Chinese Mythology

The Folk Gods and Spirits of the Middle Kingdom

YIN

Chinese concept

Also known as YIN-YANG

The Female Essence of the Universe

She is the perfect opposite of Yang. Together they make the famous Yin-Yang symbol of Daoist thought.

Yin represents all the female qualities of creation, at least as understood by Daoists. This includes the Moon, darkness, weakness, submission, modesty, stillness, poverty and sickness.

That may sound negative, and in fact it is. Yin is the negative to Yang’s positive. But there is no true negative as both forces are equal and opposite, perfect in their differences. True fulfillment comes when you embrace both Yin and Yang in equal measure, as each complements and benefits the other.

If you strive after something without accepting its opposite, things fall out of balance. This can lead to ill health, bad luck and all manner of spiritual unhappiness. If this happens to you, your manifestation of Dao probably needs fine-tuning and your Qi adjusted. Consult your nearest Feng Shui practitioner.

Meanwhile, back to the Gods. The Heavenly personification of Yin is Xiwangmu.

Yin Facts and Figures

Name: Yin
Pronunciation: Yeen
Alternative names: YIN-YANG

Gender: Female
Type: concept
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

Role: Unknown at present

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Article last revised on April 22, 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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