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Frequenty Asked Questions
How come your I-Ching book is so different from other I-Ching books that I have read in
book stores? Other I-Ching books are more easy to learn, but your I-Ching book looks
like a chemistry text book.
- ANSWER: This is the true Chinese I-Ching, and I am a real I-Ching
master. Other I-Ching books that you have read in book stores were probably written
by I-Ching master wannabes who probably only read one or two I-Ching books and decided to
publish a book themselves to earn some quick cash. Their books are pure
'Bla-Bla-Bla'. Anybody can write 'Bla-Bla-Bla'. But my book is full of laws
and logic, which are something that can only be acquired by years of practice and
observation. I think a few I-Ching masters in China can write a book like Super
I-Ching. But too bad not many of them understand English. Frankly
speaking, I think my Super I-Ching book is the best I-Ching book ever written. No
English book or Chinese book can beat my book. My Super I-Ching book is so good that
people from China have ordered my book. And $20 or $30 to people in China could be
half a month of salary. They have to pay oversea airmail shipping charge for the
book. They must struggle with English to read Super I-Ching. Yet they ordered
I have also read many other Chinese authors' I-Ching books. Most of these books are
200 pages the most with around 100 examples. And most of these authors read
hexagrams based on 'feelings'. "Humm...; My heart tells me this hexagram
doesn't look good."
But you know what? You cannot predict a future based on feeling because that is
simply not accurate enough. That's why I have spent more than 5 years composing this
book. I have set up web forums where users can post their hexagrams for free
readings. Then I documented their hexagrams and actual results in my book.
Then I established hundreds of rules or combos based on personal or actual users'
experiences. You can go to China Town and read all of their Chinese I-Ching books,
but you will only be able to decode 3% of God's enigma. But after you have finished
reading Super I-Ching, you will be able to decode 90% of God's enigma. That's why
this book is close to 1000 pages long. You have to read this book 3 or 4 times in
order to remember everything. Even I have to read it many times so that I won't
forget these rules that I have created.
How can I-Ching improve my life? What can I do to improve my life?
- ANSWER: If you would study one chapter each day, your I-Ching
skill will improve. There is no way for a person to remember everything after
reading it only once, so make sure to read and re-read. Once you have mastered
I-Ching, you will be able to know which direction is good and which direction is bad.
Then you can become a very talented business person. You will make less
mistakes in life. I-Ching helps you choose the right lover, the right investments,
the right occupation, the right place to live, the right place to travel, etc.
I-Ching helps you eliminate lots of danger and frustration. So the only thing you
should do right now is study I-Ching as hard as you can because I-Ching itself can improve
your life tremendously. Without I-Ching, you are a fast car traveling on the
midnight highway which has no headlights on. You never know when you will crash into
another car or fly off the road and fall into a valley. But if you study I-Ching
well, you can gain control over your future. Your headlights all of a sudden turn on
allowing you to see every curve and every road sign. I-Ching is a language you use
to communicate with God, and English is the language you use to speak to people.
They are both important.
Is Super I-Ching easy to learn? Can everyone become an expert in Super I-Ching?
- ANSWER: I think that everyone can learn this stuff as long as I
am the teacher. Trust me. Learning this stuff is not hard especially if you
have a good memory. But writing an organized book which allows the readers to easily
comprehend and absorb the material is by far the biggest challenge. When I first
started learning Super I-Ching, I ran into lots of bumps and pitfalls because nobody is
organized and dedicated enough to write a book which neatly and accurately categorizes
different types of examples into different chapters. All other Super I-Ching authors
basically just give you about 100 or 200 scrambled up examples giving you no idea how to
utilize hundreds of rules of Super I-Ching. I often think that the other authors of
Super I-Ching wrote their books because they only want to earn money and not because they
really understood this stuff. How come their books are so messy and none of the
rules which I discovered were ever mentioned in their books? But unlike other
authors, I endeavored to categorize examples into different chapters in order to explain
the functions of existing rules. I believe that anybody can become a master in Super
I-Ching as long as he remembers and respects the rules taught in my book. Super
I-Ching is kind of like a foreign language. A language has its grammar, and Super
I-Ching has its rules. Just follow the rules, and you will do just fine.
Your site is good, but I can't say it is the best. You use some strange
abbreviations. Why not ping-yin? Why don't you use Chinese characters?
