AlterbookVisuary

AlterbookVisuary

is creating complex diagrams & an educational blog, Re: Book of Changes

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AlterbookVisuary is creating an endless variety of complex diagrams, as well as an ongoing blog with scholarly annotations, all interpretations upon the ancient Book of Changes, or Yijing, Zhouyi, and I Ching of pre-Dynastic China:

The Book of Changes is most often conceived of as black or white: either some anthropologically 'correct' translation of the text, or a feel-good, mystical interpretation - a two-dimensional riff on what an oracle is supposed to be capable of, at best derivative of Tarot or Astrology, which have no texts of their own, per se... Even when the conception is both, as in the Wilhelm-Baynes translation for which C.G. Jung wrote an introduction, the effect is to reduce the Yijing to an incomplete interpretation of the historically sanctioned, canonical version. How can we reconcile Change itself with a narrow tradition of ritual convention?
Alterbook-Visuary is an emergent culmination of over twenty-five years of research into the Book of Changes. As the earliest layer of the oracle existed for centuries without text, as a discrete body of diagrammatic notation, the primary offering is to augment and develop this all but forgotten notational aspect to an unprecedented degree; and then, as the Yijing only survived over three millennia as a text, first as interpretations upon the notational form, and then as a copious body of secondary interpretive literature, we also offer an interpretive blog with scholarly annotations. The function of the blog will be to interpret the complex diagrams as they become available for purchase and review, to compare and review the extant secondary literature in English and in many cases to make resources not widely known more readily accessible, and to emphasize an alternative approach which has been sacrificed within the global and the indigenous tradition, but which is no less rooted in the original, formal, and speculative inquiry-minded functionality of the Book of Changes from its very inception.
The Yijing represents a singularly fecund disjunct between the characteristic functions of both words and images, and so it is absolutely unique in its peculiar economy, in form and function. What was invented organically as an oracle, only survived through dynasties and millennia to embrace a global context by being interpreted as a 'book of wisdom.' What's the difference? How can we measure these matters? That is what Alterbook-Visuary
is designed to address, with your help!

Please note: I do not practice Feng Shui, nor do I claim to have studied or to understand that art in any way. Neither have I studied nor do I understand the Chinese language. My interpretation of the Yijing I have gleaned through an extensive accumulation of a library of translations and secondary literature in English. Although I am presently pursuing a transdisciplinary PhD. in adjacent arts and philosophies, with respect to the Yijing I am an autodidact, and at best 'Chinese-adjacent.'  Alterbook-Visuary represents an apocryphal view which both challenges and pays due tribute in the context of cultural and canonical orthodoxies.  That is my best estimation of the original purpose and function of the Yijing.  Inquire at your own discretion.
Tiers
Hexeme
$3 or more per month
  • Subscription for regular articles on the blog sent straight to your inbox;
  • General information for the interested reader, & guidance to resources for more information;
  • (Optional: unless explicitly declined) Backer's name on a 'Made Possible by'-list, or Gratitude-Roll, prominently displayed on the blog, inclusive of one personal or professional link to a site of your choice;
  • invitation to interact in comments and discussion on AlterbookVisuary.com and associated discussion forums;
  • One very special 'Thank You!' collectible archival mini-print, suitable for framing.
  • +1/month: 1x 3"x3"(2.5"² +.5"margin) collectible archival mini-print, suitable for framing.


NB: all incentive prints will be debuted on this page, with descriptions and process notes, for subscribers only.

Hexegete
$6 or more per month
  • All of the benefits of Hexeme tier;
  • +3/month = 4x 3"x3"(2.5"² +.5"margin) collectible archival mini-prints, suitable for framing, also available as a single 6"x6" print!
Hexagogue
$12 or more per month
  • All of the benefits of prior tiers;
  • +4/month = 8x 3"x3"(2.5"² +.5"margin) collectible archival mini-prints, suitable for framing, also available as two single 6"x6" prints!
  • One personalized casting diagram, addressed in general, or to a question of your choice.  6"x6" or equivalent archival print, suitable for framing.  Available as a gift, shipped directly to recipient in your name or anonymously.  One-time per year benefit.
  • Patreon Backer Exclusive: purchase additional, uniquely personalized Casting Diagrams each for $12 (for Backers at this Tier and higher) at AlterbookVisuary.com!
Primer
$16 or more per month
  • All of the benefits of prior tiers;


  • +3x = 4x/year personalized casting diagrams addressed in general, or to question(s) of your choice.  Available one per month for 4 months (6"x6" or equivalent archival prints, suitable for framing); alternatively as a single Calendrical Chart (8"x8" or equivalent archival print, suitable for framing) covering a 12 month period;
  • Patreon Backer Exclusive: purchase additional, uniquely personalized 4-casting Calendrical Charts each for $16 (for Backers at this Tier and higher), or additional, uniquely personalized Casting Diagrams each for $12 (see previous, Hexagogue-Tier description) at AlterbookVisuary.com!


