Friday, March 11, 2011

The wisdom of Can Tong Qi (周易參同契) - Chapter 1d



My rendition:

The beginning should start with growth and fire from inside
Like Spring and Summer
The ending should finish with calmness and coolness from outside
Like Autumn and Winter
Spring and Autumn should control the flow
Whereas consciousness should control the warmth or coldness
When the trigrams are not managed well
They will disturb one’s balance
But if one takes care the requirements of each of the four Seasons
The five elements will be organized.

Paul’s comment: Allusions to the alchemical process, but not step-by-step guidelines.

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