Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Gods And Goddesses: Cho Wang

There is a book by a man known as Derek Walters titled "An Encyclopedia Of Myth And Legend Chinese Mythology" and it has an interesting line.

Sodomy, God of see Cho Wang.

When you went to check Cho Wang within the book there is nothing. That is all the information within this book about this particular god.
Thankfully the site Godchecker brought some more light on this and apparently this god was King Zhou, the last emperor of the Shang dynasty, who because deified as the god of sodomy after death. This man is also notable for being one of the main figures in one of the most notable books from Chinese history and on Chinese mythology, Creation of the Gods by Xu Zhonglin.

The book notes that this man becomes the god of marriage, making him also the god of sodomy interesting in its own right.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

The High Priestess

The High Priestess is an interesting card, in part due to how difficult it can be to properly understand the card. This card makes 'practice makes perfect' a phrase best suited to describe the learning process with tarot.

In an upright position the card tells of hidden factors being in play and mystery. It is a time where using your intuition is best.
In reverse the card warns to not fall for deceit and be weary of that as it is a time of superficiality. While this card in reverse warns of such things, it also tells of a time of sensuality.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

The Magician

The magician is not a card I find too interesting on a personal level but seeing it upright can be a rather positive thing to see.
Upright, the card tells of mastery, the time is a period of creativity and to follow through with confidence with decisions.

In reverse, the card warns of indecisiveness and ones willpower should be used.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Chinese Folktales: An Anthology by Yin-lien C. Chin, Yetta S. Center and Mildred Ross

As far as books on folklore go, this is one that is easy to pick up and to take your time to read. Objectively a short book, the compilation of stories allows to read a story one by one if you lack the time to sit down for an extended period of time.
The only downside about the book is that if you're familiar with the stories it contains it may feel a bit lacking to read them, the story within the book I know the best is that of Sun Wukong and the retelling of his story just abruptly ends.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Gods And Goddesses: Hua Xian

Hua Xian is the goddess of flowers who is depicted with servants who carry baskets of water.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Fool

The Fool is the first of the major arcana in tarot and personally one of the more interesting cards of the deck.

When The Fool appears upright in a reading it indicates a favourable time and the potential for new beginnings. It tells of a major decision.
In reverse the card warns to watch out and points towards thoughtless action. It is a warning of folly.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Immortal Sisters: Secret Teachings of the Taoist Women (Translated by Thomas Cleary)

Aside from the best known Daoist texts, the lesser known texts that are translated into English are typically directed towards men. Directed towards women, this makes the book interesting to look into  regardless of your gender and the notes within it can make the texts within its pages easier to understand.