We have many options to create artwork with the Chinese characters / Asian symbols / Japanese Kanji for Libra on a wall scroll or portrait.
The Libra is associated with balance and justice, so we've included some entries on those subjects too.
Check out our Chinese Zodiac page to learn what your Chinese animal sign is, and more!
20. Yin Yang
平 is a single-character that means balance in Chinese but it's not too direct or too specific about what kind of balance.
Chinese people often like calligraphy art that is a little vague or mysterious. In this way, you can decide what it means to you, and you'll be right.
平 is also part of a word that means peace in Chinese, Japanese and old Korean.
Some alternate translations of this single character include: balanced, peaceful, calm, equal, even, level, smooth or flat.
Note that in Japanese, this just means "level" or "flat" by itself (not the best choice for balance if your audience is Japanese).
均衡 means balance or equilibrium.
This title is best for a Japanese audience where the word suggests that your life is in balance in all matters (or is a reminder for you to try and keep all matters in balance).
仁義禮智信 are the core of Confucius philosophy.
仁 = Benevolence / Charity
義 = Justice / Rectitude
禮 = Courtesy / Politeness / Tact
智 = Wisdom / Knowledge
信 = Fidelity / Trust / Sincerity
Many of these concepts can be found in various religious teachings. Though it should be clearly understood that Confucianism is not a religion but should instead be considered a moral code for a proper and civilized society.
This title is also labeled, "5 Confucian virtues".
If you order this from the Japanese calligrapher, expect the middle Kanji to be written in a more simple form (as seen to the right). This can also be romanized as "jin gi rei satoshi shin" in Japanese. Not all Japanese will recognize this as Confucian tenets but they will know all the meanings of the characters.
調和 is one of the several ways to express harmony in Chinese and Japanese.
Note: The first character means harmony, but also suggests a musical meaning. It can also be used to describe warriors marching in perfect cadence (in step) or to regulate something.
The second character carries the meaning of harmony and peace by itself.
Together, these characters create a word that can be defined as harmonious; to mediate; to reconcile; to compromise; mediation; temper; to mix; to blend; blended; to season; seasoning (getting the flavors of the food in balance); to placate; be in harmonious proportion.
The meaning obviously varies depending on context. However, when hanging as a wall scroll, this will refer to the person (you) being balanced and in harmony while rational and under control at the same time.
信義 is a word that is often used to describe a person with an honest and loyal reputation.
To put it simply, this applies to somebody you can trust (with your life).
In Chinese, this is often defined as good faith, honor, trust, and justice.
In Korean, this word means fidelity, truthfulness, or faithfulness.
In Japanese: faith, fidelity and loyalty. It's also a Japanese male given name when pronounced "Nobuyoshi".
一視同仁 is how to write "universal benevolence". 一視同仁 is also how to express the idea that you see all people the same.
If you are kind and charitable to all people, this is the best way to state that virtue. It is the essence of being impartial to all mankind, regardless of social standing, background, race, sex, etc. You do not judge others but rather you see them eye to eye on the same level with you.
Practicing justice and righteousness is being fair.
It is solving problems so everyone wins. You don't prejudge. You see people as individuals. You don't accept it when someone acts like a bully, cheats or lies. Being a champion for justice takes courage. Sometimes when you stand for justice, you stand alone.
Note: This is also considered to be one of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.
This ancient "One Justice Can Overpower a Hundred Evils" idiom and proverb is famous in China. But it has been around so long that its origins have long been forgotten.
It could be something that Confucius or one of his disciples said but no one can say for sure.
義 is about doing the right thing or making the right decision, not because it's easy but because it's ethically and morally correct.
No matter the outcome or result, one does not lose face if tempering proper justice.
義 can also be defined as righteousness, justice, morality, honor, or "right conduct". In more a more expanded definition, it can mean loyalty to friends, loyalty to the public good, or patriotism. This idea of loyalty and friendship comes from the fact that you will treat those you are loyal to with morality and justice.
義 is also one of the five tenets of Confucius doctrine.
There's also an alternate version of this character sometimes seen in Bushido or Korean Taekwondo tenets. It's just the addition of a radical on the left side of the character. If you want this version, click on the image to the right instead of the button above.
This is also a virtue of the Samurai Warrior
See our page with just Code of the Samurai / Bushido here
This title suggests that you have, or want to get your life in balance.
The first two characters regard the idea of balance, harmony, and peace.
The second two characters mean "life". More specifically this refers to your livelihood, career, and the daily activities that comprise your life or living. Some would translate those two characters as "one's daily existence".
Note: We have a couple of titles for this idea. This version is more of a noun, thus "The Balanced Life" verses a verb form like "Balancing [Your] Life."
This title suggests that you are actively trying to keep your life in balance. Think of this as being the action-verb of seeking or having a balanced life.
The first two characters mean balance, equilibrium or keeping things equal.
The last two characters mean "life". Literally "human life".
This title is about the way and balance of nature.
