The Relationship that Started it All and Changed the World: The Yin Yang & Diagram of the Supreme Ultimate

The Relationship that Started it All and Changed the World: The Yin Yang & Diagram of the Supreme Ultimate

Chinese mythology and cosmology rest on the concept that the universe is shaped and maintained by two fundamental forces called yin and yang. They are opposite yet complementary forces that interact to form a dynamic system where the whole is greater than the assembled parts.

Yin represents the feminine, black, dark, north, passive, the moon goddess Changxi, earth, cold and softness—providing spirit to all things. Yin may also be represented by water, which symbolizes transformation, the tiger, the color orange, and a broken line in the trigrams of the I Ching (“Book of Changes”).

One of the symbols of the I Ching, trigrams with broken and unbroken lines. (BenduKiwi/CC BY-SA 3.0)


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