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Start of Summer Empowerment

Dear Qigong friend,

On Friday, May 5th, the seventh phase of the Chinese seasonal calendar begins. This phase, Start of Summer (Lixia), starts at 3:31 AM EDT as the sun crosses 45° Longitude (15° Taurus). Please join the thousands of practitioners worldwide who will usher this event by practicing the Start of Summer 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

Start of Summer (LIXIA JIEQI)

In this edition of the newsletter we explore the symbolism of summertime in general and specifically the meaning of the first stage of the season, Start of Summer. Then, further below, you will find Practice Guidelines for the Start of Summer Empowerment.  

Over the last three months of spring, the life force has been thrusting forward and upward, pushing against darkness and struggling against cold. And now, nature is about to turn the corner. Summer is here.

Summer. Warm, wild, and joyful. Lush and sultry. Fertile. Abundant. Day by day, over the next three months, nature will reveal these qualities more and more. Picture yourself luxuriating on a balmy summer day under a shady tree. The sky is blue. The sun is yellow.  You bite into a freshly picked apple, close your eyes, and smile. Life is good! Capture that moment and welcome to summer. 

But, what is the symbolic meaning of summer?

If we liken the seasonal cycle to the human life cycle, then spring corresponds to birth through childhood. And summer corresponds to puberty through early adulthood—the stage of development characterized by an onrush of hormonal change and a burst of growth. If you allow the energies of summer to flow into your life and awaken within, expect a powerful resurgence of teenage exuberance and the accompanying desire to explore the sensual, wilder, more delightful side of life. 

The theme of summertime is booming growth and the joy it inspires, and over the next quarter turn of the seasonal cycle, we will witness this theme unfold over six stages, beginning with the first stage of summer which is aptly named, Start of Summer. Let’s zero in on the symbolic meaning of that stage.

The first stage of a season sets the tone for the whole season. Over the next fifteen days nature is going to become markedly more alluring and you’re going to start noticing dramatic changes. Colors will become brighter, the temperature more agreeable, and the environment more pleasant. Nature is about to become noticeably more attractive. And to come into alignment with this seasonal phase, you’ll do well to turn on your personal charm. 

Do you remember a time when liking boys or girls was unpopular? “Does Billy like Sally?” “No way, girls. Yuck!!” And then unexpectedly, puberty arrives and Billy looks at Sally through a different set of eyes. Do you recall the first time you experienced attraction? Details that didn’t matter before began to suddenly assume dramatic proportions. How’s my hair? What should I wear? What does he think? What did she say? At puberty, appearance suddenly becomes important. You suddenly want to look good and to be appreciated by others.

Start of Summer is the time of the year when we align with nature by intentionally awakening the power of “attraction” and radiating that energy into the environment.  Maybe that means buying that alluring dress that you’ve been eyeing. Or making your website more appealing. Or planting colorful flowers to liven up a dull backyard. There are countless ways to magnetize yourself and the space around you. Pick one or two ways to improve your “look” and strive to become more likable and charming. The world will notice and the attention will boost your confidence. Practicing the Start of Summer empowerment on Friday, May 5th between 3:31 AM EDT and 5:31 AM EDT will invigorate your Qi and enhance your vibrance and appeal. (Remember to adjust your time if you live in another time zone.) The Start of Summer seasonal phase lasts fifteen days until Saturday, May 20th at 4:30 PM EDT, when the second phase of summer (Grain Full) begins. Until then, follow the wisdom of flowers: radiate beauty and bring the world pleasure.

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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 Thoracic 8 (T8) in the middle back.

The vertebra opposite your navel is L2. One up is L1. One up is T12. One up is T11. One up is T10. One up is T9. One up is T8.

Find T8 now.


(You can practice this empowerment every day until the next Jieqi, but the golden time is on Friday, May 5th between 3:31 AM - 5:31 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 T8. Exhale and visualize T8 glowing brightly. Continue this breathing patterns 36 times.
  3. Then, inhale, focus on T8, exhale and visualize the light from T8 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 resting your hands on both sides of the body.
  2. Hold your hands over your left knee, fingers interlaced. Then inhale, pull your knee towards your chest  (feel your shoulder blades drawn into the movement), hold your breath, and exhale, and lower your knee and relax. Repeat 36 times.
  3. Repeat the same sequence on the other side.
  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!