Telling Time, Astrology, and Japanese Kanji

Recently, I have been studying the Japanese language.  There are several reasons for this, but one of them is very much related to the work of this weblog.  The purpose of this weblog has been to explore, learn, and discuss the Ancient Wisdom that is the true foundation for Traditional Sciences, such as astrology once was.  Much of the material currently available to astrologers is post-Aristotelian.  As I discussed in previous articles, Aristotle taught a subtle, but quite significant, deviation from Traditional Wisdom with respect to the nature of Perfect Form and its relationship to physical manifestation.

I have observed that this deviation is embedded in all of Western thought, science, and philosophy.  Such a deviation did not occur in the East until the East was exposed to Western thought.  One can find information and clues with respect to Traditional Wisdom in Japanese kanji.  Recently, I have been studying time expressions, and the kanji for them are quite fascinating.

In order to fully understand why these kanji are so fascinating, it is important to understand the original and primordial purpose behind astrology.  As our ancestors became more consolidated into the material world, it was important to them to ensure that their earthly activities were still in harmony with the Divine Music of the Spheres.  They looked to the heavens and studied the movements of the heavenly bodies to determine the time that their endeavors were in accord with this Divine Music.

Music of the Spheres

The Feminine Scriptures contain references relevant to this:

It is Love that holds the stars within their courses, and all the worlds of the immeasurable cosmos within the harmony of the celestial music.

Truly, all the cycles of the times and the seasons; all the rhythms of the soul and of the mind and of the flesh; truly all these flow from the love of Our Lady, the Maid, that creation may not decompose, each several member flying away into black eternal chaos.

The Clew of Love

For there are ways and rhythms in the course of life, of day and night, of seasons and the moon, by which all life, all thought, all work are governed and these movements are the breath of the Divine, reflected in the highest spheres and every living thing.

All nature is a vast and subtle movement to which the innocent soul is close attuned.

The profane assay to sever themselves from this music, fixing new laws of gain and self-advantage against the law of universal love.

Honor in all things the times and the seasons, keeping fast in the times of fast with diligence and care; rejoicing in times of feast with generous outpouring.

No tree may blossom out of season, nor any flower greet springtime with austerity, but a maid lacking in inward control is broken from the rhythm.

The Way of Simplicity

Starry SkyFor readers of the Judeo-Christian tradition, these concepts can be found in the Hebrew written tradition as well:

And God said, “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons and for days and years, and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth.”  And it was so.

Genesis 1:14-15 (NRSV)

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven

Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NRSV)

These are the traditions I am most familiar with; however, I would imagine that this is a Universal concept, and that it can be found in all traditions.

To my joy and delight, I discovered that this concept seems to be embedded in the Japanese kanji for time expressions.

TokiOn the left is the kanji for time, toki, and also, ji, the marker for hour expressions, the Japanese equivalent of “o’clock.”  This kanji is made up of two other kanji.  The element on the right is the kanji for “temple.”  The element on the left is the kanji for “Sun.”  Quite simply, the hours are marked by the temple watching the Sun.

JikanThe Japanese word for time in the abstract sense and the word used to mark a number of hours is jikan.  The kanji for jikan is to the right.  As you can see, this kanji incorporates the kanji for time with a second kanji.  This second kanji also includes the element for Sun, but it is inside an element that symbolizes a gate.  The Sun is contained inside a gate!

Another interesting kanji is found in the word, matsu, “to wait,” 待つ.  The kanji is the first character in this word.  The temple is in this kanji as well. The other element of this kanji, is labeled “going man,” by Rikaichan, a wonderful translation aid/kanji analyzer that works with Firefox.  That element, or radical, is also found in the kanji included in the word, iku, “to go,” 行く.  I think one could speculate that the kanji contained in the word for wait may indicate that human endeavors are being directed by the temple; in other words, people are waiting for the proper time for action!

See also:

The Days of the Week and Japanese Kanji

For even more information about the metaphysics behind Japanese kanji, I refer the reader to the following excellent articles on the subject:

Japanese Kanji for Left and Right: Why They Are What They Are

Kanji Symbols – Fire, Movement and Humanity

Learn Japanese Kanji through Symbolism


Author: Cynthia Thinnes

I am an Essentialist Astrologer and a housewife. I enjoy studying and discussing matters related to philosophy and religion. I also knit, crochet, and I am beginning to sew. I speak Japanese (although not very well), and I am studying Swedish, Latin, and Classical Greek. In addition to all of this, I am also learning about gardening. はじめまして。元型的な占星術師や主婦です。哲学を勉強しています。趣味は編み物や庭いじりです。下手でも日本語が出来ます。スウェーデン語もラテン語も古典的なギリシャ語を勉強しています。よろしくお願いします。

6 thoughts on “Telling Time, Astrology, and Japanese Kanji”

  1. Honored Miss Myriam Hildotter, Thank you for this excellent series on the metaphysical basis of the traditional science of astrology. I have been reading all your post and thoroughly enjoying them. This latest post on Japanese Kanji is truly beautiful, in the cosmic sense.

