My personal "Interpretive" Lens!
"One thing has always been true: That book ... or ... that person who can give me an idea or a new slant on an old idea is my friend." - Louis L'Amour
"Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider..." - Francis Bacon
"What is true today may be reevaluated as false not long after. Judgements are frequently based upon a set of "temporary" circumstances surrounding them. Conflicting ideologies can exist simultaneously. Antagonistic dualities are complementary aspects of a unified whole: are seen as mutually dependent mirror images of each other." - Nahum Stiskin
Warning, Caveat and Note: The postings on this blog are my interpretation of readings, studies and experiences therefore errors and omissions are mine and mine alone. The content surrounding the extracts of books, see bibliography on this blog site, are also mine and mine alone therefore errors and omissions are also mine and mine alone and therefore why I highly recommended one read, study, research and fact find the material for clarity. My effort here is self-clarity toward a fuller understanding of the subject matter. See the bibliography for information on the books.
Note: I will endevor to provide a bibliography and italicize any direct quotes from the materials I use for this blog. If there are mistakes, errors, and/or omissions, I take full responsibility for them as they are mine and mine alone. If you find any mistakes, errors, and/or omissions please comment and let me know along with the correct information and/or sources.
A person's heart is the same as Heaven and Earth while the blood circulating is similar to the Sun and Moon yet the manner of drinking and spitting is either soft or hard while a person's unbalance is the same as a weight and the body should be able to change direction at any time as the time to strike is when the opportunity presents itself and both the eyes must see all sides as the ears must listen in all directions while the mind must grasp all the tactual data not seen on all sides and not heard in any direction.
A person’s heart is the same as Heaven and Earth while circulatory system is similar to the cycles of the moon and sun yet the breathing methods are either hard or soft while one’s posture should allow one to advance, retreat, engage, and disengage as the body should be able to act in accordance with time and change so that one must enter a state of emptiness (mushin/zanshin) allowing the eyes must see all sides and the ears should listen in all directions while the mind must grasp all the tactual data not seen on all sides and not heard in any direction. - My rendition per translation from Andy Sloane Sensei.
Sun-Moon; 9, 6, 8, 7; I Ching
The moon is the symbol of what is yin.
The yang numbers culminate in 9, the influence then receding and producing the 8 of the smaller yin. The yin numbers culminating in 6, and the next advance produces the 7 of the smaller yang.
So that 7 and 8 are numbers indicating the first birth of what is yin and what is yang.
When you view the Tai Chi symbol the two dots, or as I depict the two tadpoles, represent 7 and 8 which as indicated above are the birth of what will be both yin and yang. As they grow and expand they become 6 and 9 which in the I Ching are changing because as they reach their end they will change to their opposite and thus become 7 and 8 again for the birth of the opposites.
White (red) is yang while black is yin, i.e. white is sun or day while black is night thus sun and moon symbolized in the tai chi symbol.
If this is true then one realizes that the numbers 6 and 9 being the full yin-yang are then Heaven and Earth as represented in the I Ching by Ch'ien and K'un.
What are these numbers? They are the numbers used in the divination through the book of changes. When you use the yarrow stalks or the three coins the process/tosses give you four numbers, i.e. 6, 7, 8, or 9, which represent either a broken line, solid line, broken line that changes, and a solid line that changes to build the trigram to hexagram.
This is further proof of Bushi Tatsuo Sensei abilities as a sumachi who used the book of changes for his interpretations of the ken-po goku-i shows this by the first two tomes, specifically, which talk of heaven, earth, and man (person) along with the sun, moon, and the cycles it presents both by the symbolic meaning and numerology, i.e. the numbers represented to the book of changes. The other six tomes of the ken-po goku-i also indirectly relate to these first two as they take the karate-ka into the particulars of the mental/psychological and physical aspects of training and practice.