YIN YANG FOOD SHOPPING LIST

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I have found this list in the beginning of 90th, used parts of it like a guide for a while, but very soon I probably will change, or modify it using contemporary applications with Asian roots. Inside the every division I tried to follow basically like this: protein, carbs, fats.

MINOR YANG (or Young Yang, shăoyáng 少陽): East, spring
FISH
CHICKEN
VENISON
PIGEON MEAT
SHRIMPS
SUGAR
CHERRIES
PINEAPPLES
PLUMS
CHESTNUTS
OATMEAL
BARLEY
CELERY
GARLIC
GINGER
VINEGAR
BLACK TEA
WINE

GREAT YANG (tàiyáng 太陽): South, summer
BEEF
MUTTON
SMOKED FISH
ONION
BLACK PEPPER
MOST OF SPICES
BUTTER
VODKA (MEDICAL USAGE ONLY, I GUESS)

MINOR YIN (or Young Yin, shăoyīn 少陰): West, autumn
DUCK
RABBIT
FROG’S LEGS
OYSTERS
ORANGES
TANGERINES
PEARS
WATERMELONS
MULBERRIES
SUGAR-CANE
TOMATOES
PEAS
SPINACH
SUNFLOWER SEEDS

GREAT YIN (tàiyīn 太陰): North, winter
CRABS
SCALLOPS
BANANAS
CUCUMBERS
SOYBEANS
MUSHROOMS
SPEARMINT
GREEN TEA
JUSMIN FLOWER TEA

NEUTRAL FOOD (12)
RICE
POTATOES
MILK
GREEK YOGURT
HONEY
PAPAYA FRUIT AND DRINKS
APPLES
FIGS
CORN
SQUASH
CAULIFLOWER
MUSHROOM (KING BOLETE ESPECIALLY)
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ENCYCLOPEDIA OF TAOISM (A PRIVATE NOTE): Yùnǚ 玉女 jade woman, jade maiden

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Frankly, it is impossible to pass the article in the encyclopedia titled like this.

“Although Yùnǚ 玉女 is usually translated as “jade woman” or “jade maiden,” this translation may be questionable since the term yù 玉 (jade) also means “precious” and “beautiful.” Already at an early date, however, the term Yùnǚ also designated a female immortal…. In mystical practices, the Jade Woman is also the celestial spouse of the practitioner.”—Caroline Gyss

“The term Yùnǚ is also applied as a generic appellation for young female deities in the popular pantheon, such as the Jade Woman of Mount Tai (Tàishān yùnǚ 泰山玉女), also known as Bixia yuanjun.”—Caroline Gyss

Through long and multifaceted history of Chinese civilization this term played many various roles and sinologists give us recently some reasons to think about it again and again. But from modern point of view if I see somewhere online a beautiful Chinese girl’s photo what can stop me to recall this term just to feel its beautiful taste once more time: 玉女.
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ENCYCLOPEDIA OF TAOISM (A PRIVATE NOTE ON PRIVATE LIFE OF PANG GU): Yuánqì lùn 元氣論 Treatise on Original Pneuma

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“The Yuanqi lun is an important source for Taoist views of cosmogony and cosmology…. Citations from the Sancen ge (Song of the Three Summits), a work attributed to Luo Gongyuan (fl. 712-13), show that it dates from the latter part of the Tang Dynasty (618-907).”—Sakade Yoshinobu

“At first, pneuma is not yet differentiated and exists in the shape of an egg; this is called Great Oneness (tàiyī). Then it begins to separate: the clearer pneuma rises to become Heaven and the grosser pneuma descends to become the Earth. The “central harmony” (zhōnghé 中和) between them is humankind.”—Sakade Yoshinobu

“The first human being is Páng Gŭ 盤古. At his death, the various parts of his body become the Sun, the Moon, and the stars in heaven, and the mountains, the rivers, and the plants on earth.”—Sakade Yoshinobu

In this encyclopedic entry Sakade Yoshinobu describes the ancient text in details; I got only three quotes here, and the last one tells us Páng Gŭ 盤古 story. Cant help myself to call to mind the Indian sacral story of Tantric origin with a female heroine this time.

“According to popular legend, tantric sacred places (pīṭhasthānas), came into existence when Śiva carried away the dead body of his consort Satī, or Pārvatī, which have been dismembered by Vishṇu into fifty-one parts that fell on different places all over the country. These became tantric pilgrim centers.”—Ajit Mookerjee, Madhu Khanna in The Tantric Way: Art Science Ritual, 2003

Was it question of taste only in creating legends process of old times?

