Random Kanji Knowledge: Unmei

Random Kanji Knowledge time!

Today’s kanji is 運命, which is read as unmei (oon-may). 運命 means fate/destiny.

運 can refer to stuff like “luck” or “motion,” as in movement. For instance, 運動 (undou) means exercise.

命 can represent things like destiny, life and decree, as in something has “ordered” for stuff to happen to you throughout your existence.

Thus, you can think of 運命 as the “motion of life,” but whether this entails good or bad fortune is another matter altogether.

“I hate the word fate. Birth, encounters, partings, success and failures, fortune and misfortunes in life. If our lives are already set in stone by fate, then why are we even born? There are those born to wealthy families, those born to beautiful mothers and those born into the middle of war or poverty. If that’s all caused by fate, then God is incredibly unfair and cruel.”

Mawaru Penguindrum. First scene. —————————————————————————————————————————————-

The stroke order for the kanji compound is shown below.


Kanji drawing map


Kanji drawing map

Do you believe in 運命? Or do we all have the power to shape our respective destinies?

English Translation of Lyrics by Anime Lyrics dot Com
Boys and girls, standing in a circle
Make a slicing motion with their stretched hands and then lower them
Their imaginations never intercept

The merry-go-round dances in the air
With one slicing motion drops the curtain of war
The holy night will reveal all the secrets

At midnight, from the opened window, an enticing, mysterious voice drifts in
It turns over the crimson curtains to hide its smile

Boys, come back to your senses!

Ride the limited express train
Take me to Neverland
And snatch away any and everything

If people are pointing their fingers at your back
Feel free to run away
It’s fine to do everything as you please

Boys and girls, standing in a circle
Make a slicing motion with their stretched hands and then lower them
The wheels of their destiny are beginning to turn


3 thoughts on “Random Kanji Knowledge: Unmei

  1. advocatemmmohan June 2, 2013 / 6:27 am

    it always amuse me – how you put life in the pictures; the great patient , interest , minor observations really fantastic job on the back ground- wonderful work
    with regards


  2. lavernjdewilde June 2, 2013 / 12:30 pm

    I have practiced astrology and numerology for 25 years, every day in sync with the planetary movements sun, one degree per day transiting through each constellation (houses of the zodiac and placement of planets at time of birth) in average 28, 30, 31 days. Moon transits (movies through each constellation (house of astrology chart) every 2 1/2 days. There are ephemeris’s online to tell one at what degree each planet and moon are and the signs. Each individual has an astrology chart with placement of planets at time of birth. Sun (one’s heart’s desire), moon (one’s emotions: and one’s mother or other females). Mercury, Venus, Mars, travel through each sign at their rate. Jupiter spends one year in each sign, and is symbolic of the danger of biting off more than one can handle, or overextension becomes weakness. If we over extend ourselves financially and do not save wisely, then destiny dictates that one will not be as wealthy as one would like in the long run (so that is choice. If we understand this and become temperate and disciplined, land do not over extend ourselves with children and stuff, that eat up money, we will have a tendency to be wealthier, depending on factors of level of education and type of wages for job or career). Saturn spends 2 1/2 years in each constellation, astrology sign, and is the messenger of where it is in our lives that we must really buckle down, take responsibility and master that area for reward. Each cycle of Saturn assists us to hone our skills to become greater masters of our destinies, and our birth Saturn will tell us our capacity for self discipline or not. If we are more aware with right information, we will have tendencies to make better choices in our lives. Uranus spends 7 years in each constellation, and brings unexpected changes in behaviors in the various sectors of our lives. When Uranus aspects Jupiter or Jupiter aspects Uranus, often, that is when things come into our lives, or we change our behaviors for the better, therefore religions tend to call these happenings “miracles”. Neptune spends 14 years through each constellation and wipes away all the things that Saturn has built up. Neptune is dreams and illusions, so we must be cautious just like with Jupiter not to overextend ourselves. Pluto varies from 14 to 30 years through each constellation, and is the sign of death of the old order for the birth of a new order. When one becomes familiar with one’s individual astrology chart, and does one’s own studies of these energies, one will come to understand that all of the religions are based on astrology for that was the science and the religion of all of the ancients of every country. Each spiritual tradition has their own astrology, except the Christians, but I’m sure that the Vatican of the Catholics know and practice astrology, just like the Hindu, Buddhist and Tibetan adepts. Therefore, when a religion says to pray and trust, what they are saying is that you will most likely obtain what you want not in the time that you want it, but in the time of the God of our universe which is the solar planetary system of the earth. Meaning that the timing of each of the transits of the planets through one’s astrology chart as they aspect one’s personal birth planets will bring the miracles one seeks, but one still must use choices, self-disciplines, masteries, and patience for one to receive the highest rewards. One must control one’s sexual drives and passions for these dissipate energy and bring bondages that dissipate resources. If one does not
    learn this early in life (what every religion teaches), then one will not be as fortunate as those who do practice self-mastery. Certainly accidents and other occurrences occur, but they all teach us something individually, and we must individually transcend certain things in our lives to become more mature or not. I use Western Tropical Astrology and some of the rules of Jyotish (Hindu) astrology), which also utilizes the nodes of the moon Rahu and Ketu (the passions, which must be released, transcended, to become more successful. On the whole, one’s choices are in synchronicity with one’s individual astrology chart, but one can become more successful (different degrees of the perception of success), if one embraces one’s individual astrology.


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