The Dark Arts


The following is a quote from Will Buckingham, writer and philosopher, that may help us better understand the the real value of economic forecasting. Prediction, foresight, or timing are difficult, if not impossible. Their attraction is a great temptation. A better approach is to  observe carefully and react quickly to the trends that naturally occur.

The complex science that in ancient China was known as shuxue 數學 — a term that, when applied to the numerological speculation that surrounds the I Ching, is only inadequately translated as “mathematics” — is no less abstruse than that most divinatory of practices, economics. Indeed, if one wanted to seek out the contemporary equivalents of those ancient diviners, they would be found not amongst the religious, nor amid those strange, otherworldly figures who spend their days enveloped by incense clouds, but instead amongst those other mystics who, schooled in economics and the dark arts of finance, are passionately convinced that in the manipulation of number there might lie the secret of our future destiny.

I Ching


I bought my first copy of the Wilhelm-Baynes's translation of  The I Ching of Book of Change in 1974 and was intrigued by the wisdom within it's pages. Over the next several decades I learned that much of Chinese culture was impacted by the concepts the i Ching (Yijing) taught. What first began as a book of divination was transformed over the centuries into the first great book of wisdom. 

Three years ago I started working on a personal translation of the Yijing and enjoy making it into a regular practice.