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I-Ching holds that all energy in the Universe comes in two forms… yin and yang.  These energies are neither positive nor negative, rather they represent eternal balance… one cannot be without the other… just like there is no day without night.  Yin and yang are never static, and the balance is constantly shifting as energy continually transforms.

The yin / yang symbol is called TAIJITA and represents eternal balance, the supreme ultimate.  The outer circle represents “everything” while the shapes inside show the interaction of the two energies.  Each has aspects of the other… neither is completely black or white… they cannot exist without each other.  The Toa (The Way) indicates that opposite contrary forces are interconnected and interdependent (complementary) and that these opposites exist in harmony.


Yin and yang represent the masculine and feminine principles working together to create harmony and order.  If they are out of balance, the result is dis-ease!  Yin is dark & mysterious and contains the power of unity, connection and relationship.  Yang is light & obvious and contains the power of difference, opposition and separation.  Each of these are required for balance. The table below outlines the opposite energies & attributes of both.

Essentially, the Universe accommodates a balance of these energies… a sunset will always lead to another sunrise… it is the natural order of things.


Yin (Ida)Yang (Pingala)
FeminineMasculine
BlackWhite
SunsetSunrise
DarkLight
NightDay
PassiveActive
GentlePower
ReflectiveCreative
EarthHeaven / Sky
IntuitionLogic
CalmEnergise
Cooling / ColdWarming / Hot
MoistDry
NourishingExpanding
ContractingRaising (transforming)
SoftSolid (Hard)
YieldingFocused
MoonSun
ReceptiveDirective
ShadowTranscend
FlexibleRigid
Feeling (feelings)Thinking (thoughts)
AttractionAssertion
WaterFire
WinterSummer
DownwardUpward
InternalExternal
NatureCulture
CollectiveIndividual
ProcessOutcome
Left nostrilRight nostril
Mother EarthFather (Spirit)
FlowGo
SustainabilityPeak Experience
SlowerFaster
Heart / BodyMind
Energetic SensitivityLogic & Strategy
BeingDoing

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