Hwang (황 皇) means “Great” or “Emperor” and Geuk (극 :極) means “endpoint of each stage in dimensional change.” Hwanggeuk (황극 皇極) is commonly translated as “Imperial Ultimate.”

Zero-Mugeuk is the primordial state that precedes Taegeuk, Taegeuk is the fundamental substance of all existence, and Hwanggeuk is the mediating influence between Taegeuk and Ten-Mugeuk.

Hwanggeuk “Imperial Ultimate” is the mediating influence of all changes (including all existence’s birth and nurturing) Applied to human affairs, Hwanggeuk signifies an emperor or king who rules on behalf of heaven.