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Mom and the Doris/Dick Johnson children Lynne, Bill, Catherine – not born yet: Blake
and, much later Anne Omlie!

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My Mother designed / cast this earring while a University student.
I wear it as a pendant when I need her near.

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My Mom believed in the boundless / bountiful gifts / sacred offerings / vital lessons of Nature.
My Mother was an adventure in living / thinking / creating / loving.

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My Mother

My Mom

My Genesis

Doris Eileen Cottor Johnson Omlie

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HEAVENINMYMOUTH                                                                           Catherine L. Johnson   2012
Private collection: Dorothy Darr + Charles Lloyd

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My Mom loooooved my JOY.
My Mom loooooved my resilience.
My Mom looooved my integrity.
My Mom loooooved my  adventure.
My Mom looooved my independence.
My Mom looooved my passion.
My Mom looooved my moral courage.
My Mom looooved my inquisitive mind.
My Mom loooved my creativity.
My Mom loooved my radical hope. 
My Mom looooved my perseverance.
My Mom loooved  – in her words: my ‘sparkle’.

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My Mom ‘gardened’  me
–  me,
the unique

BLOOOOOM

of my
Daddy’s love for my Mom,
(her beloved husband of only 10 years – an intimate forever love story)
 of my
Mom’s love for my Daddy,
and
of their
testament, 
their story of prevailing

pure love

for
EACH
other.

 

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We shared the childlikebloodheartfirewonderawe of the quote below!

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The soul

should always

stand ajar,

ready to welcome

the ecstatic experience.

Emily Dickinson

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The fifteenth of January 1997
was my Mother’s,
my Mom’s,
Doris Eileen Cottor Johnson Omlie’s
last day on Earth.

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My Mom told me THREE revelations
that she had held tight,
unfolded,
like a

rosebud

[ rohz-buhd ]
in her heart.
My Mom told me to bloooom me.
The next morning my Mom was dead,
and
the unfurled, opened, petals of her rose
were now an incandescent alive constellation
within me
to inspire
the continuous

unfolding / revelation

of
who I am.

Momentous.

Revelations that stated:

I SEE YOU.

I LOVE YOU.

YOU WILL RISE.

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I think of the experience
of that night,
twenty-three years ago.
I can see her turning toward me.
I can see her face.
I can hear her voice: slow, firm, declarative.
Her revelations were distilled, spare.
No embellishment.
A sacred telling.
Urgent.
I listened – rapt.
I wept with its gravity and release to live me.
I thanked her.
I kissed my Mom
goodnight.

 

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TODAY’s DailyOM:
“…Nearly every revolutionary change
in the history of human progress
came about because someone questioned
some time-honored belief or tradition
and
in doing so revealed a new truth,
a new way of doing things,
or
a new standard for ethical and moral behavior.
 A commitment to staying open and inquisitive
in our own individual lives can lead us
to new personal revolutions and truths,
truths that we will hopefully,
for the sake of our growth,
remain open to questioning.”
http://dailyom.com/

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YES.

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Thank you Gina dear
for bringing me to resplendent beauty today
– Como Park Conservatory
and
sharing joyoUS laughING ING ING
to honor my Mom:

15 January 2020

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Mom in her garden with her Abby (left) and Winston. August 1997.
 A crystalline moment that captured her spirit.
I took this picture.

 

My Mom loved loving
what is life:
all the vicissitudes of life – the joys and sorrows,
all that laughed, cried, bloomed,
barked, explored, achieved,
failed and tried again,

hoped for

and
blue skies where bluebirds fly.

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Mother believed

the dreams that you dare to dream

do really
come

true.

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rosE: FIRE VI                                                                                    Catherine L. Johnson 2018

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ELEgancE #8                                                                                                  Catherine L. Johnson 2019

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Nature’s offering outside my loft. My sacred listening to Nature’s offerings. Private RHYTHM.

 

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15 January 1997.

The last evening of my Mother’s life.

Doris Eileen Cottor Johnson Omlie.
She spoke to me with a quiet and searing lullaby/hymn voice.
I listened to the sonics of her voice
its intonation, pause, lift, emphasis, rhythm
– the delivery of a score, a choreography,
her annunciation for me.
Her words were illuminations
instantly etched/embedded forever
into my heartsoul
becoming my blueprint,
my light in darkness and my mantra. 

