The Chinese Moons

The Chinese Moons


Chinese tradition tells how once there were 12 moons, one for each month of the year. Their mother Heng O, who was also mother of the ten suns washed her 12 moon children in a lake at the western edge of the world and each traveled for their month’s journey to the East where the sun children waited.

In one version the divine archer Yi killed nine of the sun children and was punished by their father (whom he also killed)by being made mortal. Yi then married Heng O, who agreed to spare her life and those of the moon children, if she became his wife. But he tricked her and killed 11 of the moon children as well. She stole from him the herb of immortality and fled with her youngest child to the skies where Yi could not follow her. Here she took the form of the toad who can still be seen in the moon and who is a symbol of prosperity and good luck in China. In some versions all the moon children were saved and they went to the physical moon from which each still flies his moon chariot on his appointed month high across the sky so that Yi cannot harm him.


Daily Feng Shui Tip for November 17th – ‘National Adoption Day’

Today’s ‘National Adoption Day,’ is very close to my heart. Long ago I was dealing with fertility issues and suffered multiple miscarriages as well. We had decided to try one final time to get pregnant and carry the baby to term before seriously exploring the idea of adopting. My son was the result of this last intentional attempt to get pregnant, but my brother and his family took up the adoption mantle just a few years ago. That’s when his wife and daughter traveled to China to pick up our newest family member, my niece Jia Ning. And even though it took my brother and his family over ten years to welcome their new daughter, without adoption this would have never happened. To activate energies for a fabulously smooth adoption process, locate the ‘Children’ area of the main floor and play some music there. Also put in this space something metal and something that symbolizes children. Adopting these tips will bring success to all other child-related efforts.

By Ellen Whitehurst for

Mom Dies in Pool Accident: Pool Slide Recalled

by Ann Pietrangelo

A 29-year-old Colorado mother died in Andover, Mass. after fracturing her  neck going down a Banzai in-ground pool water slide which had been placed over  the concrete edge of a pool. The woman hit her head at the bottom of the  slide because it had partially deflated.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Ark. and Toys R Us Inc., of Wayne, NJ,  in cooperation with The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), are  announcing a recall of about 21,000 inflatable Banzai in-ground pool water slides. During use, the slide can deflate, allowing the user  to hit the ground underneath the slide and become injured. The slide is also  unstable and can topple over in both still and windy conditions and carries  inadequate warnings and instructions.

The CPSC and the retailers have been notified of two other injuries which  occurred in a similar manner, including a 24-year-old man from Springfield, Mo.  who became a quadriplegic, and a woman from Allentown, Pa. who fractured her  neck.

The recall involves Banzai in-ground pool water slides designed for  use with in-ground pools. The vinyl slides have a blue base, yellow  sliding mat and an arch going over the top of the slide. By connecting a hose to  the top of the slide, water can be sprayed on its downward slope. The words  ‘Banzai Splash’ are printed in a circular blue, orange and  white logo, shaped like a wave on either side of the slide.

The recalled slides, which were manufactured in China by Manley Toys, Ltd,  were sold at Walmart and Toys R Us nationwide from January 2005  through June 2009 for about $250. The recalled slides have the barcode  number 2675315734 and model number 15734. Both the barcode and model  number appear on the original packaging but are not on the actual slide.

What to do if you own the Bonzai slide: Immediately stop  using the slide and return it to the nearest Walmart or Toys R Us for a full  refund. Consumers can also cut the two safety warning notices out of the slide  and just return that portion. For additional information from Walmart, call  (800) 925-6278 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the  firm’s website at For additional information from Toys R  Us, call (800) 869-7787 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday and  between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, or visit the firm’s website at




To report an incident involving the Bonzai slide: Contact the CPSC at or call the CPSC Hotline: (800)  638-2772

Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission