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 The story and ancient symbolism of the Dao:

Taoism, actually spelled Daoism and it's symbol, now know as yin/yang was and is traditionally called the Tai Ji diagram.  Prior to the creation of the Tai Ji diagram (in the 8th century), yin and yang were symbolized by the Tiger and the Dragon. The Dragon was also associated with Heaven, and the Tiger with Earth. The post-heaven manifestations of Heaven (yang) and Earth (yin) are Fire and Water, two of the Wu Xing (Five Elements). Fire is associated with the South and Water with the North. The most prevalent manifestations of the Dragon and Tiger are The Green Dragon, which is related to Wood in the East, and the White Tiger, related to Metal in the West. The Green Dragon and White Tiger are also considered to be manifestations of the Pre-Heaven Trigram arrangement within the post-heaven arrangement of the trigrams. Therefore the Green Dragon is associated with Li-Fire and the White Tiger is associated with Kan-Water but there is also a connection with wind and that is how I chose to approach this piece, in movement and with wind. Together they symbolize movement and change:

  Together, they represent movement and change.  I break away from the following symbolism.  Wood becoming Fire – The Dragon Leaping Upward
                                                                                                             Metal becoming Water – The Tiger Pouncing on Its Prey

................Because The White Tiger is also associated with the west and with autumn while the Green Dragon is associated with the East and with Spring.  The White Tiger represents the Earth and all the unknowable Tao has given risen to The Green dragon represents the Heavens and all the potential energy and all the possibilities lie within the Tao that is hidden.



Heaven and Earth & Yin and Yang

In Chinese thought, Heaven and Earth are considered to be the two fundamental operating forces. Heaven is yang and earth is yin. Heaven is said to come before (xian) and Earth, after (hou). In Chinese cosmogony, Heaven and Earth develop from the Wu Ji, an undivided potential without limit. Wu Ji (literally “no polarity”) is sometimes referred to as emptiness, or the void – essentially it is matter undifferentiated, undivided, non-polarized. Movement occurs within the emptiness, within the void. The movement is like wind, like a breath. It is  an inhalation and an exhalation, or an opening and a closing. This movement is the Breath-Energy or the Qi/Breath.

This movement, this polarity created by the Qi/Breath is the Tai Ji, the “great pole”, or “extreme polarity.” With the Tai Ji , the lighter, transparent Qi/Breath rises, and the heavier, opaque Qi/Breath sinks down. The light and yang aspect produces Heaven, and the yin and heavy aspect produces Earth. The yang diffuses and the yin receives. The strong unbroken lines of the Heaven Trigram flow downward to be received by earth’s softer “receptive lines.” Earth in turn responds, actualizing Heaven’s potential into form and sending the Qi/Breath back upward. This is expressed as follows:




The Dragon and The Tiger

Prior to the creation of the Tai Ji diagram (in the 8th century), yin and yang were symbolized by the Tiger and the Dragon. The Dragon was also associated with Heaven, and the Tiger with Earth. The post-heaven manifestations of Heaven (yang) and Earth (yin) are Fire and Water, two of the Wu Xing (Five Elements). Fire is associated with the South and Water with the North. The most prevalent manifestations of the Dragon and Tiger are The Green Dragon, which is related to Wood in the East, and the White Tiger, related to Metal in the West. The Green Dragon and White Tiger are also considered to be manifestations of the Pre-Heaven Trigram arrangement within the post-heaven arrangement of the trigrams. Therefore the Green Dragon is associated with Li-Fire and the White Tiger is associated with Kan-Water. Together they symbolize movement and change.

The Dragon is yang. It symbolizes the movement of life growing upward and outward, like a plant growing from a seed. The Green Dragon represents the spring thunder and rains that nourish living things. In the Spring, the Dragon is said to come out of its hiding place under the earth and rise up into the sky creating thunder and rain. Hence the Dragon also represents the incitement of life and movement.

The Tiger is yin. The White Tiger represents autumn, when growing thing begin to withdraw into the earth, when the first frost comes to kill living things. Hence the Tiger can represent death, but also the quiet and stillness of late autumn as it moves into winter. The Tiger is therefore associated with the still lake whose depths cannot be seen. In this context, the Dragon and Tiger together represent the natural cycle of life and death that moves through us and all living things.

Dragon and Tiger

The Dragon is associated with the trigram Zhen-Thunder – excitation and movement. The Tiger is associated with the Dui-Lake trigram representing joyousness, sensibility and feeling. These qualities are conveyed in the Chinese saying: When the tiger roars the valley wind comes. When the dragon arises great clouds appear.[1]

The Dragon has both yin and yang associations. It can be yang in that it soars through the clouds, and yin in that it hides under the earth – as in the Qi Gong movement, “the Black Dragon Enters the Cave.” As it moves through the sky, the dragon appears and disappears into the clouds. The Dragon does not have wings but flies through a yin-yang oscillation, literally “swimming through the clouds”:

The dragon now lurks in watery depth, now streaks aloft to the highest heavens, and its very gait is a continuous undulation. It presents an image of energy constantly recharged through oscillation from one pole to the other. The dragon is a constantly evolving creature with no fixed form; it can never be immobilized or penned in, never grasped. It symbolizes a dynamism never visible in concrete form and thus unfathomable. Finally, merging with the clouds and the mists, the dragon’s impetus makes the surrounding world vibrate: it is the very image of an energy that diffuses itself through space, intensifying its environment its environment and enriching itself by that aura.[2]

