I was in the shower when an image came to mind (ideas coming from the shower, how typical ;P). I was thinking of my cousin where she had the typical yin and yang circle tattooed on her wrist. It wasn’t an extraordinary pattern that I’ve never seen before. I mean, we see it all the time ― graffiti on abandoned city walls, movies (like Kungfu Panda), tattoo parlours, Tai Chi buildings, Fengshui books. Anywhere, really. It’s a symbol of balance, but I’ve never given it much thought. To me, it was like “yeah, sure. balance of both black and white, dark and light. what goes around comes around“.
Yin (Black) ― Taking; Yang (White) ― Giving.
Both exist with elements opposing each other, yet one can only be seen with the presence of the other. The constant pushing and pulling only keeps us grounded, stationary, and balance. Without either one of them, we would either fall or float for an eternity.
I was reminded of The House of Night novel by P.C. & Kristin Cast. In their 7th book, Burned, they introduced the two most mighty spirits – the White Bull (representing Darkness) and Black Bull (representing Light/Good). I found it difficult to keep my head on track because we’re so used to associating white as good and evil as black. But in the book, it was in reverse.
“Its more than a simple belief that there is good and that it should fight the evil in the world. It’s a personification of Light and Darkness at their most elemental level, as forces that are so absorbed with themselves that one cannot exist without the other though they constantly try to consume one another. One of the earliest representations of Light and Darkness was of Light being a massive black bull and Darkness being an enormous white bull.”
― P.C. Cast,
You cannot see darkness unless there is light, neither can you know that what you’re seeing is light unless darkness is present. But how would we know which is good or bad? Is the light that we see evil? Or the darkness that consumes every corner is good? I’m not sure why P.C. and Kristin Cast depicted good and evil in reverse (I should really research on this. But if you know why, please enlighten me!). Maybe because some things or people may be seemingly good to you, but are actually wolves in disguise.
“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.”
― Matthew 7:15 (NIV)
Featured image credit: Lasya Healing