The phases of the Moon represent the cycles of time itself. From these cycles, all time flows. From the biggest to the smallest scales, as a fractal,
all things flow according to these cycles. The image of Tao, with its yin and yang, represent the flowing of this process. You can see the cycles in
the Trigrams of the I Ching. The Waxing Moon, as the moon is growing, represents the increase of yang-energy. The Waning Moon represents the
The I Ching trigram is a diagram of the flowing of the times, the seasons, the play of energy-essences. The solid line represents yang-energy, and the
split line represents yin-energy. Here is a key to interpretation. The bottom line represents self-expression, as in the subject The top line
represents the object, as in object of awareness. The middle line represents the meeting of the subject and object, the verb, activity. In the first
sentence of trigram interpretation, I will break down the meaning of each line of the trigram according to the structure bottom-middle-top.
Earth: yin-yin-yin: No self-expression, nothing to do, nothing to observe
This represents the Dark Moon and the New Moon. Notice the total yin-energy, 'darkness,' silence. It represents a sort of extreme passivity, or
acceptance of all. Since is the transition point linking the end point and the beginning point, this is the ultimate complexity. This means that the
yin, feminine, Goddess is technically more primary, or ultimate.
Thunder: yang-yin-yin: Self-expression, nothing to do, nothing to observe
Waxing crescent moon, occurs in the beginning of the process of increasing visibility, amount of light. The yang energy is beginning its ascent. Life
is beginning to flower. It represents an inner passion. A territorial sense, desiring freedom of movement and expression. beginning of the 'God'
chasing the 'Goddess,' the masculine principle
Water: yin-yang-yin: No self-expression, activity, nothing to observe
Waxing Half Moon, of increasing light. Immersion into reality. When doing something, there is only that doing. When writing, just writing.
Mountain: yin-yin-yang: No self-expression, no activity, something to observe
Waxing Gibbous moon, nearing complete light. In awe of the magnificence of what is naturally there. Awareness.
Lake: yang-yang-yin: Self-expression, activity, nothing to observe
Full Moon, complete light. Self-chosen activity. Conscious decision-making.
Fire: yang-yin-yang: Self-expression, no activity, something to observe
Waning Gibbous Moon, decreasing light. Watching and feeling, but doing nothing. Self-expression fulfilled through observation.
Wind: yin-yang-yang: No self-expression, activity, something to observe
Waning Half Moon, decreasing light. Read and react. Play-acting. Maya- illusion. Lila, reality-as-a-play.
Heaven: yang-yang-yang: Self-expression, activity, something to observe
Perfect unity. Personal preferences guide actions, and it fits perfectly with the situation you are in, and the people, who are in full agreement.
So this is the basic pattern through which time travels. These are the 'seasons' of nature and life. This process and these elements are the source of
all mythology, rituals, and general compulsions. At any scale of time, or any scale in space, range of influence, reality functions through this
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