plus an instruction card, a colorful hand-woven tie, and a pouch.
While many people use a set of 3 coins when they consult the ancient Chinese oracle, the I Ching, the traditional method was to use yarrow sticks. With the stalks it takes about 15 minutes to find the hexagram. This longer period gives one time to collect oneself and become more open to what the oracle will mirror to you. Back in the 1970's, my late husband, Gia-fu Feng, gave me these instructions on how to use the yarrow stalks.
There is a lot of I Ching information on a website in Great Britain, including book reviews that can help you find a translation you resonate with -- some of the older European translations have a rather patriarchal perspective.
When I first started making sets of yarrow stalks I used yarrow that grew in my yard at the foot of Mount Shasta in far northern California. Now I harvest some yarrow near my new home in Vermont and receive some from my herbalist friends at Healing Spirits Herb Farm in the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York. Each set of 50 stalks was gathered and trimmed by hand. I weave the ties on an inkle loom and sew the pouches on my machine.
The stalks, ties and pouches are not mass-produced and vary
Indicate your preferences for:
2 - Upstate NY herb farm stalks or Vermont stalks from Jane's garden - see photo
3 - three or four of your favorite colors, both for
the hand-woven stalk tie and for the pouch (include tan, brown,
grey, black, and white as possible choices), as well as colors
you don't want me to use.
Cost: $38.00 for stalks with woven tie, pouch, and instruction card
Postage and handling for one set (postage rates went
up in February 2013)
Send check or money order to Jane English, PO Box 90, East
Calais, VT 05650
The stalk sets are hand crafted and I enjoy completing these sales myself. I do not take credit cards directly, but a personal check or a money order will suit me fine. The leisurely pace of ordering by mail goes along with how using the yarrow stalks is more leisurely than the I Ching coin method of a few quick tosses!
Please remember to give me your mailing address.
Thank you for your order.
(more info & larger photo of stalks)
(more info & larger photo of woven ties)
Yarrow and other wildflowers growing in Jane's yard in Mount Shasta about 2001