People have to learn your abbreviated letters, and they are not common. And
they are not very comfortable moreover.
After a few years of practice as I gradually become a master in Super I-Ching, can I
develop my own I-Ching reading style? I mean, can I come up with a different way of
interpreting the meanings of the signs?
- ANSWER: No. Please always remember that I-Ching is not
tarot cards. I-Ching is the same as math and physics. 1 + 1 always equal 2.
Voltage times Amperage always equal Watts. It doesn't matter who is reading
the sign. There is only one correct way of reading a sign and not a few different
ways. If you found a mistake in my text book after you have done sufficient amount
of testing and sign reading, feel free to notify me. I hope that my book is perfect,
but I cannot say for sure that there is absolutely no mistake in my book. I myself
have discovered many unnoticed phenomenon and established a few new laws. If you
found a new law or have found a flaw in one of my laws, please notify me. Thank you.
Maybe drawing the hexagram from top to bottom will also work? Maybe if you believe
that 2 tails represent a solid line while 2 heads represent a dotted line, you still can
make an accurate prediction because you believed it? Maybe my prediction will still
turn out to be accurate if I don't convert to Beijing's time?
- ANSWER: As I said, I-Ching is not tarot cards. I-Ching is
more like a car engine. Can an engine still run if you replace gasoline with cooking
oil? Can the crankshaft still turn if you inserted the No. 3 spark plug wire into
the No. 2 spark plug's socket? Will the timing still be correct if you screw
around with the timing belt without reading the car manual? Can the engine still run
if you cut the gasoline pipe? If you disregard anything taught in this book, you
will screw up. Super I-Ching is a very delicate study. Every nut and bolt were
placed there for a reason, and nothing can be altered. If you disobey any law taught
in this book, you will make a wrong prediction. There is absolutely no room for
compromise. If you made a slightest error in your calculation, the building that you
have designed will collapse when the wind speed picks up. If you ignored a single
law in your I-Ching prediction, your prophecy will be laughed by others in the future.
Nothing more can be added, and not a single law can be omitted.
I have never seen anything like Super I-Ching. Every I-Ching related book I read
taught people how to throw the coins and read the quotes. The 5 elements and the 5
stars were not even mentioned. Where did Super I-Ching come from? Is Super
I-Ching a traditional Chinese I-Ching?
- ANSWER: There are different I-Ching styles. The style
which I am teaching you (Everyone now calls it Super I-Ching.) is the 'Wild Crane' style.
With Wild Crane style, we focus mainly on the elements and the stars. The
Wild Crane style existed ever since 1000 years ago. It is constantly evolving into a
more complicated but yet more precise and more accurate system thanks to contributions
from many top level astrologers and I-Ching scholars throughout the centuries.
Nobody knows who invented the 6 colors. Nobody knows who discovered the patterns of
the stars and the elements. Nobody knows who invented the 12 elements. All we
know is that this stuff came from China, and everything taught in this book was invented
by Chinese. The other style, which teaches you how to read the quotes, is the Shao
Kang Je's style. Shau Kan Je hardly ever tossed the coins. He liked to do time
Each style has its own law. With Shao Kang Je's style, 6 strike really doesn't mean much.
But with Wild Crane's style, 6 strike and 6 match is the most important factor. Shau
Kang Je compares the strength of the guas. The moving gua is the enemy, and the
quiet gua is yourself. Which one is stronger? The stronger one wins. But
Wild Crane style tells people to throw the coins. Almost half of the time, both guas
move. So you can no longer compare the strength of the guas. There is this one
guy who wrote a good book. He uses mainly Shao Kang Je's style. That's why I didn't
dare to use his laws and examples in my book at all. The laws don't match!
Question: I thought you said we are not allowed to
have different styles. How come now you say there are different styles of I-Ching?
- ANSWER: Different styles require different tools. The wild
crane style must be used when you toss the three coins, and no quote reading is allowed
when you do the wild crane style. The Shao Kan-Je style must be used when you do
time reading or when you write 2 Chinese letters and count their strokes. If you
toss yarrow sticks, you must use another style which is similar to Shao Kan-Je's style.
