Chinese Astrology – Yin and Yang Principle

The Yin Yang principle involves: polarity, balance and harmony. Yin and Yang are two cosmic energies, representing various aspects. Certain Animal signs are Yin, others Yang. The Yin Yang philosophy is a process of seeking balance. The Yin and Yang principle represents the constant change and movement of the cosmos. To be healthy and balanced, both energies must be integrated into the body and mind. Before specifically discussing the Yin and Yang principles in Chinese astrology or various animal signs, we will first briefly discuss the concepts themselves.

Chinese Yin and Yang Principle

Yin Yang is a Chinese principle or philosophy, the origins of which date back thousands of years. The principle is first mentioned in the I Ching, which dates from about 700 to 1000 years BC. It is believed that Yin and Yang probably symbolized practical and everyday matters at that time. For example, Yin and Yang stood for geographical locations: Yin for the colder north side of the hill and yang for the warm south-facing side. Yang gradually became more and more associated with the sunlight, while Yin became associated with the shadow. Over time, the concepts have been used in an increasingly abstract and general sense. The terms are always used in combination; always occur together.
Yin and Yang are considered two (opposite) elements of the universe. Opposite should not be seen as a real or negative contrast. They are not absolute poles, they only exist in relation to each other, must come into balance and complement each other.

Yin Yang Symbol

T’ai Chi symbol – Yin Yan Circle

The symbolic ‘colors’ of Yin and Yang are black (Yin) and white (Yang). They are depicted combined in a circle that symbolizes Taoism – Taijitu – also known as the T’ai Chi symbol. (The well-known Yin Yang symbol: see the illustration at the top of this article). Nothing in the universe is completely Yin or completely Yang. There is always yin within the yang and yang within the yin. This is symbolized in the Yin and Yang circle by the two smaller circles (dots) in each shape: black is within the white and white is within the black. One extreme will always turn into its opposite. The extreme Yang then changes into Yin and vice versa. This principle is symbolized in the Yin Yang symbol by the two shapes that appear to move. One seems to go inside the other. This indicates that yin and yang also represent imbalance in different directions: up and down, left and right, front and back. This also includes properties such as full and empty, hard and soft, etc.

Four general aspects Yin and Yang Principle

  • Everything always has a Yin and a Yang side
  • Something is only Yin or Yang when you compare something
  • Yin and Yang are interdependent (yin also changes Yang and vice versa)
  • Yin and Yang can merge into each other.


Yin and Yang – Primal Principles

  • Yin is associated with the dark moon (which is turned away from the sun) and represents feminine nature.
  • Yang is associated with the bright sun and corresponds to masculine nature.
  • Yin and Yang represent the primordial states in reality, which continually alternate. Yin and Yang work as opposing or complementary forces, like day and night, light and dark, summer and winter.
  • Tau . Yin and Yang follow Tau or the universal law.

Below in the table you will find a number of examples of (opposing) principles of Yin and Yang.

























Yin and Yang are cosmic energies, representing different aspects of reality. The properties of Yin and Yang occur in the four seasons and the quality of life. The polarity of Yin and Yang is a process of seeking balance. The Yin and Yang principle represents the constant change and movement of the cosmos. To become healthy and balanced, man must integrate both of these energies into his body and mind.

Male and female

Man consists of the feminine polarity (Yin) and the masculine polarity (Yang). The man must allow his Yin or feminine pole into himself and the woman must do the same with her Yang or masculine pole. Although Yin stands for femininity and Yang for masculinity, both elements exist in the body of both sexes. According to the Yin Yang philosophy, an imbalance in the body causes all kinds of diseases. However, it is not the case that everyone consists or must consist of exactly half Yin and the other half Yang.
Everyone should find the balance between Yin and Yang for themselves and it depends on various factors such as: physical constitution, activities, relationships, work, health, emotional experience and environment, the climate, the season, etc. In principle, someone who is in perfect health can an imbalance has nevertheless arisen, because people are (always) exposed to inevitable changes.


Yin and Yang must be balanced to stay healthy. The Yin type must beware of a lack of Yang and the Yang type must balance Yang with Yin. The following can happen if the balance is not there:

  • Deficiency of Yin – thin, nervous and absent
  • Too much Yin – water retention in the body, blocked bronchi, cellulite and edema
  • Yang deficiency – fatigue and concentration problems
  • Too much Yang – overheats body and mind; becoming irritable, red-faced and hyperactive.


Animal signs

The Animal signs are classified under Yin or Yang according to their qualities, nature, habits and characteristics. They are active or passive. Every Animal sign focuses on the Yin Yang principle to create a balanced and healthy life.

