Taoism and Feng Shui – What is Ying versus Yang, Wu Ji and Tai Ji?

These terms are referring to is Toaist philosophy.  The study of Taoism and Feng Shui begins with an understanding of the Tao which basically advocates living in harmony with the natural world as opposed to against it – sound familiar?

The Tao focuses on the process by which all things are created and how they eventually return to the source.   Wu Ji or Wu Chi is usually represented by a whole circle and symbolises the Tao, the source of all things.   It represents a state of stillness and harmony.

T’ai ji or t’ai chi on the other hand is the symbol for change.  You are probably familiar with the modern t’ai chi symbol.


Yin is the dark, cold, female, flexible, yielding, cautious, inactive, cool side of life (shown as the black area).

Yang is the light, hot, male, stubborn, unyielding, bold, active, passionate side of life (shown as the white area).

The t’ai chi symbol indicates that everything in the Universe contains both light and dark, positive and negative which are complementary rather than conflicting. The two small dots within each area tell you that Yin contains a tiny particle of Yang and that Yang contains a tiny particle of Yin.

This is what people mean when they refer to the ‘dynamic equilibrium of Ying and Yang’. Nothing is totally Yin and nothing is totally Yang.

It is only when you find the dark in the light and the light in the dark that you achieve harmonisation or balance.

Hope this helps!

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