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The following morning 16 January at 9 am,
I found my Mother’s warm lifeless body
– her robin’s egg blue eyes open,
her head tilted toward the window,
her artist’s right arm lying
on top of her bed sheets
  and
her hand palm up, open.
Her dogs were asleep,
breathing heavily in deep dreams,
at the end of her bed.

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There was a low,
rich vibrating energy,

a golden presence

that drew me to her.

I listened to its sound.

I discovered her end.
I prayed for strength and grace
to guide me in my new beginning.

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Thank YOU Mom for y/our

EXODUS song

for me

– my gospel song to

enter the Wilderness

of uncharted territories

adapting, improvising, overcoming

with

FAITH

+

OPEN HEART

+

RADICAL HOPE

+

GRACE LOVE.

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ELEgancE #3                                                                                                 Catherine L. Johnson  2018

 

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ELEgancE #4                                                                                                 Catherine L. Johnson  2018

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ELEgancE #5                                                                                                 Catherine L. Johnson  2018

 

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Dedicated

to the 
bountiful LIVING loving

GRACE

+

LUMINOSITY

of my
beloved and cherished and beautiful cousin

HOLLY COTTOR

on her birthday,
the Winter Solstice.

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RYAN WILLIAM COTTOR

22 April 2000 – 7 December 2018

 

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TOLIFERESURGENCEAWCYOUARECHERISHEDRISERISEINRADIANCEWELOVE

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OntO

#1/ #2/ #3  

CATHERINE L. JOHNSON

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COURAGE RELEASE GRACE RHYTMN BREATHE
Prayer Wheels
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CLICK ON LINKS BELOW
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prayer_wheel
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2017/07/15/740-circle-universal-sacred-divine-infinite-nature-of-energy-inclusivity-of-the-universe-express-a-moment-when-the-mind-is-free-to-let-the-body-create/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2011/08/23/23-august-8twenty-third-august-23/
http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/halo-prayer-wheel-series-2003
http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/1-2-3

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OntO #1                                                                                                      Catherine L. Johnson  2018

 

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OntO #2                                                                                                     Catherine L. Johnson  2018

 

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OntO #3                                                                                                     Catherine L. Johnson  2018

 

 

 

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onto

[on-too, awn-; unstressed on-tuh, awn-]
preposition
1.
to a place or position on; upon; on
2.
Informal.

in or into a state of awareness about

adjective
3.
 Mathematics. pertaining to a function or map from one set to another set, the range of which is the entire second set.

 

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ONTOBEAUTYBLEEAWCCLJBLISSONTO

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THE ORIGINAL PAINTINGS ARE FROM:
THE HUMANITY PORTFOLIO 2013  
+
ICANFEELYOUR series 2015
+
GRACE series 2017.

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FRESHDRIEDBLOODIAMHUMAN                                               Catherine L. Johnson 2013

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SIX

STEPS/PRACTICES

to MAKE America

more

CIVIL

AGAIN

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Rising hostility among competing political factions has spread to the general public in ways that will limit the success of any program arising from any political persuasion. 
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EXODUSIAMFREEATLASTIAINTGOINGBACK                        Catherine L. Johnson 2013

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ICANFEELYOUR  triptych                                                           Catherine L. Johnson 2015

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GRACE #1                                                                                           Catherine L. Johnson  2017

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Souls are STUNNED

by the absence

of humanity

and

civility.

We are cheated and deceived by the fraudulent,  false FB/Twitter lives
that people create for their “audience”.

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Showing UP with empathy
and
awareness

IS

living
an authentic and bountiful real life.

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Yes, it is a risk to enter the realm of living – the uncertainties of the unknown!
Yet, one ONLY blooooms by loving and being loved with integrity.
Oh, the adventure of LIVING
is to BECOME/ WELCOME
ALL the things YOU are!
LIFE can breathe and RISE with the LIGHTHOPE of civility.

