qi(4) means air.

There are two radicals. This is a picture of curling clouds.

represents grains of rice separated by threshing.

This is a common character in Chinese language. The idea of air is found in weather, climate, steam, gas, personal "air", ie. mood, atmosphere, anger,and even, in illness, asthma. Automobiles are qi vehicles (they run on gas).


In cosmology, qi refers to energetic transformation. In biology, it has come to represent breath, energy, even life itself. In Chinese Medicine, it is the energetic substance that animates our bodies, flows through our meridians, and supports our vitality.

In the practice of TaiJi Quan, the qi is encouraged to flow smoothly throughout the body, guided by the mind.


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