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Old 12-23-2009, 05:53 PM   #39
Toby Threadgill
Location: Evergreen, Colorado
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Re: Transmission, Inheritance, Emulation 16

Hi Mike & Josh,

The purple willow reference is pretty mundane..LOL

The purple willow is a reference to a specific variety of willow tree with upright branches and purple buds. The Nakamura Yoshin Koryu uses a very similar but different "yo" character that symbolizes raising or upright in reference to the same tree; one with upright or rising branches.

I figured the other stuff in the doka was fairly ubiquitous which Mike simply confirmed......

As for the eight planes/gates, yes. All those you mentioned are related in a similar but also multidimensional fashion. The eight planes also represent the four seasons and four elements, eight mental / emotional states, as well as other propriety spiritual teachings from Minzoku Shinto.

Mike, I look forward to a visit but my January is pretty unsettled right now as I need to make two trips out of state. Right now I don't know which weeks I'll be in Colorado. I'll let you know when I know.

Toby

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