Last night my pagan friends and I went out to celebrate the full moon. We had been doing this every month for a while, but we missed the last couple, so it was good to be back.
The June full moon is the Dyad Moon, which is all about pairs and duality. Naturally as a Taoist, duality is central to my beliefs. It is in fact the main reason that I became one. I decided to share the following poem from Chuang Tzu with my friends, to contemplate during the thunderstorm. This is only the first verse.
Great and Small
When we look at things in the light of the Tao
Nothing is best, Nothing is worst
Each thing, seen in it's own light, stands out in its own way.
It can seem to be "better" than what is compared with it on its own terms.
But seen in terms of the whole, No one thing stands out as "better."
If you measure differences
What is greater than something else is “great”
Therefore there is nothing that is not “great”
What is smaller than something else is “small”
Therefore there is nothing that is not “small”
So the whole cosmos is a grain of rice,
And the tip of a hair is as big as a mountain-
Such is the relative view.