I don't know from plants, but I think you're right about the Jewel (Yasakani no Magatama
) being represented by the abdomen. Interestingly, the standard Jewel looks like this
, but Ueshiba's abdomen is perfectly round...
For Alan - there's some interesting stuff about symbolism inherent in the Kusanagi that Ueshiba used - but that's a work in progress.
For anybody who's confused, we're talking about this
. Ain't esoterica fun?
But what if he had a Red and White jewel or some such complimentary combination (Fire/Water, Sun/Moon, Howard/Joe, etc.) in his tummy? Maybe that would make a nice round circle.
Looking forward to the Kusanagi stuff!
Esoterica is all such a mystery to me!