This pod duang (or bullet coin) features a chakra and an unalom symbol. The chakra has 8 blades and looks like a small sun. Representing the Chakri dynasty (the current line of Thai kings), the symbol is of Indian origin and features in both Hindu and Buddhist lore. The unalom symbol may represent either the tuft of hair between the Buddha’s eyebrows or a conch shell containing the ashes of the king’s father (source: Siamese Coins: From Funan to the Fifth Reign). The unalom is the royal emblem of King Rama I and can be found on pod duang from the king’s coronation in 1785 until his passing in 1809. I am unsure whether the symbol was also used in other time periods. One indication of a coin’s quality and origin may be from the quality of the metal. There looks to be some slight discoloration between the folds of…
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While writing my forthcoming second book, tentatively titled The Tao of Craft, I had to do some intense study of oracle bone script. That’s where the knowledge for the card content comes from. All citations to the amazing references I used are in the book, but one person I want to thank right away is Richard Sears, who runs ChineseEtymology.org. Now, as for the inspiration, that’s a little harder for me to convey.
On a morning I was to drive my parents to the airport, I thought I heard a voice speaking to me in my room, while I was sleeping in bed, and that woke me up. Then after that, no matter how hard I tried to go back to sleep, I couldn’t, so I relented, booted up my computer, and in that same sitting, a complete first draft of this deck was done. I talk more about the…
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The Kuan Yin oracle deck by Alana Fairchild with art by Chinese painter Zeng Hao caught my attention as soon as it came out on the market. It’s published by Blue Angel, an affiliate partner with Llewellyn. I wanted the deck for Zeng Hao’s breathtaking artwork and also because it’s Kuan Yin.
Both my paternal and maternal grandmothers venerated Kuan Yin and so did my husband’s maternal grandmother. My mother has an altar with a god and goddess, and her goddess figure is Kuan Yin. When I was little and afraid of the dark, not wanting to go to sleep, crying out for mommy, my mother would come in to my room and tell me to recite this mantra that included Kuan Yin’s name, which would keep me protected. Kuan Yin is the energy I invoke any time I seek protection or personal fearlessness. I never really thought of her…
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“As a hurled weapon the indestructible thunderbolt (the Vajra) blazed like a meteoric fireball across the heavens, in a maelstrom of thunder, fire and lightning.” — Nitin Kumar
The vajra is the most important ritual implement of Vajrayana Buddhism. In Sanskrit, the word vajra is defined as something hard or mighty, as in a diamond. It symbolizes an impenetrable, immovable and indestructible state of knowledge and enlightenment.
Our knowledge of the vajra goes back to deep antiquity. Texts indicate that the vajra was not always a symbol of peace and tranquility but something very different. It first appears in ancient India where it was the primary weapon of the Vedic sky-god Indra, the king of the Devas.
According the Hindu Puranas, the evil Asuras, Namuchi and Vritra removed all of the light and moisture from the earth. It made the land inhospitable to living beings. Indra battled the demon gods…
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The hunt for the truth about ancient history has long been bound up with the exploration of esoteric symbolism. There are hundreds of books available to us today about European alchemy, hermeticism, and all aspects of Western esoterica. We also have a good body of literature in English, if a little harder to access, about the authentic practices of Sufism, Hindu asceticism, and Buddhist esoterica.
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Aratta (Sumerian) – Uratri (Hurri-Urartian) – Urartu/Ararat (Assyrian) – Armenia (Persian)
En tidlig armensk stat er Uratri, på assyrisk kjent som Urartu og på sumerisk som Aratta. Dette var et mytisk eventyrland som opptrer i sumerisk og mesopotamisk mytologi og myter, inkludert et som forteller om Enmerkar og Lugalbanda, to tidlige og antagelig legendariske konger i Uruk som også nevnes i den sumeriske kongeliste.
Det var et fabelaktig rikt sted fylt med gull, sølv, lasursteiner og andre kostbare materialer, samt dyktige håndverkere å…
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