First pic isn't working :\ But yay for kitties!
Yeah, I can't figure out why either. :(
Biscuit looks a LOT like my kittie, Lucy, except Lucy is all white underneath and has some white on her legs. She also has weird eyes that change from grey to green to yellow.
And I've always thought that Tortoise is so pretty.
Lucy is such a sweet name! Mysterious eyes, oooh... Biscuit's belly is completely spotted, like a leopard. He's just adorable. We're thinking of changing his name; Monchichi is one that's been thrown around.
Tortoise is the best cat ever; I'm not sure how she got so cool.
New kitten is evil! Evil I say!!!
Very cute. But evil!!
However, I smell an asskicking from Tortoise is brewing.
That last sentence sounds kind of gross.. ;-)
The kitties are chasing each other around and around. Zoom.
it looks like she has opposable thumbs in the fourth picture!
and why do you have an elastic bound piglet? simply for her to play with, or does it serve some other purpose?
Yup, elastic piglet is Tortoise's favorite toy. He's made up of all these things she's been obsessed with - a blue ribbon, a pajama string, a sparkly scarf. She pulls the elastic down and kicks the pants off the poor little guy, then launches him into the air - or more often, at one of us.
ahhh kitties everywhere!!!
Yeah, it's great. =)
I love this new icon of yours. You look gorgeous!
What's with the ba kwa? Get yourself a wu fu! You'll not only be tied to the five virtues, but Fu Xing too. Additionally, bats are way cooler than a set of binary numbers.
Usually I can guess at what you're talking about. Right now, I haven't a clue!
Fu Xing (From the Encyclopedia Mythica http://pantheon.org/areas/mythology/asia/chinese/articles.html
"The Chinese god of Happiness, one of the San-xing. He is most frequently portrayed in the blue clothes of a civil servant and in the company of children, or in his symbolic form of a bat. His name means "Lucky Star". He is frequently confused with Tian-guan, the Ruler of Heaven.
According to tradition, Fu-xing was a 6th century government official by the name of Yang Cheng from the village of Dao-zhou. All the people from this village were of extremely short stature. Every year, the emperor would summon a large number of people to his court, because he loved to surround himself by dwarfs. The population of this village reduced greatly over the years. Yang Cheng addressed a petition to the emperor asking him to show consideration for the people of his home town. The emperor was so moved by this petition that he never again summoned them to his court.
There are other historical personalities to whom the functions of Fu-xing are ascribed. One is the 8th-century general Gou Zi-yi who saved the Tang Dynasty from destruction after an uprising. When the Heavenly Weaver appeared to him, he asked her to grant him fame and fortune. She replied that he himself was the god of wealth."
Bak kwa (numerous variant spellings in English. I'm shocked you don't know this term) is the eight yin yang trigrams set in an octagon around either a circular mirror or a yin yang symbol. Bak gwa are traditionally used to repel bad luck/evil spirits.
(No cite going from possibly faulty memory) The bak kwa also has an association with bats through the word kwa. While here used to mean 'eight' it's also a word for bat.
I am very fond of bats myself, and have a flock of assorted toy bats roosting in a corner of my ceiling.
Cool links. Okay, the bats v. binary numbers comment makes sense now!
Nope, I don't speak Chinese! Do you? The only name by which I knew the eight trigrams was "I Ching," the oracle of change. I guess that name applies to the poems or the divination method, rather than the symbols itself? I've used it at several crossroads in the last few years - funny I never heard the term "ba kwa." (But there are a lot of things I don't know.) Considering how many of them can be found around our house (maybe later I'll take pictures), it's nice to know.
As for the pendant, I gave one to my friend Beth for her birthday about 5 years ago, and got an identical one for myself, to replace the old yin and yang pieces we used to wear in our school daze.
The morsels of mythology are fascinating. Thanks :^)
2005-05-17 08:59 pm (UTC)
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From the Feng Shui site:
The numbers in the 8 Trigram chart represent perfect balance. Summed in any direction they total 15.
This reminds me of LOST, if anyone reading this has been following the numerology of it.
The information there seems spot-on, as far as I can tell. I'm somewhat familiar with I Ching, but not at all with Feng Shui (outside of women's magazine articles on the subject).
I've been asked if I was a fan of SMAP or Shingo Katori, but actually the title of the blog comes from katoributa.com, my domain. Katoributa (蚊取豚) means "mosquito-catching pig," and is a ceramic pig designed to burn Katori Senko (mosquito-catching incense).
Don and I spent almost three years in Japan (I left for Dubai in late February 2004), and I've spent maybe 6 years studying Japanese. I love the language but never got to be really good at it, like you'd think I would after so long. Maybe if I spent more time hitting the books, and less time drinking Chu-Hi...
oh, they're so lovely!!! i like cats, but i adore puppies more! i'm planning to buy a shih tzu on july when i go back to manila for my vacation. i once had a persian cat here, but my aunt was allergic so we had to give her another home. *sniffs*
your TV probably have a lot of scratches by now. =D
I adore puppies, too, awww!!
Haha, you made me get up and look at my TV screen - no scratches, but it has a lot of cat hair clinging to it!
And my hand has a lot of scratches. New kitten seems to think that hand = enemy.
yikes! u better be more careful. good though, tv has no scratches! =D cat hairs will be much less of a problem.