Water and Fire
Yin and Yang
Earthen Brazier

In the completed earthen brazier with lacquer made by firing clay, the remains made with a haigata pressed with these these two characters are sketched with ☵ on the surface with the fire chopsticks. Then the makibai is sprinkled.
Since ☵ is the kan trigram of the eight trigrams, water is expressed. Since Makibai has somewhat a feeling of cool snow, snow melting also becomes water. Water’s yin countering fire’s yang is a thing that calms the fire.
Furthermore, when finishing shozumi, a moon shape is cut during the ceremony with the ash spoon. The moon, namely, becomes yin.

水と火
陰と陽
土風炉

土を焼いてつくり漆で仕上げた土風炉には、この二文字押切の灰形をつくったあと、底に火箸で☵と描き、蒔灰をする。
☵は八卦の坎の爻で、水を表わすとされる。蒔灰は目に涼しい雪の風情で、雪もとけては水となる。火の陽に水の陰で対し、火を鎮めるのである。
さらに、初炭のおわりに、灰匙で手前に月形を切る。月すなわち陰となる。

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