Mirror of the Present: The I Ching and Synchronicity

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An oracular seminar
with Shantena Augusto Sabbadini
and Cruz Manas Sabbadini

Marlborough Room, Oxford and Cambridge Club,

71 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HD
March 21-22, 2020


The I Ching is a formidable psychological system that endeavours to organize the play of archetypes… into a certain pattern, so that a reading becomes possible. (C.G. Jung)

The I Ching is an ancient Chinese oracle, rooted in a shamanic tradition almost four thousand years old. Its images are a map of the dynamics of archetypal energies in and around us.

The most effective way to come to understand this map and become familiar with it is by using it as a mirror, by opening a dialogue with it about a concrete situation we are presently involved in. We shall read the images the oracle reflects back to us as if they were a dream offered in connection with the specific question we have asked. This will allow hidden symbolic dimensions of our situation to emerge into consciousness – and this enlarged perspective will help us align our choices with the flow of the “great river”, with the movement of Tao, and to act in a more aware and responsible way.

The work consists of:
– An introduction to the I Ching and to the concept of synchronicity.
– Formulating individual questions to the oracle
– Learning the yarrow stalk consultation procedure
– Interrogating the oracle
– Reading the answers

Shantena I Ching book

The text we shall use is The Original I Ching Oracle, translated by Rudolf Ritsema and Shantena Sabbadini (Watkins Publishing, new edition 2018).
This book is the result of half a century of
I Ching scholarship by Rudolf Ritsema and of a decade of oracular studies conducted through the Round Table Sessions at Eranos, Ascona, Switzerland.
Purchase the book here.

Programme for the weekend

Saturday, 21 March 2020
9:45 Introduction by David Lorimer
10:00 Introduction to the I Ching and to the notion of synchronicity
• The I Ching: legend and history
• The I Ching at Eranos and beyond
• How the I Ching works
• Jung’s notion of synchronicity
• Mind and matter: Jung-Pauli’s correspondence
11:30 Coffee/tea break
12:00 Formulating questions to the oracle
• Opening a dialogue with the oracle
• Properly formulating questions to the oracle
• Asking your own question
13:00 Lunch
14:30 Formulating questions to the oracle
• Asking your own question
15:30 Coffee/tea break
16:00 Yarrow stalk procedure
• Learning the yarrow stalk procedure
16:30 Consulting the oracle
Doing your own consultation
• Identifying your oracular texts
18:30 Close of the day

Sunday, 22 March 2020
9:15 Interpreting the answers
• Rolling the oracle’s words in your heart
11:30 Coffee/tea break
12:00 Interpreting the answers
• Rolling the oracle’s words in your heart
13:00 Lunch
14:30 Interpreting the answers
• Rolling the oracle’s words in your heart
15:30 Coffee/tea break
16:00 Interpreting the answers
• Rolling the oracle’s words in your heart
17:30 Close of the seminar


Shantena Augusto Sabbadini

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Shantena Augusto Sabbadini (www.shantena.com) worked as a theoretical physicist at the University of Milan and at the University of California. In Milan he researched the foundations of quantum physics. In California he contributed to the first identification of a black hole. In the 1990s he was scientific consultant for the Eranos Foundation (www.eranosfoundation.org). In that context he studied Chinese classics and produced various translations and commentaries in Italian and English, including the I Ching, the Tao Te Ching, the Chuang Tzu and the Lieh Tzu. He is the director of the Pari Center for New Learning (www.parinetworks.org). His most recent books include Pilgrimages to Emptiness: Rethinking Reality through Quantum Physics (Pari Publishing, 2017), and Buchi neri (in Italian, Lindau, Turin, 2018).

The Quantum Revolution and the Soul of the World  (Schumacher College Earth Talk, 5th February 2014)

Watch Shantena’s SAND Italy 2015 interview

Cruz Mañas Sabbadini


Cruz Mañas Sabbadini is a clinical psychologist and researcher. She trained in Mindfulness with Alan Wallace and Paul Ekman, gave clinical and psycho-educational treatment in prisons and investigated mental illness. Presently she works as a psychotherapist with a Jungian orientation and leads I Ching seminars with Shantena Augusto Sabbadini. She has authored various poetry books in Spanish, including Todo lo Sabe la Tierra, Mar de Fondo, El Mar y la Cruz and Noveno Planeta.

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