These Six Things are Circular Motions
In the previous post, we looked at how the Three Yīn and Three Yáng are described as great movements. Like Russian Matryoshka dolls, we saw that these Six thing-a-ma-jigs are circular images within circular images.
Let’s now contemplate this a bit further. I hope you are enjoying yourself as much as I am!
In Sùwèn Chapter 6, Treatise on the separation and unity of the Three Yang, after describing the placement of the Six in heaven and earth as well as in our bodies, Qi Bo states “Hence, this is the separation and unity of the Three Yang.” The three Yáng are one Yang. This is the unity. We divide them into three, Tàiyáng, Yángmíng, and Shàoyáng. This is the separation. He then goes on to say that “Tàiyáng opens, Yángmíng and Shàoyáng pivots.” This description is followed by, “These three Jīng 經, they must not lose each other. They come together in a circular fashion, instead of floating away. This is named the One Yáng.”
He is saying that we divide them into three but they are actually one circle. What are these three divisions? In this chapter, he tells us they are actions. They are the actions of opening, closing, and pivoting. These are movements he is talking about. If we imagine a […]