Although the Tiger is associated with metal, it also has an association with Wind which is related to the Wood element. The Tiger is connected with both the “unbridled wood energy of spring and the refined metal energy of fall.”[3] The Tiger’s roar produces Wind, which is associated with Wood. It is also a reference to “nature’s breath, as well as to the tiger’s naturalness and unrestrained manner.” Like the wind, the Tiger “comes and goes as it pleases, showing up suddenly and unexpectedly, sometimes with devastating force.”[4] The Tiger is sometimes viewed as a yang animal, yet it draws its power from the Earth (yin) by crouching in order to spring  – therefore, like the Dragon, the Tiger has both yin and yang aspects.

In Xing Yi Quan, the Dragon is the first animal form one learns, and the Tiger form the second. The Dragon form rises and falls as its body coils and uncoils. The bones and tendons of the whole body extend outward and contract inward. This rising and falling movement of the Dragon opens the Ren (Conception) Channel and the Chong (Thrusting) Channel. Ren Mai, Du Mai (Governing Channel) and Chong Mai are thought to be one meridian (the “Central Channel”). The Central Channel must circulate freely for the other meridians to also circulate freely. If the Central Channel opens, it is said that the ”hundred meridians can open” and power and force will emanate without obstruction. The Tiger uses its back to generate power in crouching or springing, thus, if practiced correctly, the Tiger form is said to open the Du (Governing) Channel which runs up the center of the spine. If the Governing vessel is opened, clear Yang-Qi can ascend to the head and brain, and Ren Mai and Chong Mai will also open. When the Tiger “sits in its cave,” crouching and gathering its power, the qi gathers at Cheng Qiang acu-point (DU 1). When the Tiger ‘Pounces on its prey,” The Mingmen point in the back opens and qi moves upward along the Du Channel.

In Ba Gua Zhang, the movements of the body in walking and circling are often likened to the Dragon (long).  Many styles of Ba Gua contain a sequence known as You Shen Long Xing Ba Gua Zhang or Swimming Body Dragon Shape Eight Diagram Palm. Wang Xiang Zhai, one of the great internal boxers of the 20th century, described Cheng Ting Hua’s performance of Ba Gua as “like a divine dragon roaming-winding and twisting in the sky.”[5] While moving like a swimming dragon, the Ba Gua practitioner is simultaneously advised to “Sit like a Tiger” – by squatting  down and “sitting the kua,” the fold in the front of the hip. In this way one is rooted in the earth, ready to spring and pounce with power and ferocity like a Tiger.

In the west, we have tendency to look for one-to-one correspondences between things. The symbols of the Dragon and Tiger serve as good examples of the many overlapping correspondences and relationships (some of which at first appear contradictory), that are common in Chinese martial symbolism.
 



Notes:

[1] History of Chinese Philosophy (Routledge History of World Philosophies vol. 3), Edited by Bob Mou. London and New York: Routledge 2009, p. 285.

[2]The Propensity of Things: Toward a History of Efficacy in China, Francois Julien. New York: Zone Books, 1999. p151.

[3] The Lung and the Tiger Image: An Example of Decoding the Symbolic Record of Chinese Medicine. by Heiner Fruehauf, PhD. classicalchinesemedicine.org. 2008, p. 5

[4] Ibid, p. 3.

[5] Da Cheng Chuan,  by Wang Xuanjie. Hong Kong: Hai Feng Publishing Co. Ltd., 1988. p.40.




Regarding Fu Dogs, or more correctly Buddha dogs or the guardian lions.

hey are each of different gender and must be a set. They symbolize the balancing of the cosmos and protection. The Ball under the male's foot is a geometric ball and represents the flower of life.
Under the females foot or with the female is a cub.

Male has his paw on the left and should be left too or yin energies, white tiger, white Tao energies.

female has her paw on a small cub and should be right too or yang, green dragon, black Tao energies











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Really blown away by the incredibility of this piece, the colours and the duality concept is so magnificent. The colours are so awesome and the swirling leaves and other effects are so beautifully done. And the characters almost seems like they have been painted. Good luck to you Gwynie.:aww:
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Thank you!!!! This was a personal work that I really wanted to capture what was in my head and capture just a fragment about the real meaning of the Dao/Tao and the Yin/Yang symbol... a philosophy that I love very much and have used to help me get through some of the hardest and most difficult times in my life... and I was hoping to express this as much as possible. I love you darling. :heart: :tighthug:
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superb colors and mood, just love the mix.
I now wonder who is going to win.

Probably the feline hiding behind the doorstep? ;)
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Thank you so much Red and you changed your avi?   aaaaaaaand.... ahhh both sides go back and forth in eternity, the timeless dance. :heart:
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Reminds me of Jackie Chan moves, love the colour combination!:rose:
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Actually that was what I was going for! I'm glad to hear it! :heart:
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This is really terrific. Yin and Yang do battle and you got a Zesty Zebra, wonderful.  Arthur knows great work when he sees it. Best of luck in your challenge.

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Hahaha you flatter me, but you're way closer to "there" than you think you are. :)
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