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'twas I. And I still find it interesting that the Alchemists preserved such archaic traditions--as for example, their identification of Saturn as "the best sun."
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I will follow the great Way alone
and fear nothing but being sidetracked.
The great Way is simple
but people delight in complexity.
Tao Te Ching, 53.
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you can see it in higher resolution at:
the photo is from the front of an Antique Shop in Matsumoto-shi, the city of the Black Samurai Castle (Matsumoto-jo). this Karura stands about two meters tall. it is perhaps the favorite of my photos taken in Nagano-ken.
here is a modern depiction, of Karura become a Buddhist monk:
Originally, to the best of my studies, Garuda was the Great Mother NuWa or Naga from China and Asia, representing the Sun (Sun-Crow in China) or the Ocean Dragon (Lung or Ryu). Later, in the Patriarchal era, she was re-deified as a Masculine enemy of snakes and dragons, the enemy of magick and the Feminine wisdom of nature/creation.
Here is a another depiction, Khyung in Tibet:
For our Great Mother Amaterasu ...
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