You’ve probably seen this symbol in artwork, décor and even jewelry. It was trendy in the 90’s even though many of us hadn’t a clue what it meant. I remember even having a necklace because it was the “cool thing” at the time. Now in my work I use this concept daily and I’m pleased to share a brief introduction with you.
Often times, you’ll find the symbol referred to as a “Yin/Yang Symbol”, however it actually is called Taijitu and has been around for thousands of years. This concept of Chinese philosophy serves as what I’ll call the “groundwork” for Feng Shui. Some items in your space are more Yang while others are more Yin. A dark cozy bedroom room is more Yin, while a bright colorful game room is more Yang. Harmonizing Yin/Yang along with having an understanding of the purpose of the room helps us create a balanced feeling or good Feng Shui.
Here’s what Dictionary.com says:
yin and yang
noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
(in Chinese philosophy and religion) two principles, one negative, dark, and feminine (yin), and one positive, bright, and masculine (yang), whose interaction influences the destinies of creatures and things.
Taijitu represents two halves which are complimentary opposites, equaling a whole. My teacher explained it to me like this: Without daylight we would not have nighttime, without hot there would be no cold, or death there can be no life. Make sense?
This symbol shows two large halves with a small touch of the other (small circles). This represents how even something that is mostly yin still has aspects of yang and the same with the opposite. Both halves are ever changing.
To clarify this concept further, I dug through some saved YouTube videos and found a favorite. I think you’ll like it too: