Below is video clip of Wang Peishang discussing the 7 Stars posture in taiji:
After seeing this video, I was reminded of a conversation I had with another taiji buddy about the role of daoist cosmology in the sequence of the taiji long form.
He basically stated in the third section of the yang long form, the sequence of:
- Pat Wild Horses Mane
- Fair Maiden
- Cloud Hands
is executed in such a way to reference a daoist myth where a two lovers, a plowboy and a maiden, could only come together once a year. They were killed before their next meeting.
The plowboy represents the yang aspect with Part Wild Horses Mane and the maiden is the Yin aspect with Fair Maiden. They were able to join once, Cloud Hands, which represents the balance of Yin and Yang.
To me, this represents the “art” within martial arts.