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 (1,900 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.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

China's Lunar Calendar 2015 06-30

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
7/6..................................................................................................................6/29
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

二期星
Sixth Month, Thirtieth Day
Astral Period Two
Tuesday, June 30
———————————————— 

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
陰聖
心得
Sagely Heart-Mind
Yin Virtue
—————————————————

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

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

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

除理
服法
Patterning Hair
Discarding Clothing
—————————————————

Section Five 
Cosmological Information 







Fifteenth Day (Fifth Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: dingchou (14/60)
Phase (element): Water
Constellation: Beak of the Turtle (20/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Danger (8/12)
—————————————————  

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

長歲
星破
重上
喪兀 
————
Appropriate Activities
 Venerating Ancestors
Sweeping Rooms

Baleful Astral Influences
Generational Destruction
Upper Amputee
Long Star
Repeat Mourning

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
丫 人
Bifurcation, Person
————

Section Eight

厠 庫
Granary
Toilet, Storehouse

Monday, June 29, 2015

China's Calendar 2015 06-29

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
7/6..................................................................................................................6/29
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
廿
一期星
Sixth Month, Twenty-Ninth Day
Astral Period One
Monday, June 29
———————————————— 

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
凶凶
酉己丑
吉吉
戌午寅

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

07:00-09:00  Inauspicious
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 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) 

作修
灶廚
Kitchen Repairs
Stove Work
—————————————————

Section Five 
Cosmological Information 







Fourteenth Day (Fifth Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: bingzi (13/60)
Phase (element): Water
Constellation: Net (19/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Destroy (7/12)
—————————————————  

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




大月
耗破
灾月
煞忌 
————
Appropriate Activities
 Destroying Rooms
Smashing Walls

Baleful Astral Influences
Lunar Destruction
Lunar Taboo
Great Squander
Baleful Conflagration

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
白 鬼
White, Ghost
————

Section Eight

碓 灶
Kitchen
Pestle, Stove

Sunday, June 28, 2015

China's Lunar Calendar 2015 06-28

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
6/28....................................................................................................................6/21
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 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
廿
期星
Sixth Month, Twenty-Eighth Day
Astral Period Sun
Sunday, June 28
———————————————— 

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
十合歲
靈日德
Generational Virtue
Linked Days
Ten Spirits
—————————————————

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

07:00-09:00  In-Between
9:00-11:00 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) 

除嫁栽
服娶種
Planting and Cultivating
Marriage Alliances
Discarding Clothing
—————————————————

Section Five 
Cosmological Information 







Thirteenth Day (Fifth Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: jiaxu (12/60)
Phase (element): Fire
Constellation: Pleiades (18/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Grasp (6/12)
—————————————————  

Section Six
Appropriate Activities
and Miscellaneous Information
(top-to-bottom; right to left)
動會祭
土友祀
上理祈
樑髮福
捕移入
捉徙學
作修出
灶造行
日重
大小八
亡空耗專 
————
Appropriate Activities
 Venerating Ancestors
Inquiring-into Fortune
Entering Study
Going Out (and about)
Meeting Friends
Patterning Hair
Moving Households
Repairing and Building
Moving Soil
Raising Beams
Seizing and Capturing
Stove Work
 
Doubled Days

Baleful Astral Influences
Eight Specialties
Small Squander
Great Loss-Void

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
白 山
White, Mountain
————

Section Eight

牀 磨
Pestle
Bed, Mortar

Saturday, June 27, 2015

China's Lunar Calendar 2015 06-27

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
6/28....................................................................................................................6/21
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 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
廿
六期星
Sixth Month, Twenty-Seventh Day
Astral Period Six
Saturday, June 27
———————————————— 

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
不詩三普
將陰合護
Universal Protection
Three Linkages
Timely Yin
Not General
—————————————————

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

亥未卯
中吉吉
23:00-01:00 Inauspicious
01:00-03:00 Inauspicious
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 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) 

產修出開
室置財倉
Opening Granaries
Capital Outflow
Repairing Rooms
Setting-up Production
—————————————————

Section Five 
Cosmological Information 







Twelfth Day (Fifth Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: jiaxu (11/60)
Phase (element): Fire
Constellation: Stomach (17/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Decide (5/12)
—————————————————  

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
作修裁入
灶造衣學
醞動移會
釀 土徙友
鳴始調
木天死
馬刑氣
————
Appropriate Activities
 Venerating Ancestors
Inquiring-into Fortune
Entering Study
Meeting Friends
Marriage Alliances
Grain Payments
Cutting-out Clothing
Moving Households
Opening Markets
Trade and Commerce
Repairing and Building
Moving Soil
Raising Beams
Repairing Granaries
Stove Work
Fermenting Beverages

Cicadas Sing
(the twenty-ninth of seventy-two five-day solar micro-periods on the agricultural calendar)

Baleful Astral Influences
Death Vapor
Heavenly Punishment
Wooden Horse

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
白 火
White, Fire
————

Section Eight
栖 碓 門
Perch, Pestle, Gate