Pictogram Palace: Free Supplement
Mandate of Heavan:
Tian1Ming4 Literally means “heaven fate”. The mandate of heaven, similar to the divine right of kings.
This is the image of a man standing with his arms spread out 大 under the clouds of the sky above 一
大 means big
一 means one. Put them together and One Big Man 人 under One sky/cloud/heaven。
TIAN1 SKY, HEAVEN
Above is a roof, or a person 人. Below the roof is one 一 Together 人 一 make ji2 亼 which means assembly （one group of people under one roof). MING4 FATE
Below is a mouth on the left 口 kou4 and an obeisant person on the right. 卩 Together they make 叩 kou4 which means to get on one’s knees and bow to the floor in reverence.
命 An assembly of people bowing reverently to their FATE MING4