the first person to give some order to what was at that time a completely uncivilized culture.

Version 1.1
This demo version will give you a good feeling for how the program works. The demo version does not include the user, journal or inquiry sections of the program. This means that new users may not be added, the current user cannot be changed, and the inquiry cannot be changed. The journal and print capabilities are also not included.

Throwing the Coins
Standard method:
Click on the coin icon under the coin tray and to the right of the oracle inquiry field to "throw" the coins. Throw the coins six times. Each time you throw, a new line will appear in the area above the coin tray. If you throw any sixes or nines (three of a kind), you will have a secondary answer (reading) to your inquiry as well as a primary reading.
Manual Input Method:
Use this if you prefer to throw your own coins and enter the result into the computer. Enter the number that corresponds to the throw result (6 through 9).


Your Reading
When you are finished throwing, the button on the hexagram grid that corresponds to your primary hexagram reading, will flash. Press this button and your reading will appear. Be sure to scroll down to read any addition line readings if you have any. You will only have line readings if you threw sixes or nines. When you have finished your primary reading, click OK. You will return to the main screen where the secondary hexagram button will be flashing. Press it to read your secondary reading. Your reading is automatically saved to your own personal journal. You are now ready for another inquiry.

Modifying the Text
Version 1.1 now allows you to modify the hexagram and line text. The reading text file is called ichtext.txt. Back up the original before you modify it. Be careful to leave the parsing codes as they are and to save your modified version as a text file. You can download an editor to make editing the text easier.  This editprogram was created by Lou Cypher.

The following options can be toggled on or off from the Options menu item:
Video Images
    Plays video images in the Reading dialog box.
Video Sound
    Plays the sounds associated with the videos in the Reading dialog box.
Coin Sound
    Plays the coin sound each time the coins are thrown.
Display Prompt
    Displays the prompt help at the bottom of the screen.
Display Inquiry
    Displays the oracle request on the screen.