Whispering Woods Basic Dragon Lore course – Lesson One – Facts and Myth

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The following course is researched and wrote by Crick

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Whispering Woods Basic Dragon Lore course

Greetings and welcome to our Basic Dragon Lore course. In this course we will be looking at all aspects of Dragons. Not only their magickal uses but the various histories and beliefs of different cultures as well.  For if one is to work with Dragons, and then a full knowledge of these wonderful creatures is a must. Dragons can be difficult to work with, but with a deep understanding of their lore and their ways we can reach a level of fulfillment and cooperation with these magickal creatures.

Nine Dragon Wall

A very popular tourist site in Beijing is this Nine-Dragon Wall in BeiHai Park. After hundreds of years, the colors of the ceramic tiles are just as brilliant.  The wall was built in 1756. It is 21m long, about 15m high and 2m thick. It is faced with 424 7-color ceramic tiles.  At the center of the wall, there is a giant dragon, flanged by four dragons on each side. In addition to these nine large dragons, the wall is covered from edge to edge with many smaller dragons. In all, there are 635 dragons.

Whispering Woods Basic Dragon Lore Course
Lesson One – Facts and Myth

An intro to Dragons:

Dragons are a prominent part of Chinese festivals, including the Chinese New Year. In ancient China, dragons did not breathe fire, instead they were considered to be wise and caring. They were known to guard the wind, the rain, the rivers, precious metals and gems.

Many countries include dragons in their art and history; this is especially true of China, Korea and Japan. To tell the difference between Chinese, Korean and Japanese dragons, simply count the dragon’s toes.

Chinese dragons will have five toes.
Japanese dragons will have four toes.
Korean dragons will have three toes.

Some Dragon Related Facts: 

The Black Dragon Pool Chapel, near Peking, was reserved for the Empress and her court.
The Japanese Emperor Hirohito traced his ancestry back 125 generations to Princess Fruitful Jewel, daughter of a Dragon King of the Sea.

The legendary founder of Chinese civilization, Fu Hsi, was said to be half-man, halfdragon.
A thirteenth-century Cambodian king spent his nights in a golden tower, where he was said to have consulted with a nine-headed dragon.

The word for “dragon” comes from the Hindu word “darsha” or “darshana” which means “the one with clear vision” or “the one who sees clearly”.

Other names for dragons include wyrm, wurm and firedrake.

The magical rowan tree of Irish legend was guarded by a dragon.

Glass was once believed to be solidified dragon breath.

Green dragons:  Male symbol

White dragons:  Gold was believed to be formed of  their congealed breath

Purple dragons:  Rock crystal was believed formed of their spittle

Sea dragons:  Sacred to Hung Sheng, the Holy One, who protects fishing vessels

According to Chinese mythology, a dragon has to spend 1000 years under the sea, 1000 years in the mountains and 1000 years among men before turning into a real dragon. Before that he is a small serpent prisoner of a stone, called a “serpent’s egg”. After 3000 years, the dragon escapes and take his adult form, the stone was known to spill a magic liquid called “inky blood”.

The word typhoon comes from Typhon, the name of the fire breathing monster that served the Titans of Greek mythology. And the word hurricane comes from Huracan the name of the winged serpent of the Caribbean.
The Dragon’s Eye symbol stands for the balance of love, power and wisdom. Triple triangles are associated with the Goddess and the nine Muses.

The first Hexagram of the I Ching is “The Creative”, the ascending dragon.
The Hindu Dragon Goddess that sleeps in the lotus at the base of the spine is Kundalini the Coiled. When she is understood, she will climb to the forehead where illusion will fall from the inner eye to reveal the Golden Embryo of Life.

The giant red dragon of the Apocalypse (Rev. 12) gave rise to the use of the beast as symbolic of Satan in Christian art and literature.

A search for the word “dragon” in the King James Version of the Bible produces 34 separate matches across 10 different books written between approximately 2000 BC and 90 AD. The word “dragon” (Hebrew: tannin) is used throughout the Old Testament, and most directly translates as “sea or land monsters.” In the Book of Job, the author describes the great creatures, Behemoth (Job 40) and Leviathan (Job 41).

In alchemy a green dragon devouring the Sun means that the gold was dissolved in aqua regia (royal water), a mixture of nitric and hydrochloric acids.

Philosophic Mercury is sometimes represented by a serpent, or winged dragon.

Uroboros is a dragon whose end is his beginning… he endlessly eats his own tail. He keeps the cosmic waters under control, and is symbolic of the cyclical nature of alchemical work. He is the basilisk, the alchemical serpent. He is also called Ouroboros.

Dragons are born with their colors based upon the age and color of their parents. The colors of dragons are: white, red, black, blue, and yellow. Each is born to a different parent.

Black dragons are children of a thousand-year-old dragon that is black-gold. They are symbols of the North. They caused storms by battling in the air.

Blue dragons are children of blue-gold dragons that are eight hundred years old. They are purest blue colors, and they are the sign of the coming spring. They are they are the symbol of the East.

Yellow dragons are born from yellow-gold dragons who are one thousand years or older. They hold no symbol. They are secluded and wander alone. They appear at “the perfect moment” and at all other times remain hidden. Yellows are also the most revered of the dragons.

Red dragons descend from a red-gold dragon who is about one thousand years of age. They are the symbol for the West, and are much like black dragons. They can cause storms in the skies when they fight.

White dragons come from white-gold dragons of a thousand years of age. They symbolize the South. White is the Chinese color of mourning and these dragons are a sign of death (which the Chinese did NOT deem evil).

Quiz:
1. Other names for dragons include wyrm, wurm and  ____________.
2. Green dragons represent a _______   symbol.
3. Japanese dragons have _____   toes.
4. The first Hexagram of the I Ching is _______   _______.
5. The Black Dragon Pool Chapel, near Peking, was reserved for the __________.
6. Glass was once believed to be solidified ________   _______.
7. In ancient China, dragons did not _______   ____.

Author & Researcher: Crick

Website: The Whispering Woods