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SERENITY PRAYER

 

Catherine L. Johnson
1 October 2017

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CITIZEN CATHERINE @ MINNESOTA STATE FAIR! 31 AUGUST 2017

*SHE/riff of FAIR PLAY IMPROV TOWN

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SEED ART.
PURPLE RIBBON = 7th PLACE

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https://i0.wp.com/cdn.onlyinyourstate.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/7925521302_e97e5d1fdb_o-700x464-700x464-1-700x464.jpgBUCKET of SwEEt MarTHA’s CooKIEs? YEs, aBSOLutELy!

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Meet Sweet Martha,

the Minnesotan who makes $4M in 12 days

selling cookies!

At the Minnesota State Fair,
the Sweet Martha’s operation can now produce
up to 3 million cookies on its busiest day. 
http://www.startribune.com/meet-sweet-martha-who-makes-4m-in-12-days-selling-cookies-at-the-fair/442433423/?om_mid=1660397001&om_rid=1660397001

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FAIR PLAY IMPROV TOWN

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WE AMERICANS ARE ALL CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

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LET US BE ONE PEOPLE.

RISE TO BE ONE PEOPLE.

POWER TO THE PEOPLE.

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ACTION BLESSINGS

TO OUR PEOPLE WHO

ENDURED/PREVAILED/SUFFERED

LOST THEIR LIVES

TO

HURRICANE HARVEY.

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SINCERITY 

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In Zen Buddhism, ensō (円相 , “circle”)
is a circle
that is hand-drawn
in one or two uninhibited brushstrokes
to express a moment when
the mind is free to let the body create.

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The ensō symbolizes
absolute enlightenment,
strength,
elegance,
the universe,
and
mu (the void).

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Ensō is characterized by a minimalism
born of Japanese aesthetics
and
Zen Buddhism’s disciplined meditation. 

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“The circle is a symbol of the Self. 
It expresses the totality of the psyche in all its aspects,
including the relationship between man and the whole of nature.”
Carl Jung

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11 July 2017    St. Paul, Minnesota                                                                    Photo credit: ME!

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Halo: CIRCLE                                                                                       Catherine L. Johnson  2007

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/08/13/halo-circle-2007-catherine-l-johnson-empathy-exhibition-instinct-art-gallery-21-november-2015-15-january-2016/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2012/01/07/sonic-artists-create-music-not-music-boxes/

 

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BODY&SOUL                                                                                            Catherine L. Johnson  2011

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2011/10/25/elementsperiodic-table-of-a-super-hero-and-the-sacredprofane-body-and-soul-of-humanity/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2011/08/23/23-august-8twenty-third-august-23/

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HEAVENINMYMOUTH                                                                      Catherine L. Johnson  2012

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2012/01/09/heaveninmymouth-20128-januarysilver-circlesindigo/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/10/30/a-great-teacher-living-like-water-waterfall-portfolio-2004-catherine-l-johnson-water-is-a-great-teacher-that-shows-us-how-to-move-through-the-world-with-grace-ease-determination-and-humility/

 

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PRIVATE RHYTHM: MYTHROATSINGINGYOU                       Catherine L. Johnson  2009

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/private-rhythm-beautiful-fortitude-urgent-rhythmic-songs-that-resound-with-the-elixir-of-desire-wonder-awe-profound-moments-of-discovering-love-touching-what-could-not-be-touched-what-can-o/

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GRACE #7                                                                                            Catherine L. Johnson  2017

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2017/06/15/737-grace-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-2017-catherine-l-johnson-pablo-neruda-of-everything-i-have-seen-what-am-i-to-do-love-loved-one/

 

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The most common first scribbles of children are circles and crosses,
basic symbols of wholeness and spirit.

http://redie.uabc.mx/redie/article/viewFile/205/786/3393X

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Concentric circles, or circles within circles,
 have a long historical association that depicts the cosmos and its spheres
as a microcosm within a macrocosm.
These early shapes are imprinted deeply in the soul,
emerging through expressive art forms
and
within dreams-spontaneously.

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ANONYMOUS: tantric painting Shiva linga 2000 (Chomu, Rajasthan) unspecified paint on found paper 13.5 x 8.75”

TANTRA PAINTINGS FOR MEDITATION
http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/01/17th-century-modernism/

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The circle embodies a spiritual energy.
Consider the circle symbol meaning with the Native American medicine wheels
-the integration of energy and matter – spirit and humans,
combining for the purpose of greater spiritual understanding and evolution.

