This writer has mentioned “Yin” and “Yang” in his articles on the Five Chinese Elements. A correct explanation of these Two Words is necessary for comprehension of the Five Elements. In this article, we will discuss Yang.
Yang, meaning literally, “sunny”, and indicating the South side of a mountain, is usually considered masculine; as the Principle of Light, it is brightness, activity, upward movement, heat, expansion, strength, motivation, activity, warmth, spring, and summer. A more correct term is "Yang Ki" , which would translate as "Sunny Energy". In Nova Thought, we would correlate Yang with the Light Principle, which, you may remember, also, that the Bhagavad Gita calls it Boddhi (Awareness), and the Vedas call it Aditattva (Original Principle). Yang is also associated with the Sun. The Direction is Upwards. A common Symbol for Yang Ki is a single unbroken line.
The Elements Wood and Fire are considered Yang in Nature, the former being called “Young Yang” and the latter “Old Yang”. Metal and Water, on the other hand, are “Young Yin” and “Old Yin”, respectively, and Earth can considered to be either neutral, or a combination of both Yang and Yin. Yang can best be understood in relationship with Yin. The next article will deal with Yin.