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Cold Dew Empowerment

Dear Qigong friend,

On Saturday, October 7th, the seventeenth phase of the Chinese seasonal calendar begins. This phase, Cold Dew (Hanlu), starts at 10:22 PM EDT as the sun crosses 195° Longitude (15° Libra). Please join the thousands of practitioners worldwide who will usher this event by practicing the Cold Dew 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 22
Minor Snow
Nov 21
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 7
Minor Cold
Jan 5
6Grain Rain
Apr 19
Major Heat
Jul 22
Frost Descent
Oct 23
Major Cold
Jan 19


Cold Dew is the fifth of the six stages of the fall season. By the time we enter the fifth stage of any season, the qualities associated with that season are peaking. The Chinese name for this seasonal cycle is Hanlu. “Han” means cold and “lu” means dew. We have reached the stage of late autumn when we transition from cool to cold as attested by the chilly early morning dew. 

There is a popular saying in Guangdong province, “Three mornings after the day of Cold Dew, bridges are needed to cross the river.”  In early autumn the ground is still warm like a stovetop that was recently turned off. But gradually, as the temperature drops, the autumn chill penetrates the earth. During Cold Dew and for the next six months, the ground will be too cold to walk on barefoot comfortably. 

In Chinese culture we refer to Cold Qi as Han Qi. During Cold Dew, Han Qi becomes prevalent and if you don’t take precautions, you’ll become increasingly susceptible to catching a cold. During early autumn, while the ground is still warm, you can still get away with wearing t-shirts and lightweight summer clothes. But Cold Dew signals that the time has come to switch from cotton to wool. 

C7, the vertebra at the base of the neck, is especially vulnerable to an invasion of Han Qi. If you are outdoors and feel cold air penetrating your neck, rub the vertebra vigorously until it feels hot. This is the simplest cold remedy. If you don’t catch the Han Qi right away it will push further internally and could eventually spread to your lungs. If your lungs feel the cold energy invading, take a hot shower and point the stream of water directly on C7 for five to ten minutes. The hot water “neutralizes” the Cold Qi. Then get some sleep to let your Qi energies rebalance internally.

This is also the time to avoid air conditioning. Concentrated blasts of cold air during this season will weaken your internal organs. Additionally, don’t eat cold foods or put ice in your drinks. Instead, hydrate with soup, warm water, or tea. Sipping warm liquids throughout the day helps ensure a cold-free season. Your internal organs will thank you for taking good care of them.

Practicing the Cold Dew Empowerment is the equivalent of an energetic flu vaccine that will boost your immune system during this seasonal cycle. The empowerment is practiced when the sun reaches 195° Longitude (15° Libra) on Saturday, October 7th between 10:22 PM EDT and 12:22 AM EDT (remember to adjust for the time difference if you live in another time zone).

Cold Dew lasts until Monday, October 23rd at 1:26 AM EDT when Frost Descent, the sixth and final stage of autumn begins. Until then, keep your feet and neck happy by making them warm.

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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 Cervical 5 (C5) in the neck.

The big vertebra at the base of your neck is Cervical 7 (C7). Two up is C5.

Find C5 now.


(You can practice this empowerment every day until the next Jieqi, but the golden time is on Saturday, October 7th between 10:22 PM - 12:22 AM EDT)

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 C5. Exhale and visualize C5 glowing brightly. Continue this breathing patterns 36 times.
  3. Then, inhale, focus on C5, exhale and visualize the light from C5 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, palms resting on your laps.
  2. Raise your arms chest level and extend them parallel to the ground at shoulder level, palms facing down.
  3. Inhale, turn your head to your left, and look at your left hand rising up. And exhale, turn your heads to the front while lowering your arms by your sides.
  4. Then inhale, turn your head to your right, and look at your right hand rising up. And exhale, turn your head to the front while lowering your hands by your sides.
  5. Repeat step 2-3 for 36 times.
  6. Swoosh your tongue around your mouth until it is running with saliva. Then, swallow the saliva, and send the energy of your saliva down to your Lower Dantian. Repeat three times.

Enjoy your practice!