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 four years of material (2,000 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.

Monday, October 26, 2020

China's Lunar Calendar 2020 10-27

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs" 
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦
10/29..........................................................................................................10/21
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-solar (or "luni-solar" calendar; I call it the "lunar" calendar in order to distinguish it from the kinds of calendars most Westerners use. It has a basic translation and minimal interpretation. Unless you have been studying calendars (and Chinese culture) for many years, you will likely find yourself asking "what does that mean?" I would caution tha"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 calendarSome 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. You will likely find that several of the translations seem quite "fanciful" in English. I am simply trying to convey that they also sound fairly fanciful in Chinese.  
Section One
Solar Calendar Date
廿
二期星
Tenth Month, Twenty-Seventh Day
Tuesday, October 27
————

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
不聖六麒
將心合麟
Unicorn
Six Linkages
Sagely Heart-Mind
Not General

Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰

酉巳丑
中中
戌午寅

亥未卯

23:00-01:00 Auspicious
01:00-03:00 In-Between
03:00-05:00 Auspicious
05:00-07:00 Auspicious

07:00-09:00 Inauspicious
9:00-11:00 In-Between
11:00-13:00 Inauspicious
 13:00-15:00 Inauspicious

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

Section Four 
Activities to Avoid  
(top-to-bottom; right to left) 

修開穿詞
倉池井訟
Lawsuits and Litigation
Boring Wells
Opening Ponds
Repairing Granaries

Section Five 
Cosmological Information





Eleventh Day (Ninth Lunar Month)
Cyclical Day: guimao (40/60)
Phase (element): Metal
"Constellation Personality" Cycle: Tail (6/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Grasp (6/12)
————

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

安醫嫁祭
牀病娶祀
作修納祈
灶造采福
除動移會
服土徙友
安上理出
葬樑髮行
虛五
勾大大咸
陳敗時池
————
Appropriate Activities
Venerating Ancestors
Inquiring-into Fortune
Meeting Friends
Going Out (and about)
Marriage Alliances
Grain Payments
Moving Residences
Patterning Hair
Physician Visits
Repairing and Constructing
Moving Soil
Raising Beams
Positioning Beds
Stove Work
Discarding Clothing
Positioning Graves

Five Voids

Baleful Astral Influences
Widespread Pond
Great Timeliness
Great Defeat
Narrative Hook

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars
(the Chinese should be read right to left, 
but the English translation is underneath each character)
白 山
White, Mountain
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Items 
(the Chinese should be read top-to-bottom, and right-to-left;
the English translation is under the bottom of each character)
門 牀 房
Gate, Bed, Edifice

Sunday, October 25, 2020

China's Lunar Calendar 2020 10-26

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs" 
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦
10/29..........................................................................................................10/21
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-solar (or "luni-solar" calendar; I call it the "lunar" calendar in order to distinguish it from the kinds of calendars most Westerners use. It has a basic translation and minimal interpretation. Unless you have been studying calendars (and Chinese culture) for many years, you will likely find yourself asking "what does that mean?" I would caution tha"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 calendarSome 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. You will likely find that several of the translations seem quite "fanciful" in English. I am simply trying to convey that they also sound fairly fanciful in Chinese.  
Section One
Solar Calendar Date
廿
一期星
Tenth Month, Twenty-Sixth Day
Monday, October 26
————

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
十歲
靈馬
Generational Equinity
Ten Spirits

Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰

酉巳丑
中中吉
戌午寅

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

07:00-09:00 Inauspicious
9:00-11:00 In-Between
11:00-13:00 Inauspicious
 13:00-15:00 Auspicious

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

Section Four 
Activities to Avoid  
(top-to-bottom; right to left) 

祭开
祀集
Opening Sluices
Venerating Ancestors

Section Five 
Cosmological Information





Tenth Day (Ninth Lunar Month)
Cyclical Day: renyin (39/60)
Phase (element): Metal
"Constellation Personality" Cycle: Heart-Mind (5/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Decide (5/12)
————

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









死下
氣兀
月債
厭不
————
Appropriate Activities
Moving Soil
Binding Nets
Completing Clothing
Positioning Graves

Baleful Astral Influences
Lower Amputee
Debt Not
Death Vapor
Lunar Repression

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars
(the Chinese should be read right to left, 
but the English translation is underneath each character)
人 火
Person, Fire
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Items 
(the Chinese should be read top-to-bottom, and right-to-left;
the English translation is under the bottom of each character)

爐 庫
Granary
Furnace, Storehouse

Saturday, October 24, 2020

China's Lunar Calendar 2020 10-25

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs" 
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦
10/29..........................................................................................................10/21
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-solar (or "luni-solar" calendar; I call it the "lunar" calendar in order to distinguish it from the kinds of calendars most Westerners use. It has a basic translation and minimal interpretation. Unless you have been studying calendars (and Chinese culture) for many years, you will likely find yourself asking "what does that mean?" I would caution tha"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 calendarSome 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. You will likely find that several of the translations seem quite "fanciful" in English. I am simply trying to convey that they also sound fairly fanciful in Chinese.  
Section One
Solar Calendar Date
廿
期星
Tenth Month, Twenty-Fifth Day
Sunday, October 25
————

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
六歲
合支
Generational Branch
Six Linkages

Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰

酉巳丑
吉吉
戌午寅

亥未卯

23:00-01:00 In-Between
01:00-03:00 Auspicious
03:00-05:00 Auspicious
05:00-07:00 Auspicious

07:00-09:00 Inauspicious
9:00-11:00 Auspicious
11:00-13:00 Inauspicious
 13:00-15:00 Inauspicious

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

Section Four 
Activities to Avoid  
(top-to-bottom; right to left) 

動醞
土釀
Fermenting Beverages
Moving Soil

Section Five 
Cosmological Information





Ninth Day (Ninth Lunar Month)
Cyclical Day: xinchou (38/60)
Phase (element): Earth
"Constellation Personality" Cycle: Edifice (4/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Level (4/12)
————

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


————







天密
罡日
死地
神囊
————
Double Yang Festival

Appropriate Activities
Venerating Ancestors
Binding Nets
Leveling Roadways

Baleful Astral Influences
Mysterious Days
Earth Duffel (Dirt Bag)
Heavenly Dipper
Death Spirit

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars
(the Chinese should be read right to left, 
but the English translation is underneath each character)
人 神
Person, Spirit
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Items 
(the Chinese should be read top-to-bottom, and right-to-left;
the English translation is under the bottom of each character)

厠 灶
Kitchen
Toilet, Stove