29 January 2014
Blue sky greetings from a bright, snow covered island in Stockholm’s archipelago! Karin and I have been taking advantage of an unseasonably warm winter (as I predicted in last year’s Water Snake letter) and enjoying a simple and tranquil country life. Along with our inner cultivation practice, we take time every day for our writing and hiking on the human-less trail. We are getting ready for our Chinese New Year celebration in Stockholm this Friday.
Please join us!
Chinese New Year Celebration on January 31, from 18:30-21:30
We are excited to host a ChaDao QinDao (Dao of Tea and Qin)
evening event at Hälsans Hus on Södermalm for the New Year. We will have a tea ceremony featuring some of our favorite Chinese teas and I will perform some traditional music pieces on my GuQin, the ancient Chinese zither commonly known as ‘instrument of the sages’. I am also offering a calligraphy demonstration and will speak a little about the symbolic meaning of the coming year of the Wood Horse. We have had postcards featuring my calligraphy printed up for all of our guests as a New Years gift. We will offer you a spiritual cup of tea during our celebration if you will not be able to join us on New Years Day – this Friday, January 31 from 18:30-21:30!
JiaWu 甲午 Begins Soon
The Chinese New Year falls on the second new moon after Winter solstice each year. The next animal sign begins on LiChun 立春, the beginning of spring. LiChun is one of the 24 15-day segments in the annual cycle. According to WanNianLi 萬年曆, the Chinese Ten-Thousand Year Calender, spring season will begin on February 4, 2014. The coming of spring correlates with the start of a new animal sign – JiaWu, the Year of Yang Wood Horse begins soon.
The Heavenly Stem Jia 甲 represents Yang Wood and the Earthly Branch Wu 午 represents Fire and carries the Horse as its spiritual animal. According to Chinese cosmology, I expect that the climatic pattern will be influenced by excess Earth energy, which means that it will more damp than it has been the last several years. I also expect that this spring will be cold. In places that have had unseasonably warm winters so far, like Sweden and Alaska, we can expect heavy snow or ice storms in late March and early April.
JiaWu and your Health
Also, during March and April, the flu season will affect many this year. These cosmological energies will cause some trouble for people who do not have strong digestive system function. As I always emphasis, keeping a daily Qigong practice is a great way to strengthen your digestive function and your immune health. Regardless of your personal susceptibilities, your daily cultivation practice will help you maintain balance and well being. Also, the daikon salad recipe that I shared with you in my previous seasonal letter will be still good for you in this spring season.I will go into detail about how these cosmological influences will effect us during the different seasons in my future greeting letters.
Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches:
Book Release and Teacher Certification Program!
Karin and I are excited that our new full color book, The Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches (TianGan DiZhi): The Heart of Chinese Wisdom Traditions
, is being published by Singing Dragon and is expected to be released in April 2014. We have already begun accepting pre-orders! You are welcome to pre-order your copy directly from my website
.We are happy to announce that we are launching a Stems and Branches teacher certification program, which will focus on the clinical applications of the Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches in Chinese medicine practice. Please email
if you wish to added to the waiting list. We will offer two separate branches of this training program – one in Europe and one in the US.
Celebrating Dai Family XinYi
Grandmaster Zhao’s 80th Birthday
Karin and I are busy planning our upcoming China trip. We are bringing a group of our students to join us for a 10-day training with Grandmaster Zhao ShouRong 趙守榮, 6th generation Dai Family XinYi 心意 internal martial arts lineage holder, in his hometown of TaiGu, China. We are excited to bring old and new students together to train with Grandmaster Zhao and to attend his 80th birthday celebration. As a special birthday gift for him, I will present him with my newest book, XinYi WuDao: The Dao of Martial Arts
. Each student on the trip will also receive a gift copy of my new XinYi book. There are a limited number of spaces available and you are welcomed to join us – please email
if you are interested.For those who can’t join us in China, we will be offering Dai family XinYi internal alchemy and martial arts trainings in Spain, the US, and Germany in the coming months. You can check my website’s teaching schedule
The first European life long training program, level 1
will be held on a picturesque island off the west coast of Sweden in August 2014. Registration is filling up quickly! If you would like to join us, please make sure you email
to check availability.In May, we are offering our life long training program, levels 1 and 2
in the majestic Pacific Northwest (USA). There are still a few spaces available. Several students are traveling far enough to join us that they have decided to take both levels 1 and 2 back-to-back. If you are interested in joining us for one (or both) of these intensive training programs, please let me know
!During our trip to the US in May and June, we will be holding several weekend workshops and shorter classes in Portland, Oregon. If you are interested in joining us, you are welcomed to check my website
Pre-order our new Qi-store items
Harmonious Qi from Karin and I,
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Essential reading for serious students of Chinese practical arts, Master Zhongxian Wu and Dr. Karin Taylor Wu provide a detailed explanation of the 22 GanZhi symbols. Poetic summaries from the Song Dynasty’s astrology classic, DiTianShui 滴天髓, give the reader a deep understanding of the nature of each Stem and their relationship to each other.
In his unprecedented account on the Dao of martial arts, Dai Family XinYi lineage holder Master Zhongxian Wu explores WuDao through systematic instruction of select practices from China’s legendary Dai Family Style XinYi Martial Arts School. With extensive reference to the classic texts, this book provides unique and considered guidance that will inspire and empower practitioners of all levels.