Through the Dragon Door

Month of Written Devotion 4: Beginning

This is Kuan Yin’s origin story: Miao Shan was one of three daughters of an emperor. After her sisters were married, the emperor tried to marry Miao Shan off. She refused to marry, saying she’d prefer to follow a life of religion. She entered a monastery. Her father was furious and tried to make her…

Month of Written Devotion 2: How?

I think I was introduced to Kuan Yin at the Tree of Life Tai Chi studio Massachusetts around 2000. I would be practicing Qi Gong and have visions of her while we were meditating. Then after 9/11/2001 I began ‘hearing’ people crying. I believe they were the families of the people who died in the Twin…

Month of Written Devotion 1: Who?

Kwan Yin, Kuan Yin, Guan Yin, Kannon, The Bodhisattva of Compassion. The Goddess of Mercy. She who hears the cries of the world. He started out as Avalokiteśvara in Sanskrit and then by the time he got translated into Chinese, became a female deity. She is pictured many ways – standing on a lotus, a…

Summer and the Fire element

I call upon the powers of South, the Fire element, the spark of inspiration. Shen brings us joy, compassion and love. It brings us closer to our true self. Welcome South. This is how I might invoke the Fire element when casting a circle. I am Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner and a Witch. A…

Spring and the Wood element

  I call on East and the Wood element. Bamboo bends in the wind. It is Springtime and growth. Hun, our ethereal soul, teach us benevolence. The Hun show us our direction in life and helps us make decisions. Welcome East. This is how I might begin casting a circle with the Wood element. This…

Through the Dragon Door?

Young whales lie still on the water. One day when they are grown, they will leap through the Dragon Door full of hope. That is the second poem in the Kuan Yin Oracle as translated by Stephen Karcher. It was the inspiration for the name of this column. The Kuan Yin Oracle is a divination…

Adding Chinese Five Elements to Pagan ritual

What are the Five Elements? In Chinese Medicine, the Five elements are as follows: Wood is in the East, Fire is in the South, Metal is in the West, Water is in the North and Earth is at center. There is also more information associated with each element (see chart: five element associations. When you talk about the Wood…