From Round to Square (and back)

For The Emperor's Teacher, scroll down (↓) to "Topics." It's the management book that will rock the world (and break the vase, as you will see). Click or paste the following link for a recent profile of the project: http://magazine.beloit.edu/?story_id=240813&issue_id=240610

A new post appears every day at 12:05* (CDT). There's more, though. Take a look at the right-hand side of the page for over two years of material (1,600 posts and growing) from Seinfeld and country music to every single day of the Chinese lunar calendar...translated. Look here ↓ and explore a little. It will take you all the way down the page...from round to square (and back again).
*Occasionally I will leave a long post up for thirty-six hours, and post a shorter entry at noon the next day.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

China's Lunar Calendar 2014 09-21

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
9/23....................................................................................................................9/16

This is one in a never-ending series—following the movements of the calendar—in Round and Square perpetuity. It is today's date in the Chinese lunar calendar, along with basic translation and minimal interpretation. Unless you have been studying lunar calendars (and Chinese culture) for many years, you will likely find yourself asking "what does that mean?" I would caution that "it" doesn't "mean" any one thing. There are clusters of meaning, and they require patience, reflection, careful reading, and, well, a little bit of ethnographic fieldwork. The best place to start is the introduction to "Calendars and Almanacs" on this blog. I teach a semester-long course on this topic and, trust me, it takes a little bit of time to get used to the lunar calendar. Some of the material is readily accessible; some of it is impenetrable, even after many years

As time goes on, I will link all of the sections to lengthy background essays. This will take a while. In the meantime, take a look, read the introduction, and think about all of the questions that emerge from even a quick look at the calendar.
Section One
Solar Calendar Date
(top to bottom; right to left
廿

期星
Ninth Month, Twenty-First Day
Astral Period Sun
Sunday, September 21
———————————————— 
Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
生六歲
氣合支
Generational Branch
Six Linkages
Engendered Vapor
—————————————————
Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰子
吉中
酉己丑
凶凶
戌午寅
吉中吉
亥未卯
吉中
23:00-01:00 Inauspicious
01:00-03:00 Inauspicious
03:00-05:00 Auspicious
05:00-07:00 Inauspicious

07:00-09:00 In-Between
09:00-11:00 Inauspicious
11:00-13:00 In-Between
13:00-15:00 In-Between

15:00-17:00  Auspicious
17:00-19:00 In-Between
19:00-21:00 Auspicious
21:00-23:00 Auspicious

The hours above are for Hong Kong. It is up to you if you want to recalibrate or to assume that the cyclicality of the calendar "covers" the rest of the world. This is a greater interpretive challenge than you might think.
————————————————— 
Section Four 
Activities to Avoid  
(top-to-bottom; right to left) 

除動栽
服土種
Planting and Cultivating
Moving Soil
Discarding Clothing
—————————————————  
 Section Five 
Cosmological Information 
廿




Twenty-Eighth Day Day (Eighth Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: yiwei (32/60)
Phase (element): Metal
Constellation: Pleiades (18/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Open (11/12)
—————————————————  

Section Six
Appropriate Activities
(and Miscellaneous Information
(top-to-bottom; right to left)

開出祭
市行祀
上嫁祈
樑娶福
牧納入
養采學
納移會
畜徙友
喪復
九土密
空符日
————
Appropriate Activities
Venerating Ancestors
Inquiring-into Fortune
Entering Study
Meeting Friends
Going Out (and about)
Marriage Alliances
Grain Payments
Moving Residences
Opening Markets
Putting-up Beams
Raising Livestock
Livestock Payments

Repeat Mounring

Baleful Astral Influences
Mysterious Days
Earth Charm
Nine Voids
————
  
Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
(right to left) 
丫 人
Bifurcation, Person
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Information
厠 磨
Pestle
Toilet, Mortar

China's Lunar Calendar 2014 09-20

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
9/23.........................................................................  ...........................................9/16

This is one in a never-ending series—following the movements of the calendar—in Round and Square perpetuity. It is today's date in the Chinese lunar calendar, along with basic translation and minimal interpretation. Unless you have been studying lunar calendars (and Chinese culture) for many years, you will likely find yourself asking "what does that mean?" I would caution that "it" doesn't "mean" any one thing. There are clusters of meaning, and they require patience, reflection, careful reading, and, well, a little bit of ethnographic fieldwork. The best place to start is the introduction to "Calendars and Almanacs" on this blog. I teach a semester-long course on this topic and, trust me, it takes a little bit of time to get used to the lunar calendar. Some of the material is readily accessible; some of it is impenetrable, even after many years

As time goes on, I will link all of the sections to lengthy background essays. This will take a while. In the meantime, take a look, read the introduction, and think about all of the questions that emerge from even a quick look at the calendar.
Section One
Solar Calendar Date
(top to bottom; right to left

六期星
Ninth Month, Twentieth Day
Astral Period Six
Saturday, September 20
———————————————— 
Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
進歲
神德
Generational Virtue
Entering Spirits
—————————————————
Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰子
中中
酉己丑
吉中吉
戌午寅

