Yin and Yang.

yin yang

In Chinese philosophy and religion, they have two principles;

  • One negative / dark / feminine (yin)
  • One positive, / bright / masculine (yang)

whose interaction influences the destinies of creatures and things.

Word Origin
from Chinese (Peking) yin dark + yang bright

When one of these two forces gains control an imbalance occurs, so the aim is to achieve a balance between the two forces.

The Yin and Yang work as a complimentary force.

Yin / Yang :

Two halves that together complete wholeness. Yin and yang are also the starting point for change. When something is whole, by definition it is unchanging and complete. So when you split something into two halves – yin / yang, it upsets the equilibrium of wholeness. This starts both halves chasing after each other as they seek a new balance with each other.

The symbol for Yin Yang is called the Taijitu. Most people just call it the yin yang symbol in the west. The Taijitu symbol has been found in more than one culture and over the years has come to represent Taoism.

The word Yin comes out to mean “shady side” and Yang “sunny side”.

Yin is associated with curved shapes and small, soft, cold, dark, wet or ornate settings and items.

Yang is associated with angular shapes and large, light, extreme and perhaps uncomfortable designs.

Yang is associated with western architecture and design. Yang has a plethora of angles, high ceilings, big pieces of furniture, huge windows and sharp corner.


Yin/Yang Chart



Dark Light
Small Large
Ornate Plain
Horizontal Vertical
Curved Straight
Rounded Angular
Soft Hard
Low High
Cool Warm
Cold Hot
Floral Geometric
Earth Sky
Moon Sun
Feminine Masculine
Moon sun
Winter Summer
Feminine Masculine
Interior Exterior
Low High
Stillness Movement
Passive Active
Odd numbers Even numbers
Earth Heaven
Valleys Hills
Still waters Mountains
Sleep Wakefulness
Nature People
Broad Narrow
Supportive Dominant
Curved Straight
Emptiness Solidity
Concealed Visible

Circle, Square and the triangle .


This signifies the Heaven, Earth and the human beings.
This is a universal cosmological symbol.


Yin/Yang Plants

Yin Plants Yang Plants
Apricot Bamboo
Jasmine Cherry
Magnolia Chrysanthemum
Pear Orchid
Rhododendron Peony
Rose Willow


Yin and Yang Direction.


The diagrams shows the 5 element and their Yin and Yang Element.

小金屬 (Xiǎo jīnshǔ)-Small Metal, 
金屬 (Jīnshǔ) - Metal.
 (Shuǐ) - Water.
 (Huǒ) - Fire.
地球 (Dìqiú) - Earth.
小地球 (Xiǎo dìqiú) - Small Earth.
 (mùtou) - Wood
小木頭 (Xiǎo mùtou) - Small Wood

The Direction is clockwise. This Bagua Diagram is one we use to arrange our workspaces to make best use of the energies of each area within them.

We could use the feng shui principles to help us determine the types of activities which would be suitable for each direction. To do this we can use the Bagua Diagram which indicates the elements associated with the directions, and with this we could consider the Yin and Yang qualities that are associated with it.

Generating Interactions

The five generating interactions are:

  1. Fuelling.

  2. Forming.

  3. Containing.

  4. Carrying.

  5. Feeding.

And these enable each element to react in a certain manner:

  • Wood fuels fire.

  • Fire forms earth (volcanoes, ash, etc.).

  • Earth contains metal.

  • Metal carries water (buckets, pipes, etc.).

  • Water feeds wood (trees, plants, etc.).

Overcoming Interactions

The overcoming interactions of the five elements are like the acts of hostility between two sides in a war.

The five overcoming interactions are:

  1. Melting

  2. penetrating.

  3. Separating.

  4. Absorbing.

  5. Quenching.

And these can overcome in the following ways:

  • Fire melts metal

  • Metal penetrates wood (chopping, sawing, drilling, nailing, screwing).

  • Wood separates earth (tree roots breaking up soil/rock).

  • Earth absorbs water.

  • Water quenches fire.

Bagua Diagram.




simple bagua

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