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Mystic Superstitions & Other-Worldly Superstitions

The mystic interprets the world through a different lens than is present in ordinary experience, which can prove to be a significant obstacle to those who research mystical teachings and paths. Much like poetry, the words of mystics are often idiosyncratic and esoteric, can seem confusing and opaque, simultaneously over-simplified and full of subtle meanings hidden from the unenlightened.


“The greatest American superstition is a belief in facts”

~ Hermann Keyserling


Science can only ascertain what is, but not what should be, and outside of its domain value judgments of all kinds remain necessary.

~ Albert Einstein

Question about a Myth


Have you heard of this myth?

Ken asks…

do you believe the myth/prophecy of the fish that lives in mirrors?

in one of the volumes of the Lettres edifiantes et curieuses that appeared in Paris during the first half of the eighteenth century, Father Fontecchio of the Society of Jesus planned a study of the superstitions and misinformation of the common people of Canton; in the preliminary outline he noted that the Fish was a shifting and shining creature that nobody had ever caught but that many said they had glimpsed in the depths of mirrors.

Father Fontecchio died in 1736, and the work begun by his pen remained unfinished; some years later Herbert Allen Giles took up the interrupted task.

According to Giles, belief in the Fish is part of a larger myth that goes back to the legendary times of the Yellow Emperor. In those days the world of mirrors and the world of men were not, as they are now, cut off from each other. They were, besides, quite different; neither beings nor colors nor shapes were the same. Both kingdoms, the specular and the human, lived in harmony; you could come and go through mirrors. One night the mirror people invaded the earth. Their power was great, but at the end of bloody warfare the magic arts of the Yellow Emperor prevailed. He repulsed the invaders, imprisoned them in their mirrors, and forced on them the task of repeating, as though in a kind of dream, all the actions of men. He stripped them of their power and of their forms and reduced them to mere slavish reflections.

Nonetheless, a day will come when the magic spell will be shaken off. The first to awaken will be the Fish. Deep in the mirror we will perceive a very faint line and the color of this line will be like no other color. Later on, other shapes will begin to stir. Little by little they will differ from us; little by little they will not imitate us.

They will break through the barriers of glass or metal and this time will not be defeated. Side by side with these mirror creatures, the creatures of water will join the battle. In Yunnan they do not speak of the Fish but of the Tiger of the Mirror. Others believe that in advance of the invasion we will hear from the depths of mirrors the clatter of weapons.

Suzi Q answers:

The fish rode a horse and the yellow emperor came to life in the land of plum where there was one tree for the whole land, the tree had three eyes all aimed at the heavens and inside the tree lived a king who made the tree his royal robe. The king was all alone until he noticed another kingdom rising up next to his own, The king was curious of this new king at least he thought it was another king but it was a queen. The yellow emperor was found in the heart of the one who slept in the arms of the tree king and the day came when that one who slept in the arms of the tree king to leave and in marking of where that one had slept there were red roses planted, two of them. The tree king eventually brought down two of his eyes from searching heaven to look around the land and who was sleeping in his arms. The king laid his robe down and he came out filled with delight. The story goes further to tell of how these two kingdoms come together but this is what i have learned thus far of the yellow emperor and the kingdom of Plum.

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