The 5th Hexagram and Ame-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugi: The Art of Levitating Water

The 5th Hexagram of the Yi Jing is Water over Heaven.  The Art of Ninzuwu’s interpretation of the 5th Hexagram from the Yi Jing Apocrypha of Genghis Khan reads as follows: Levitation of Water, or clouds appearing in Heaven, is an opportunity to revitalize the Soul by the enjoyment of life itself.  The 5th Hexagram is attributed to Lord Susanoo no Mikoto, the Kami of Storm and Sea.  Interestingly enough the story of how Lord Susanoo no Mikoto retrieved the legendary Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, originally called Ame-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugi (Sword of Gathering the Clouds of Heaven) directly connects with the precepts of the 5th Hexagram.


The Sword of Gathering Clouds of Heaven is the Sword of the Ninzuwu.  In Ame-no-Ukihashi: The Ancient Martial Art of Ninzuwu it states: Her priest and priestesses possessed a certain skill, known in the histories of mankind as Ame-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugi, “Sword of the Gathering the Clouds of Heaven,” a technique of Ame-no-Ukihashi. […] Ame-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugi, the Cloud-Gathering Sword of Heaven, is used by the priest and priestesses in their communications with the Celestial Immortals and the Spirits of the Deceased.

In the Art of Ninzuwu it is known that our thoughts and emotions are the means by which we communicate with the Magicians of the Unseen Lands.  For example a plant doesn’t have a negative reaction to cigarette smoke, but to someone thinking about smoking a cigarette.  The unseen forces of the natural world are communicating with higher senses beyond the five of man and are reacting to our thoughts and emotions whether we are aware of these processes or not.  Water is a symbol of emotions.  So the act of levitating water or the formation of clouds is an allegory for the alchemical process of refining our lower emotions into higher divine emotions.  When we are able to refine and direct our emotional energies then we are consciously communicating with the Divine World.  Water over Heaven is the call to raise our emotional state into that of the Divine World through internal balance using the gift of experience to refine our perceptions and intentions for the greater benefit of all.

Here is an excerpt of the Wikipedia entry on Susanoo no Mikoto’s discovery of the Sword of Gathering Clouds of Heaven:

The history of the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi extends into legend. According to Kojiki, the god Susanoo encountered a grieving family of kunitsukami (“gods of the land”) headed by Ashinazuchi (足名椎?) in Izumo province. When Susanoo inquired of Ashinazuchi, he told him that his family was being ravaged by the fearsome Yamata-no-Orochi, an eight-headed serpent of Koshi, who had consumed seven of the family’s eight daughters and that the creature was coming for his final daughter, Kushinada-hime (奇稲田姫?). Susanoo investigated the creature, and after an abortive encounter he returned with a plan to defeat it. In return, he asked for Kushinada-hime’s hand in marriage, which was agreed. Transforming her temporarily into a comb (one interpreter reads this section as “using a comb he turns into [masquerades as] Kushinada-hime”) to have her company during battle, he detailed his plan into steps.

He instructed the preparation of eight vats of sake (rice wine) to be put on individual platforms positioned behind a fence with eight gates. The monster took the bait and put one of its heads through each gate. With this distraction, Susanoo attacked and slew the beast (with his sword Worochi no Ara-masa[1]). He chopped off each head and then proceeded to the tails. In the fourth tail, he discovered a great sword inside the body of the serpent which he called Ame-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugi, which he presented to the goddess Amaterasu to settle an old grievance.

“If you notice, the formation of clouds always implies that something rises from a lower state and remains on high after it is transformed. This is the foundation of all transformation, but this is another aspect of the Soul of Fire teaching. For being to exist transformation must take place. This is emphasized as even Susanoo-no-Mikoto transformed his intentions to give his sister, Amaterasu Ohkami the sword. This point is often overlooked by many. In some ways he represents the lower self and after he was able to gain the sword by defeating the serpent, which was a symbol of lower self, not to be confused with the Dragon/Serpent of higher self.

If you notice this serpent was said to consume the children of a certain couple. The children represent pure energy and when the Dragon ate them, it represents the corruption of pure energy. Susanoo-no-Mikoto hears about this and makes a plan.

He gets the Dragon drunk by giving him sake. Sake, if your research how it is produced, is a symbol of alchemy. It is through the defeat of the serpent/dragon that Susanoo-no-Mikoto is able to obtain the sword. He learned something very valuable in regards to his work. He also would later take what he learned and present it to his higher self, Amaterasu Ohkami” – Warlock Asylum

An excerpt from Ame-no-Ukihashi: The Ancient Martial Art of Ninzuwu;

One should spend a little time studying the clouds.  If you study the clouds, you learn how to carry the clouds.  If you can carry the clouds, you can change the weather of your experience.

Is there any sense in the study of clouds?  This, of course, is the question of the layman.  They will forever live in doubt because doubt is faith in mortality.  When we study the clouds, we can watch our emotions without getting involved with them.

Clouds have no attachments, but they fulfill their obligations with the utmost urgency.  Beware of people who do not understand our ways and misinterpret the simple language to justify their ignorant lifestyles.

All of Life is the life of a cloud.  The animals, man, plants, stars and trees, all live the life of a cloud in their respective environments. Listen to the winds talk.

Lord Susanoo-no-Mikoto wielding Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi

Lord Susanoo-no-Mikoto wielding Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi

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2 replies

  1. Excellent post and really good insights. i will have to re-read this again! Thanks!

  2. amazing clarity a clear picture of the truth like always brother cheers!

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