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Dragons and Elements

“There is a devil there is no doubt, but is he trying to get into us or trying to get out?”
~ Tsem Rinpoche

The Dragon and the Five Elements
By Tsem Rinpoche, 2010

The Dragon: A Wood Sign
The Dragon sign is of the Wood element. Generally, Wood bestows an expansive, open characteristic to people born with this element. They find it easy to get along well with others, especially in a group context and bring good, energising vibes to any situation. They are compassionate people, who look for ways to help others and bring justice.

Many Chinese believe that life will be more exciting when a Dragon is born into their family. If there are three Dragons within the family, they believe that they are blessed with incredible luck and prosperity. Continue reading


Gorin of Sho

Musashi Miyamoto’s Book of Five Rings

While in reclusion, Miyamoto Musashi wrote the “Go Rin No Sho”, known in English as “The Book Of Five Rings”, which was a text on kenjutsu, martial arts and philosophy.

Many translations of the “Go Rin No Sho” have been made over the years, and it enjoys an audience considerably broader than just those interested in martial arts. For instance, some business leaders find its discussion of conflict and how to take advantage of it to be relevant to their work.

The five “books” refer to the idea that there are different elements of battle, just as there are different physical elements in life, as is believed in Buddhism, Shintoism, and other Eastern religions.

The term “Ichi School”, which is referenced in the Go Rin No Sho, refers to the “Niten No Ichi Ryu”, or “Ni Ten Ichi Ryu”, which when literally translated means “Two Swords, One Heaven”, although the translation could be interpreted as “Two Swords, One Spirit”, or “Two Swords, One Entity”. Continue reading

Five Rings to Godai

Five elements (Japanese philosophy)

The five elements philosophy in Japanese Buddhism, godai (五大?, lit. “five great”), is derived from Indian Vastu shastra philosophy and Buddhist beliefs. It is perhaps best known in the Western world for its use in Miyamoto Musashi’s famous text Gorin-no-sho (The Book of Five Rings), in which he explains different aspects of swordsmanship by assigning each aspect to an element.

The five elements are, in ascending order of power, Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, and Void.


地 Chi (or ji) or tsuchi, meaning “Earth”, represents the hard, solid objects of the earth. The most basic example of chi is in a stone. Stones are highly resistant to movement or change, as is anything heavily influenced by chi. In people, the bones, muscles and tissues are represented by chi. Emotionally, chi is predominantly associated with stubbornness, collectivity, stability, physicality, and gravity. It is a desire Continue reading

Elemental Vastu

by Dr. Gautam Chatterjee

PANCHABHUTA Or Five Elements. Our whole cosmic quest of the world and beyond starts from the point of panchabhuta (five elements) which then manifests in an enjoining manner to form the life force and then, later, those five elements disintegrates to ensue a celestical traverse at the Paramanu (atom) level.

However, we will first try to understand these five elements which are Earth or Prithvi; Water or Jal ; Fire or Agni; Air or Vayu and then Ether or Akasha. Each of these Five elements has its own character and celestial elements which we will gauge in the following lines.

Earth (Prithvi): One can touch earth and smell it too! However, there are two types of earth. One is Continue reading

Polarity Practice

Polarity THerapy, Polarity Massage Therapy

Theory and Basic Principles of Polarity Therapy
From The Standards for Practice and Code of Ethics, American Polarity Therapy Association

Associate Polarity Practitioner
The beginning student is first introduced to the notion that all life is an expression of energy in motion, and that energy emerges from and returns to a central unified source of life energy. Energy in the body is a manifestation of the cyclic journey of spirit: from its cosmic unified source, into the duality of the physical realm, and back to its source. Continue reading

Clubs, Fire, Wands

Tarot Card Meanings – The Wands

The Wands represent energy, inspiration, leadership and achievement.

The Ace of Wands Tarot CardAce of Wands
The Aces represent beginnings, and the Wands represent inspiration and mental energy. This card in particular represents new ideas and plans. Traditionally, creation, invention, energy, birth, adventure.

Postponements, deferrals, cancellations. Difficulties getting started. Loss of work or social Continue reading

Elementary Feng Shui

feng-shui-8From Feng Shui From Scratch
By Jonathan Dee, 2001

The Five Elements

In western mystic traditions there are said to be four elements. These are Earth, Water, Air and Fire, expressing the four states of matter: solid, liquid, gaseous and pure energy. Before our modern, technological age everything was thought to be made of combinations of these four basic ingredients.

However, in China, Taoist philosophers preferred a five-fold classification. Unlike their western counterparts, they did not believe that things were literally made up of these elements, but were of the opinion that they represented a sort of evolution, a sequense of changes from Continue reading

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