Symbol of Change

Symbol of Change

Every once in a while, I spot the above symbol. It can usually be found in locations such as tai chi and qigong studios but was recently seen as an unrelated company’s logo.

Is there a connection with subtle energy?  Let’s explore that.


Its earliest history includes ancient Chinese philosophical practices. Various depictions have been found on early divination objects used hundreds of years ago in the Eastern portion of our world. 

Even in today’s time, those in the East who follow the “older” practices first identify where we are within the flow of change before offering an individual prediction.  

Its Meaning

What we now call the yin-yang symbol is a visual for energy interaction between two opposites. Although they appear to be opposing forces, neither can exist without the other. 

It is a Symbol of Change.

They are complementary. Each creates – or leads – to the other.

The symbol’s darker portion represents yin, a quieter and more receptive force. It is equally important with the other. 

Lighter coloration represents its opposite more active force called yang.

The Flow

Inside the greater fullness of each color appears the other color as a small dot. For example, the largest section of light color (yang) holds the beginning of the darker yin, and vice versa. 

They are balanced but continually moving and flowing.


We can all relate to the change of seasonal energy in both Mother Nature and in ourselves.

Vibrant Summer with its growth and activity is yang. Our own energy has also risen from the core of our physical bodies and has moved outward. In our symbol, Summer is yang.

But as Summer’s peak winds down, our growing season also slows. Like Nature, our physical subtle energy is moving inward. 

Using our symbol, you can see the darker dot of quieter yin appearing inside the lighter full yang. Yin gradually increases as the yang energy decreases.

Change is continual.

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