The Chou Qian (stick selection)
is a system of divination or conflict resolution that is similar in
some aspects to the famous I Ching, although less well known in the
The date of its creation is unknown,
although it is known that during the Shang Dynasty (1500-1066 B.C.)
was already in use. The I Ching method to obtaining an answer to our
inquires consists in striking the Chou Qian.
The Chou Qian is a piece of bamboo, where forty-nine
numbered wood sticks are introduced. The method has been simplified
to just the extraction of the outstanding small stick after several
bamboo strikes. The stick has a number to make the reading in the book
and so we have the answer to read the future.
This system is a way of connecting with a superior
global and objective reality, to which each individual during his daily
life is not able to access, for reasons of social conditioning, emotions,
desires and activities that blind the underlying plot of the question
that we wish to elucidate.
The key for a good reading, is to adopt a state
of introspection, sincerity, modesty and honesty; an attitude of wanting
to know with respect--after all, what we are asking is or isn't important