Yin Yang Symbols and Their Meanings

Yin Yang Symbol Meanings


Yin Yang Symbol Meanings

In a nutshell, Chinese Yin Yang symbols represent perfect balance. Seemingly, the whole of Chinese philosophy stems from the concept of Yin and Yang - opposites interacting and supposedly the seed of all things. For example, evil results from an imbalance in Yin and Yang, and good comes from the two being in harmonic balance.

To aid in understanding the properties belonging to each side of the symbol, I have included the following table. Each property is beneath its corresponding Yin or Yan energy.

Yin and Yang Corresponding Energies

Yin Yang
Dark Light
Matter Spirit
Earth Sky
Female Male
Passive Active
Tiger Dragon
Down Up
North South
Water Fire
Winter Summer
Shade Sunlight
Receptive Creative
Valleys Mountains
Even Numbers Odd Numbers
Moon Sun
Cold Heat
Death Life

The meaning of the characters for yin and yang, has more than just one connotation. Basically interpreted, yang means "sunny", so it corresponds to the day and more active functions. Whereas yin, means "shady", and corresponds to night and less active functions.

The following Yin Yang symbols and brief descritpions are shown for your reference and symbolic enjoyment...

Various Yin Yang Symbol Designs and Their Meanings

Traditional Chinese Yin Yang Symbol Classic Yin Yang Symbol
This is the basic Yin Yang symbol embroidered. As mentioned above, this symbol represents the primal opposing but complementary forces found in all things in the universe. Depicted as it is, it also outlines the necessity of balance in all things. Check out circle symbolism here.


Chinese Yin Yang Within Lotus Yin Yang Lotus Symbol
The Yin Yang enclosed in the legendary lotus is a particularly powerful and balancing symbol. The Buddhist's all over the world recognize this Lotus as signifying the holy seat of the Buddha. To the Chinese it symbolizes ultimate purity and perfection because it rises untainted and beautiful from the mud. The sacred lotus combined with the balancing acting of the Yin Yang make this a perfect point of focus for the body, mind and spirit. More about Lotus meanings here.


Chinese Yin Yang Eye
Yin Yang Eye
An artistic spin on the traditional Yin Yang, this symbol represents our focus or view of balance - both internally and externally. This is a beautiful symbol expresses your vision for peace and balance. More about eye symbolism here.


Chinese Yin Yang Heart Yin Yang Heart
Balance in our hearts and love in our lives is truly what makes the world go 'round. This traditional Yin Yang symbol in the form of a heart reminds us that love is one of the truest and dearest of virtues. More about heart symbol meanings here.


I hope you enjoyed these artistic yin yang symbols to get your creative energy flowing. Check out the links at the end of this page for more symbol meanings and symbolic portents. Thanks for reading!



An Important Note About Signs, Symbols and Their Meanings

Signs and symbols cultivate their meanings according to culture, context, passage of time in society as well as mass societal opinion. What's cool and highly important is that signs and symbols earn their most powerful meanings from our own personal perspectives.

This website strives to provide you with the best, time-honored information when defining signs and symbols. However, in the final analysis, "Beauty (and symbolism) is in the eye of the beholder."

Having said that, it's in our best interest to invest the time to do personal research on symbolic events happening to us. This website is just one perspective in an ocean of variety and diversity in the realm of symbolism. So dive in! There is a whole universe of deeper meanings to explore! You can start your research by clicking on the links at the end or to the side of this page. Odds are good I've got a follow-up article about this symbolic topic. ;)

As always, thanks for your willingness to learn more about the language of symbolism. It's a language that is universal and everywhere. It's super-groovy to travel with you on your symbolic path, and maybe offer a little translation along the way. Thanks for reading and exploring!



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