“Quan Yin represents the presence that listens deeply to our prayers spoken from the heart. Quan Yin is known as the goddess of mercy and is considered to be the most beloved Buddhist deity. Her name translates in Chinese as “the one who perceives the cries of the world.” She is often compared to the Virgin Mary in Christianity because she intercedes on behalf of those who call out to her with humility and sincerity. Scholars believe that the Buddhist monk Kumarajiva was the first to refer to the female
Quan Yin was originally worshipped as a male deity. But at some point during the Northern Sung Dynasty (960-1126) Quan Yin began to be worshipped as a female. Miao Shan is believed to be the cause of this transformation. The legends of Miao Shan contain beautiful accounts of her saving sailors from drowning in rough seas. Quan Yin is associated with jade because of its protective properties. In this case it’s said to help with
going under water both literally and figuratively—drowning in the ocean or in a flood of emotions.
When your soul selects her card:
Quan Yin is about the deep medicine that comes simply from being willing to bear witness to someone else’s pain. To really listen we have to move from the ego to the soul so that the story we are listening to doesn’t become about us, or trigger us. This also applies to the moments when we are listening to the story we tell ourselves about who we
are. We are often far harsher and more unforgiving to ourselves than we would ever be to someone else. Quan Yin suggests that we listen simply with curiosity. Curiosity allows us to detach from needing to take the suffering of someone we love personally. Curiosity is a door that leads to compassion. It frees us from feeling as though
we have to react to what we hear, or defend and explain our part in their suffering. We can just perceive the pain that they are in. Or we can finally hear our own cries of despair and not seek to judge or justify them. We can just be present to what needs to be heard.
Quan Yin is the powerful energy of giving witness to our own or to someone else’s suffering. Often, just a calm abiding presence of compassion is all that is needed to transform that suffering into clear light.”
-From “The Divine Feminine Oracle” by Meggan Watterson, Art by Lisbeth Cheever-Gessaman