    Best Regards,

    Bishop Georgia Rosenhearth,


  2. Rayati Miss Hildotter, you really know how to break things down. It is amusing in a good way that the whole sun gate Kanji reminds me of a Stargate.

    Then you have the waiting for the right time for action. I find that inspiring and something I should reflect on more.

    Thank you, in Amity
    Nyssa Feverwood


  3. Hi Myriam,
    I feel very fortunate to have found your blog and the Chapel of Mother God web-site, where the essentially feminine Universe is described and discussed.
    It’s very refreshing to be able to see the Universe in a non competitive/“collisional” way, as it’s the norm of the patriarchal world.
    My questioning of the patriarchal point of view structure has grown exponentially in the last few months, and I’m starting to see the burden of its misconceptions– and pseudo solutions for human problems– everywhere in our society, in particular in science, where it’s clear that so many mistakes have happened in the last few decades caused by the patriarchal prejudices.
    I found particularly interesting your comments on your post of April 21, 2013, about the Outer planets
    and the connection you give of their discovery with the so called later phase of the Kali Yuga (post Eclipse).
    In that article you said that

    “The meaning ascribed to Pluto is of death and destruction, a fitting meaning to a planet named with the name of the Lord of the Underworld. Pluto was discovered in 1930, the time period in between the World Wars, and right before World War II. It is about 30 years later that Western civilization began a rampant deterioration that the Feminine Universe describes as the Eclipse.”

    and this caught my attention because I cannot see clearly why the 1960’s should be considered as such a big negative point in human history, having in sight what appears to be the much worse periods of the two world wars that just preceded it.
    Another point that is not clear in the essentially feminine Universe point of view, is why the traditional view seems to imply that human history follows a path of permanent “devolution”?
    Despite the fact that our present world is highly materialistic, possibly in a level never seen before, it’s also a world in crisis, in particular in its scientific/technological component—where we’re quickly reaching the limits of what our present knowledge can create, and therefore creating a crisis in the materialistic consumerism that is one of the pillars of the western society.
    Couldn’t this be the element that would bring back a more spiritualized society?

    A final question: the Sun is going through important changes recently that could lead to a new period of “solar Grand Minimum” similar to what happened in the early XVII century.
    Do you think that this could have any meaning in astrological terms or indicate some new period in human history?

    Sorry if I’m asking too much in first comment and thank you for the beautiful and informative work you’re doing in your blogs,
    Demih. 🙂


    1. Thank you so very much for your comments and for your questions. I will do my best to answer them. I think that the concept of “devolution” needs a little explanation.

      The further out in time one goes, the further away one is from the beginning time, when we were One with Dea, and everything was Golden and perfect. Eventually everything will return to Dea, but until that time, everything is moving away from Dea.

      At the same time, it is not a linear devolution. The Ages are Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Iron. We are near the very end of the Iron Age, and thus our existence is very material. At the end of the Iron Age, we will enter a new Golden Age. This age will be “higher” than the current age; however, it will be much lower than the previous Golden Age. One could see this as a spiral. This is really about all we can understand as an un-Enlightened being. See

      While this devolution is part of the fabric of the Cosmos, we still have choice in how we operate within this fabric. No matter what Age we are in, we can choose to hold on to the Center or to allow ourselves to slide away from the Center. Indeed, in the late Iron Age, less is required of us to hold on to the center. We make choices as individuals, as groups, and as societies.

      I do not know what choices different societies will make in the future. I do think that the choices we make as individuals do affect society on the whole. While I do not see much hope in the political arena (anywhere in the world, to be honest), there seem to be interesting movements of Light coming from Japan in the world Image Sphere, with some very healthy and non-cynical media, in the form of Anime and games.


      1. Thank you for your answer Myriam, I’ll post more comments later when I understand better the ideas of the Essentially Feminine Universe.
        I also believe there are important movements of Light happening in the world now, and the perpetuation of the seeds of the Deanism and the Feminine Universe is among the most important ones IMO.
        Interesting that at the Chapel web-site we find
        “Filianism (the “Daughter Tradition” – from filia, daughter) is a religion that is sometimes considered to have started, or taken its current specific form, in the 1970s, since that is when it first became publicly known”
        which shows that even in the period of post 1960’s good things still happened.
        I tend to believe that the changes in the physical Sun are connected with changes in human life too, because we are in “the body” or “breath” of the Sun, so to speak– the heliosphere encompasses all planets and much more– therefore, important changes would possibly reflect in all components of the “body” simultaneously?
        God bless! 🙂


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