‘Underneath that Mystics all speak the same language’
Today is that day in Chinese Mythology, which to Joseph Campbell readers would be, the day of the Great Goddess of the world whose number is ‘9’, or double ‘9’, or ’18’ or ‘432’ or many such combinations.
Today, October 25th, in China, it’s the Double Nine Festival (Chong Yang Festival or Chung Yeung Festival in China), and it falls on the ninth day of the ninth lunar month (or double nine). On this day, people who do observe the sanctity of double nine (Jiu Jiu = 9 9) hike, or climb a high mountain, drink chrysanthemum liquor, and some wear the zhuyu, which is a species of dogwood known also as Japanese cornel or Japanese cornelian cherry. In present day China, it’s still celebrated, but without the mystery of 99, and with a practical twist, and is called “The Seniors’ Day”. Young dancers dance and entertain the senior citizens, and the great mystery of number ‘9’ is all gone.
In Japan, the festival is known as Chōyō but also as the Chrysanthemum Festival (菊の節句, Kiku no Sekku) and it is one of the Japan’s five sacred ancient festivals (sekku). The Japanese Choyo festival does not follow the lunar calendar, but follows the Gregorian calendar, and so, Cheyo was celebrated in Japan last month on September 9th.
Joe wrote, “The method of mythology is analogy, and that the artists of the Paleolithic age were competent in analogy is surely evident in the statement of the Woman with the Horn, where a triple analogy is rendered of (1) the growing horns of a bull, (2) waxing crescent of the moon, and (3) growing child, en ventre sa mere.” (In All Her Names)
“By what coincidence of nature, however, can the numerology of the Paleolithic and Neolithic lunar reckoning of 3+3+3, as of the visible body of the universal Great Goddess, have been carried on, only amplified, in the Old Sumerian numerological reading of 4+3+2, to accord with an actual “Great,” or “Platonic” Zodiacal cycle of 25,920 solar years, where 2+5+9+2+0 = 18, and 1+8= 9, whose root, as Dante saw, is a trinity?”
In All Her Names