The Chinese Character for Yang refers to the sunny side of a hill while the character for Yin refers to the shadow side of the hill. Yin and Yang describe the world we know as a relationship between complimentary opposites. We believe it also describes our relationship, the "Us" part of Lord Colm and Jade.

Yin and Yang are not two separate things. They are one thing expressed in two ways, like two ends of one stick or the two sides of a coin. Just as the 24 hour cycle expresses itself as day and night, so it is with Yin and Yang. This is symbolized as the dark half and light half of the Yin-Yang symbol which is enclosed in a circle. This circle is unbroken, having no beginning or end. It's a symbol of eternity and speaks of the bond between it's halves.

Yin and Yang become each other. Day belongs to Yang but after reaching its peak at mid-day, the Yin gradually begins to unfold until it is night and, in turn, when Yin reaches its peak at mid-night the Yang gradually unfolds until it is day again. This cycle is true for all opposites. Thus, any phenomenon may belong to either Yin or Yang but it contains the seed of its opposite. This is symbolized as the small black and white dots in the Yin-Yang symbol.

The Yin and Yang represent all the opposite principles one finds in the universe. Under Yang are the principles of maleness, the sun, creation, heat, light, Heaven, and dominance, and under Yin are the principles of femaleness, the moon, completion, cold, darkness, material forms, and submission. Each of these opposites produce the other: One cannot exist without the other and fulfillment is never reached alone.

Thus it is with "Us". Opposites in many ways, yet we have joined to form the whole of much more than we are as individuals and have become one.

by jade