Yin and Yang
three thousand years ago terms Yin and Yang was used for describing hillsides â
Yin for the shady hillside and Yang for the sunny hillside. In several centuries in the Eastern Zhou dynasty (770-256 b.c.e.) Yin and Yang become symbolize two types of
Qi. Yin was classified as natureâs passive principle where general
characteristics are passivity and weakness. Yang was classified as natureâs
active principle where general characteristics are activity and power.
Yang concept is related to Chinese philosophy, science and medicine.
imagine right side of something without its left side, or hot without cold. If
you hasn't cold you canât compare it with heat and
therefore you canât know that something is too hot. Opposites in such pairs
compliment each others. Where thereâs a day thereâs
a night. Thereâs movement and rest. Thereâs a sunny day and a breezy
(cool) night. When yin obtain its maximum it becomes
yang. A day will turn a night. Death and decay give rise to new life.
thing can be wholly yin or yang. Look at the picture. The white dot in the dark part symbolize potential for changing. Yin contain some yang and yang contains some yin.
Yin â stable earth. Yin compacts and condenses.
examples of Yin:
Earth, woman, black, winter, night, moon, water, intuitive, creative, soft,
stillness, meditation, sadness, depression, philosophy, religion.
some neutral concepts and at the same time some positive and negative concepts.
Does it mean that a woman must be associated with night, depression and
sadness? Of course, no. These are not characteristics
of something, these are just yin in nature where Yin
is one of two global natureâs forces.
Yang â heaven force. Yang expands.
examples of Yang:
Heaven, man, white, summer, day, sun, analytical, motion, active, logical,
firm, play, aggression, abundance, science.