The 12 stages of growth

In a BaZi chart not only each branch is compared to the Day Master (the most important comparison is made using the branch of the month) but each pillar is also evaluated independently and each stem is examined in relation to the branch that supports it. The cycle of the “12 stages of growth” (十二长生 literally … Continue reading The 12 stages of growth

“Back Shu” points

“Back shu” (Bei Shu) points are commonly used in modern acupuncture; however, some practitioners claim that needling them is forbidden, others believe that they should be needled for no longer than 10 min or just twisted, flicked and shortly after removed; some others maintain that they can be used but the insertion of needles at these points … Continue reading “Back Shu” points

Self cultivation

No scholar pursuing his own nature, who does not make a plan for himself, concerning self-care, will ever be able to partake in any discussion of the path of nourishing life. For this reason we take self-care as primary — SUN SIMIAO from 攝養枕中方 Shzeyang Zhenzhong Fang translated by R. Bertschinger Continue reading Self cultivation

Neijing tu

One of the most famous Daoist image: the Neijing tu (Chart of the Inner Warp), which maps the body as an “inner landscape” with mountains, rivers, paths, forests, and stars. The chart was engraved in 1886 on a stele in the Abbey of the white clouds based on an old silk scroll found on Mount … Continue reading Neijing tu


Polaris, the northern pole star on Earth, is the brightest star in the Ursa Minor constellation. Polaris is at the end of the or “handle” of the “Little Dipper” very close to the north celestial pole and can be found using the seven brightest stars of the constellation of the Ursa Major (the Big Dipper) … Continue reading Polaris

Qi 氣

the breath, the existential force presiding over all changes in the human body, whether they be macroscopic or microscopic. It is the truest exspression of the way dao works in our bodies according to the modes of yin 陰 and yang 陽 Father Claude Larre Continue reading Qi 氣

Yin 陰 Yang 陽

are the expression of two complementary opposites. Yin 陰 represent the aspect of quiescence, and yang 陽 the aspect of activity. Almost everything can be divided in yang and yin, but the primary dichotomies are day and night, light and dark, hard and soft, male and female and exterior and interior. It is important to understand yin … Continue reading Yin 陰 Yang 陽