A New Year to Balance Your Yin and Your Yang
Feng Shui brings love of life, prosperity and serenity to millions of people. This ancient Chinese art is practiced through the understanding of many symbols that most of us have not quite assimilated. So let’s begin with a review of the yin and the yang…
The concept of yin and yang is one of Feng Shui’s main principles. Etymologically speaking, Yin represents a dark, negative, feminine figure, and yang symbolises a positive, light, masculine figure. Together they are believed to influence the destinies of other people and things. As the yin-yang emblem shows, the circular drawing is comprised of the Yin as the white portion with the black dot, and the Yang as the black portion with the white dot.
By extension, Yin, the darker element, is passive, dark, wet, cold, feminine, downward-seeking, and corresponds to the night; whereas Yang, the brighter element, is active, light, hot, masculine, upward-seeking and corresponds to the day. Despite appearances, these connotations do not imply any type of man-glorifying macho-related stereotyping! Quite the contrary, they describe two primal opposing but complementary forces found in all balanced things in the universe.
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