We provide information to help our community align their schedules, practices, and cultivation with the lunar calendar, as was done in traditional Taoism. See below for information on all the features of this calendar.
Four Season Qigong and Dao Yin Seated Exercises
This calendar features the specific practice schedule for the Four Season Qigong and Dao Yin exercises. Become a Celestial Immortal Member and visit the Four Seasons Qigong page for more information about these practices, along with instructions and demonstration videos.
Chen Tuan’s exercises are a very old form of what was traditionally termed Dao Yin (道 引) practices, which means “to lead and guide the qi/breath.”
In the lunar calendar, the year is divided into periods that change every 15 days or so. Two periods per month add up to twenty-four periods per year which correspond to the 24 Dao Yin exercises to be utilized one each period. Each new moon and full moon correlate to the beginning and ending of one of the practices, which you can find the specifics dates for on the calendar.
Meanwhile, there is one Qigong practice per season that you use along with your Dao Yin practice. Doing these practices together according to the changing seasons and cycles harmonizes your energy with the natural rhythms of nature.
Throughout the year, China has traditionally celebrated eight major festivals.
- Chinese New Year—1st Day, 1st Moon
- Lantern Festival—15th Day, 1st Moon
- Qingming Festival—April 4th or 5th (Solar Calendar)
- Dragon Boats Festival—5th Day, 5th Moon
- Double Sevens Festival—7th Day, 7th Moon
- Autumn Moon Festival—15th Day, 8th Moon
- Double Nine Festival—9th Day, 9th Moon
- Laba Festival—8th Day, 12th Moon
Sign up for our newsletter to learn more about these significant traditional Chinese holidays each month, or see our newsletter archive to find the information on all the festivals and holidays for the past years.
These days fall on the New Moon (the 1st day of the lunar month) and the Full Moon (the 15th day of each lunar month). These days bring good fortune because the New Moon represents the beginning of things and the full moon represents the illumination and fruition of all things.
Taoist Fasting/Vegetarian Days
There are normally eight days each month when it is most auspicious to either practice fasting or vegetarianism. These days always fall on the 1st, 8th, 14th, 18th, 23rd, 24th, 28th, 29th, and 30th days of the lunar calendar (provided the month has 30 days). These days are meant for increasing a person’s merit and virtue.
Taoist Celebration Days
These are birthdays and special veneration days of various immortals, as well as special days in connection with the Sanctuary of Tao. In traditional Taoism, there are numerous days associated with the veneration of immortals. This calendar, however, focuses on those figures who play an important role in the Sanctuary of Tao’s practices and teachings.
Taoist Spirit Reporting Days
These are the days in the year that the transgression recording spirits report on a person’s conduct and deeds (good and bad) to the Heavenly Officials for either rewards or retribution. On the Geng Shen days, the Three Corpse Spirits in a person’s body go directly to the Heavenly Officials and make their reports. The Controller of Destinies/Stove God delivers his reports on the last day of each month, as does the Earth Spirit, and the Three Origin Spirits (which reside over a person’s head). On Geng Shen days, some Taoists will refrain from sleeping so that the Three Corpse Spirits cannot leave the body to make their reports. Within a lunar year there are five Geng Shen days. The first one (the most important) falls on the 57th Day of the lunar calendar and the remaining ones occur every sixty days thereafter.
Each day, month, and year correlate to twelve animals in the Chinese Astrology system. Chinese calendars can be lunar or solar-based systems, or a combination of both, so you will find differences in the starting dates for certain lunar years and months between different sources’ calendars.