The I Ching: Archetypes of Transformation (PSY 322)

The I Ching: Archetypes of Transformation (PSY 322)


Course Description

This course is based upon the new translation: Total I Ching: Myths for Change. Students will examine how Yijing (I Ching) or the Classic of Change, the world’s oldest living tradition of “wisdom divination,” provides models of the psyche’s healing powers. Students will proceed through an examination of Eastern ideas of the “Way” or Dao and the insights of Western transformative psychologies. The object is to make “Change” a part of your imaginative and intellectual life.

Course Sessions and Topics

This course is divided into ten, one-hour Lectures. The introductory Lecture, The Way of Transformation is presented in both audio and video format to better acquaint the student with the instructor.

Week 1 The Way of Transformation

Week 2 The Matrix of Change

Week 3 Myths for Change

Week 4 The Psychology of the Question

Week 5 Encounter with the Oracle: Live Divination

Week 6 Encounter with the Oracle: Tools for Change

Week 7 Zones of Radical Transformation

Week 8 Patience, Shaping, Depersonalization 

Week 9 Death and Renewal: Metaphysics for Change

Week 10 Change in the West: Where Are We Now?

Learning Outcomes for this Course

Outcome 1: Students will be able to describe the structure and history of the Classic of Change (I Ching).

Outcome 2: Students will be able to describe the basic technique of using, reading and interpreting the Classic of Change.

Outcome 3: Students will be able to describe the ways in which the symbols of the Classic of Change can deepen and expand their perspectives on personal and cultural experience.

Outcome 4: Students will be able recognize and describe the personal and philosophical dimensions of the Classic of Change, relating them to both transformative psychology and the wisdom traditions.

Outcome 5:  Students will be able to discern Divination from “Fortune Telling”

Outcome 6: Students will be able to comprehend the function of ‘chance’ in divinatory practices

Outcome 7:  Students will become familiar with the history and purpose of the I Ching

Outcome 8: Students will be able to comprehend the symbols of Yin and Yang

Outcome 9: Students will become familiar with psychological archetypes and their function

Outcome 10: Students will develop a sense of symbolic language and metaphors apart from the literal

Outcome 11: Students will recognize what dualism is and why Eastern philosophies steer away from it

Outcome 12: Students will become aware of synchronicities and be able to recognize them as meaningful acausal co-incidences (via Jung)

Outcome 13: Students will comprehend the inner and outer worlds as an active, dynamic, changing process instead of a static “product”

Outcome 14: Students will memorize and fully express the meanings of the 8 Trigrams

Outcome 15: Students will become competent in the coin method of I Ching divination

Outcome 16: Students will practice doing readings and develop interpretive abilities

Outcome 17: Recognize the value of the “question of the question” and become able to ask clearer questions for the I Ching

Your Teacher

This course was created and recorded by:

Stephen Karcher, Ph.D. | Comparative Literature and Archetypal Psychology. An internationally known scholar, writer, and translator, he was Director of Research at the Eranos Foundation, Ascona Switzerland from 1988-1996. He has published many books and articles in the fields of comparative mythology, divination, depth psychology and religious experience; and is a featured speaker at the International Myth and Theatre Festival.

This course will be administered and graded by:

Laurie Loon, M.A., Transformational Psychology, University of Philosophical Research | B.A., Liberal Arts, Antioch University