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Start of Autumn Empowerment

Dear Qigong friend,

On Tuesday, August 7th, the thirteenth phase of the Chinese seasonal calendar begins. This phase, Start of Autumn (Liqiu), starts at 9:30 AM EST as the sun crosses 135° Longitude (15° Leo). Please join the thousands of practitioners worldwide who will usher this event by practicing the Start of Autumn Empowerment.

Wishing you Good Qi,
Robert Peng

Stage Spring Summer Autumn Winter
1Start of Spring
Feb 3
Start of Summer
May 5
Start of Autumn
Aug 7
Start of Winter
Nov 7
2Rain Water
Feb 18
Grain Full
May 20
Limit of Heat
Aug 23
Minor Snow
Nov 22
3Awakening of Insects
Mar 5
Grain in Ear
Jun 5
White Dew
Sep 7
Major Snow
Dec 6
4Vernal Equinox
Mar 20
Summer Solstice
Jun 21
Autumn Equinox
Sep 22
Winter Solstice
Dec 21
5Clear and Bright
Apr 4
Minor Heat
Jul 6
Cold Dew
Oct 8
Minor Cold
Jan 5
6Grain Rain
Apr 19
Major Heat
Jul 22
Frost Descent
Oct 23
Major Cold
Jan 19

Start of Autumn (LIQIU JIEQI)

Start of Autumn is the first of the six phases that make up the the autumn season. In this edition of the newsletter, we will explore the significance of autumn in the context of the annual seasonal cycle and then focus on the particular meaning the first phase of this season. 

If we compare the four seasons to the four basic stages of life, then springtime corresponds to youth, summer to adulthood, autumn to midlife, and winter to elderhood. On August 7th the year will enter "midlife" as it crosses the midway point around the Chinese seasonal cycle. 

Over the next three months, the lush greenery of summer will gradually begin to fade. The temperature will drop. Moisture will be squeezed out of the atmosphere. The air will become drier. The land will become more arid. Leaves will start falling. The warm colors of the summer landscape will be replaced by cooler shades of autumn. 

During midlife, we undergo a similar transformation. Our vital force gradually decreases, moisture is squeezed out from our faces as wrinkles appear, hair turns gray and starts to fall. The changes of midlife mimic the changes of autumn. During this stage, our vital energies turn inwards as we naturally become more introverted and reflective. We become more practical and less idealistic, more sophisticated and less gullible. In other words, we mature. The theme of autumn is maturity and levelheaded discernment, and over the next three months, you will have the opportunity to develop the qualities of autumn and channel this energy into the world. And now, let’s consider the function served by the first phase of autumn.   

Start of Autumn represents the midway point of the yearly cycle which began exactly six months ago with the Start of Spring and the beginning of the Chinese new year. To grasp the essence of what that means, let us consider the midway point of another familiar cycle, the lunar cycle. Imagine yourself outdoors on a moonless night. You're  stumbling through the dark trying to find your way forward. You walk cautiously but are still unable to see what lies ahead. Now imagine the same scenario, only in this instance, the full moon is out. Under the light of the moon, you can see more lucidly the way that lies before you, and as a result, you walk forward with more clarity. The quality associated with the midway point of the lunar cycle is the self-assurance born out of clear vision. That quality characterizes the halfway point of all cycles, including Start of Autumn, the “full moon” point of the year.

During this phase you are encouraged to meditate on this question: Am I in alignment with my noblest life goals? To the degree that you are not in alignment, Start of Autumn is the appropriate time of the year to reflect on the changes you will need to make over the next few months to realign with more purposeful and achievable goals. As you clarify those goals, you will also tap into a stronger resolve to manifest them.

I invite you to join me and many others to practice the Start of Autumn Empowerment on Tuesday, August 7th between 9:30 AM EST and 11:30 AM EST. This empowerment will support you in your quest for clarity. (Remember to adjust for the time difference if you live in another time zone).  Start of Autumn continues until Thursday, August 23rd at 12:08 AM EST when Limit of Heat, the second stage of autumn begins. Until then, meditate on areas of confusion until you awaken inner clarity.

(If you can't see the video on the screen, you can see it on YouTube ).


The spine is made up of five segments including the coccyx, the lower back (sacral and lumbar spine), the middle and upper back (thoracic spine), and the neck (cervical spine).

The vertebra associated with this empowerment is Thoracic 2 (T2) in the upper back.

The big vertebra at the base of your neck is Cervical 7 (C7). Below it is Thoracic 1 (T1) Count down one vertebra to find T2.

Find T2 now.


(You can practice this empowerment every day until the next Jieqi, but the golden time is on Tuesday, August 7th between 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM EST)

Once every 15 days, the sun crosses over "power spot" and a wave of powerful cosmic energy is released. The purpose of this empowerment is to concentrate this energy into your spine and internal organs.

  1. Sit comfortably or lie down and relax every part of your body.
  2. Inhale through all the pores of your skin, collect universal Qi energy and concentrate this energy to T2. Exhale and visualize T2 glowing brightly. Continue this breathing patterns 36 times.
  3. Then, inhale, focus on T2, exhale and visualize the light from T2 spreading throughout your body, to your spine, your bones, and to your internal organs. Repeat 36 times.
  4. Finally, inhale and collect the light and energy from all over your body into your Lower Dantian which is located three finger widths below your navel in the center of your body. Then exhale and concentrate the energy there. Repeat three times. Then, relax, and nourish your Qi, feeling like a sponge soaking in a warm tub of water. Maintain this state for as long as you want.


(Practice this exercise once a day until the next seasonal phase begins)

The purpose of this exercise is to strengthen the soft tissue surrounding the vertebra associated with the current empowerment. Every 15 days we focus on a specific vertebra and over the course of the year we tonify the whole spine. Be gentle and don't strain your back.

  1. Sit cross-legged, lean forward and put your hands on the ground in front of you. 
  2. Inhale, hold the position, and exhale, contract your abdomen as much as possible. And keep contracting by holding your breath.
  3. Repeat step 2 for 15 times each.
  4. Gently bite your teeth 36 times. Then swoosh your tongue around your mouth until it is full of saliva. Swallow and send the energy of your saliva down to your Lower Dantian. Repeat three times.
Enjoy your practice!