ENCYCLOPEDIA OF TAOISM (A RED DRAGON AND WHITE TIGER NOTE): Zhăn chìlóng 斬赤龍 beheading the Red Dragon

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Sometimes curious students ask about a difference between Chinese gymnastics for men and women. Well, in some complexes of physical exercises it is difficult to see such kind of variations until you will do private customization. From another point of view such differences definitely existed in strict neidan practice. Lets take a quote to illustrate this statement from the encyclopedia article written by Catherine Despeux.

“Menstrual blood is called Red Dragon (chìlóng 赤龍) in neidan, by analogy with male semen, which is called White Tiger (báihŭ 白虎)… ‘Beheading the Red Dragon’ takes place during the first of the three stages in the Ming and Qing system of neidan practice. In men, this stage consists of refining essence to transmute it into pneuma. In women, it consists of “refining of the form Great Yin,” which is achieved by developing inner concentration and by a controlled stimulation of sexual energy, especially through the massage of breasts.”—Catherine Despeux
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If you don’t have a special goal in your mind any complex of exercises will be good enough. If you stick to something strict and classic, and special, this difference can be important to consider and use authoritative sources to achieve success in your practice. Very often not only regular people but specialist yet do want simple instructions and simple results in short time; speaking friendly it is not always the right way to solve the health problems. The easy idea to regulate your food habits can take years to fulfill, and it is not speaking about other ideas you definitely want to die with in the end of your life.

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ENCYCLOPEDIA OF TAOISM (A SEQUEL TO WUXING THEORY PLUS ONE SEXY NOTE): Wŭxíng 五行 Five Phases

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I perfectly understand why encyclopedia’s author didn’t place many tables (on wuxing, for example) in the volume; the whole staff was really limited by the allowed space. We, bloggers of the world, aren’t limited at all 🙂

What follows is the trial for 36 lines of clusters I usually think about considering the complexity of the wuxing theory, and it is a nice tool with the Soil in the center to practice meditation on five stages of any process around harmony and its extremities. Sometime I put the Pinyin with tones and Traditional Chinese, sometimes I don’t, this is called ‘life’, right?

My guess is this is the best table I could compile for years (four partitions are artificial, of course), but if you really believe you know some details to add, just be in touch, please.

BASIC

TRADITIONAL FIVE PHASES (or AGENTS or PRIMARY ELEMENTS)
Wood, Fire, Soil (or Earth), Metal, Water
Mù Huŏ Tŭ Jīn Shuĭ
木火土金水

STAGES OF A PROCESS (RHYTHM & PHILOSOPHY)
Potential Action, Real Action, Harmony, Potential Structure, Real Structure

COLORS
Green, Red, Yellow, White (and Gold), Black (and Dark Blue)

DIRECTIONS OF THE COMPASS
East, South, Center, West, North
Dōng Nán Zhōng Qiū Bĕi
東南中秋北

SEASONS
Spring, Summer, Periods Between Every Four Seasons, Autumn, Winter
Chūn, Xià, In-betweeners, Qiū, Dōng
春, 夏, (In-betweeners), 秋, 冬

TEN CELESTIAL STEMS (SHI TIAN GAN)
Jiă Yĭ (1-2), Bĭng Dīng (3-4), Wù Jĭ (5-6), Gēng Xīn (7-8), Rén Guĭ (9-10)
甲乙, 丙丁, 戊己, 庚辛, 壬癸

TWELVE EARTHY BRANCHES (SHI ER DI ZHI)
Yín Măo (3-4), Sì Wŭ (6-7), Chén Wèi (5-8) + Chŏu Xū (2-11), Shēn Yŏu (9-10), Zĭ Hài (1-12)
(寅卯), (巳午), (辰未) and (丑戌), (申酉), (子亥)

ANIMALS FOR NUMBERS FROM 1 TO 12 (SHI ER DI ZHI)
Tiger and Rabbit, Snake and Horse, Dragon and Ram + Bull and Dog, Monkey and Cock, Rat and Boar

NUMBERS FROM FIVE TO NINE (I CHING DIVINATION NUMBERS 6-7-8-9)
Bā 八 (8), Qī 七 (7), Wŭ 五 (5), Jiŭ 九 (9), Liù 六 (6)

HEAVEN

ASTRONOMY
Stars, Sun, Earth, Star Constellations, Moon

PLANETS
Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Venus, Mercury

STAR CONSTELLATIONS 1-28 IN FOUR GROUPS
Group 1-7, Group 8-14, (Null), Group 15-21, Group 22-28

STELLAR PALACES
Cāng Lóng (Green Dragon), Zhū Niăo (Red Phoenix), Huáng Lóng (Yellow Dragon), Bái Hŭ (White Tiger), Xuán Wŭ (Black Warrior)
蒼龍, 朱鳥, 黃龍, 白虎, 玄武

SEXY NOTE: By the way, Bái Hŭ (White Tiger) 白虎 means (slang) hairless female genitalia. Source: MDBG Traditional Chinese-English Dictionary. So, guys, just be careful, y’know…:))