  • NB: The Personalized Casting Diagrams and Calendrical Charts, beyond their custom aspect, possess a very high degree of complex detail.  General information regarding their interpretation will be posted on the blog and will be easy to find.
  • This is essentially a once per year benefit, which you can choose to receive over four months, or all at once; configurations of 4 diagrams per 4 months, or 1 Calendrical Chart are to be established at time of initial survey; single Calendrical Charts require 3 weeks notice from completed survey submission, to delivery.  Default distribution pending survey submission will be one diagram per month;
  • Available as a gift, shipped directly to recipient in your name or anonymously; multiple recipients are no problem, however they will receive prints simultaneously, to addresses submitted in initial survey; distribute all four diagrams to as many as four different recipients, or to as few as one; ungifted diagrams will arrive at address provided for the subscriber at the rate of 1 per month from 2 weeks after receipt of survey response.
Phaser
$32 or more per month only 64 left
  • All of the benefits of prior tiers;


  • +4/month = 12x 3"x3"(2.5"² +.5"margin) collectible archival mini-prints, suitable for framing, also available as 3x 6"x6" prints!


  • + 8x = 12x/year personalized casting diagrams addressed in general, or to question(s) of your choice.  Available one per month for 12 months (6"x6" or equivalent archival prints, suitable for framing);  alternatively as a single Calendrical Chart (12"x12" or equivalent archival print, suitable for framing) covering a 12 month period;  ❦ also available as two single Calendrical Charts (8"x8" or equivalent archival prints, suitable for framing) covering periods of 6 months or a year each, as you see fit.


  • Email support.  Send me 12 emails, with as many questions as you like, and I will reply promptly and in-full, with research and my full attention.


  • Patreon Backer Exclusive: purchase additional, uniquely personalized 12-casting Calendrical Charts each for $24 (for Backers at this Tier and higher), or additional, uniquely personalized 6-casting Calendrical Charts each for $20 (for Primer-Tier and higher), or additional, uniquely personalized 4-casting Calendrical Charts each for $16 (for Primer-Tier and higher), or additional, uniquely personalized Casting Diagrams each for $12 (for Hexagogue-Tier and higher) at AlterbookVisuary.com!


  • NB: The Personalized Casting Diagrams and Calendrical Charts, beyond their custom aspect, possess a very high  degree of complex detail.  General information regarding their  interpretation will be posted on the blog and will be easy to find.
  • This is essentially a once per year benefit, which you can choose to receive over twelve months, or all at once; configurations of: 4, 6, or 12 diagrams per 4, 6, or 12 months, or 1 or more Calendrical Chart(s) are to be established at time of initial survey; Calendrical Charts require 3 weeks notice from completed survey response, to delivery.  Default distribution pending survey response will be one diagram per month;
  • Available as a gift, shipped directly to recipient  in your name or anonymously; multiple recipients are no problem, however  they will receive prints simultaneously, to addresses submitted in  initial survey; distribute all six diagrams to as many as six different  recipients, or to as few as one; ungifted diagrams will arrive at  address provided for the subscriber at the rate of 1 per month from 2  weeks after receipt of survey response.
Cubedivium
$64 or more per month only 32 left
  • All of the benefits of prior tiers;
  • +5% = 15% off all goods and services on AlterbookVisuary.com;
  • +12 personalized casting diagrams, addressed in general, or to question(s) of your choice.  Available one per month for 12 months (6"x6" or equivalent archival prints, suitable for framing), or as a single Calendrical Chart (2'x2' or equivalent archival print, suitable for framing) NB: combinations of 1 month, 3 month, 4 month, and 6 month (adding to 12 in total) chart diagrams are available, configured at time of initial survey; multiple recipients are no problem, however, 3 month, 6 month, and 12 month charts require 3 weeks notice from completed survey submission, to delivery.  Default distribution pending survey submission will be one diagram per month. Available as a gift, shipped directly to recipient in your name or anonymously.
AlterbookVisuary is creating an endless variety of complex diagrams, as well as an ongoing blog with scholarly annotations, all interpretations upon the ancient Book of Changes, or Yijing, Zhouyi, and I Ching of pre-Dynastic China:

