X marks the spot in today’s abecedarium entry. And I’m musing about xylo.
Xylo is a combining form, meaning wood. I discovered the prefix while I was reading up on the history of wooden block printing. If you’re interested in seeing some videos, here’s one with a master Indian artisan printing on fabric, and here’s one of a Japanese master printing on paper. Both are worth watching to see how they do multi-colored patterns.
Musing about wooden blocks got me wondering where the expression blockhead came from. An insult, meaning a stupid or idiotic person, It’s suggested the term may have come from the head-shaped wooden blocks used by hat makers.
And somehow that got me thinking about Pinocchio. The original version of the story, not the Disney-fied tale is quite dark, as of course are most fairy tales
But I also thought about another blockhead. I love my plant-brained head painted on a block. Love the roses from my little rose tree as well.
I may not actually have a block head, but there’s no doubt part of me is indeed wood. According to the 9 Star Ki, a system based on interpreting the energetic qualities one carries based on one’s birthday, my primary number, meaning my primary characteristics, is yang wood. Yang wood is associated with sunrise, east, early Spring, liver/gallbladder, light green; proceeding, advancement, beginnings, accomplishing, optimism, creativity, and yang wood personalities are Emotional, strong, idealistic, poetic, brilliant, active, aesthetic, kind-hearted, straightforward, romantic, successful. Extremes include: temperamental, opinionated, stubborn, competitive.
My house is filled with sticks and branches and I also have a number of carved wooden figures – some African, some Balinese, and one of my favorites was carved by sister-in-law. I shared a stash of Cypress knees with her and in return she carved a two-sided goddess for me. Aren’t I lucky? And don’t you love the idea of Cypress knees? I get shivers of delight just saying the word.
So what about you? Even if you don’t know anything about the 9 Star Ki system, would you consider yourself more like wood, water, earth, fire, or metal? Have a favorite tree? Is your vision more single trees or forest like? Have a tree tale to share? Do tell – you know I love to hear.