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MYTHS & LITERATURE
MANY A TIME, THEY SIGNIFY SPECIAL PURPOSES

The I Ching (Book of Change)
uses the symbolism of the dragon to illuminate truths of
inner growth, society, and the universe.
    Ch'ien represents what is great, the creative penetration of the correct, the firm and the advantageous. Through heaven above and below we understand the relationship between the beginning and the end. Each of the six lines reaches its accomplishment at the appointed time. They mount the chariot drawn by these six dragons at the proper hour, and drive across the sky.

Six at the top: The dragon flies too high.
There will be cause for repentance.

Five: The dragon flies across the heavens.
It is a favourable time to see the great man.

Four: The flight across the abyss is not sure.
He who is resolute suffers no reproach.

Three: The superior man is active all day long.
At nightfall his mind is still full of care.
Danger, but no reproach.

Two: The dragon appears in the field

One: The Dragon lies concealed in the deep 

    The constellation Draco winds around Ursa Minor in the sky. Mythology contains many stories that explain the presence of this dragon in the sky.
In the Babylonian creation myth, the dragon of primordial chaos is slain by the king of the gods who fashions the cosmos from the corpse of the dragon. Another version of the Draco story is that the dragon fought Minerva during the wars between the giants and the gods. Minerva threw Draco's twisted body into the heavens before it had time to unwind itself. To the Greeks, Draco guarded the Golden Apples of the Sun in the magical garden of Hesperides. One of the labors of Hercules was to steal these apples. Hercules threw his spear into the garden of the Hesperides, killing the hundred-headed beast.Juno placed the dragon in the heavens as a reward for his faithful service.

    The most commonly accepted version of Draco's arrival in the heavens is that Draco was the dragon killed by Cadmus. Cadmus discovered the fearful dragon who had slain his companions. He killed it with his spear, and then upon the order of Minerva sowed the dragon's teeth in the ground. From the teeth sprung warriors, who battled each other until only five were left. These five, along with Cadmus himself, were the first people of the city of Thebes.
 

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