You got it? When I say style, I mean to say a set of laws which is designed
for a certain tool that you use. You cannot have two different styles for one kind
of tool. One style is compatible with only one kind of tool. You can only use
the wild crane style when you choose to toss the coins. If you try to interpret the
signs derived from coin tossing with other styles, you will most likely make a wrong
prediction. So never read a whole bunch of books which contain different styles and
compose a book yourself which contains every known law from all of the books you've read.
You cannot install a VW bug's engine inside a Toyota. You cannot wear pants
that are 29 inches wide if you have a 40 inches belly. You must treat this practice
very seriously. If you are hired by the defense department as a military counsel,
your decision can win a battle for your beloved country or can cause thousands of lives of
your country men to be lost for nothing. If you make a wrong business decision,
nobody will lose a fortune except yourself. Therefore, I-Ching does not tolerate a
slight error. Don't try to create your own style, and don't try to paint a new
picture. What has been recorded in this book is based on hundreds of years of
experiences and research data. These laws are not something which you can ignore
simply because you feel that you are special.
Question: Why are there so many different styles of
- ANSWER: It's kind of like alphabets. A, B, C, D, E, F, G.
Most of the European countries use them. But every European country has their own
language. Germans have their own grammar. The French have their own
words. The English have their own spellings. I-Ching is the same as
alphabets. There are only eight guas, but there are different styles of I-Ching
divinations. I teach people the Wild Crane style. Wild Crane style
practitioners do not read the I-Ching quotes. But Wild Crane style is a lot more
accurate than the styles that require one to read the quotes.
Question: If you say God is mathematical, how can one
pray to a mathematical God? And how can the mathematical God answer one's prayer?
- ANSWER: Caucasians say pray. We Chinese people say hope.
After all, praying and hoping are the same thing. Pray = Hope. You hope your
son would finish college and would have a good future. Your husband hopes that he
can win the Lottery one day. You put lots of money in the stock market,
but the market went down. You hope that the stock market would climb back up.
You hope! Hope! Hope!
But hoping that things will become better does
not guarantee you that things will become better. When things are out of your
control, there is nothing you can do except sit home and hope. Caucasians say
pray. We Chinese say hope. When you hope, who are you talking to? Are
you talking to yourself or to your wife? No! You are talking to the nature!
You hope that the nature would make bad luck go away and bring good luck to you.
You are talking to the nature! And who is that nature that you have just
talked to? That nature is your God, the mathematical clock of the universe!
But no where on the bible did it guarantee you that what you pray for will definitely come
Caucasians say pray. We Chinese say hope.
Question: Which is the strongest? The year, the
month, the date, or the hour?
- ANSWER: I would say that the date is the strongest element.
If the date bounds to a moving line, most likely you must wait until the bondage is
broken in order to see that line move. If the month is bounding to a moving line,
that line could still move even before the bondage is broken. Based on my
experience, the strength of the year hardly exists. Which means, if the year is
bounding to a moving line, it probably does not affect that moving line at all. I
don't know if the strength of the hour is more powerful than the date or not. All I
know is that most professionals ignore the element of the hour.
Question: According to the traditional empty dates
law, t and c are empty when someone tosses the coins on day y - I. And y & m are
empty when someone tosses the coins on day cn - I. How come your empty dates chart
is not the traditional one? How come you changed it?
- ANSWER: I have to change the empty dates law because the
traditional empty dates law doesn't work. It's flawed. Trust me, because I
have investigated hundreds of signs, tested everyone of them, and have proven that the
real empty dates should be t and c when someone tosses the coins on day t - I. I
made this daring move (change the empty dates law) after I have seen with my own eyes that
my new empty dates chart works beautifully without a glitch. If the traditional
method doesn't work, you can no longer keep it. So may it be known to the world that
Alex Chiu is the one who has adjusted the empty dates law.
Take a look at this example: One of my students asked me, "When can I receive a
package?" He got [Little much] and [Gen].
||t - I
||t & c
Little Much - 62 Gen - 52
P sh X G y -
B s - - K t - -
K h R w O J P sh - -
B s - B s -
G m R w - - R w - -
P cn - - U P cn - -
Unstable 6 Strike
First of all, based on my experience, the empty dates should be t and c if he got the
sign on day t - I. The self line and the 6th line form a R combo, meaning that he
will receive the package soon. Right now, the self line R w has been struck loose by
the date. So on day w or on day wa, he will receive the package when R w regains its
If according to the old empty dates chart, sh and h are empty if you got the sign on day t
- I. Then the answer would be totally different. Then he will receive the
package on day sh because the 6th line P sh is still empty. The R combo cannot be
established before the emptiness of P sh fulfills.
