Yin and Yang

Yin and yang represents the duality in nature and how things function relative to each other.  The Yin and Yang symbol (known as the Tai Ji symbol) represents a state of balance and harmony.  Yin can be described as: dark, damp, cold, inwards, slow, moon, night, below, female, rest, passive, contracting.  Yang characteristics can be described by using the words heat, dryness, outwards, fast, light, sunny, male, outside, active, day.  The objective in Feng Shui is to achieve a balance of these characteristics within a home.

Yin houses lack vitality, and are often cold and dark.  Yin sites do not promote healthy living spaces, and occupants living in an excessively Yin environment may lack energy and motivation.  An example of a Yin house could be that of a recluse or loner.  Yang houses have more vitality than yin houses and are characterized by occupants engaging in activity.  Examples of houses that would have higher levels of yang would be apartment blocks in sunny areas or houses in busy districts where there are many residents, pets and busier roads.  A balance of Yin and Yang is essential to promote a balanced environment where its occupants can experience well being.

There are two broad categories of Feng Shui, and this includes Yin house and Yang house Feng Shui.  The Yin house school concentrates on favourable sites for burying the dead, which is important in the Asian culture due to their beliefs regarding the implications upon the descendents of the deceased.

Yang house Feng Shui relates to finding an auspicious site for the living, and is a term covering the major schools of Feng Shui that are practiced today.

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