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Origin of Yin-Yang symbol

Posted: 26 May 2010, 22:22
by Druid Faqir
We were discussing this over at the Tea House, and I found it interesting...
http://www.chinesefortunecalendar.com/YinYang.htm
Ofcourse, we all knew that it has astronomical roots, but you can see the details. :)

Re: Origin of Yin-Yang symbol

Posted: 26 May 2010, 23:40
by Jalking
I, for one didn't know about the roots of the symbol, and am now a whole lot wiser :grin: This is intriguing and interesting.

Re: Origin of Yin-Yang symbol

Posted: 27 May 2010, 09:00
by marion
very interesting, thank you very much for sharing :)

Re: Origin of Yin-Yang symbol

Posted: 27 May 2010, 13:23
by Frog
That really is interesting.
The other point that I picked up on was the orientation of the solstice parts as well - you'll notice that the summer solstice is at the top.

This is interesting because Chinese map orientation has South at the top and not the bottom.

(also pleased as it meant I got the orientation right of my tattoo!!!)

Re: Origin of Yin-Yang symbol

Posted: 27 May 2010, 20:57
by Druid Faqir
also pleased as it meant I got the orientation right of my tattoo!!!
THAT is also interesting; how did you do that? :D

Re: Origin of Yin-Yang symbol

Posted: 28 May 2010, 12:52
by Frog
Druid Faqir wrote:
also pleased as it meant I got the orientation right of my tattoo!!!
THAT is also interesting; how did you do that? :D
I'd decided that for this latest one, I would use the Ba Gua "Later Heaven". The image that I found on the web had the yin/yang "horizontal" rather than vertical, so I decided to edit it before taking it into the shop (note: tattoo artists tend to suck their teeth quite hard when you offer something that is simply circles and straight lines :oops: :D )

As I reorientated the central symbol it seemed more "right" to put the light and shade in the way reflected in your link - without noting further about the North/South winter solstice/summer solstice orientation... until last week.

I guess the Tao (and my spirits) guided me! :yay:

Re: Origin of Yin-Yang symbol

Posted: 09 Jun 2010, 19:29
by FoxPhantom
Wow, I guess that's another thing I learned today.

I never knew the yin yang symbol had a point of view with the sun, chinese calendar, and seasons.

Re: Origin of Yin-Yang symbol

Posted: 11 Jun 2010, 09:23
by Golden Eagle
Oooh thanks for posting this, I'd always wondered about any deeper meaning of the yin/yang.

Re: Origin of Yin-Yang symbol

Posted: 11 Jun 2010, 13:46
by Frog
Golden Eagle wrote:Oooh thanks for posting this, I'd always wondered about any deeper meaning of the yin/yang.
Just curious by your comment Golden Eagle - what meaning of the yin/yang were you aware of? I ask because the symbol has a very deep meaning in it's simplest descriptions, so I am curious to ask.

Blessings
Frog

Re: Origin of Yin-Yang symbol

Posted: 21 Jun 2010, 19:52
by Tyriell_Whisperwind
thanks for the post very interesting