Yin Yang Symbol

The symbol of the concepts of Yin and Yang is one of the most recognizable symbols in the world, and also represents Taoism. Read on to know more...
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The concept of Yin and Yang forms the base of many Oriental philosophies, particularly Taoism. The symbol used to represent the union of this duo, called Taijitsu, stands for the interdependence and interconnectedness of the seemingly contrary/polar forces of nature. There is no standard definition for this concept, owing to the vastness behind the idea, but the Taijitsu symbol is most commonly used, and has now become synonymous with the concept.

Symbolism

Yin and Yang stand for the opposite and complementary forces which interact with each other within the whole system. The symbol is usually depicted as a circle divided into two halves by tear-drop shapes. One half is black, while the other is shown white. Both halves contain a smaller circle in the opposite color.

The symbol seems to be in motion, something explained in Yin and Yang's nature as cyclical, opposite forces that transform into each other. It is not possible for Yin to exist without Yang, and vice versa. This concept can be illustrated by the example of day turning into night, and the night transforming back to day.

The opposite-colored smaller circles in each halves stand for the assumed presence of each half in the other's domain.

Variations

Lotus: The significance of the holy seat of Buddha is represented by the Lotus symbol; all Buddhists recognize this symbol. Chinese people attribute the qualities of perfection and ultimate purity with this symbol. The nature of the lotus, which rises from mud without getting tainted, gets reflected in the Yin Yang Lotus symbol.

Heart: The balance which needs to be maintained in our hearts with respect to the feeling of love and compassion is depicted by this symbol. A perfect balance works wonders and makes life beautiful.

Eye: The eye symbol represents the balance in our vision or focus. This variation is represented by a circle in the eye with tear-drop shapes incorporated in the circle.

History

The origin of the Taijitsu symbol can be traced back to an ancient agrarian religion. The importance of this concept is cited in Taoism, Confucianism, etc. The 'oracle bones', turtle carapaces and animal shoulder blades meant for divination in ancient China, have inscriptions of the earliest forms of the symbol.

Forces of nature that are opposite also complement each other, and are only meaningful because of each other.
Yin Yang Eye Symbol
Yin Yang Heart Symbol
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