Yin Yang: symbols unite duality

Yin yang in A cycle of Cathay, China, 1897. US public domain via wikimedia
Yin yang in A cycle of Cathay, China, 1897. US public domain via wikimedia

Carl Jung speaks of the Yin Yang:

“There is no position without its negation. In or just because of their extreme opposition, neither can exist without the other. It is exactly as formulated in classical Chinese philosophy: yang (the light, warm, dry, masculine principle) contains within it the seed of yin (the dark, cold, moist, feminine principle), and vice versa. Matter therefore would contain the seed of spirit and spirit the seed of matter…. Nevertheless, the symbol has the great advantage of being able to unite heterogeneous or even incommensurable factors in a single image.” (Carl Jung, CW 9i, para. 197)

Reference:

  1. The Archetypes and The Collective Unconscious (Collected Works of C.G. Jung Vol.9 Part 1)

4 thoughts on “Yin Yang: symbols unite duality

  1. Fractals are a modern symbol of the concordance of opposites called liminocentricity. This is a special case of enantiodromia as topology, where the center becomes the edge, or the edge becomes the center. I first learned the word here when googling for more information about enantiodromia:

    http://tap3x.net/EMBTI/j6structures.html

    ‘Limen’ meant ‘threshold’ in Latin, and there are some other interesting derivatives like liminal, liminality:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liminality

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