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF TAOISM (FOR THOSE WHO MISSED COSMOLOGY AND COSMOGONY MIST): Yuánqì 元氣 Original Pneuma, Original Breath

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The life is truly complicated stuff: small people meet big problems from private to economical and from political to ecological and about half of their trouble small people shouldn’t think at all; big people meet small problems which later will bring them the huge headache for a couple of hours while one crisis happily turns—gradually or instantly, whatever—into another.

The Chinese philosophy is neither complicated nor simple, it is compact, or better to say, combinatorially compact (from German Kombinatorik). Let’s take just one quotation on yuan qi from the article of the Encyclopedia of Taoism.

“Yuánqì 元氣 is the pneuma of the Xiāntiān 先天 (“prior to Heaven”) ontologic and cosmogonic stage. Through the stages of the generation of the cosmos, Original Pneuma transforms itself into cosmic pneuma (qì 氣), a process that is equivalent to the generation of Oneness (yī 一) from the Dao. Oneness then divides itself into Yin and Yang, with the lighter parts of pneuma ascending to become Heaven, and the grosser ones descending to become the Earth, thereby marking the shift to the state known as Hòutiān 後天 (“subsequent to Heaven”). Yin and Yang, or Heaven and Earth, finally give birth to the “ten thousand things” (wànwù 萬物).”
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When I said Kombinatorik I meant English ‘combinatorics’ and I Ching in our case. Simple enough, complicated in balance, compact and elegant and all in the same time.

SRI YANTRA MASTER AND YIN YANG (陰陽): A MULTIFUNCTIONAL’AN’MODIFIED LIST—108 ITEMS

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I have been dreaming long ago to bring an order to my notes on Yin Yang topic. Today is the day and it is done in digital form and posted. So, you can copy, change the order, make it alphabetical, make it shorter, longer, whatever. I feel myself happy seeing it in the three parts: Earth, Heaven, Man (27+30+51=108 lines) and I shall never tell you why 108. Sometimes the number 108 looks occasional in the list, sometimes it doesn’t. Anyway, I feel harmony in my heart and happiness, and calmness with 108 entries.

Of course, it can be done better but not now and not by me. I have to say in general, that yin-yang partition helps in life extremely, especially in wine classification, you know the routine: black wine—red wine, dry—off dry, sour—sweet, light—dark etc, ha-ha-ha.

EARTH (27)

YIN,Yīn 陰 —YANG, Yáng 陽
DARK SIDE OF THE HILL—LIGHT SIDE OF THE HILL
PLANTS—ANIMALS
FRUIT—CEREALS

WEST, Qiū 秋—EAST, Dōng 東
NORTH, Bĕi 北—SOUTH, Nán 南
WATER, Shuĭ 水—FIRE, Huŏ 火
METAL, Jīn 金—WOOD, TREE, Mù 木
MOISTNESS—DRYNESS
DRYNESS—WIND

NIGHT—DAY
DARKNESS—LIGHT
EVENING—MORNING
AUTUMN, FALL—SPRING
WINTER—SUMMER
NEW MOON—FULL MOON
LAST QUARTER OF MOON—FIRST QUATER OF MOON
MOON—SUN
SUNSET—SUNRISE

WHITE COLOR—GREEN, BLUE COLOR
BLACK COLOR—RED COLOR

BOTTOM—TOP
LIMITED—BOUNDLESS
TRUE—POSSIBLE, PROBABLE
OTHER WORLD—THIS WORLD
EARTH—HEAVEN
TERRESTRIAL—CELESTIAL

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HEAVEN (30)

STRUCTURE—ACTION
ACTUAL—POTENTIAL
POTENTIAL STRUCTURE—POTENTIAL ACTION
REAL STRUCTURE—POTENTIAL STRUCTURE
PASSIVITY—ACTIVITY
ORDER—DISORDER
STATIC—DYNAMIC
REAL—IDEAL
FINITENESS—INFINITENESS

DEEP, PROFOUND—SURFACE, SUPERFICIAL
TRACK—TRACKLESS
CONCRETE—ABSTRACT
BEHIND—ADVANCE

REST—MOTION
DESCENDANT MOVEMENT—ASCENDANT MOVEMENT
CENTRIPETAL MOVEMENT—CENTRIFUGAL MOVEMENT
COUNTERCLOCKWISE TURN—CLOCKWISE TURN
RECURRENT MOVEMENT—TRANSLATIONAL MOVEMENT
PROTRACTIBLE—INSTANTANEOUS

CONDENSE—DISPERSE
CONCAVITY—CONVEXITY
CONTRACTION—DILATION
CONCEALMENT—DISCLOSURE
CONTRACTING—STRETCHING
LOOSENING—HARDENING

PLURALITY—UNITY
EVEN—ODD
NEGATIVE—POSITIVE
ABSENCE—PRESENCE
PAST TIME—PRESENT TIME

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MAN (51)

