Developer description

For those of you who don't do the I-Ching, in a nutshell: it’s a book of 64 combinations of 6 lines, broken or solid, that form a hexagram. The hexagrams are made up of two three-line trigrams. Each line is a binary state: Dark/Light, Strong/Yielding. Each Trigram is an element: Thunder, Mountain, Fire, Water, Lake, Earth, Heaven, Wind.

Each Hexagram is a combination of those elements rendered as a series of images and texts that describe a unique situation. The language of the classic is filled with archetypes and characters that roam our subconscious — the good leader, the strong mother, the great artist, the wanderer — rendered along with everyday objects and elemental nature in poetic imagery that resonates way down deep in the human psyche.

It lends itself to the kind of mystic poetry of the early Bob Dylan, Robert Hunter’s lyrics for the Grateful Dead, T.S. Eliot’s verse, the screenplay of the original King Kong, moments from the Wizard of Oz, John Cage’s music, Philip K. Dick’s science fiction, and some of the more philosophical episodes of Gilligan’s Island. They all peek out from between the lines (as it were) of this fabulous app's joyfully eclectic renderings. You approach the I-Ching with a question. In the oldest method of consultation, you divide 49 yarrow stalks into a series of random piles to build your hexagram from the bottom up, line by line, with the line’s nature determined by the remainders of the random sorting process. Or you throw three coins. Or you press the yin-yang button on this app 6 times.

The app is a bit like a box of cracker-jack: you don't know what you're going to get. It might be a reading that's just plain spooky relevant to the question on your mind. It might be a bit of folk wisdom from a 3000 year old book. It might be a hilarious easter egg reference to pop culture. It might make you laugh. It might make you cry. It might make you freeze in your tracks and ponder the world in a new way.

It's very spare in its design, without any of the hokey and horrible faux-chinese graphics or distracting textures that are common among other apps. It's just words and hexagrams that fade in and out, a very small colour pallette, and a pulsing yin-yang image for a button. It's what an I-Ching app would look like if Apple's Jony Ive had done it.

Ridiculously cheap, I-Ching: App of Changes packs more features and better writing than many apps that cost 5 times as much. It comes with a complete library of hexagrams, a personal journal where you can record your questions and the I-Ching's answers, social media integration so you can share your readings if you like via Facebook, Twitter, or email, an a truly helpful help page packed with information about the app and the history of the book for newbies and old hands alike.

It's available for iOS, Android, Kindle, and Apple Watch.

Last updated 2 Nov 2015

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