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Yin Yang Tattoos And Meanings-Yin Yang Tattoo Designs And Ideas

Updated on September 5, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.

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YIN YANG HISTORY


When it comes to symbols that are significant to the Chinese, the "yin yang" symbol ranks right up there next to the dragon and Phoenix. The yin yang symbol is circular and it is equally divided into two symmetrical parts. Each symmetrical part has a color, one is white and the other is black. Each side contains a small circle that is opposite the color of the section. The black section has a white circle and the white section has a black circle. The black section is called the "yin" and the white side is called the "yang".












The yin yang is called "Taijitu". According to Asian Philosophy, the yin has characteristics of the female. It is said that the yin has a destructive nature. The yang has male characteristics and is considered creative. Compared to each other, the yin and yang are complete opposites.












In Chinese philosophy, it states that yin and yang are opposites in nature. It is said that they attract to each other. Just as in life, it always seems that opposites attract. When they do attract, it is said that they form the basic five elements that create the universe.












The five basic elements that create the universe according to the Chinese is water, fire, earth, wood, and metal. The yin yang symbol is an ancient Chinese Taoist symbol. In Chinese Taoism, this symbol is the single principle that runs the entire universe. The yin yang represents the division of these two opposing forces. They believe that everything in the entire universe can be defined as either yin or yang.








The yin yang symbol is actually thousands of years old. It is believed that the yin yang symbol was created by Chinese scholars. They actually created this symbol to understand the universe better and to track the sun's movement. The summer solstice is believed to be the birth of the yin cycle and the winter solstice is the birth of the yang.















The yin yang symbol wasn't only a symbol for the Chinese and Asian cultures. Such designs were also found to exist in the Celtic culture and the Roman culture. The yin yang symbol has been found in Celtic art and around the Celtic culture. It has also been dipicted in the Roman culture. The yin yang symbol can be found in Roman shields as well.

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TATTOO MEANINGS AND DESIGNS


The yin yang tattoo can represent anything that is opposite in the universe. For example, the yin yang represents day and night, light and dark, male and female, or up and down. The yin yang represents the balance of two opposing forces. It is believed that everything in the universe has an opposite.








The yin yang tattoo can also represent "unity" and "harmony". A great example for this meaning is those who strive for world peace. They want the world to be united and living in harmony. Someone with these beliefs may choose to get the yin yang tattoo for this specific reason.










The yin yang tattoo can also be a symbol of the Chinese culture. Those who follow the Chinese culture or those who respect it may choose to get a yin yang tattoo. Other people choose the yin yang tattoo because they like the design. For whatever reason it is, the yin yang offers a unique tattoo choice.








As you can tell from the pictures in this article, there are all kinds of different designs. Yin yang designs are very creative and many tattoo artist have put their own creative touch in such designs. The traditional design is in black and white. Now a days, the yin yang symbol can come in a variety of bright colors and wild designs. You need to make sure you research all yin yang designs that are available before you make a final choice.








MEANINGS FOR THE YIN

  • Soft
  • Yielding
  • Wet
  • Cold Passive
  • Slow








MEANINGS FOR THE YANG

  • Solid
  • Hot
  • Dry
  • Fast
  • Aggressive

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi lyricwriter

      I like the black and white yin yang tattoo on the man's back for it's simplicity. So, they say that yin has a destructive nature. Well, Mother Nature sure can be destructive.

      Hope you are having a good week my friend.

      Voted up and awesome.

      Take Care

      Sue

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I was absorebed by your write up on this one, very interesting.

      Voting up

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      well lyricwriter thank you for the Yin Yang history along with your awesome on-going train of tattoos love it man :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Wow, The history is intriguing. So many tattoo styles to showcase, amazing..Thank you..

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up. These have a very interesting history. I've always been curious about Yin and Yang and how all that works etc.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Sueswan, thanks for coming by. I like the black and white one the most myself. Hope all is well and thanks! Mother Nature can be a bad bitty for sure. Take care.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Rosemay, thank you so much for sropping by. Hope you enjoyed it my friend. Best wishes.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Frank, thanks for dropping by my friend. Love the poetry. I appreciate all your support. I am grateful.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      AE, thanks for taking the time to come by. It is an interesting history. I want you to know I appreciate all your support. Thanks so much.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      My dear Gypsy:) Thanks for another visit. I was as well. I wasn't sure if the history portrayed the tattoo or they were different. Symbolism and tattoo meanings are usually the same or similar. Take care.

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      Toni Northern 5 years ago from Williamston NC

      I love your article. The Yin Yang representing opposites is incredibly informative, I didn't know that. That's gonna make getting the right tattoo much more exciting.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      SonQuioey10, thank you so much for taking the time to come by and comment. I am so glad that you were able to get the information you need for your tattoo. Be sure to send me a pic if you are getting one!

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