The I Ching: Archetypes of Transformation (PSY 322)
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
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