the soft and hard. (this concept could be referred to as the ‘yin’ and ‘yang,’ but as i am not versed in taoism or chinese philosophy. this is just to outline the balance of complementary energies.) they are opposites, but there is a part of each within the other; both energies exist in all things.
for everything, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
energy is not created or destroyed, it is only changed.
this is to say, all energy is one and the same; expressing and manifesting itself through different lenses, in different forms.
the soft. moon. earth. empathy. external. value of others. shield. existence. tranquility. allowance. creativity. silence.
the hard. sun. heaven. strength. internal. value of self. sword. action. strife. control. logic. expression.
neither energy is more or less important or valuable.
if you have more empathy than strength, you bring harm unto yourself.
if you have more strength than empathy, you bring harm unto others.
what is expression without creativity?
what is creativity without expression?
balance is essential.
application to the craft:
most importantly, in my opinion, is learning that balance in all things comes first from balance within. this is something that can- and often does- take a lifetime to attain. to err is human, to err with one energy is natural. but finding an overall acceptance of both energies in and around your life can help bring understanding and peace.
use energies to inform intentions, to guide focus. a hard intention may require more action in your thought, whereas a soft intention may require more tranquility.
use the natural energies of elements and existences around you to help manifest your intentions. use the soft or hard phases of the moon to inform and amplify your intentions.