Yin Yang theory - Symbol, definition and meaning
In Taoist philosophy, Yin and Yang represents the origin of life. The foundations of all the constitutive aspects of the universe are expressed by the duality of the Yin Yang couple.
The Yin Yang symbol
The most famous symbol of Yin Yang theory, Taijitu (太极 图) comes from T'ai Chi. It consist of a circle split in two: a white space with a black dot for Yang (day, light, birth, masculinity) and a black space with a white dot for Yin (night, shadow, death, feminity).
In the reciprocal relationship of the two Yin and Yang polarities, one goes inevitably to the other and vice versa. Yin and Yang are coupled. The Yang corresponding to action, movement, light and the Yin to neutrality, inertia, and darkness.
The Yin Yang's definition and meaning
According to the primordial principle of existence, every entity is born, grows, matures, declines and dies. Thus, everything is constantly changing and nothing is ever frozen. For this reason, it is impossible to define any absolute state in Yin or Yang. Indeed, Yang feeds on Yin and vice versa. Every being or entity (animal, vegetable, mineral, virtual, spiritual) is made up partly of Yang and partly of Yin. The combined Yin and Yang constitute the energetic integrity of a set, with one of the two polarities in a dominant position.
The dominant polarity of a being or an entity is a snapshot of its mutation phase at a precise moment. In Asian astrology, the Yin and Yang property of the 5 Chinese elements is used to identify traits and personality for the natal chart of an individual and is used mostly in a predictive reading of the Chinese lunar calendar.
Thus, the Yin or Yang peculiarity of a compensatory element used for the deficiency or excess of a specific element doesn't necessarily play a predominant role when it is primarily a question of filling the energetic lack of a Chinese astral theme.
However, apart from Chinese astrology, it remains essential to develop a thorough knowledge of the Yin and Yang attributes of the 5 elements in other areas where WuXing plays a vital role, such as martial arts, acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine and of course, Feng Shui.
Yin Yang in Feng Shui
Because the 5 elements of Chinese cosmology are the same in Chinese astrology and Feng Shui, one can apply the Yin Yang theory to fine tune the Feng Shui cures and techniques of one's home and office. It is very similar to the way one can learn more about the specific character and personality of a Chinese zodiac sign.
For instance, if a particular sector of your house needs the activation of the Fire element during a given Feng Shui year, knowing if it is a Yin or Yang Fire will give you a clear indication of the size and brightness of the electrical light you might want to position: a Yang fire can be fiery while a Yin Fire is more discreet.
Similarly, Water will be considered Yin or Yang depending on its quantity, surface or state (stagnant or in motion). A house by the seaside, a lake or a large river will benefit from the Yang qualities of the Water element, while an aquarium or an artificial stream will be considered Yin.
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