Animal signs, five elements and Yin Yang

In Chinese astrology, there are twelve different zodiac signs and five elements. Unlike Western astrology, these have nothing to do with the planets or stars. For this reason, the word astrology is actually not quite appropriate. In Chinese astrology you can speak of a real zodiac, which is less the case with Western astrology.

Characteristics of the Yin type

The Yin type is thoughtful, introverted and intuitive, but also changeable, fickle and moody. Has an average stature, a tendency to obesity and therefore needs to pay close attention to weight. Yin types often appear languid and slow. They are often cold. Their faces are pale and subdued. The eyes are usually directed downwards and appear absent and dreamy. The following six Chinese animal signs are Yin types.

  • Animal sign Rat
  • Animal sign Ox
  • Animal sign hare
  • Animal sign Monkey
  • Animal sign Dog
  • Animal sign Pig


Characteristics of the Yang type

The Yang type is outgoing, jovial and spontaneous, but also short-tempered and hyperactive. Strongly built and well muscled. Has a tall figure and looks someone straight in the eye. Yang types burst with energy. They are often hot. Their complexion is red. They often have a smile on their mouth and appear cheerful, determined and firm. The following six Chinese zodiac signs are Yang types.

  • Animal sign Tiger
  • Animal sign Dragon
  • Animal sign Snake
  • Animal sign Horse
  • Animal sign Goat
  • Animal sign Rooster


Chinese Animal Signs – Strive and Objective

The pursuit of the Twelve Animal Signs can be divided into four objectives:

  • Two Yin Animal Signs can be kept in balance by the third, the Yang force
  • Two Yang Animal Signs can be balanced by the third, the Yin energy.


Rat, Monkey (yin) and Dragon (yang) – ambition and possession

These three Animal signs have a positive attitude. They put in a lot of work and want to see their work and efforts rewarded. They strive for success and possessions. Rat, Monkey and Dragon are worried about the future. This is also why they work so hard. They have ideas that they want to see realized, show initiative and ensure progress and innovation. Their strong active nature and need to deliver special performance makes them suitable for business, commercial and financial fields.

Ox (yin), Snake and Rooster (yang) – intellect and conviction

Ox, Snake and Rooster work with their heads. They come up with all kinds of systems and things. They work very dedicatedly to the matters entrusted to them. They are steadfast and purposeful. Ox, Snake and Rooster ensure a stable state of affairs. You can always count on them. They are dutiful and determinedly pursue their goals. They are firmly convinced that they are right and follow their beliefs, but they need to see evidence so that they can draw conclusions for the future.

Tiger, Horse (yang) and Dog (yin) – energy and struggle

Tiger, Horse and Dog fight for a noble cause and follow their ideals. They will serve humanity energetically and militantly, if they set their mind to do so. They are open-hearted and express their opinions directly. They mean well, although they often show this in an impulsive and unorthodox way. Tiger, Horse and Dog work conscientiously and with enthusiasm on the matters entrusted to them. They can be very inspired. They are stars in communication: they often talk on the phone, like to send emails or forward messages. They have an extroverted character and make contact very easily. They are honest and straightforward; one immediately knows where one stands with them. They will not give up easily and have a combative nature. Even in the face of setbacks and injustice, they remain so resilient and combative that it only makes them stronger and more determined.

Hare, Pig (yin) and Goat (yang) – beauty and love

Hare, Pig and Goat together are a peaceful trio that loves beauty, harmony and peace. They follow their intuition, through everything. They are sensitive and cannot tolerate sharp or harsh words. They are more likely to give in than argue or stand up for their rights. It is important for them to learn to become more assertive. Other Animal signs sometimes tend to use these gentle animals. Hare, Pig and Goat often act dependent on the encouragement or leadership of others. They are artists with beautiful ideas. They just often lack decisiveness. Their goal in life is to create a world of universal love and beauty, where everyone feels at home.

Odd and even years

In addition to the Yin Yang characterization that is related to the Animal sign, Chinese Astrology also has a Yin and Yang principle in the cycle of the birth years. It matters whether your year of birth has an even or odd number. An odd year is Yin and an even year is Yang. This principle is also used in the interpretation of Chinese astrology.

Chinese calendar lunar years

The Chinese calendar, the Chinese New Year does not start on January 1, as it does in the West, but somewhere in the period between the end of January and the middle of February. Chinese astrology has a twelve-year cycle, starting with the year of the Rat and ending with the year of the Pig.

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