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Does anyone know the metaphorical significance of "Fair Maiden Working Shuttles" in Tai Chi? The Nei Jing Tu digram also has a Fair Maiden; I am curious if the object next to her has a name (looking like a pole w/ some type of disc or drum on it); is this a pictrographic reference to the shuttles metaphor? What is She Shuttling?

 

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Does anyone know the metaphorical significance of "Fair Maiden Working Shuttles" in Tai Chi? The Nei Jing Tu digram also has a Fair Maiden; I am curious if the object next to her has a name (looking like a pole w/ some type of disc or drum on it); is this a pictrographic reference to the shuttles metaphor? What is She Shuttling?

 

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The move is derived from hexagram 60 of the I Ching. The Jade girl working at the shuttles is a serving maid to the taoist immortals. She moves the wooden shuttle with smooth body turns lika a water wheel. There are four turns corresponding to the number of seasons in the year, and to the four directions around the central axis represented by the mystical animals: South-Red Phoenix-Fire; East-Green Dragon-Wood; West-White Tiger-Metal; North-Black Turtle-Water. The Earth, Yellow Snake, corresponding to "self," is in the center. The lady at the shuttle is shuttling the world.

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The fighting application for fair lady works shuttles is: the first hand lifts the opponent's arm up and the second hand delivers a palm strike upwards, under the sternum, to the heart.

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It is sometimes called "Fair Lady Weaves the Shuttle". It is all weaving nomenclature. I was told that the name comes from the movement of a person (a fair lady?) smoothly passing a shuttle through the warp of a weave.

Makes sense enough to me.

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