I have been developing a particular Elemental Theory since 1996. Essentially, I reverse engineered Western Astrology to the 4 Elements, the 3 Perspectives, the 2 Poles (yang/yin), and the 1 One.
ET uses the idea of archetype, a version of Whitheadian metaphysics, and the structure of the Zodiac as primary foundation upon which to build 'a theory of All'.
While the point of entry in my formulation, astrology and astrological language are not necessary for ET and are avoided in this forum by me. On the converse, once ET is understood, astrology is easily 'plugged in' as an 'app' running on top of the 'ET OS' as all as many other systems.
ET is meant to be a meta-system similar to Integral Theory, but with certain major differences which which briefly are:
Integral Theory covers only only about half of the picture ET presents — the rational half. ET avoids the problems of inner-outer distinctions. ET avoids the problems of perspective by having all perspectives as inclusive, rejecting objectivity and inner-objectivity.
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When we look at fig.1, we see that there are four graphical parts to the Tao. There are two swirls and two dots, a black and a white one of each. The white represents yang, the active principle, and the black represents yin, the receptive principle. The swirls represent yang/yin in motion – moving towards fullness – while the dots represent fullness of the principle.
This idea of growing towards fullness and old or fullness is seen in the I Ching where old lines are the changing lines. They have reached their fullness and are ready to change.
Thus, we have two types of yang/yin. One set is dynamic and the other is static.
I suggest these four parts of the Taoist symbol, the Taijitu, are the same as the four Greek Elements. When we look at the Greek Elements, there are two triangles pointing up symbolic of an active phallus or yang and there are two pointing down with an opening symbolic of a receptive ktenic cup or yin.
The second distinction of in the Greek Elements is line and no-line. Interestingly similar to the markings put upon lines in an I Ching hexagram to indicate static or dynamic, these lines indicate a distinct quality to yang/yin aside from their active/receptive natures. I call the dynamic yang/yin being and the static yang/yin relationships.