亥未卯
中吉
23:00-01:00 Inauspicious
01:00-03:00 Auspicious
03:00-05:00 Auspicious
05:00-07:00 Inauspicious

07:00-09:00 In-Between
09:00-11:00 In-Between
11:00-13:00 Inauspicious
13:00-15:00 Auspicious

15:00-17:00 In-Between
17:00-19:00 Auspicious
19:00-21:00 In-Between
21:00-23:00 In-Between

The hours above are for Hong Kong. It is up to you if you want to recalibrate or to assume that the cyclicality of the calendar "covers" the rest of the world. This is a greater interpretive challenge than you might think.
————————————————— 
Section Four 
Activities to Avoid  
(top-to-bottom; right to left) 

出開
財倉
Opening Granaries
Capital Outflow
—————————————————  
 Section Five 
Cosmological Information 
廿




Twenty-Seventh Day Day (Eighth Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: jiawu (31/60)
Phase (element): Metal
Constellation: Stomach (17/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Receive (10/12)
—————————————————  

Section Six
Appropriate Activities
(and Miscellaneous Information
(top-to-bottom; right to left)









債上
不兀
班楊
煞忌
————
Appropriate Activities
Venerating Ancestors
Marriage Alliances
Patterning Hair
Seizing and Apprehending

Baleful Astral Influences
Upper Amputee
Poplar Taboo
Debt Not
Classified Balefulness
————
  
Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
(right to left) 
丫 鬼
Bifurcation, Ghost
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Information

碓 門
Divination
Pestle, Gate

Friday, September 19, 2014

China's Lunar Calendar 2014 09-19

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
9/23.........................................................................  ...........................................9/16

This is one in a never-ending series—following the movements of the calendar—in Round and Square perpetuity. It is today's date in the Chinese lunar calendar, along with basic translation and minimal interpretation. Unless you have been studying lunar calendars (and Chinese culture) for many years, you will likely find yourself asking "what does that mean?" I would caution that "it" doesn't "mean" any one thing. There are clusters of meaning, and they require patience, reflection, careful reading, and, well, a little bit of ethnographic fieldwork. The best place to start is the introduction to "Calendars and Almanacs" on this blog. I teach a semester-long course on this topic and, trust me, it takes a little bit of time to get used to the lunar calendar. Some of the material is readily accessible; some of it is impenetrable, even after many years

As time goes on, I will link all of the sections to lengthy background essays. This will take a while. In the meantime, take a look, read the introduction, and think about all of the questions that emerge from even a quick look at the calendar.
Section One
Solar Calendar Date
(top to bottom; right to left

五期星
Ninth Month, Nineteenth Day
Astral Period Five
Friday, September 19
———————————————— 
Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
不月天天
將恩醫喜
Heavenly Happiness
Heavenly Physician
Lunar Kindness
Not General
—————————————————
Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰子
吉吉
酉己丑
中吉中
戌午寅
吉中中
亥未卯
凶凶凶
23:00-01:00 Inauspicious
01:00-03:00 In-Between
03:00-05:00 In-Between
05:00-07:00 Inauspicious

07:00-09:00 Auspicious
09:00-11:00 Auspicious
11:00-13:00 In-Between
13:00-15:00 Inauspicious

15:00-17:00 Auspicious
17:00-19:00 In-Between
19:00-21:00 Auspicious
21:00-23:00 Inauspicious

The hours above are for Hong Kong. It is up to you if you want to recalibrate or to assume that the cyclicality of the calendar "covers" the rest of the world. This is a greater interpretive challenge than you might think.
————————————————— 
Section Four 
Activities to Avoid  
(top-to-bottom; right to left) 

成除遠詞
服靈行訟
Lawsuits and Litigation
Distant Journeys
Expelling Spirits
Completing Clothing
—————————————————  
 Section Five 
Cosmological Information 
廿




Twenty-Sixth Day Day (Eighth Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: guisi (30/60)
Phase (element): Water
Constellation: Mound (16/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Completion (9/12)
—————————————————  

Section Six
Appropriate Activities
(and Miscellaneous Information
(top-to-bottom; right to left)

上開嫁祭
樑市娶祀
修交納祈
倉易采福
安修移入
牀造徙學
納動醫會
畜土病友
日重
朱刀九蛇
 雀砧鬼土
————
Appropriate Activities
Venerating Ancestors
Inquiring-into Fortune
Entering Study
Meeting Friends
Marriage Alliances
Grain Payments
Moving Households
Physician Visits
Opening Markets
Trade and Commerce
Repairing and Building
Moving Soil
Putting-up Beams
Repairing Granaries
Positioning Beds
Livestock Payments

Doubled Days

Baleful Astral Influences
Snake Mouth
Nine Ghost-Soils
Sword Anvil
Vermillion Bird
————
  
Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
(right to left) 
丫 山
Bifurcation, Mountain
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Information
牀 房 占
Bed, Edifice, Divination