Saturday, October 1, 2016

August 27, 2016: the stomach meridian

Justice is the card I threw today with the Wild Unknown Tarot.  This card shows a white cat and a black cat sitting down in a mirror pose, tails overlapped, facing forward next to each other and looking back over inner shoulders, in an archetypal image of yin/yang.  These two positive/negative images are laced together and dependent on each other (as reflections are always dependent on what is being reflected).  There is a balance to the image on this card as well, and Justice is one of those cards that presents a version of balance; this version of balance happens by the interaction of cause and effect, actions and results, choices and outcomes. 

The stomach meridian is the Yang meridian for Winter/Earth; it is also associated with stillness, damp, worry, overthinking, transition and balance, and the subconscious and conscious mind.  The stomach is associated with the food digestion process, but it is actually one of the processes that prepares food to be digested.  Thus it lays the foundation for digestion.  It is also connected to the reproductive cycle as well as the lactation process, and it helps control the appetite.  The meridian begins just under the eyes, circles the nose and the mouth, goes through the lower jaw to the sternum, and continues down the front of the torso through the nipple and down to the hop, along the front of the leg and the top of the foot, ending at the tip of the second toe. 

Imbalances or blockages in this meridian can cause us to brood or go over a particular issue in our mind again and again.  Other symptoms of imbalance include stomach problem, edema, vomiting, a sore throat, toothaches, or facial paralysis.  


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