Dragons and Tigers?
These titles relate to the polarities we also call Yin and Yang. At the doorway to every Taoist temple, whether seen or unseen, there are at least two sets of eyes watching whoever enters and leaves.
On one side (usually the right as you enter) you have the Dragon spirit. On the other you have the Tiger. Yang and Yin is one of the governing principles behind Taoist philosophy.
Working together as a pair the Dragon and Tiger have jurisdiction over the spiritual spectrum. Between them they are guardians protecting the temple from any unwanted guests or influences.
As long as the temple rituals are performed accordingly and the other spirits are kept happy, the dragon and tiger will dutifully remain at their posts continuing to keep the temple safe. Sometimes (as in the case of the 5 Dragon Temple at Wu Dang mountain) they will remain even if there is very little physical temple left to guard.
Yin and Yang polarity is reflected in everything we see around us, especially in Taoism, Tantra, Martial Arts, Yoga and Qi Gong. My partner and I aspire to learn and teach about these things simultaneously as we find the processes of understanding and teaching are uniquely interconnected and continuous.
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