THE GODDESS KUAN YIN
“In China she is the Great Mother also known as She Who Brings Children; the approachable and merciful goddess of peasants and Madonna figure. She is the principle of yin portrayed as unconditional love. She was a human woman who gained immortality and goddess stature. Her father planned for her to marry well, but she resolved not to marry at all. She begged to be allowed to go to the monastery every day. Her father finally relented, but with instructions to the monks to make life so hard for her that she would not stay. When nothing seemed to bring about the desired result, she was threatened with execution if she did not give in. At the appointed hour a tiger rushed out of the hills and saved her. That is why she is sometimes called the compassionate rebel.”
“Kuan Yin served as a symbol of the Chinese assimilation of Buddhism. She is often depicted meditating, giving the sign of a blessing or holding an infant in her lap. Converted Asian Catholics continue to worship Kuan Yin as the Virgin Mary. She represents healing, heath, childbirth, music, flowers, protector of fisherman and sailors, and is the champion for the unfortunate. Her symbols include the weeping willow, the lotus flower, raindrops (sometimes symbolized by beads or pearls), the sea, and an infant. Her figure is often seen with a tiger. In the Chinese culture red symbolizes joy, good fortune, health, happiness, peace and prosperity which is why it is worn by brides. In terms of color, red is the soul of China.”
– Excerpt taken from Seasons of the Witch 2010 Weekly Calendar by Victoria David Danann.
MESSAGE FOR YOU
“Release judgments about yourself and others, and focus on the love and light that is within everyone. Gentleness is strength behind true power, and it comes from feeding yourself with nourishing words, thought, deeds, intentions, and all forms of food. Shield yourself from harshness by placing an intention to attract only kind and gentle life lessons and relationships. Transform harshness into gentleness by refusing to see anything but the shining light that’s within each person and situation. This intention begins with your relationship with yourself. Be very gentle with yourself in all ways. Be happy, be kind, be sweet, but most of all, be true to you.”