Friday, December 26, 2008

Winter Solstice 冬季

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Winter Solstice 冬季 arrived on 21 Dec 08, during this day the Chinese celebrates by offer praying with Tang Yuan 汤圆。

It is like the New Year for the Chinese.They also believe that one eaten the tang yuan, one will increase by one year of age.

Let me borrow from the explanation of Winter Solstice 冬季. See Picture:
winter solstice 冬季
In astronomy, the winter solstice is the moment when the earth is at a point in its orbit where one hemisphere is most inclined away from the sun. This causes the sun to appear at its farthest below the celestial equator when viewed from earth. Solstice is a Latin borrowing and means "sun stand", referring to the appearance that the sun's noontime elevation change stops its progress, either northerly or southerly. The day of the winter solstice is the shortest day and the longest night of the year.

Happy Winter Solstice,冬季快乐!

December 21st is the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. The Sun is at 270 degree on the ecliptic.
The 3-4 days before and after the Winter Solstice are characterized with very poweful pozitive energy in Nature. This is a good time for receiving energy from Nature, important time for more meditation and relaxation. Even in a non-meditation state one can feel how the energy and the blood in the body are very intensified as if in a meditation state.
Now the qigong meditation is very qualitative, it gets easier and faster to enter into the deep levels of subconsciousness. The daoists, budhists and the qigong practitioners give a great importance to the meditation during the Winter Solstice and they utilize this period for more intensive cultivation. This is not
accidentally. At the Winter Solstice the yang energy starts to increase (and the days start to get larger), while the yin energy gradually starts to deminish (and the nights are becoming smaller). Slowly and almost unnoticeably the heat in Nature and in the human body is increasing from inside towards outside.
To a certain point, this is also related to the lunar month of rat (zi), in which we are now. It is represented by the ¡°Fu¡±24 hexagram in I Ching:

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Lao Zi says "Returning is the movement of Dao.¡¯Fu hexagram means
¡°Returning, Coming back" and it consists of 1 yang and 5 yin. The past month (hai) was completely yin ¨C with 6 yin, but now a new cycle is beginning, in which the first rays of the Yang energy start to appear. In Chinese, this is called ¡°Yi yang chu¡± Ò»Ñô³ö (¡°the appearance of first yang¡±). That's why this is considered a great time for cultivation.
During the different 24 solar segments of the Chinese calendar, the qi is concentrated at different energy points (guan) of the small heavenly orbit СÖÜÌì. Now, during the 15 days of the Winter Solstice period, the qi is concentrated at huiyin energy point of the body as well as in the lower dantian. Now it starts to activate especially on the Dumai (the yang meridian) of the small heavenly orbit. At the same time, the flow of energy can be felt much better and faster throughout the whole body.

(Hanlin Academy)