Monday, March 26, 2007

Chinese Study of Celestial Phenomena

Chinese Divination Studies, 1580

Scholars in ancient China studied the natural phenomena of the sky to determine their effects on human destiny. The illustration on the right depicts an eclipse, indicating bloodshed and fighting in the country and the future overthrow of the top official (emperor). In contrast, the illustration on the left, showing a rabbit in the moon (rather than a man, as in European folklore), is a good omen. A bright moon indicates that prosperity is at hand.via

1 comment:

sroden said...

thanks for another wonderful link... a ton of beautiful things here...including of course, the rabbits in the moon...