This symbol looks a lot like the yin-yang or Taoist symbol; however, instead of two swooshes there are three. That’s because it steals the design of a largely unknown esoteric Taoist thinker, Yang Hsiung. Hsiung created the Tai Hsuan (Supreme Mystery) because he believed it had the power to reconcile all the other competing schools of thought in ancient China, the best known being Taoism and Confucianism.

Hsiung’s symbol was passed down over the ages in black and white, and if there were ever any colors linked to it, I don’t know. Nevertheless, color is important in my design, as well as the directionality of the swooshes. I wanted to use the three primary colors because out of these colors all the other colors could be formed, so I had to choose between red, green, and blue or red, yellow, and blue. I selected yellow, in part because yellow is a color associated with China, and I wanted to honor the Tai Hsuan’s heritage.

The swooshes also needed to be arranged in a particular order in order to symbolize spiritual evolution. At the 12 o’clock position on the circle, I wanted the color red to begin to swoosh in a clockwise direction; yellow, a color of centrality, would begin at the 4 o’clock position; and blue, a color higher in wavelength than the others, would complete the triad.

The elements are named and a title is given which depicts worldviews themselves. Red is linked to Yang, and it is associated with agentic types of forms. Yellow is linked to Yin, and it is associated with communal types of forms. (Agency and communal are types, part of AQAL’s nomenclature.) And then blue is linked to Yung — and neologism of mine, not the word Yang Hsiung used originally — and it is associated with a nondual or unitive embrace of the polarity between Yang and Yin.

Furthermore, the artwork is given a name The Triune, linking the whole thing to the numerology of 3. This begs the question: what sort of triads or ternaries might also be represented by this symbol? Well, in fiction such as The Kalendar: The Black Stone, I’ve already answered this question. I have stated that I see The Triune as depicting not only a Taoist symbol, but also the Christian Trinity and the Hindu concepts of Trimurti and Tridevi. Finally, I add that Yang is associated with the years 1 to 1000 CE, Yin with 1000 CE to 2000 CE, and Yung with 2000 – 3000 CE, and all the worldviews linked historically to these periods of time.

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