EARTH AND SOCIETY

FIVE GREAT STATES (FROM WARRING STATES PERIOD?)
Qi, Chu, Zhao, Qin, Yan

RULERS AND EMPERORS
Great Yu (Dà Yŭ, Xia dynasty), Wen Wang ( Zhou dynasty), Huang Di, Tang ( Shang dynasty), Qin Shi Huang Di (Qin dynasty)

FIVE DIFFERENT KINDS OF RULERS IN THE STATE
Weak, Educated, Careful, Energetic, Calm

ANCIENT CHINESE MUSIC (PENTATONIC SCALE)
Jiao, Zhi, Gong, Shang, Yu (C, D, E, G, A in Western notation)

MINISTRIES IN THE STATE
Agriculture, Military, Capital City, Judicial, Social Work

CROPS
Wheat, Legume, Panicled Millet, Hemp, Millet

DEVELOPMENT
Birth, Growth, Maturity, Harvest, Storage

DOMESTIC ANIMALS
Ram, Cock, Bull, Dog, Pig

TOOLS
Compass, Tools for Measurement, Plum Bob, T-square, Scales

SACRIFICES
Inside Door, Hearth, Inside Yard, Outside Door, The Well

CLASSES OF ANIMALS
Fish, Birds, People, Furry Mammals, Shell Invertebrates

HUMAN
TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM)

MAN
Behavior, Vision, Thinking, Speech, Hearing

WEATHER
Windy, Hot, Thunder, Cold, Rainy

BODY STRUCTURE (TISSUE)
Sinew, Pulse of Blood, Flesh, Skin and Hair, Bones

FINGERS
Index finger, Thumb, Middle finger, Fourth finger, Little finger

WU ZANG ORGANS (YIN ORGANS)
Liver, Heart + Pericardium, Spleen, Lungs, Kidney
Gān, Xīn, Pí, Fèi, Shèn
肝, 心, 脾, 肺, 腎

FU ORGANS (YANG ORGANS)
Gall Bladder, Small Intestine +Triple Heater, Stomach, Colon, Bladder
Dăn, Xiăo Cháng, Wèi, Dà Cháng, Páng Guāng
膽, 小腸, 胃, 大腸, 膀胱

YIN YANG BALANCE
Xiăo Yáng, Tài Yáng, Balance, Xiăo Yīn, Tài Yīn
小陽, 太暘, Balance, 小陰, 太陰

AFFECTS
Anger, Joy, Worry, Grief, Fear
Nù, Xĭ, Sī, Yōu or Bēi, Kŏng
怒, 喜, 思, 憂 or 悲, 恐

SENSE ORGANS
Eyes, Tongue, Mouth, Nose, Ears

TASTE
Sour, Bitter, Sweet, Spicy (Pungent), Salty

SMELL
Goat’s odor, Burnt, Aromatic, Rancid, Rotten

NEIDAN 內丹 INNER ELIXIR (RESTORING FIVE COMPONENTS)
Hún (in the liver), Shén (in the heart), Yì (in the spleen), Pò (in the lungs), Jīng (in the kidneys)
Hún 魂, Spirit (Shén 神), Intention (Yì 意), Pò 魄, Essence (Jīng 精)
魂, 神, 意, 魄, 精

NOTE: Hún and Pò (魂 魄: Yang soul and Yin soul; celestial soul and earthly soul), and there is an article in the first volume, yes.

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF TAOISM (private notes): Nǚdān 女丹 inner alchemy for women

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Scientists believe now that the earliest traces of neidan practices for women were found in the works of Xue Daoguang’s (1078?-1191) in his commentary to the Wuzhen pian, and the texts on sexual techniques fángzhōng shū 房中書 could be the earliest source too. Xue Daoguang came from the Nang realm, which is known as Nangzhong, Sichuan province, hence the picture of an ancient town above.

Monica Esposito, Encyclopedia Of Taoism, explains the difference: “Moreover, while the White Tiger, as a male or igneous Water, resides in a man’s testicles, the Red Dragon, as a feminine or aqueous Fire, resides in a woman’s breasts. This explains why a man and a woman begin their practices from exactly opposite Cinnabar Fields (dāntián 丹田). A woman must first concentrate on the Brook of Milk (rŭxī 乳溪) in the center of her chest (also known as qìxué 氣穴 or Cavity of Pneuma), and gently massage her breast to activate the circulation of blood and qi. The breasts are regarded as the receptacle of pure secretions that can enrich her natural endowment of qi.”

The path of practicing neidan is extremely difficult to follow (no matter what gender you are) due to complex texts and rare teachers, but it cannot stop me thinking about smart and beautiful women of modern times. My guess is that one philosophical ancient text, Nèiyè 內業 (Inner Cultivation) for example, some dăoyĭn 導引 gymnastic exercises and many, many sexual guides (fángzhōng shū 房中書) for everybody, probably could solve the most of health problems and give opportunity to live your own life in the same time. That is the guess only.