Mountain is like the day|
basking in the sunlight
The Well is like the night
telescoping the stars
Sunlight over Mountain
Mountain: Masculine, Yang, Day
Japan 478: Telescope
Telescoping Stars at Night
Well: Feminine, Yin, Night
|Continuing with the metaphor of Mountain as masculine (Yang &
the Well as feminine|
In Penguin Dictionary of Symbols, Jean Chevalier writes "Looked at from
bottom to top, a well is like some giant astronomical telescope pointed from bowels of the
Earth at the celestial pole. This image
of Well as a telescope reminded me
of a Japanese
stamp (Scott #478) showing a telescope. Found
the web (centered with even
perforations in Photoshop), along with image of
"Telescoping Stars at Night".
Mountain is home of Zeus|
where nine Muses are dancing
The Well is home of Hades
Underworld King of the dead
Zeus with Lightning Bolt
from Mount Olympus
Nine Muses Dancing with Apollo playing
the Lyre on Mount Parnassus
Hades & Persephone
Lord of the Underworld
of the Underworld
|Mount Olympus is notable in Greek mythology
as the home of the Greek gods.
Zeus was the King of the gods,|
ruling the Sky and hurling thunderbolts. On Mount Parnassus,
Nine Muses are dancing
with Sun God Apollo
playing the Lyre. Since Hades is King of the Underworld, and
the Well is beneath the ground, and the dead
are buried underground, The Well
as the home of Hades, King of the dead, have been linked together.
Gods inhabit mountain tops|
closest point to heaven
Demons dwell inside wells
some say is the place of hell
Greek Gods Gathering
on Mt. Olympus
Moses Met God
on Mount Sinai
Entrance of Well to Hell
Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra, Portugal
|In An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Traditional Symbols, J.C. Cooper notes that the mountain is the|
"abode of the gods" and place of "communion with the gods" (p. 109) as Moses
met God on Mt. Sinai
to receive the Ten Commandments.
In The Penguin Dictionary
of Symbols, Jean Chevalier writes
"Mountains are places where Heaven and Earth meet,
where the gods have their home." (p. 680).
is the sacred five-peaked mountain of Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist cosmology.
Thanka shows several Buddhist gods on mountain tops. In Woman's Dictionary of Symbols (p. 163),
Barbara Walker writes "Martin of Braga
said female devils called nymph lived in wells." British wells
are sacred to underground Goddess Hel, &
her Celtic counterparts Morgan &
Brigit. "Entrance of Well
to Hell" photo
above shows an initiation well, which provides access to a portal,
that's guarded by two
and leads to a labyrinth of underground galleries. Access to the well is
gained by a hidden revolving door in the rocks.
Climb every mountain...|
Till you find your dream
Snow White at Wishing Well
found the Prince of her dream
Mother Abbess singing
"Climb Every Mountain"
Snow White Singing
to the Wishing Well
Snow White's Dream
Prince Shows Up at the Well
|Mother Abbess sings to Maria (Julie Andrews) to "climb every mountain
till you find your dream" in The Sound of Music (1965).
But Snow White sang to the Wishing Well, and found her Dream Prince, in Walt Disney's
Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs (1937).
It's interesting that both films broke the highest grossing film record
Snow White made $418 million,
while The Sound of Music made $286 million.|
|Rodgers & Hammerstein:
"Climb Every Mountain"
from The Sound of Music (1965).
Climb every mountain
Ford every stream
Follow every rainbow
Till you find your dream
"I'm Wishing/One Song"
by Frank Churchill & Larry Morey
Want to know a secret?
Promise not to tell?
When you're standing by a wishing well
Make a wish into the well
That's all you have to do
And if you hear it echoing
Your wish will soon come true
Birds fly to the mountain|
where the air is pure & fresh
Fairies go to ancient wells
for living water that heals
Contemplate up the Mountain|
found the light of my childhood
Trees are Wells above ground
lifting water out of the earth
Peter Contemplating on Mt. Lao peak (9600 ft)
Cortina d'Ampesso, Italy (August 4, 1972)
Transport of Water Upward
in Trees from Roots to Leaves
Water Transport in Plants
via the Xylem Sap
|On August 4, 1972, on my first trip to Europe, went up to Mt. Lao
via cable car, and climbed to the peak.|
The view was majestic & breathtaking. Sat down to meditate while my brother-in-law David snapped
the above photo. Upon closing
my eyes, saw a sky-blue circle with a golden circumference
with a green dot in the center (Sun Logo).
This image came to me spontaneously without
effort. Suddenly, I remembered seeing this golden-blue circle before falling asleep when
I was 6-years-old in Shanghai. But I've never seen it during my four years of meditation
(1968-1972). Later this circle reappeared when meditating in
where Leopold Mozart was born, and
young Wolfgang von Mozart had performed.
Hexagram 48 of the
I Ching is "Ching/The Well" with commentary (p. 185) "The wood goes down
into the earth to bring up
water... The image also refers to world of plants, which lift water out of the
earth by means of their fibers
(sap) through osmosis.
A Scientific American article (Feb. 1, 1999),
explains that "Loss of water during
transpiration creates more negative water potential in the leaf,
which in turn pulls more water up the tree.
So water loss from leaf is the engine driving water upward.
Biofluid & Biomimic Research Center
(BBRC) is focusing on plant hydraulics.on how plants transport water from the roots to the leaves.
Praying to trees on my walks|
communing to Wishing Wells
Well is Yin, Mountain is Yang
The Tao embraces them both
"Three Graces" Trunks
Redwood to Sky
"Lion of Courage" Face
"Platonic Lambda Λ"
Embraced by The Tao
|In my page on "Walk to Jane Lane",
I've listed the prayers of blessings to the trees on Montebello Ave, during|
my daily walks to catch
Bus #40 at Rengstorff Ave to Foothill College. With insights from the I Ching, I now
realize that trees
are wells above the ground, so when I pray to them for blessings, am I not communing with
Wishing Wells? The Yin symbol is a black tear-drop with a
white dot in the middle. The Yang symbol is a
white tear-drop with black dot in the middle. They nestle together in a circle
embracing them both.
Peter Y. Chou
Mountain View, 1-29-2019
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