The Book of Changes is most often conceived of as black or white: either some anthropologically 'correct' translation of the text, or a feel-good, mystical interpretation - a two-dimensional riff on what an oracle is supposed to be capable of, at best derivative of Tarot or Astrology, which have no texts of their own, per se... Even when the conception is both, as in the Wilhelm-Baynes translation for which C.G. Jung wrote an introduction, the effect is to reduce the Yijing to an incomplete interpretation of the historically sanctioned, canonical version. How can we reconcile Change itself with a narrow tradition of ritual convention?
Alterbook-Visuary is an emergent culmination of over twenty-five years of research into the Book of Changes. As the earliest layer of the oracle existed for centuries without text, as a discrete body of diagrammatic notation, the primary offering is to augment and develop this all but forgotten notational aspect to an unprecedented degree; and then, as the Yijing only survived over three millennia as a text, first as interpretations upon the notational form, and then as a copious body of secondary interpretive literature, we also offer an interpretive blog with scholarly annotations. The function of the blog will be to interpret the complex diagrams as they become available for purchase and review, to compare and review the extant secondary literature in English and in many cases to make resources not widely known more readily accessible, and to emphasize an alternative approach which has been sacrificed within the global and the indigenous tradition, but which is no less rooted in the original, formal, and speculative inquiry-minded functionality of the Book of Changes from its very inception.
The Yijing represents a singularly fecund disjunct between the characteristic functions of both words and images, and so it is absolutely unique in its peculiar economy, in form and function. What was invented organically as an oracle, only survived through dynasties and millennia to embrace a global context by being interpreted as a 'book of wisdom.' What's the difference? How can we measure these matters? That is what Alterbook-Visuary
is designed to address, with your help!

Please note: I do not practice Feng Shui, nor do I claim to have studied or to understand that art in any way. Neither have I studied nor do I understand the Chinese language. My interpretation of the Yijing I have gleaned through an extensive accumulation of a library of translations and secondary literature in English. Although I am presently pursuing a transdisciplinary PhD. in adjacent arts and philosophies, with respect to the Yijing I am an autodidact, and at best 'Chinese-adjacent.'  Alterbook-Visuary represents an apocryphal view which both challenges and pays due tribute in the context of cultural and canonical orthodoxies.  That is my best estimation of the original purpose and function of the Yijing.  Inquire at your own discretion.

Recent posts by AlterbookVisuary

Tiers
Hexeme
$3 or more per month
  • Subscription for regular articles on the blog sent straight to your inbox;
  • General information for the interested reader, & guidance to resources for more information;
  • (Optional: unless explicitly declined) Backer's name on a 'Made Possible by'-list, or Gratitude-Roll, prominently displayed on the blog, inclusive of one personal or professional link to a site of your choice;
  • invitation to interact in comments and discussion on AlterbookVisuary.com and associated discussion forums;
  • One very special 'Thank You!' collectible archival mini-print, suitable for framing.
  • +1/month: 1x 3"x3"(2.5"² +.5"margin) collectible archival mini-print, suitable for framing.


NB: all incentive prints will be debuted on this page, with descriptions and process notes, for subscribers only.

Hexegete
$6 or more per month
  • All of the benefits of Hexeme tier;
  • +3/month = 4x 3"x3"(2.5"² +.5"margin) collectible archival mini-prints, suitable for framing, also available as a single 6"x6" print!
Hexagogue
$12 or more per month
  • All of the benefits of prior tiers;
  • +4/month = 8x 3"x3"(2.5"² +.5"margin) collectible archival mini-prints, suitable for framing, also available as two single 6"x6" prints!
  • One personalized casting diagram, addressed in general, or to a question of your choice.  6"x6" or equivalent archival print, suitable for framing.  Available as a gift, shipped directly to recipient in your name or anonymously.  One-time per year benefit.
  • Patreon Backer Exclusive: purchase additional, uniquely personalized Casting Diagrams each for $12 (for Backers at this Tier and higher) at AlterbookVisuary.com!
Primer
$16 or more per month
  • All of the benefits of prior tiers;


  • +3x = 4x/year personalized casting diagrams addressed in general, or to question(s) of your choice.  Available one per month for 4 months (6"x6" or equivalent archival prints, suitable for framing); alternatively as a single Calendrical Chart (8"x8" or equivalent archival print, suitable for framing) covering a 12 month period;
  • Patreon Backer Exclusive: purchase additional, uniquely personalized 4-casting Calendrical Charts each for $16 (for Backers at this Tier and higher), or additional, uniquely personalized Casting Diagrams each for $12 (see previous, Hexagogue-Tier description) at AlterbookVisuary.com!


