Animals Divine - XVII THE STAR – KUAN YIN


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First Impression: Wow, what a gorgeous card! Love the liveliness of the card, the peacock at her side, but most of all the water falling, representing movements of life.

Gender: Feminine

Symbols*: Healing fluid pours from the goddess’s vessel. It is the liquid of compassion, love, peace, and balance. The liquid is infused with the powers of the stars and is the elixir for renewal and revitalized energy. The invigorating water streams into a pool, creating a balance between the conscious and unconscious thought processes. The goddess’s flowing robes are vested in the spiritual energy of the stars. The embroided flowers are symbols of hope. The peacock is a symbol of the sun, a powerful orb of energy. The eyes of its feathers echo the stars and provide windows of deeper reflection. The panda bear’s black and white fur represents yin and yang and the need to maintain balance.

Description*: Kuan Yin was the beloved goddess of mercy. She was the bodhisattva of compassion and was worshiped throughout the Eastern hemisphere. So sensitive was Kuan Yin that she could hear the suffering of all beings. She was the protector of women and aided them in fertility, if they wished to have children. As a bodhisattva, she was the essence of knowledge and peace and poured the healing waters of spiritual enlightenment as a means of blessing those who needed her help.

One story exemplifies her enduring, compassionate spirit. Kuan Yin lived with two sisters. One was to marry a warrior, the other a merchant. Kuan Yin refused to follow in their footsteps and decided to refrain from marriage. Instead she beseeched her father to allow her to enter a temple of women. Hoping to force a change of mind, her father cruelly instructed the women of the temple to treat his daughter poorly. Fearing Kuan Yin’s father, the women complied and gave her all manner of laborious tasks. She worked while the others slept and it was at this time that animal helpers came to her aid: a serpent brought water, a tiger gathered wood, the birds collected produce from the gardens, and the peacock swept up the floor with its feathers.

When Kuan Yin’s wrathful father heard about this, he set fire to the temple with the intention that all should burn inside. Instead, Kuan Yin extinguished the fire with her bare hands without suffering any burns. Kuan Yin’s father then ordered her execution and her corpse was placed on the back of a tiger. Upon arriving in the land of the dead, she sang healing chants to alleviate the pain of the souls that dwelled there. This infuriated the King of the Dead, who relished the suffering of his victims, so he banished her and forced her return to the living. Upon returning to the living, her compassion and mercy prevailed and provided mortals with comfort during times of distress.

Elemental Reference: Water, Air

Numerology Reference: (1+7=8) 8 - Movement, Change, Action or Inaction, Accomplishment, Power, Rebirth, Regeneration, Reevaluate

Keywords: Wisdom, Freedom, Vision for the Future, The Opportunity to Gain Greater Insight, A Sense of Renewal

Possible Meanings: Through suffering and loss comes a greater sense of compassion. We can reflect on animals as helpers and guides when we feel our burdens grow too heavy. By connecting with all living things, we can establish a better understanding of self and thus lead more balanced, satisfying lives.

Senses: She is in the transformation position, in the in-between state. I can see her white aura, and the white little spots around her. She is so loving and caring, like no one I have ever met. She is very wise as well. The peacock next to her, to me represents strength – strength in everything she has had to go through in her life. I love her presence.

Thoughts/Points to Ponder: What does the panda behind her represent? Where or what is she looking at?