From Round to Square (and back)

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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.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

China's Lunar Calendar 2014 09-01

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
9/6.........................................................................  ...........................................8/30

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
一九
日月
一期星
Ninth Month, First Day
Astral Period One
Monday, September 1
———————————————— 
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
吉中
酉己丑
戌午寅
中中
亥未卯
中吉吉
23:00-01:00 Inauspicious
01:00-03:00 Auspicious
03:00-05:00 Inauspicious
05:00-07:00 Auspicious

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

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

嫁栽
娶種
Planting and Cultivating
Marriage Alliances
—————————————————  
 Section Five 
Cosmological Information 



Eighth Day Day (Eighth Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: yihai (12/60)
Phase (element): Fire
Constellation: Drawn Bow (26/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Level (4/12)
—————————————————  
Section Six
Appropriate Activities
(and Miscellaneous Information
(top-to-bottom; right to left)
死猴
神口
陽重
將日
————
Appropriate Activities
Leveling and Painting Roadways
Repairing and Ornamenting Walls and Embankments

Baleful Astral Influences
Monkey Mouth
Doubled Days
Death Spirit
Yang General

  Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
(right to left) 
白 州
White, Landmass
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Information

牀 磨
Pestle
Bed, Mortar

Besuboru Guy—Keepin' Up

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Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Celebrity Commentary" (coming soon)
This is a "small" (小) post—click here for an explanation of Round and Square post lengths.
***  *** 
On this day in Round and Square History 
11 September 2012—Middles: Calendars and Memory
11 September 2011—Middles: Commemoration

[a] Individual and Society RF
可飛ばせ, 川口!
Let 'er rip, Kawaguchi!  OR
Fly to base, Kawaguchi!
—Common Japanese baseball chant
(Kawaguchi is a common surname, like "Anderson")
And Japanese professional baseball players will let 'er rip (and fly to base) long after my time at Round and Square is up.

And that will be today—right now, even.

So how can you keep up with the most exciting baseball on the planet?
[b] Ongoing RF

Well, here are a few good places to start.


Japanese Baseball 1

Japanese Baseball 2

Japanese Baseball 3

And I won't be far away. I'll pop in every once in a while, along with my friends Liam, French Bulldog Pup, Roll Tide Guy, and Lederhosen Pug.

I am now a member of the RSQ Columnist-Emeritus community.

[If you don't read Japanese, but want to have some sense of the Japanese kana and kanji in these posts, just copy the phrases and paste them into translation software such as Babylon or Google Translate].
[c] Shrine ball RF
[Originally posted on August 31, 2014]

China's Lunar Calendar 2014 08-31

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
9/6.........................................................................  ...........................................8/30

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

日期星
Eighth Month, Thirty-First Day
Astral Period Sun
Sunday, August 31
———————————————— 
Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
陽歲
德德
Generational Virtue
Yang Virtue
—————————————————
Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰子
凶凶
酉己丑
中吉吉
戌午寅
凶凶
亥未卯
中吉吉
23:00-01:00 Inauspicious
01:00-03:00 Auspicious
03:00-05:00 Inauspicious
05:00-07:00 Auspicious

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

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

行開
喪倉
Opening Granaries
Mourning Visits
—————————————————  
 Section Five 
Cosmological Information 


滿
Seventh Day Day (Eighth Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: jiaxu (11/60)
Phase (element): Fire
Constellation: Willow (25/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Fullness (3/12)
—————————————————  
Section Six
Appropriate Activities
(and Miscellaneous Information
(top-to-bottom; right to left)

納會
財友
補裁
塞衣
栽理
種髮
牧開
養市

三火
喪星
————
Appropriate Activities
Meeting Friends
Cutting-out Clothing
Patterning Hair
Opening Markets
Cash Outflow
Patching and Plugging
Planting and Cultivating
Raising Livestock 

Water Scar

Baleful Astral Influences
Fire Star
Three Mournings

  Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
(right to left) 
白 水
White, Water
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Information

栖 碓
Gate
Perch, Pestle

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Besuboru Guy—Split Season History

Click here for the "Celebrity Commentary" Resource Center—(all posts available)
Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Celebrity Commentary" (coming soon)
This is a "small" (小) post—click here for an explanation of Round and Square post lengths.
***  *** 
On this day in Round and Square History 
10 September 2012—The Cortex Chronicles: Contrapuntal
10 September 2011—Styling Culture: Using Chicago Style Citation

[a] Individual and Society RF
可飛ばせ, 川口!
Let 'er rip, Kawaguchi!  OR
Fly to base, Kawaguchi!
—Common Japanese baseball chant
(Kawaguchi is a common surname, like "Anderson")

And, for one brief stretch, Japanese players let 'er rip and flew to base with changing rewards.

For a decade-long period during the 1970s and into the early 1980s, Japanese baseball experimented with what is called a split season.


[b] Split RF
This kind of season remains quite common in various nooks-and-crannies of baseball all over the world. The basic idea is this. [1] Play hard for half a season, win the half-season title, and you have a place in the playoffs at the end of the full season. [2] Play hard and lose in the first half of the season...and you still have a chance. The winner of the second three-month half-season also gets a place in the playoffs.

It sounds compelling, doesn't it?

Well, most people who watch it (while seeing its potential)...agree that it just doesn't work.

And Japanese baseball got rid of it in 1982. Like their American professional peers, they learned that letting a full-season runner-up into the playoffs (we will call this "Wild Card") works much better, no matter what the purists say.

Split seasons. Split focus. Major (League) distraction.

[If you don't read Japanese, but want to have some sense of the Japanese kana and kanji in these posts, just copy the phrases and paste them into translation software such as Babylon or Google Translate].
[c] Linkage RF
[Originally posted on August 30, 2014]

China's Lunar Calendar 2014 08-30

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
9/6.........................................................................  ...........................................8/30

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
Eighth Month, Thirtieth Day
Astral Period Six
Saturday, August 30
———————————————— 
Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
不陰四天
將德相德
Heavenly Virtue
Four Facings
Yin Virtue
Not General
—————————————————
Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰子
吉吉
酉己丑
中吉吉
戌午寅
中中
亥未卯
凶凶
23:00-01:00 Inauspicious
01:00-03:00 Auspicious
03:00-05:00 Inauspicious
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 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) 

作塞補詞
灶穴垣訟
Lawsuits and Litigation
Patching Embankments
Plugging Caves
Stove Work
—————————————————  
 Section Five 
Cosmological Information 



Sixth Day Day (Eighth Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: guiyou (10/60)
Phase (element): Metal
Constellation: Willow (24/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Discard (2/12)
—————————————————  
Section Six
Appropriate Activities
(and Miscellaneous Information
(top-to-bottom; right to left)

倉動裁祭
出土衣祀
貨豎理祈
財柱髮福
納上掃訂
畜樑舍婚
安修修納
葬開造采
離五
元大大咸
武敗時池
————
Appropriate Activities
Venerating Ancestors
Inquiring-into Fortune
Marriage Engagements
Grain Payments
Cutting-out Clothing
Patterning Hair
Sweeping Rooms
Repairing and Constructing
Moving Soil
Erecting Pillars
Putting-up Beams
Repairing Granaries
Cash Outflow
Livestock Payments
Positioning Graves

Five Separations

Baleful Astral Influences
Widespread Pond
Great Temporality
Great Defeat
Primal Martiality

  Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
(right to left) 
丫 人
Bifurcation, Person
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Information
門 牀 房
Gate, Bed, Edifice