Raining and sunny

| Meaning of life | 5 Comments

One of the most interesting meteorological phenomena is when it is raining and sunny at the same time. You can hear the droplets hitting the window but at the same time the sun is shining through the very same plate of glass.

Just like it is now here in my attic room of contemplation. Two opposites brought together in one simple sweep of nature.

In a way this can be viewed as very symbolic, meaning in my opinion one or more of the following:

  • The good cannot exist without the bad.
  • The bad can always be seen in a more positive light.
  • Beware that with the good there is always some bad in there.
  • Good and bad are one and the same thing.
  • Good things don't all look the same. (Stu D.)

So where do you fit in this overall picture?


All of these choices rely on the assumption that either sun or rain is inherently bad. I am not so sure that is the way that I perceive the symbolic nature of this phenomenon. Consider … good things don’t all look the same … one man’s rainy day is another man’s growing crops … even opposites can attract.

Yes, that is an interesting point. I realize now that I am unknowingly harping on the bad when the truth of the matter is that maybe there is nothing bad at all in there! In honor of your insightful response, I will add a fifth option: "Good things don't all look the same." Thanks alot, guy.

Actually, there are some folk tales related to this occurance. One is Kyocho ( mirror divination ). Although this can be done anytime, it is said that the sun drenched rain allows the result to be much more accurate. This is connected to the expression: the fox spirit ( Kistune ) has taken his bride. Another old folk tale says that when it rains while the sun is still shining, someone important to the earth has passed away. This is an old Micronesian belief.

Very interesting Fenrir, thanks. I like the idea of someone special passing away, going from the here to the there.

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