Using the I Ching Stone Protocol

You will use the Christian I Ching Stone Protocol to receive six numbers, one for each of the lines in your hexagram. Each of the six numbers will be either a 6, 7, 8, or 9. If you have done the protocol possible, you can't receive numbers lower than 6 or greater than 9. As you receive each number, write it down in your notebook next to the line number. Remember that the numbers start with the lowest line and work their way up.

Here is a quick overview of the Christian I Ching Stone Protocol. If you have never used it, see our more indepth article on this protocol.

Overview of Stone Protocol

Create a work space and think of it as divided as follows:

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  • Place a pile of 49 stones in the working area.
  • While meditating on the question, divide the pile into a left-hand pile and a right-hand pile, both in the working area. Don't try to be exact; let the stones decide which pile to go to.
  • Take one stone from the left-hand pile and place in A1.
  • Count off groups of four from the left-hand pile and place the remainder in A2.
  • Count off groups of four from the right-hand pile and place the remainder in A3.
  • Consolidate the remaining left-hand and right-hand piles into one pile, still in the working area.
  • While meditating on the question, divide the pile into a left-hand pile and a right-hand pile, still in the working area.
  • Take one stone from the left-hand pile and place in B1.
  • Count off groups of four from the left-hand pile and place the remainder in B2.
  • Count off groups of four from the right-hand pile and place the remainder in B3.
  • Consolidate the remaining left-hand and right-hand piles into one pile, still in the working area.
  • While meditating on the question, divide the pile into a left-hand pile and a right-hand pile, still in the working area.
  • Take one stone from the left-hand pile and place in C1.
  • Count off groups of four from the left-hand pile and place the remainder in C2.
  • Count off groups of four from the right-hand pile and place the remainder in C3.
  • Count the piles of four in the working area. If you have done everything correctly, you will have 6, 7, 8, or 9 piles. The number of piles of four you have is the number for this line.
  • Repeat this process five more times, building your hexagram from the bottom up.

Some I Ching sites recommend a Coin Protocol for receiving a hexagram. We recommend against this for spiritual reasons, for mathematical reasons, and for historical reasons. We also recommend against using computer generated readings. You are getting ready to ask the Wisdom Source of the Universe for advice on your most pressing issues. It is appropriate to ask with the most respectful attitude possible.  

The Christian I Ching Stone Protocol is a straightforward variant on the ancient Yarrow Protocol, has the same mathematical properties, and brings an appropriate attitude of reverence and presence to the process of querying the I Ching.