I love watching videos of people sharing their deeply personal experiences with deities of different pantheons and what those experiences have meant to them, so now I’m sharing one of my own. =)
We’ve arrived at our final installment of the “Bell Chimes In” series for 2017. For those of you who’ve watched all 18 episodes, thank you so much for coming along on this journey with me. As I close out the year of venturing into the terrain of YouTube (I know I am no pioneer on this front, but it was for sure an unfamiliar and new adventure for me), I should probably share with you why I ventured out in the first place: the Lady of the Ninth Heaven.
Her name is more commonly translated to “Mysterious Lady of the Ninth Heaven,” since arguably that’s a more accurate translation, if you translate “玄” (Xuan) to “Mysterious” (which I don’t). Culturally, rather than literally, when you say Xuan in Chinese, there are certain layered implications and subtext that is missing from the word “Mysterious” in English, when put in this context.
Here, Xuan’s meaning is more aligned with “Occult” or “Esoteric.” Though “Occult Lady of the Ninth Heaven” or “Esoteric Lady” doesn’t sound any better. Xuan also implies that which is concealed, that which is of the shadows, and evokes the color black. So sometimes you may see a translation to “Dark.”
Many deities from the Taoist pantheon or Chinese folk religions with “Xuan” in their names often get translated into English as “Dark,” to indicate a dark god or a dark goddess. E.g., Xuan Wu, considered a powerful dark god of the north, who like the Lady of the Ninth Heaven, is associated with occultism, magic, sorcery, alchemy, and martial arts. He is in many ways a warrior god, with battles fought by sorcery or martial arts. So given that context, the Lady of the Ninth Heaven could be interpreted as being a dark goddess.
“Lady of the Ninth Heaven” is my final video for the year, but perhaps my most important one (important to me, that is) because as I said in the video, it’s about giving credit where credit is due. This is my Acknowledgements. I would not have come out to talk so openly to you all about my practices, my thoughts, world view, and opinions as they may pertain to craft if it weren’t for what I perceived to be the strong urging of Jiu Tian Xuan Nu.
FREE DOWNLOAD | Chinese Oracle Bone Script Divination Cards
- Read more about the deck here: “Chinese Oracle Script Divination Cards“
- To download the digital files for the deck, the companion guidebook as a PDF, and step by step instructions on how to use a third party print-on-demand site to produce your own copy of the deck, check out the “Tao of Craft Downloads” page (you’ll need to scroll down a bit, past other stuff).
- Here’s a direct link to the ZIP file to download everything in one fell swoop.
- NOTE: There are a few typographical and design errors in the image files that I haven’t gotten around to correcting. Hey, can you really complain about this? Dude, it’s a free divination deck. You didn’t pay for this. Also, you hardly need any chops at all to correct them yourself. You can literally make the corrections in MS Paint. And if you know basic Photoshop, even better. So my recommendation is to go through the cards and fix the errors yourself. Also, if you want to make a derivative of this deck, change it around a bit to be more personalized for you, and then print out your own version of the deck for your own personal, non-commercial uses, go for it! You’ve got my blessing! In fact, I encourage it and want to see the amazing results on Instagram! Show me! ❤
I CHING & THE PRACTITIONER | An Online Course
- The objective of this course is to impart a heightened level of proficiency with I Ching both as a divinatory system and as a magical system, so that a practitioner will be able to use the I Ching to divine for the self, for others, and integrate components of the I Ching into spell-crafting.
- Read the course description and sign up for it here: “I Ching and the Practitioner: A Course on the Book of Changes.”
- Your course materials will include: video lectures via hyperlink online access on YouTube; a 350-page I Ching Book of Changes English translations and annotations of the Book that I did myself (PDF file); 77-page I Ching: Short Form Oracles (PDF file), over 100 additional pages of supplemental handouts (as PDF or DOC files), and the digital files for printing and producing your own 64-card I Ching oracle deck. You will also get 64 high-resolution image files of the oracle bone scripts (or sigils) corresponding to the 64 hexagrams, to use in your magical workings.
- In the meantime, join the Facebook group, “I Ching and Occult Taoism,” open to everyone, whether or not you take the course, though there will be sub-groups within the group for course enrollees.
For those enrolled in the I Ching and the Practitioner online course, keep on the look-out in your e-mail inbox for a private direct link to a video about working with Jiu Tian Xuan Nu. I may also tuck it into a Closed Circuit password-protected post here on this blog for easier access. (So those not enrolled in the I Ching course but are in the Closed Circuit are free to check out the video as well.)