What's the result?
Result: He received the package on day wa. One of my students said maybe the
old empty dates law works in Asia but does not work in America. But the man who
received the package on day wa lives in Singapore, and Singapore shares the same time zone
I have seen hundreds of cases which are similar to the above case. Each case
proves that the traditional empty dates chart is flawed. Nobody dared to challenge
the traditional method for hundreds of years because people think that the traditional
method is more credible than peoples' experiences and judgment. Therefore, people
are still using a flawed empty dates chart until today. It is my duty to correct the
traditional empty dates chart in order to provide you the most precise, the most accurate
fortune telling system. It is my duty to refine and maintain an ingenious, priceless
treasure which has been passed down by my ancestors.
Question: Who gave you the authority to change the
empty dates chart? God?
- ANSWER: I-Ching's components have been changed and re-corrected
not just by me. During the Sung dynasty, Shao Kan-Je has changed the positions of
the 8 trigrams. In the original trigram chart, trigram Li represents East and
trigram Kan represents West. But in the new trigram chart, Li represents South and
Kan represents North. Shao changed it because he said his new chart works better.
So I-Ching scholars have been using Shao's new trigram chart ever since.
Since I found out that the old empty dates chart is flawed, I must correct it because it
is my duty to write an I-Ching text book which ensures the accuracy of I-Ching
Question: Are you sure that every law written in your
book works? Are you sure that every law in your book functions perfectly without a
- ANSWER: I am a perfectionist. If I am not absolutely sure
about a certain law, I would not have recorded that law in my book. Every law that I
have written in this book caused me to go through series of tests, and every law was
proven to be properly functioning before I wrote it into my book. If you found a
flaw, you better notify me because I do want to purge all the bugs out of Super I-Ching in
order to make it more superior and more slick! Precision and accuracy is the key to
Question: How come the Western world is not familiar
with this priceless treasure? Did the Chinese masters keep a good secret about the
Wild Crane I-Ching so that the Westerners cannot steal this knowledge away from the
- ANSWER: I must griefly admit that Chinese people love to keep
secrets, which is a very bad thing. I recently saw a news report about a Chinese
opera performer who can change masks very quickly. When the reporter asked him,
"Can you show the audiences how you change your masks?" That opera
performer replied, "Sorry. I will only pass down this trick to my son. I
will not teach this trick to anyone who is not blood-related to me."
I doubt that his son will be willing to learn that stupid trick from that idiot when the
son grows up. His trick will be lost, and he will carry his little trick into his
grave. Nobody will remember him, and certainly nobody will care about his little
mask-changing trick. But so many important discoveries and secrets were lost this
way. Doctors keep secrets. Craftsmen keep secrets. Musicians keep
secrets. I don't know why Chinese people always think like this. Maybe the
ancient Chinese did not have patent and copyright laws. So the general Chinese
philosophy was poisoned by this 'keeping secret' thing. I personally believe that
China might be one of the most advanced nation today if the ancient Chinese had patent and
copyright laws because the Chinese are not stupid people.
Chinese invented cannons and grenades at around 1000 AD. They found few crossbows in
emperor Qin's grave (225 BC). But why did the Europeans end up invading China with
European guns and cannons? How come the Chinese only faught back with their
old-style cannons which were out-dated hundreds of years ago? How come the Chinese
did not even have guns to confront the Europeans? I think it's because the Chinese
black smiths and inventors were keeping secrets from each other. That's why they had
no new technology to drive away the Europeans.
The oldest spectacles in the world (eye glasses), which were suggested to be 700 year-old
based on carbon dating, were also discovered in China. But why is there no
historical document stating who invented the eye glasses? I think it's because the
glass smith who invented the eye glasses planned to pass down this skill to his own son.
But too bad that his son refused to become a glass smith. Therefore, the
mystery of the oldest pair of eye glasses was left unsolved.
Historical document states that Zhai-Run invented paper at around 2001 AD. The
reason why Zhai-Run's name was documented is because he was the prime minister of China.
