receptivity, emotionality, etc. Yang represents all things which are archetypically male: warm, dry, summer, aggressiveness, logic, etc. Tao represents the balance of these two ideas. Balance, according to Taoism, is the desired state. For a person to be balanced, he or she must have aspects of both Yin and Yang.
Other things can be reflected in this Yin-Yang-Tao triangle. Father, Son, Holy Spirit (The Holy Spirit in Gnosticism was seen as being female); liberalism, conservatism middle-of-the-road; body, mind and spirit; and many other trinities. A most important one for modern philosophy was first written by the German philosopher Hegel and is known as the Hegelian Dialectic or the "Thesis-Antithesis-Synthesis Theory." This theory holds that if you have one condition or situation (thesis) but wish to change it to another, usually opposite condition or situation (antithesis), the result will not be either the new or old, but rather a mixture (synthesis) of the opposing positions. This is why revolutions rarely achieve their goals. Instead, they end as a mixture of what was and what was desired. The method of nature is evolution, not revolution.
The diagram which is important to the Kabalah above all others is the Tree of Life as pictured on the next page. As you can see, it is composed of ten circles forming three triangles: the highest one points up, then two triangles pointing down, and finally a single circle hanging pendant to the triangles at the bottom. Note that there are 22 paths numbered from 11 through 32 connecting the circles.
These circles are known as the SEPHIROHT (seh-fear-oht), the singular form being SEPHIRA (seh-fear-ah). If you draw straight lines going from Sephira 1 to 2,2 to 3, etc., up to 10, you will get the Lightning Bolt or Flaming Sword image shown below:
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Achieve Health, Wealth And Body Balance Through Yin Yang Mastery. Cut up on the old stone drums of Republic of China, inscribed in books handed down through thousands of years, traced on ancient saucers and on saucers made today, is a sign and a symbol. It is woven into textiles, stitched into embroideries, emblazoned over house gates, wrought into shop emblems, a circle, locked together inside it yang and yin yang, light, yin, dark, each carrying inside itself the essence of the other, each shaped to the other