The first two characters mean nature or the way of life.
The second two characters mean balance or balanced.
Note: We have two versions of this title on our website. 生態平衡 is the one we recommend, as it is a little more natural (no pun intended).
自然界の均衡 is a verbose way to say "nature in balance" in Japanese.
The first three Kanji have the meaning of "the natural world" or "the natural kingdom" (kind of like animal kingdom but including plants, and all things biological).
The third character is a Hiragana that acts to connect the two ideas here.
The last two Kanji mean equilibrium or balance.
This proverb is simply Universe Balanced (we might say "Balanced Universe" in English).
The first two characters mean Universe. However, in some context, it can mean cosmic, cosmos, or outer space.
The second two characters mean balance or balanced (can also mean equilibrium).
These are the characters that literally mean yin and yang in written form (versus the common yin yang symbol). The first character has the element of the moon, while the second character has the element of the sun, so you can see, even in written form, they suggest the balance of opposites (of night and day). You could also translate this title as "sun and moon".
Note: This title is often misspelled as Ying Yang instead of Yin Yang.
See Also: Taoism
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Libra Zodiac Symbol|
|天秤座||tenbin-za||tiān chèng zuò|
tian1 cheng4 zuo4
tian cheng zuo
|t`ien ch`eng tso
tien cheng tso
|平||hira||píng / ping2 / ping||p`ing / ping|
|均衡||kin kou / kinkou / kin ko / kinko||héng / jun1 heng2 / jun heng / junheng||chün heng / chünheng|
|The Five Tenets of Confucius||仁義禮智信|
|jin gi rei tomo nobu |
|rén yì lǐ zhì xìn|
ren2 yi4 li3 zhi4 xin4
ren yi li zhi xin
|jen i li chih hsin
|Courage to do what is right||見義勇為|
|jiàn yì yǒng wéi|
jian4 yi4 yong3 wei2
jian yi yong wei
|chien i yung wei
|公平||kouhei / kohei||gōng píng|
|God is my Judge||上帝是我的法官||shàng dì shì wǒ de fǎ guān|
shang4 di4 shi4 wo3 de fa3 guan1
shang di shi wo de fa guan
|shang ti shih wo te fa kuan
|hé xié / he2 xie2 / he xie / hexie||ho hsieh / hohsieh|
|chou wa / chouwa / cho wa / chowa||tiáo hé / tiao2 he2 / tiao he / tiaohe||t`iao ho / tiaoho / tiao ho|
|shingi||xìn yì / xin4 yi4 / xin yi / xinyi||hsin i / hsini|
|shí / shi2 / shi||shih|
|Impartial and Fair to the Brotherhood and Sisterhood of the World||一視同仁|
|yí shì tóng rén|
yi2 shi4 tong2 ren2
yi shi tong ren
|i shih t`ung jen
i shih tung jen
|sei gi / seigi||zhèng yì / zheng4 yi4 / zheng yi / zhengyi||cheng i / chengi|
|One Justice Can Overpower 100 Evils||一正壓百邪|
|yī zhèng yā bǎi xié|
yi1 zheng4 ya1 bai3 xie2
yi zheng ya bai xie
|i cheng ya pai hsieh
|gi||yì / yi4 / yi||i|
|Life in Harmony|
|hé xié shēng huó|
he2 xie2 sheng1 huo2
he xie sheng huo
|ho hsieh sheng huo
|Life in Balance|
|平衡人生||hei kou jin sei|
hei ko jin sei
|píng héng rén shēng|
ping2 heng2 ren2 sheng1
ping heng ren sheng
|p`ing heng jen sheng
ping heng jen sheng
|Life in Harmony|
|調和生活||cho wa sei katsu|
|Nature in Balance|
|自然平衡||zì rán píng héng|
zi4 ran2 ping2 heng2
zi ran ping heng
|tzu jan p`ing heng
tzu jan ping heng
|Nature in Balance|
|shēng tài píng héng|
sheng1 tai4 ping2 heng2
sheng tai ping heng
|sheng t`ai p`ing heng
sheng tai ping heng
|Nature in Balance|
|自然界の均衡||shizenkai no kinkou|
shizenkai no kinko
|Nature in Balance|
|自然の調和||shizen no cho wa|
|Universe in Balance|
|宇宙平衡||u chuu hei kou|
u chu hei ko
|yǔ zhòu píng héng|
yu3 zhou4 ping2 heng2
yu zhou ping heng
|yü chou p`ing heng
yü chou ping heng
|in you / inyou / in yo / inyo||yīn yáng / yin1 yang2 / yin yang / yinyang|
|In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.|
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.
All of our calligraphy wall scrolls are handmade.
When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
After we create your wall scroll, it takes at least two weeks for air mail delivery from Beijing to you.
Allow a few weeks for delivery. Rush service speeds it up by a week or two for $10!
When you select your calligraphy, you'll be taken to another page where you can choose various custom options.
The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.
Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.
There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.
Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.
The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.