Stephen Lawrance Karcher

Born: 8 December 1946

Citizenship: US

Education: BA, University of California at Irvine

MA, Simon Frazer University

Ph.D., University of Connecticut (Comparative Literature/Archetypal Psychology)

Professional experience:

Lectured and taught extensively throughout Europe, North America and Great Britain.

Speaker at the Eranos Conferences, one of the most prestigious conferences in the Humanities, with articles published in the Eranos Jahrbucher. Pioneered an imaginative and depth psychological approach to divination and its sense of spirit and the relation of divination to the arts.

 Director of Research at the Eranos Foundation. Co-directed the I Ching Project and wrote the Eranos translation, The Classic Chinese Oracle of Change, considered to be a definitive text. Edited the new series of Eranos Yearbooks. Organized and conducted the I Ching Seminars at the Eranos Foundation. Generally acknowledged as one of the world's experts on the psychological and spiritual uses of divination. 

 Trained as dancer and actor in New York professional studios. Danced and choreographed in New York and with various companies throughout Canada. Extensive reading in depth and archetypal psychology and its relation to performing arts. Lectures and teaches at the Myth and Theatre Festivals, held at various locations world-wide. 

 On faculty of University of Philosophical Research (Los Angeles, CA), a well-known and fully accredited graduate institute.


Total I Ching: Myths for Change. London: Time Warner, 2003.

          The Classic Chinese Oracle of Change, revised edition. London: Chrysalis/Vega, 2002.

          Symbols of Love. London: Time Warner, 2003/Little, Brown, 2002.

          The Way of I Ching, London: Harper Thorsons, 2002.

I Ching Plain and Simple. London: Harper Thorsons, 2004 (forthcoming). Reprint of How to Use the I Ching: Working with the Oracle of Change. London: Harper Element, 2001.

          The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Divination. London: Harper Element, 2001 (revised edition).

          Essential Shiatsu (with Yuichi Kawada), Time Warner, 2002.

          The Oracle of Kuan Yin, Goddess of Compassion.  London: Time Warner 2003/ Little, Brown, 2001.

          Ta Chuan: The Great Treatise, London: Carroll and Brown 2000/ New York:  St. Martin’s Press, 2001.

 Major articles: 

“Jung, the Tao and the Classic of Change.”  Journal of Religion and Health, 38/4 and Harvest, Winter 1999.

           “Divination, Synchronicity and Fate,” Journal of Religion and Health. 37/3, Fall 1998, originally Guild of Pastoral Psychology, Lecture no. 263.

          “Which Way I Fly is Hell: Divination and the Shadow of the West.” Spring 55/1994.

          “Oracle’s Contexts: Gods, Dreams, Shadow, Language.” Spring 53/1992.

           “Making Spirits Bright: Divination and the Demonic Image.” Eranos 61/1992.

 Brief biography:

 Stephen Karcher, Ph.D., is one of today’s most creative and controversial writers in the field of Yijing studies and the meeting of eastern spirituality and western depth psychology. An internationally known scholar, he was Research Director of the Eranos Foundation’s I Ching Project, where he pioneered a depth psychological approach to divination and its sense of spirit. He has worked with Yijing and other divination systems for over 30 years and is the author of many seminal books, articles and translations. His newest book, Total I Ching: Myths for Change was recently published by Time Warner. He was a professional dancer and choreographer for several years and is a featured speaker at the International Myth and Theatre Conferences. He holds a doctorate in comparative literature and archetypal psychology.

 Workshop participant comments: “Knowing, passionate and profound … a skilful and innovative teacher with a fascinating, stimulating and practical program … Stephen is accessible and articulate, inspiring and helpful ... makes a hidden part of Jung come alive.”




Advance praise for Total I Ching

 'This translation liberates meanings in the I Ching that have been missing from our understanding for a couple of thousand years... it reveals a whole new landscape of interpretation that make previous translations feel cramped by comparison'


 'This could be Karcher's masterpiece - a beautiful, liberating, potent and inspiring version of the ancient classic. Working with the original Chinese texts and drawing on the most recent  scholarship, Karcher shatters the constricting cage of traditional interpretations to open up the  oracle's lost mythic dimension. Even experienced users of the I Ching will be astonished by the  extraordinary riches they will find in Total I Ching'


 The definitive book on the world's oldest wisdom tradition

 The I CHING is the oldest and most respected oracle or divinatory system in the world. There are currently two translations available - the popular Confucian version and an earlier Taoist version called Zhouyi. Reconstructed by twentieth-century scholars and archaeologists. Zhouyi presents the  highly imaginative world of myth and ritual that is the hidden base of thousands of years of Eastern thought.

 Now, for the first time ever, STEPHEN KARCHER fuses these two traditions using modern scholarship and archaeological and linguistic research, along with a wide background in Eastern philosophy and comparative religion, and presents them to the modern Western reader in a comprehensive and accessible new form.

 TOTAL I CHING is a complete oracle with instruction for immediate use in all life situations, but is also the first translation to detail the mythology of the divinatory system, offering a revolutionary  new approach to the world's oldest wisdom tradition.

 STEPHEN KARCHER PhD has worked with divinatory texts for more than 30 years. He was a speaker at the Eranos Foundation and supervised their I Ching Project. He is widely acknowledged to be one of the world's leading experts on the psychological and spiritual uses of divination. THE KUAN YIN ORACLE, SYMBOLS OF LOVE, ESSENTIAL SHIATSU (with Yuichi Kawada)


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