The FAWE Seasons
It's common knowledge that the FAWE elements were correlated with the seasons. It's the Yin part of the UP...
One of the rules of the Dao is that all things come in two forms. So we've seen the Universal-Plan, which is the Yang form of creation, and it's a straight & direct path from Fire to Earth (and back again), but there must be a Yin counterpart, and that is the sine-wave, the universal pattern of persistence / continuation. Creation is Yang, Persistence is Yin.
Like dropping a stone in a pond (Yang - cause), creates waves (Yin - effect), which persist.
So while the Yang pattern is FAWE, the Yin pattern is FAEW, as explained below...
Two Forms Of Time
Because of the Dao, time itself is dual: There are two forms of time, and it is instructive to explain, because it elaborates the qualities of the Dao...
Yang-time is 1-D, linear and real (e.g. 60 seconds), Yin-time appears as 2D (e.g. Spring, 2019), and circular but it's just a passive effect of the passage of Yang-time, and it has less-reality. Yang is real, Yin is illusion.
Yang-time is the real passage of time, that has 'flowed' steadily from before the beginning of the universe. Logically there had to be this form of time before the universe was created, because without time, you can't make decisions, or create a plan.
God is the Great Yang, and Yang is Change / Active (Yin: Stasis / Passive). This means God is the archetype of change, and change is time. This actually explains the 'Christian' concept of the Trinity, as Logic is also part of God, and these are the 3 things you need to create something: Will, Logic, and Time. Fire, Air and Water.
Everything that exists experiences this flow of time. Time allows things to change, & thus for life to exist and progress. We need this time to try to figure out what the heck's going on? And to grow up, because we are children.
Yin time is essentially an 'illusion' or 'mirage' that occurs when you look at something from a specific point of view... The yearly seasons we experience are a result of the passage of linear-time. We experience 'years' here on Earth, but they're completely arbitrary to the rest of the universe. Cycles are a second-order 'imaginary' form of time.
So while Yin cycles are in some way an 'illusion', they still have a form of reality, and they are useful - even essential. Also, we must bear in mind that these properties of the Dao such 'real' and 'illusion' are relative not absolute.
This interplay between Yang-reality and Yin-illusion is complex and deep, and it demonstrates how you can't have existence without both...
I hope that clarified rather than confused...
The four elements correspond to the four quadrants of the sine wave in general, not just the yearly-seasons.
Position and Direction
To see the sine-wave as the FAWE, we have to break it down into it's Yin & Yang properties. Fortunately it's really easy...
Every point on our graph has one passive characteristic and one active:
- Active: Direction - is it going up or down?
- Passive: Position - is it in the positive or negative half of the graph?
Position is passive, because it's the product of something else - the motion. The motion is the driver of position.
Now we have our definitions, we can correlate it to the FAWE...
|Spring||Fire [ + + ]||It's light||it's getting lighter.|
|Summer||Air [ + - ]||It's light||it's getting darker.|
|Autumn||Earth [ - - ]||It's dark||it's getting darker.|
|Winter||Water [ - + ]||It's dark||it's getting lighter.|
The Cross In The Circle
This symbol is among the oldest found. It's accepted in academia as a symbol of the four seasons, but I suggest our ancestors knew that sound was cyclic, as waves in water are, among many other easily observable cyclic phenomena.
I think they were clever enough to recognise that cycles / the sine-wave are a principle of reality. The principle of the circle is part of the "super-reality" that ours relies on to exist. And people were rightly grateful for it, and venerated it.
I don't think it was exclusively a symbol of the yearly-seasons, but rather of the whole concept of seasons and cycles.
The Yin Pattern
The FAWE can be arranged in two ways, Yin and Yang.
FAWE is the Yang form of direct one-off creation, such as the creation of a human-body which isn't a cyclic activity, it happens just once (although it takes time).
The Yin cycles of time follow the pattern FAEW. Daily cycles such as breathing, eating and sleeping which are so essential to our health follow this pattern.
What the implications of this are, I'm not sure yet... Why this particular order would be logical and/or advantageous, is a good question.
So, to recap: We have two forms of the Universal-Plan, the Yang (FAWE), & Yin (FAEW) forms. Linear activities will conform to the former, cyclic ones to the latter.
This completes the basic foundation of what I'm proposing: The Universal Plan. There is a lot more explanation and evidence to provide, but these are the basic principles.
I'm now going to present some evidence that the pattern I've described is indeed universal. The UP could be described as the grammar-of-reality, describing the form and bounds of what can be expressed, and how. So the next logical place to look for it is in human language.
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