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But in accordance with Taoist principles, Azure Dragon who presides over spring and thus the ascendancy of yang culminating in summer retains within itself elements of yin, while White Tiger presiding over autumn and the ascendancy of yin culminating in winter contains within itself the seeds of yang. Just as the sexual nature of humans carries within itself elements of the opposite sex, so White Tiger and Azure Dragon balance one another with their contrasting qualities and activities. Their dualism is represented in the heavens by the constellations of Scorpio (Azure Dragon) and Orion (Orion’s head representing that of White Tiger) ‘who chase one another 39 Contemporary Chinese calligraphy for ‘king’.

Cubs that survive to two years of age have learnt all they can and must leave home to wander their forest heritage, forge their own kingdoms or find a worthy mate. Their mother will come into oestrus, and roar into the velvet dark night to attract the strongest and most virile males to her side. The cycle of life has begun again. 35 2 Earthly Passions and Spiritual Balances If the lion because of its crowning mane and sandy gold pelage has been symbolically associated with regal beneficence and solar fire, the tiger, sleek and exotic, its rippling muscle hidden beneath lustrous velvet fur, embodies things far more fundamental and primordial: the essences of male and female sexuality and their attendant energies; lithe sensuality; potency, fecundity and procreation.

In sexual metaphor, the yang dragon represents not water but fire because it rises with speed and is easily extinguished by the yin tiger or female sexuality. Unsurprisingly, yin tiger takes on the form of water, which literally extinguishes fire and, as with feminine sexuality, takes a long time to heat up but cools slowly. Sex was often referred to as ‘making dragon and tiger sport’, and Azure Dragon and White Tiger are constantly used in Taoist magical and alchemist literature to symbolize sex and the different potencies of man and woman.

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