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Minor Snow Empowerment

Dear Qigong friend,

On Thursday, November 22nd, the twentieth phase of the Chinese seasonal calendar begins. This phase, Minor Snow (XiaoXue), starts at 4:01 AM EST as the sun crosses 240° Longitude (0° Sagittarius). Please join the thousands of practitioners worldwide who will usher this event by practicing the Minor Snow 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


In this edition of the newsletter we will consider the changes that occur over the next fifteen days, the period of time coinciding with the seasonal phase known as Minor Snow, and we observe how you can align with the cycles of nature to harmonize your life.

In Northern China during this seasonal phase, snow flurries begin to paint the landscape white, while in Southern China cold rains muddy the countryside. Although the color palette varies throughout the country, Minor Snow is a time when the landscape becomes significantly colder, harsher, and less pleasant.

Snow flakes look pretty through a window, but our romanticized notion of winter withers quickly as we trudge through the cold ground and brace against the chill wind. In her raw state, winter is not fun. A brisk walk through the biting wind proves the point. 

Instinctively, we brace against winter cold by tightening up. We tighten our muscles, our fists, and even our face grows rigid. It’s hard to smile when we feel the cold sting of winter.  The frigid environment creates tension which impedes the flow of Qi, weakens our immune system, and undermines our capacity for emotional balance.

The emotion associated with winter is fear. The reason for this connection is simple. Our bodies tighten in a similar way both in the face of fear and winter. Watching an unrelenting chilling thriller, our muscle tighten and our bodies become tense. For our ancestors living closer to nature, the harshness of winter evoked tension and chilling existential fear. The physiology of fear mirrors the physiology of winter.  

Imagine remaining in that uneasy state of mind for months. To some degree, this is what happens in the wintertime. And if we don’t take measures to counterbalance the climatic stress that winter places on our bodies and minds, our sense of wellbeing gradually erodes. The winter blues reflect this condition. 

So what can you do to protect yourself from the stress of winter? You can fight the frigidity of winter by introducing into your day more warmth and light. Treat yourself to cups of tea and soup and spread the warmth to your internal organs. Soak in a warm bubble bath. Cultivate internal heat through activities that raise your body temperature. Melt the winter blues by having unabashed fun. Indulge in activities that make you smile and augment your inner fire. Sing, dance, or exercise.

Practicing the Minor Snow Empowerment will help you bring additional warmth to your internal organs. The window of time for the empowerment begins on Thursday, November 22nd between 4:01 AM EST and 6:01 AM EST and lasts two hours (remember to adjust for the time difference if you live in another time zone). Minor Snow lasts until Thursday, December 6th at 11:25 PM EST when the third cycle of winter, Major Snow, begins. Until then, use laughter and joy to warm and brighten the day.

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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 2 (C2) in the neck.

The big vertebra at the base of your neck is Cervical 7 (C7). Five up is C2.

Find C2 now.


(You can practice this empowerment every day until the next Jieqi, but the golden time is on Thursday, November 22nd between 4:01 AM - 6:01 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 C2. Exhale and visualize C2 glowing brightly. Continue this breathing patterns 36 times.
  3. Then, inhale, focus on C2, exhale and visualize the light from C2 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, put your left palm on your left lap and hold your left elbow with your right hand.
  2. Inhale, pull your left elbow towards your chest while you push out with your left elbow away from your chest. And exhale, release the tension in both your arms. Repeat 36 times.
  3. Then reverse hand positions and repeat the same movement thirty six times on the opposite side.
  4. 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.