Bamboo sticks and wood were expensive for poor scholars to write on. And
writing on silk were even more expensive. So Zhai-Run decided that he will spend his
entire life to discover a cheaper material for scholars to write on. His paper
making project was funded by the emperor, and it took him almost 20 years to invent paper.
But nobody knows the names of the persons who invented cannons, grenades, and eye-glasses
because those people were probably not famous or important enough to catch the attention
of historians. Everyone knows that King Wen was the one who stacked one gua on top
of one other making 64 hexagrams because King Wen was a king.
So many I-Ching and Feng-Shui masters today also are keeping their secrets. Even if
you pay a master to learn his skill, he won't teach you 100% of what he knows. He
might probably teach you just 10 or 20% of what he knows, and the rest of his skill will
be passed down only to his own sons. But if his sons are not interested in his
profession, he will bring his skill and his secrets to his dying grave. So many
valuable knowledge and secrets were lost this way. I hate this
philosophy. So I always try to teach people 100% of what I know. That's why my
book is extremely complicated...... Because I am really trying very hard to teach
you exactly what I know.
Question: What are Alex Chiu's accomplishments in
- ANSWER: Some might think I am just a translator who simply
translated ancient text into English. Actually, I accomplished a lot.
- I said that things will happen when the emptiness of the 2 lines which lie between J and
U is fulfilled. (I know that lots of ancient signs recorded by Wild Crane also used
that law. But I was the one who actually inserted that law in Wild Crane's ancient
- I said that things will happen when the emptiness of J and U fulfills if your sign is
not your first toss.
- I have corrected the empty dates chart.
- I have laid out the rules of advancing and retreating lines.
- I have discovered many different types of combos. (B & K combo, G & B
Link, R & K Link, y & h combo, etc.)
- I have more precisely laid out the strengths and weaknesses of the stars.
- I said that same elements can bound to each other. (Ancient books never taught
people that important rule.)
- I discovered the extremely strong elements.
- I have laid out the rules for 'gua strikes back' and 'gua bounds back'.
- I would say that I made up 80% of the laws found in Super I-Ching. So before I
wrote this book, I-Ching scholars were basically blind-folded. I-Ching was not very
accurate back in those days because there were no universal laws established telling
people what will happen if a line does this or a combo does that. I-Ching scholars
were basically depending on their psychic abilities, their experiences, or their
intuitions when they read the signs. I established a whole bunch of laws so that
people no longer need to guess. If one is confused about a certain sign, all he
needs to do is open up this book and look up the laws. Then everything will be clear
- You might be surprised that I had to establish 80% of the laws after thousands of years
of I-Ching evolution has taken place. I think it's because of that 'Chinese keeping
secret' thing again. Doctors kept secret healing formulas. Musicians kept
secrets. I-Ching and astrology masters also kept secrets. That's why I ended
up establishing 80% of the laws for everyone. I bet that these laws were discovered
by many top level prophets in the past. But those prophets were defeated by greed.
They want to keep their own laws (secrets) to themselves. They were only
willing to teach people the basics of I-Ching. But they kept their secret laws to
themselves so that they can pass down the laws to their own descendants. Those
greedy prophets were afraid that their descendants will become poor if others can also use
I-Ching to conveniently and accurately predict the stock market trend.
Question: Why is Alex Chiu willing to teach us this
priceless treasure? Doesn't Alex want to keep this a secret?
- ANSWER: Of course I want to keep this a secret so that I can
become the richest man in the world. I will earn so much money in the stock market.
I will even beat Bill Gates. But I can't afford to betray my own culture.
All those greedy prophets who kept secrets were traitors of the great Chinese
culture. Everytime a Chinese kept a secret, the Chinese culture has been cheapened.
The more important the secret, the more damage the Chinese culture has endured.
I refuse to betray my culture, and I refuse to betray God. Who cares if I
become the richest man in the world? There are already millions of millionaires out
there. Who needs one more? Personal luxury cannot compare to a sacred tool
that allows humans to successfully communicate with God. So if I kept my laws a
secret, I have not only betrayed my culture. I have also betrayed my God.
If you would like to write your own I-Ching book after
you have mastered I-Ching, please ask the author
for permission to use all of our element symbols, date symbols, calendar indications,
charts, and the names of the hexagrams. We encourage an unification of English
I-Ching symbols so more people can learn about I-Ching.