The Dragon and the Earth Dragon
In ancient China, the Dragon was regarded as a sacred animal. The legend of the Dragon has permeated Chinese civilizations and shaped their culture up to the present time. Dragons have been and continue to be the symbol of the Chinese race. Many Chinese people around the world still claim that they are the descendants of the Dragons.
The Dragon looks like a composite of nine animals. They are said to “have the head of a camel, the horns of a deer, the eyes of a devil, the neck of a snake, the abdomen of a large cockle, the scales of a carp, the claws of an eagle, the paws of a tiger and the ears of an ox.” The Dragon first appeared in the sky, legend tells us, while an heir to the throne was born, and the country was blessed with peace and prosperity for many generations thereafter. Thus, the Dragon served as a symbol of good fortune and was used as the emblem of Chinese Emperors.
Dragons bring the Essence of life, in the form of its celestial breath, known as Sheng Qi. They are the ultimate representation of the forces of Mother Nature, the greatest divine force on Earth. They bestow their power in the form of the seasons, bringing warmth from the sunshine, wind from the seas and soil from the Earth. And they bring the water from rain that hastens the crops and cools the toiling farmer.
The Dragon is revered as a link between Heaven and Earth. They bring humanity the Pearl of Wisdom which they carry in their talons. If one is lucky enough to spot a Blue Dragon, it is an omen of approaching Spring, when Nature, Earth and Human renew themselves and grow to fulfill their potential.
The Earth Dragon - Di Long
Dragons may be considered the stuff of legend today, but the mighty earthworm, called Di Long, which literally translates as “Earth Dragon,” still rules the Earth. Just as the earthworm digs and aerates our soil, Di Long, the herb, not coincidently, is said to be “penetrating in nature” and powerfully unblocks energetic channels in the human body. Dr. Bernard Jensen and Mark Anderson, in their seminal book, Empty Harvest, Understanding the Link Between Our Food, Our Immunity and Our Planet, justifiably sing the praises of the worm. “The lowly earthworm is one of our greatest hopes for restoration of our vanishing topsoil. The soil is their home, their source of food, their protection. In return for the soil’s hospitality, worms break down organic matter in the soil, and deposit as much as seven to eighteen tons per year of nitrogen rich excretory castings on a single acre. These castings, which also contain many of the chemical elements needed by the soil, form a major contribution to renewal of topsoil…. Worm castings contain five times the amount of nitrogen, seven times the phosphate content, and eleven times more potash than the material they consumed… The burrowing action of worms aerates the soil, keeps it drained, and aids penetration of plant roots… I believe we need to have a “worm renaissance” in our over-chemicalized agricultural land to restore the life that is characteristic of healthy soil.”
As the worm turns, so goes life on Earth.