  • NB: The Personalized Casting Diagrams and Calendrical Charts, beyond their custom aspect, possess a very high degree of complex detail.  General information regarding their interpretation will be posted on the blog and will be easy to find.
  • This is essentially a once per year benefit, which you can choose to receive over four months, or all at once; configurations of 4 diagrams per 4 months, or 1 Calendrical Chart are to be established at time of initial survey; single Calendrical Charts require 3 weeks notice from completed survey submission, to delivery.  Default distribution pending survey submission will be one diagram per month;
  • Available as a gift, shipped directly to recipient in your name or anonymously; multiple recipients are no problem, however they will receive prints simultaneously, to addresses submitted in initial survey; distribute all four diagrams to as many as four different recipients, or to as few as one; ungifted diagrams will arrive at address provided for the subscriber at the rate of 1 per month from 2 weeks after receipt of survey response.
Phaser
$32 or more per month only 64 left
  • All of the benefits of prior tiers;


  • +4/month = 12x 3"x3"(2.5"² +.5"margin) collectible archival mini-prints, suitable for framing, also available as 3x 6"x6" prints!


  • + 8x = 12x/year personalized casting diagrams addressed in general, or to question(s) of your choice.  Available one per month for 12 months (6"x6" or equivalent archival prints, suitable for framing);  alternatively as a single Calendrical Chart (12"x12" or equivalent archival print, suitable for framing) covering a 12 month period;  ❦ also available as two single Calendrical Charts (8"x8" or equivalent archival prints, suitable for framing) covering periods of 6 months or a year each, as you see fit.


  • Email support.  Send me 12 emails, with as many questions as you like, and I will reply promptly and in-full, with research and my full attention.


  • Patreon Backer Exclusive: purchase additional, uniquely personalized 12-casting Calendrical Charts each for $24 (for Backers at this Tier and higher), or additional, uniquely personalized 6-casting Calendrical Charts each for $20 (for Primer-Tier and higher), or additional, uniquely personalized 4-casting Calendrical Charts each for $16 (for Primer-Tier and higher), or additional, uniquely personalized Casting Diagrams each for $12 (for Hexagogue-Tier and higher) at AlterbookVisuary.com!


  • NB: The Personalized Casting Diagrams and Calendrical Charts, beyond their custom aspect, possess a very high  degree of complex detail.  General information regarding their  interpretation will be posted on the blog and will be easy to find.
  • This is essentially a once per year benefit, which you can choose to receive over twelve months, or all at once; configurations of: 4, 6, or 12 diagrams per 4, 6, or 12 months, or 1 or more Calendrical Chart(s) are to be established at time of initial survey; Calendrical Charts require 3 weeks notice from completed survey response, to delivery.  Default distribution pending survey response will be one diagram per month;
  • Available as a gift, shipped directly to recipient  in your name or anonymously; multiple recipients are no problem, however  they will receive prints simultaneously, to addresses submitted in  initial survey; distribute all six diagrams to as many as six different  recipients, or to as few as one; ungifted diagrams will arrive at  address provided for the subscriber at the rate of 1 per month from 2  weeks after receipt of survey response.
Cubedivium
$64 or more per month only 32 left
  • All of the benefits of prior tiers;
  • +5% = 15% off all goods and services on AlterbookVisuary.com;
  • +12 personalized casting diagrams, addressed in general, or to question(s) of your choice.  Available one per month for 12 months (6"x6" or equivalent archival prints, suitable for framing), or as a single Calendrical Chart (2'x2' or equivalent archival print, suitable for framing) NB: combinations of 1 month, 3 month, 4 month, and 6 month (adding to 12 in total) chart diagrams are available, configured at time of initial survey; multiple recipients are no problem, however, 3 month, 6 month, and 12 month charts require 3 weeks notice from completed survey submission, to delivery.  Default distribution pending survey submission will be one diagram per month. Available as a gift, shipped directly to recipient in your name or anonymously.