In Tung Shing, there is a spring ox diagram in the beginning section which used to predict the corresponding lunar new year’s weather and used as a guidance for the former based on Chinese traditional culture. By using the information, the farmers could have an overall idea of the weather and take correspondingly preparation and action on their farms.
The Spring Ox Diagram mainly consists of a spring ox and a cowherd.
The Spring OX
The spring ox is four feet tall symbolized the four seasons of the year. The length of the ox is 8 feet long which symbolized the 8 main Chinese solar terms of agriculture which are vernal equinox, summer solstice, autumnal equinox, winter solstice, spring commences, summer commences, autumn commences and winter commences. The ox’s tail is 1 feet and 2 inches long which symbolized the 12 months of the year.
The cowherd is three feet and six inches tall which symbolized the 360 days of the lunar year. His whip on his hand is 2 feet and 4 inches long which symbolized the 24 solar terms of the year.
Meaning within the Spring Ox Diagram
|The cowherd roll up his trouser legs and
|The year has lots of rain|
|The cowherd’s both feet have shoes||The year is drought|
|The cowherd has only 1 shoe||The year has appropriate amount of rainfall|
|The cowherd has hat on||The year’s temperature is generally cool|
|The cowherd has no hat||The year’s temperature is generally hot|
|The cowherd stands next to the ox’s head||Spring Commences of the year is 5 days before the New Year’s Day|
|The cowherd stands next to the ox’s body||Spring Commences of the year between the 5 days before the New Year’s Day and 5 days after the New Year’s Day|
|The cowherd stands next to the ox’s bottom||Spring Commences of the year is 5 days after the New Year’s Day|
There are 2 set of verses by each side of the spring ox diagram with seven-character sentences, the meaning is a prediction of the corresponding lunar year’s weather and the agriculture.
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