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Mad Men and the i-Ching

Ichingcoins0513I am a fan of the AMC program Mad Menand love it when they insert new age elements into their script, such as the Tarot reading in 2008.

Well Matt Weiner and his great team of writers did it again on the May 19, 2013 episode of Mad Men with the character of Wendy casting the i-Ching.Many of us fans try to "read: the intent of the series and I am not different. i-Ching is the Book of Changes - the need to progress to the next phase of life - and this episode in particular demonstrates changes and transitions: The death and funeral of one of the agency partners, the end of Don's affair with Sylvia, how Don's childhood impacts his relationships today and how he has not progressed from it, how Peggy has progressed emotionally in her approach to relationships.

As the Gothamist wrote:

Wendy the flower child is reading everyone's I Ching coins (she used bronze Chinese cash coins from the Song Dynasty). In the 1960s, the I Ching was all over pop culture: it showed up in the soap opera Dark Shadows, and in the Wonder Woman comic book (when an elderly mentor known as "I Ching" is introduced). And George Harrison, who composed The Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (recorded in 1968) said he "picked up a book at random, opened it, saw 'gently weeps,' then laid the book down again and started the song." You can throw your own coins (instructions), or throw them virtually right here... but "if you don't take the I Ching seriously, it will not work."

As it turns out, I just virtually tossed my i-ching coins and my result was Expansion and Progress. Yes, I believe.

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