Idiosyncrasies: Dragon’ s Head

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Sunday, Nov 28 2010 Note: This is a Draft Rescue. FWIW. I started it months ago and never got back to it. (Procrastinate much? moi??) It’s really just a little ditty. Decided to go ahead and publish it, more to clean out my Draft Folder as much as anything. I’m in purge mode these days. ~LL


I got plenty. I don’t know where I come up with some of these, I swear. But it’s entertaining sometimes. heh.

…  the Dragon’s Head …


I typed this up many years ago when I discovered this page in a book.

Dragon’s Head

Chinese maps are drawn with the South at the top. This is the direction you should face in order to comprehend the landscape: then the Green Dragon of the East is at your left hand, which is Yang, and the White Tiger of Autumn is at your right, which is Yin.  In front of you the sun will be at its zenith, and behind you is the darkness of winter.

A mountain is Yang also, and so are large rocks, steep waterfalls, age-old pines. It is most Yang on its sunny side, and Yin in its own shadow; the Yin also comprises what is low, cavernous, in a valley, and boggy.

If you are looking for a place to build a house, or bury your ancestors, you should therefore go to a south facing slope, with the Green Dragon animating the landscape to your left, and the White Tiger prowling harmlessly (because harmoniously), to your right, and these two should enclose the site as if by the crook of an elbow. At your front, there should be a body of water.

Such a site is called the Dragon’s Head, and it should be consecrated with offerings in the shape of a dragon; and when the house is built, the dragon is invited to make its abode in a special niche. A garden may also be laid out, a private world of yin-and-yangeries where the dragon may lovingly disport; and it can further be honoured with figures if itself, to remind it of it’s good fortune.

Frances Huxley, The Dragon: Nature of Spirit, Spirit of Nature, 1979.


I stumbled onto this passage in this book around 1992, when I was working with refugees, mostly SE Asian. We had been in our house a year or so at that time. I was so struck by it, I typed it up and tacked it up on my office wall.

It describes my house, my residence, my abode.

This lot of mine is not square right angles to the meridians. We’re a little skewed. But for simplicity’s sake, I will say…. the bayou is South, the graveyard is East. If you google map or google earth it, you’ll see it.

Here’s a couple sorta random, related dragon links I found:…


Nov 28 note… if I make the time, I have some other avenues along these lines I may try to explore. Any requests? lol


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  2. I lived in Houston for 6 months many, many moons ago. I wasn’t too far from Buffalo Bayou and remember taking a few nice walks.

    A pic of your bayou perhaps?


    We are ignorant of the meaning of the dragon in the same way that we are ignorant of the universe…

    …from his book on imaginary animals!

  4. …the nuclear age:

    The nuclear program in France (Europe) was called “The Dragon Project.”

    The Japanese name of the fishing vessel which was caught up in one of our nuclear tests in the Pacific and dosed heavily with radiation was “The Lucky Dragon.”

    The town in SW Utah which was heavily dosed with fallout from above ground tests was named St George.  When their sheep and livestock died and the residents had high cancer rates, they became known as the Downwinders fighting the nuclear dragon.  Articles written on this event had titles like “The Day We Bombed Utah.”

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