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Yin and Yang

Yin and Yang

Two Opposites that Form a Whole Only in Combination

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"The Great One produces the two poles,
which in turn give rise to the energies of the dark (yin) and the light (yang)."
~ Lü-shin ch'un-ch'iu

 

 

The yin-yang symbol stands for the universe composed of yin and yang, which form a whole only in combination. The two spots in the symbol indicate that each of the two energies – at the highest stage of its realization – already contains the seed of, and is about to transform into, its polar opposite.

 

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Yin and Yang: Properties and Associations

Yin

Yang

Feminine

Masculine

Passive

Active

Receptive

Creative

Dark

Bright

Soft

Hard

Original Meaning of Yin and Yang

Yin

Yang

North side of a hill (i.e. away from the sun)

South side of a hill (i.e. facing the sun)

Some Symbols of Yin and Yang

Yin

Yang

Moon

Sun

Night

Day

Water

Fire

Turtle

Dragon

Black color

Red color

North

South

Lead

Mercury

Even numbers

Odd numbers

 

    

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The Two Polar Energies

Yin and yang represent two fundamental forces that create and harmonize the Universe by their interaction. These two opposite, conflicting forces found in every action. They symbolize the two polar energies that, by their fluctuation and interaction, are responsible for the dynamic universe. The notion means that the reality consists of relationships between opposite principles.

Origin of the Yin-Yang Concept

The concept yin-yang stems from the Book of Change (I-ching), a Chinese book of wisdom and oracles, dating from the transition period between the Yin and Chou dynasties. The essential philosophy of the Book of Change is based on Confucianism, but there are also Taoist ideas present. It is based on the idea of two polar energies, by whose activities all things are brought about and come into being. Initially, these two energies were simply called the light and the dark, but later were referred to as yin and yang. The interaction of yin and yang produces change, which is to be understood as the movement of the Tao.

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Yin and yang are polar manifestations of the Tao – the supreme ultimate. The One is divided through the creative powers of the Tao into two opposite energetics and dualities, which then give birth to "the ten thousand things", their concrete manifestations being Earth and Heaven.

The Yang and Yin operate in the universe primarily through the agency of the five elements: Earth (Saturn), Water (Mercury), Metal (Venus), Wood (Jupiter), and Fire (Mars).

These elements under the guidance of the five planets form, with the Sun and Moon, the seven rulers. Each of the elements may also be Yang or Yin, so that combinations of all these could produce broad number possibilities (sic) and astrological alternatives. Each, of course, has its symbol which can be, and often was, incised into jade.

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Different Ways of Looking at the World

The notion yin and yang also means different ways of looking at a world that may be experienced in a variety of different ways. Yin, or 'the shady side' is contrasted with 'the sunny side' yang, and the idea is that everything has at least two aspects to it.

The Manifestation of Continuous Change

From the intermingling of yin and yang arise the five elements - water, fire, wood, metal, and earth ‒ the five phases of transformation, or five energies, that determine the course of natural phenomena. This manifestation of all phenomena is seen as a cyclic process, an endless coming into being and passing away, as everything, upon reaching an extreme stage, transforms into its opposite. The underlying shared characteristic of yin and yang therefore consists in giving rise to this continuous change, which is said to be the movement of the Tao.

The Symbol of Tao

Yin and yang are symbols of the Tao & Taosim.  They are the dynamic force of the Tao, constantly interacting with one another.

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The Tao teaches you the art of living and doing business. It gives you advice that imparts perspective and balance. It applies equally well to the managing of a large organization or the running of a small business, to the governing of a nation or the leading a small team, to your personal development or to the coaching of others... More

Chinese Traditional Medicine

The energies of yin and yang that give birth to 5 Basic Elements are of great importance in traditional Chinese medicine and the overall attitude towards health. The body is healthy only when yin and yang hold each other in balance... More

Yin & Yang in Chinese Cooking

How does the concept of yin and yang relate to food? 

A basic adherence to this philosophy can be found in any Chinese dish, from stir-fried beef with broccoli to sweet and sour pork. There is always a balance in color, flavors, and textures. However, belief in the importance of following the principles of yin and yang in the diet extends further... More

 

 

 

References:

  1. "The Rider Encyclopaedia of Eastern Philosophy and Religion", Rider Books

  2. "Key Concepts in Eastern Philosophy", Oliver Leaman