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 (1,700 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.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

China's Lunar Calendar 2014 12-18

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
12/21.........................................................................................................................12/13

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


四期星
Twelfth Month, Eighteenth Day
Astral Period Four
Thursday, December 18
———————————————— 

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
德歲
日支
Generational Branch
Virtuous Days
—————————————————

Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰子
中吉
酉己丑
戌午寅

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

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

15:00-17:00 In-Between
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) 

嫁詞
娶訟
Lawsuits and Litigation
Marriage Alliances
—————————————————

Section Five 
Cosmological Information 
廿




Twenty-Seventh Day (Tenth Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: guihai (60/60)
Phase (element): Water
Constellation: Well (22/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Closed (12/12)
—————————————————  

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

債歲
不朔
重下
日兀
————
Appropriate Activities 
Sweeping Rooms
Felling Timber

Baleful Astral Influences
Upper Decade
Lower Amputee
Debt Not
Lunar Repression
————

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
(right to left) 
丫 山
Bifurcation, Mountain
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous
牀 房
Divination
Bed, Building

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

China's Lunar Calendar 2014 12-17

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
12/21.........................................................................................................................12/13

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


三期星
Twelfth Month, Seventeenth Day
Astral Period Three
Wednesday, December 17
———————————————— 

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
生月
氣德
Lunar Virtue
Engendered Vapor
—————————————————

Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰子
凶凶凶
酉己丑
吉中吉
戌午寅

亥未卯
吉吉吉
23:00-01:00 Inauspicious
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 Auspicious
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) 

放開
水渠
Opening Sluices
Putting-into Water
—————————————————

Section Five 
Cosmological Information 
廿




Twenty-Sixth Day (Tenth Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: renxu (59/60)
Phase (element): Water
Constellation: Gathering (21/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Open (11/12)
—————————————————  

Section Six
Appropriate Activities
(and Miscellaneous Information
(top-to-bottom; right to left)
動會
土友
上訂
樑婚
置開
產市

五寡
虛宿
————
Appropriate Activities 
Meeting Friends
Marriage Engagements
Opening Markets
Moving Soil
Putting-up Beams
Setting-up Production

Garlic Chives Sprout
(the sixty-third of seventy-two five-day solar micro-periods on the agricultural calendar)

Baleful Astral Influences
Widowed Hostel
Five Voids
————

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
(right to left) 
丫 火
Bifurcation, Fire
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous

栖 庫
Granary
Perch, Storehouse

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

China's Lunar Calendar 2014 12-16

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
12/21.........................................................................................................................12/13

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


二期星
Twelfth Month, Sixteenth Day
Astral Period Two
Tuesday, December 16
———————————————— 

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
金母
堂倉
Maternal Granary
Golden Hall
—————————————————

Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰子
中吉
酉己丑
吉中
戌午寅

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

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

15:00-17:00 In-Between
17:00-19:00 Inauspicious
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) 

動醞
土釀
Fermenting Liquors
Moving Soil
—————————————————

Section Five 
Cosmological Information 
廿




Twenty-Fifth Day (Tenth Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: xinyou (58/60)
Phase (element): Wood
Constellation: Beak of the Turtle (20/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Receive (10/12)
—————————————————  

Section Six
Appropriate Activities
(and Miscellaneous Information
(top-to-bottom; right to left)
裁祭
衣祀
納沐
財浴
捕理
捉髮
結掃
綱舍


班上
煞兀
————
Appropriate Activities 
Venerating Ancestors
Bubbling and Bathing
Patterning Hair
Sweeping Rooms
Cutting-out Clothing
Cash Payments
Seizing and Capturing
Binding Nets

Earth Duffel

Baleful Astral Influences
Upper Amputee
Classified Balefulness
————

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
(right to left) 
白 神
White, Spirit
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous

門 灶
Kitchen
Gate, Stove

Monday, December 15, 2014

China's Lunar Calendar 2014 12-15

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
12/21.........................................................................................................................12/13

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


一期星
Twelfth Month, Fifteenth Day
Astral Period One
Monday, December 15
———————————————— 

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
除天青歲
神喜龍馬
Generational Horse
Blue-Green Dragon
Heavenly Happiness
Expelling Spirits
—————————————————

Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰子
吉吉
酉己丑
中吉吉
戌午寅
凶凶凶
亥未卯
中吉中
23:00-01:00 Inauspicious
01:00-03:00 Auspicious
03:00-05:00 Inauspicious
05:00-07:00 In-Between

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

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

築動安結
提土牀綱
Binding Nets
Positioning Beds
Moving Soil
Constructing Dikes
—————————————————

Section Five 
Cosmological Information 
廿




Twenty-Fourth Day (Tenth Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: gengshen (57/60)
Phase (element): Wood
Constellation: Net (19/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Completion (9/12)
—————————————————  

Section Six
Appropriate Activities
(and Miscellaneous Information
(top-to-bottom; right to left)
作開裁入
灶市衣學
納立移會
畜約徙友
成交理出
服易髮行
安上醫納
葬樑病采
離五
陽大土猴
將煞符口
————
Appropriate Activities 
Entering Study
Meeting Friends
Going Out (and about)
Grain Payments
Cutting-out Clothing
Moving Households
Patterning Hair
Physician Visits
Opening Markets
Making Appointments
Trade and Commerce
Putting-up Beams
Stove Work
Livestock Payments
Completing Clothing
Positioning Beds

Five Separations

Baleful Astral Influences
Monkey Mouth
Earth Charm
Great Balefulness
Yang General
————

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
(right to left) 
白 地
White, Earth
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous
爐 磨 碓
Furnace, Mortar, Pestle