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I Ching App of Changes

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I Ching App of Changes

Whether you use the I-Ching as a fortune telling device, an aid to creativity, or a mirror of your subconscious, you'll love the clarity of writing, the intuition in the design, and the simplicity of use of this version of the I-Ching. The modern, no-nonsense interface delivers new users straight to the basics: you ask a question, the I-Ching answers. For old souls who know the book well there are a wealth of features for deeper research. There's a journal to save your questions and readings, a lookup library organised by number and trigram. You can recreate any reading using decimal notation. The software engine emulates precisely the ancient yarrow stalk method. Prefer to count your own stalks or cast your own coins? There's a manual hexagram builder. And did I mention the unrivalled level of elegant design and written craftsmanship? The wisdom and philosophy of the ancient Chinese texts blend seamlessly with commentaries that gently mix a dash of modern poetry, a pinch of humor, and cultural grace notes from the worlds of art, music, and literature to bring you what many daily users have called the very best I-Ching app available.
Among my favourite reviews:

"Of all the versions I've used, your renderings of the texts are my heart-felt favorites. They have inspired me, made me laugh and cry and everything in between."

“Pretty profound! This app gave me spot-on advice. I've never paid for an app before, but I had a strong urge to get this one. I'm impressed! Not to sound all new-age but I totally laughed out loud at the reading it gave me, it was like it was sitting here looking over my shoulder and telling me exactly what I needed to know about my grumpy husband. P.S. Grumpy husband called and apologized right when I finished reading my reading. Cue up "Doo DOO doo doo, twilight zone music, pretty cool stuff!"

"Carl Jung would have been happy to have this one on his phone - great to use, unfussy, untechy, respectful of the original. The journal feature is great for storing readings and referring back. Well done!"

"It's a great app. The best in my opinion. I saw and I tried many."

All of us sometimes need a sympathetic ear and wise counsel: the I-Ching can become a companion along life’s journey like no other. It's a book that helps you explore questions and, if you're lucky, find answers: Whether you believe those answers exist objectively in the universe, come from a place beyond human understanding, or are simply unearthed from your subconscious -- the book's true magic lies in its ability to be helpful (sometimes astoundingly so) to all these different forms of questing after truth.

Following the tradition of Baynes and countless interpreters of the original texts, I've written commentaries which borrow words and inspiration from a multitude of sources; Bob Dylan, Lao Tzu, Doctor Who, T.S. Eliot, King Kong, John Lennon, Joseph Campbell, and Martin Luther King all make cameo appearances. The language, unlike so many translations, makes every attempt to be gender-neutral.

I wanted the sparest interface possible. No fake parchment backgrounds, no gimmicky images of bamboo or cartoon sages. I tried not to imitate materials in the real world, but to let this app be its own thing, at home in its digital space. The YinYang button breathes quietly. Changing lines appear in grey and animate gently between dark and light grey and back again, expressing their nature through a visual change rather than the ink convention of an X or an O. The primary colour palette is limited to black, dark grey, light grey, blue, and white smoke. Texts fade in rather than flash.

I strived to create a quiet, reflective, slowed down experience in an environment that normally shouts.

I hope you enjoy using this app as much as I enjoy crafting it, improving it, and hearing from people who have found it helpful in their lives.
Brian Fitzgerald