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The most sacred learning/teaching dynamic, I BELIEVE,
is a
a testament of a bone/heart/soul/blood education
that recognizes and incorporates  
the principle of cycles within cycles
-that is, deeper levels of meaning
are  found in every learning/teaching process,
and
presents something for everyone to learn,
at every stage of life
acknowledging the levels of maturity.
The willingness, capability and readiness
TO learn
is GRACE and the unfolding inquisitiveness of the learner’s
 (not paralleling with the Western educational model with a temporal sequence)
 developmental capabilities and processes.

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The best teacher is an open mind
and  
is embodied by the teacher/individual
who is a tender and fierce gardener of the student’s soul.
ORGANIC, not ONLY academic!
The teacher is a vehicle, a vibrational conduit.
The teacher is NOT  “I am the MASTER” 
and you, the student, serve me (!)
-that is a rigid POWER OVER stance demonstrating hubris, insecurity
and toxic displaced arrogance.  

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 Learning is call and response,
a gospel song of exploration; humility; experimentation;
redemption and improvisation
that breaks open uncharted earth, waters, fires and skies
with awe and wonder.

 

GRACE.

 

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Concentric rings are among the most complex symbols
in Native American ways of knowing
because they represent relationships between
all symbols in the system as well as all processes.

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medicine wheel

 

 

 

The Native American Medicine Wheel suggests, by its very structure,
a relativistic approach to human experience.
There are four directions, an inner circle and an outer one.
Things appear differently depending upon your position,
where you are on the wheel of life.

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It is possible to capture the meaning of concentric circles
in the below bulleted list,
yet, the list runs the risk of being reductive.
In general, concentric circles represent:
  • processes,
  • interrelationships,
  • wholeness,
  • systemic view of nature and universe,
  • usually physically represented as a place or location
    from which stories and experience emanated
    and to which the people and stories are historically tied,
    and layers of meaning.

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Every myth has its concentric rings of meaning
and is told and retold in this way.
The telling of a myth begins with a simple version for children,
then moves to a slightly more complicated version for adolescents,
to a deeper version for initiates,
and
to a still deeper version for the fully mature”.

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Circles were protective emblems to the Celtic mind.
Circles were often drawn as protective boundaries,
not to be crossed by enemy or evil.
Circles were also  Celtic symbols of the cosmos
– noting, in symbol, the intangible procession of time.

Celtic Triskele (Triple Spiral) Stone Carving, Newgrange, Ireland ~ symbolic of the three realms: Land/Sea/Sky or the Triple Goddess (phases of womanhood): Maiden/Mother/Crone

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In Chinese macrocosmic symbology,
the circle expresses the shape of heaven,
with earth signified by a square.
When we see a square inside a circle in Chinese art,
it represents the union between heaven and earth.

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The deeply significant yin yang symbol is circular,
and speaks to us of encompassing
the whole of duality
with intent for unified balance.

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The Traditional Chinese characters 陰 and 陽
for the words yīn and yáng
are both classified as radical-phonetic characters,
combining the semantically significant
“mound; hill” radical 阝 or 阜
with the phonetic indicators yīn 侌 and yáng 昜.
The first phonetic yīn 侌 “cloudy” ideographically combines jīn 今 “now;
present” and yún 云 “cloud”,
denoting the “今 presence of 云 clouds”. 
The second phonetic yáng 昜 “bright”
originally pictured 日 the “sun” with 勿 “rays coming down”.
This phonetic is expanded
with the “sun” radical into yáng 暘 “rising sun; sunshine”.
The “mound; hill” radical 阝full forms
semantically specify yīn 陰 “shady/dark side of a hill”
and
yáng 陽 “sunny/light side of a hill”.

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The Simplified Chinese characters 阴 and 阳 for yīn and yáng
combine the same “hill” radical 阝
with the non-phonetic yuè 月 “moon” and 日 “sun”,
graphically denoting “shady side of a hill”
and
“sunny side of a hill”.

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Image result for yin yang meaning
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An extremely rare early Ming blue and white ‘Dragon and Phoenix’ brushwasher, Yongle period (1403-1424).
Dragon=yin. Phoenix=yang.

 

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GRACE #1                                                                                            Catherine L. Johnson  2017

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