Spring Greetings and Happy New Year!

Dear Qi-Friends,

Happy Spring!
Happy Chinese New Year!
Happy Year of the Earth Dog!

…from not-cold Stockholm 🙂

We are excited, getting ready to leave for our annual US spring trip to the Pacific Northwest next week. As I have much to do before we leave, and will be very busy in the US, I am sending this greeting letter a little early.

Earth Dog begins Feb 4 /
New Year starts Feb 16

According to Chinese cosmology, the Earth Dog Year of 2018  will start on LiChun 立春, February 4 at 05:28 (Beijing time), while Chinese New Year’s day this year will be February 16.

As you can see, Chinese Yearly animal sign and Chinese New Year fall on different days. Why so?

Chinese New Years’ day is the first new moon’s day of the first lunar month each year, as according to the Chinese calendar.  The New Year is dependent on the pattern of the moon (Yin energy of Nature).

The animal sign of the year starts on LiChun, which is the beginning of spring season.  The LiChun is dependent on the position of the sun (Yang energy of the nature).

GanZhi and the Yearly Animal Sign

Professionally, we use GanZhi 干支 (Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches) to represent each energetic Year rather than just the simplified animal sign.

Energy of the Dog (Xu 戌)

For this coming energetic year, the Dog animal sign (Earthly Branch) indicates that the specific energetic qualities of nature associated with the Dog (such as intuitive, smart, artistic, cautious, social, honest, loyal, uneasy, evasive, or stubborn energy) will exert their influences on us human beings.

When properly harnessed, Dog energy will help you channel your truthful and creative nature towards completing tasks and striving to achieve your life’s greatest goals.

Left unchecked, Dog energy can easily trap you in some physical or emotional obstacle(s) that will make it virtually impossible to get anything done.

Energy of the Earth Dog (WuXu 戊戌)

WuXu 戊戌 Year of the Earth Dog

Analyzing the energy of the Year’s Heavenly Stem and Earthly Branch pair together, however, will give us much greater insight into the cosmological patterns of the upcoming year.

WuXu 戊戌 (Yang Earth Dog) energy suggests that we will have  dramatic, changing weather patterns in the coming year.

The War Between Fire and Water

Beginning January 20, 2018, it has been challenging for Hot Fire energy to take over Cold Water in many areas of the Northern Hemisphere.  This war between Fire and Water will be the typical pattern for WuXu year.

Sudden changes between Water (cold, snow, rain) and Fire (hot/warm, heat, dry) will affect many people’s health, especially for those who have weak heart, lungs, and/or kidneys.

The most extreme time period of this pattern will be June and July.

Warm Diseases / Cold Diseases in the Spring

In the early spring, this Fire energy, in the form of erratic temperature spikes, can easily cause what is known as Warm diseases in traditional Chinese medicine in many people. The signs of Warm disease can be fever, headache, sore throat, cough, vomiting, and/or ulcer.

In the late spring, this Water energy, in the form of dramatic temperature drops, could not only make it difficult for some of the more sensitive plants to flourish, but also cause health challenges for people who have weak liver and/or are susceptible to depression.

DaYao 大藥, Your Greatest Medicine

Please do not forget take your DaYao (the Greatest Medicine – Jing, Qi, and Shen) everyday to help maintain your physical and emotional balance, no matter what we expect the external and internal influences to be.

In order to support our Qi-friends being well stocked in this Greatest Medicine, I have decided it is important to offer as many training opportunities as possible this year, in both Europe and the States.

2018 Teaching Highlights

Highlights – Spring in Oregon

During our Spring trip to Oregon, we will be hosting two retreats – LifeLong Training session 5 and JingDao session 2in Sandy (the western gateway to Mount Hood) and Netarts (on the majestic Oregon coast).

In the city of Portland, I will also offer several weekend events, sharing some simple yet powerful Daosit/Shamanic arts during the first and second weekends of March.

If you are planning on joining us for a weekend workshop, be sure to take advantage of the early bird pricing!

Highlights – Spring/Summer

I will be offering weekend workshops in Sweden (Stockholm), France (Avignon, Lyon) and Iowa (Decorah).

Highlights – Fall/Winter

I will also be offering weekend workshops in Germany (Hamburg), Alaska (Palmer, Anchorage), Oregon (Portland), Scotland (Aberdeen) and New York (Buffalo).

GanZhi Advanced Daoist Arts Program begins in US

For those of you who are interested in studying the Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches, I am pleased to announce the opening of the first session of our GanZhi Advanced Daoist Arts program, at Pendle Hill, PA (USA) December 4-9, 2018.

For more details about my teachings and registration details for an upcoming event in your area, please visit my website:

Fire/Water Harmonizing Qi to you and yours,

Master Wu


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