DIE—BEAR
DEATH—LIFE
WOMAN—MAN
WIFE—HUSBAND
SON—FATHER
DAUGHTER—MOTHER
YOUNGER BROTHER, SISTER—ELDER BROTHER, SISTER
MOURNING—TAKING A WIFE, BEGETTING A CHILD

MATURITY—DEVELOPMENT
INTERNAL—EXTERNAL
RIGHT SIDE—LEFT SIDE
INSIDE OF HANDS AND LEGS—OUSIDE OF HANDS AND LEGS
BODY—LIMBS
KIDNEY, Shèn 腎—HEART, Xīn 心
LUNG, Fèi 肺—LIVER, Gān 肝

SALTY TASTE—BITTERNESS
ACRID, PUNGENT TASTE—SOUR, ACID TASTE

TIMIDITY, TIMIDNESS—BALD, BALDNESS
WEAKNESS—STRENGTH
WEAKEN—STRENGTHEN
SORROW—FRIGHT
FORBEARANCE—IRE, ANGER
FEAR—JOY

USEFULNESS—USELESSNESS
SILENCE—WORD, LOGOS
REALITY—DREAMING, SLEEPING
IGNORANCE—KNOWLEDGE

GREAT YIN, Tài Yīn 太陰—GREAT YANG, Tài Yáng 太暘
SMALL YIN, Xăo Yīn 小陰—SMALL YANG, Xăo Yáng 小陽
INTERMEDIATE YIN, Jué Yīn 厥陰—LIGHT YANG, Yáng Míng 陽明

YIN FOOD—YANG FOOD
RECEIVING—GIVING
SOFTNESS—SOLIDITY
COOLNESS—HEAT
LOW SOUND—HIGH SOUND
HARSH SOUND—PURE SOUND

CORPUS—SPIRIT
SUBJECT—SOVEREIGN
BASE—NOBLE
HOST—GUEST
LABORERS—SOLDIERS
NARROW-MINDED—BROAD-MINDED
OBLIVION—RECOLLECTION
SECRET MODE—OPEN MODE
CAUSE—EFFECT
FULL—EMPTY
DEFICIENCY—EXCESS

BEING CONTROLLED BY OTHERS—CONTROLLING OTHERS
SMALL STATE—LARGE STATES
UNIMPORTANT STATES—IMPORTANT STATES
FINISH, END—START, BEGINNING

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF TAOISM (A BIG DEAL BLACK’AN’ WHITE NOTE): Yīn and Yáng 陰陽

From Yìtú míngbiàn 易圖明辨 (Clarifications on Diagrams Related to the Book of Changes) by Hú Wèi 胡渭 (1633-1714)

From Yìtú míngbiàn 易圖明辨 (Clarifications on Diagrams Related to the Book of Changes) by Hú Wèi 胡渭 (1633-1714)


We have begun last time musing on a set of pictures: from glyphs to internationally recognized symbol (thanks, Cathay!); from 3-dimensional sphere to metal surface imitation; from black-and-white chocolate humble trial to gorgeous smoked image of calligraphy brush, …and straight to my favorite:) Today it is time for serious meditation on some quotes from Encyclopedia of Taoism, Routledge edition (2008), and I am definitely be back soon with a table of terms I have been collecting unrecognizable number of years. Still tuned to Tao? To be continued!

“In the Chinese worldview, the cosmos is generated from the undifferentiated Dao through the interaction of Yin and Yang, two principles or “pneumas” (qi) that are aspects or functions of the Dao itself. Their continued hierogamy engenders everything within space and time, giving rise to the material and spiritual manifestation. The cosmos thus is not static but in constant change.”

“Around the third century BCE, the notion of Yin and Yang was merged with the theory of the wuxing. Water and Metal correspond to winter and autumn (Yin), Fire and Wood to summer and spring (Yang), and Soil is the neutral center. This associations gave rise to finer distinctions within the cycle of Yin and Yang, now defined by four terms:
1. Minor Yang (or Young Yang, shăoyáng 少陽): East, spring
2. Great Yang (tàiyáng 太陽): South, summer
3. Minor Yin (or Young Yin, shăoyīn 少陰): West, autumn
4. Great Yin (tàiyīn 太陰): North, winter

“Another important development dating from around the same period was the combination of Yin and Yang with the eight trigrams (bagua) and the sixty-four hexagrams of the Yijing. From the Han period onward, these associations integrated all forms of classification and computation—Yin and Yang, the wuxing, the ganzhi (Celestial Stems and Earthy Branches), the trigrams and hexagrams of Yijing, and other symbols of the endless cycle of phenomenal change—into a complex system of categorization, giving rise to the system of so-called correlative cosmology.”—Farzeen Baldrian-Hussein.