New course: ‘Using the Full Zhouyi 周易 for Divination’

In less than 4 hours this course was fully booked 😊 Still interested? Fill in the form below and you will be put on the waiting list. A new instance of the course will probably start in July.

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  • Do you know the power of the hexagrams and their parts?
  • Have you grasped the mystery and meaning of the text?
  • …but are you not sure how to combine these two?
  • Do you often think that the meaning of the hexagram and its components contradicts the meaning of the text?
  • Then this course is specifically designed for you!

Embark on a transformative journey with our exclusive 8-week course, ‘Using the Full Zhouyi 周易 for Divination’. This immersive program is created to share the wisdom of the Yi Jing through a hands-on, experiential approach. Limited to just eight participants, the course promises an intimate and intensive exploration of divination, ensuring personalized attention and a profound learning experience.

Course Highlights:

  • Exclusive Access: With only eight spots available, you’ll receive focused guidance and an opportunity to submit your own case for analysis.
  • Eight Comprehensive Lessons: Delve into the depths of each hexagram and its symbiotic relationship with the Zhouyi texts.
  • Live Case Studies: Witness the art of divination in action as I dissect eight real-world cases, revealing the intricate dance between hexagram patterns and textual insights.
  • Interactive Learning: No passive reading here! Engage in dynamic teaching sessions where every example springs to life through detailed video explanations.
  • Personalized Feedback: Submit your own case for analysis and benefit from a one-on-one online session to discuss the interpretation and methodology. After each case study, enjoy a one-on-one session to delve deeper into the reading and methodology, with recordings shared for communal reflection.
  • Collaborative Community: Join our vibrant discussion board to exchange ideas, present cases for peer review, and access a treasure trove of shared resources.
  • Cross-Course Synergy: When relevant, gain access to select content from other courses to enrich your understanding
  • Flexible Prerequisites: Whether you’re new to the Yi or have previous experience, all you need is an open mind and a willingness to engage.

The raw data:

  • start date: 6 May 2024
  • Fee: € 250,–

Don’t miss this chance to learn how to use the complete Zhouyi. Remember, space is limited—secure your spot today by using the form below!

About Harmen
Harmen (1966) started his study of the Yijing in 1982 when he was sixteen years old. His main interests are the history and language of the Yi, as well as the oldest usage of the book in early China. He has a YouTube channel (called YiTube) that will show instructional videos on all aspects concerning the Yi. On his website he shares his latest projects as well as an ongoing research journal on the text of the Book of Changes. Harmen is frequently consulted to assist with the translation of old Chinese texts and had an advisory role in several Dutch translations of Daoist inner alchemy neidan 內丹 texts. His workshops cover all aspects of the Yijing – its early history, development, philosophy and usage as a tool for gaining insight in situations. Harmen also gives specialized workshops about the usage of the Yijing in Traditional Chinese Medicine, focusing on the application of the more than two-thousand-year-old Wenwang Gua system. His knowledge of (classical) Chinese enables him to keep up with the latest developments in the field of Yijing studies, and he is connected to the relevant names in the field of sinology.

“Although I have met Harmen only once, I have corresponded with him for over a decade concerning problems in the interpretation of the Yi jing. He is completely abreast of all of the latest discoveries and publications in this field, and is fully able to make his own contributions both to the history of the text and also to its current interpretation. In his reading of the text, he is able to make use of ancient bronze inscriptions, medieval medical texts, and contemporary practice. The only other scholar in the field that I know who is equally well versed in the entire history of the Yi jing is Richard Smith, George and Nancy Rupp Professor of Humanities Emeritus of Rice University. Although I have never visited Harmen in the Netherlands, I understand from colleagues there that he is a respected member of their Sinological community, often participating in the reading of diverse types of texts written in classical Chinese. I know from his work on the Yi jing that he is a very careful scholar, and I am sure that this carries over to all aspects of his professional life. I recommend him very highly.”
– Edward L. Shaughnessy, Creel Distinguished Service
Professor of Early China

“Harmen and I share a deep and abiding interest in the Yijing, and I have learned a great deal from him over the years. Harmen is a supremely gifted autodidact, with what I think of as a particularly Dutch gift for languages. He is well-versed in Classical Chinese (the language of the Yijing), and his English is excellent. He also has experience teaching about the Yijing in English, as one can see from his personal website and his cleverly conceived and executed YouTube channel called YiTube. YiTube has already shown, and it will continue to show, useful instructional videos on the history, theories and practices of the Yijing. Another example of Harmen’s useful English-language pedagogy is his “Translation Notes”. From our robust correspondence, and from reading his published and unpublished work in English, I can see that Harmen Mesker is a person of incisive intelligence, with a probing, inquisitive mind and an extremely generous intellectual spirit.”
– Richard J. Smith, George and Nancy Rupp Professor of Humanities Emeritus,
James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy Scholar, and former Director of the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Center for Asian Studies, and current Chao Center Research Fellow

“I have known Mr. Mesker over two decades, since he first contacted me with questions about the meaning of passages in the Yijing. Mr. Mesker is a rare example of the classical Chinese autodidact. In the years I have known him, his knowledge has grown from that of the neophyte to the level of accomplished scholar without the advantage of formal academic training. Such an achievement is unheard of in the contemporary scholarly world and is indisputable testimony of his intellect.
While Harmen Mesker has not published in traditional scholarly venues, he is well-known in the field of Yi studies, at the very least because of the intellectual dialogues he has maintained with leaders in the field. I personally cited him in my own recent translation of the Zhouyi (Harrassowitz, 2015), and consulted his work on Jing Fang’s bagong “Eight Palaces” system in my book on Ancient Chinese Divination (Hawaii, 2008). Mesker’s online “Translation Notes” are enlightening, and Yijing aficionados worldwide eagerly await additions to his website. We are fortunate that Harmen Mesker has chosen to share his substantial knowledge with practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine in the West. I recommend him without qualification.”
– Stephen L. Field, J.K. and Ingrid Lee Endowed Professor of Chinese Language and Literature
Director, East Asian Studies at Trinity (EAST) Program Center for International Engagement, Trinity University, San Antonio

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2 Responses to New course: ‘Using the Full Zhouyi 周易 for Divination’

  1. Daniel Schulman says:

    Hi Harmen!! This course sounds fantastic. And a very rich addition to all of my prior studies with you. I am not practicing a form of Acupuncture that integrates the trigrams into its very architecture and am always looking for ways to enrich, deepen. I hope I can take this class with you. Best REgards. Daniel Schulman. Canada.

  2. David F. says:

    Harmen, in many of your courses someone will ask, ‘but can I combine the (symbols/trigrams or text) with each other?’ And your response is always, of course you can!

    When I look at some of the earliest divination examples from the Zuo Commentary that’s exactly what the diviners did back in those days (670-487 BC), and perhaps even before and after.

    It’s great that this workshop will be exploring both aspects: the text AND the ‘Harmen keep-the-books-closed Method’ (smiley face emoji here).

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