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  • Writer's pictureMandira Antar

Tattoo symbols - Koi fish and yin yang

Updated: Oct 10, 2021

Realistic koi fish, black, grey and red with zen circle
Koi Fish yin yang within enso zen corcle tattoo design by Mandira

It doesn't matter your religious or spiritual beliefs...

Yin Yang is a symbol that you have seen, you are attracted by it's sense of balance and you want to know more about it's secrets... You are in the right place! This post is about exploring a pair of koi fish representing the yin yang symbol in many designs... Why is that?

Yin Yang

In the world of tattoo yin yang is one of the top choices in designs for men and women. Yin Yang is about harmony and balance. It is about the dualities, black and white, positive and negative, good and bad, male and female, darkness and light... all forces in life that seem to battle against each other. In it's essence it represents the balance in order to keep the energy flowing. Like electricity, both poles (positive and negative) are needed in order to keep the power moving. Balancing the two opposites in our lives is what makes a person whole and complete. The yin-yang symbol holds its roots in Taoism/Daoism, a Chinese religion and philosophy. In the Tao philosophy each polarity contains it's opposite, like the day contains the seed of night with the moon hidden in the sky, and the night the seed of day with the hidden sun.

Watercolor and pen on paper
Yin Yang grey mandala by Mandira

​​Some interensting analysis on the yin-yang symbol and yin-yang tattoo meanings you can find as well in

Koi fish