“Yin-Yang is a symbolic representation of universal process that portrays a changing rather than static picture of reality….The poles of a unified whole are characterized in relation to each other, revolving cycles of the ‘one’ becoming the ‘other.” From Between Heaven and Earth by Beinfield and Korngold.

Very few persons, things, or situations are wholly Yin (female) or Yang (male). The concept can be used to differentiate aspects of a process. All things in the universe are in a state of change, and within one state of being there exists an element of the other. The Yin-Yang symbol is illustrative of the constant change and flow, Yin into Yang and back again, and the seed of one being contained in its opposite.

Beinfield and Korngold continue “All things have a polar nature: time is divided into day and night and summer and winter, gender into male and female, place into heaven and earth, temperature into hot and cold, direction into up and down, space into inside and outside, and so on. But designations of Yin and Yang are made only in relation to each other. For example, the sun is bigger, brighter, hotter (Yang) in relation to the earth, which is smaller, darker, and cooler (Yin). The earth, however, is more Yang in relation to the moon, which is more Yin. Yin and Yang cannot be separated. There is no dark without light, no front without back, no up without down, no in without out, and no heat without cold. There is no space without time, no birth without death.”

“Because everything is in motion, all process is cyclic, and everything contains its opposite, the dilemma of what came first, the chicken or the egg, is transcended in Chinese philosophy by accepting them as inseparable agents of the process of creation.”

Female Energies – Yin

Curved lines

Representational Art (sometimes)

Open space





Male Energies – Yang

Straight lines

Abstract Art (sometimes)

Filled space





Using Yin-Yang analysis of shapes, colors and textures is one way to determine why a particular space feels and functions as it does, either as desired or to help determine what lack or excess is causing an imbalance.