THE LEGEND OF THE AUTUMN MOON

I am in tune with the pulse of the Universe. In my quiet and solitude, I hear the melodies of the soul. I float above the commonplace. I subdue by my ability to conform. I color my world in delicate pastel hues. I emphasize harmony and inner peace. "I am The Rabbit." Once up a time, many centuries ago, there were 10 suns circling in the skies.With so much sunlight the fields were burning up, the streams and rivers running dry. The ruling Chinese Emperor decided that only the greatest archer in his kingdom could save the world. He called the Archer Yi, a man of great strength and skill, to his court and asked him to shoot down nine of the suns. The Archer Yi took aim and one by one brought the suns down to earth until only our present sun shined. As a reward, the Emperor asked Yi what gift he would claim.Yi asked for immortality. The Emperor asked the Gods to create an elixir of immortality and he gave it to Yi, warning him to drink but half of the mixture. But before Yi could taste of the drink, his wife, Chang-0, stole the vial. She knew Yi as a cruel man, and rather than let him live forever she drank the mixture. But she had not heard the warning and drained the vial. As a consequence, her body became light and she began to float skyward.just before she left the earth she pulled her pet rabbit to her and took it with her into the sky until she reached the Moon, where she and the rabbit remain to this day. And during the Autumn months, when Chinese eat the traditional Moon Cakes and stay up late to view the Moon in her honor, one can see Chang-0 and her Rabbit on the Moon, shedding grace,harmony and inner peace on the world.

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