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 (1,800 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.

Friday, March 6, 2015

China's Lunar Calendar 2015 03-06

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
3/10.................................................................................................................3/2
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
Third Month, Sixth Day
Astral Period Five
Friday, March 6
———————————————— 

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
福歲
德馬
Generational Horse
Fortunate Virtue
—————————————————

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

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

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

遠合
行醬
Mixing Sauces
Distant Journeys
—————————————————

Section Five 
Cosmological Information 





滿
Sixteenth Day (First Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: xinsi (18/60)
Phase (element): Metal
Constellation: Mound (16/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Fullness (3/12)*
*Occasionally a "day personality" repeats, as it does today.
—————————————————  

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


五卯
十初
六五
分時
————

道平

土重
府日
————

Insects Awaken
At the beginning of the mao hour; 5:56 AM
(the third of twenty-four fifteen-day solar-periods on the agricultural calendar)

Appropriate Activities
Leveling Roads

Peach Blossoms Open
(the seventh of seventy-two solar micro-periods on the agricultural calendar)

Baleful Astral Influences
Doubled Days
Earth Palace

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

Section Eight
Miscellaneous
牀 灶
Kitchen
Bed, Stove

Thursday, March 5, 2015

China's Lunar Calendar 2015 03-05

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
3/10.................................................................................................................3/2
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
Third Month, Fifth Day
Astral Period Four
Thursday, March 5
———————————————— 

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
天歲
恩德
Generational Virtue
Heavenly Kindness
—————————————————

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

酉己丑
中吉
戌午寅
吉吉
亥未卯
吉吉中
23:00-01:00 Inauspicious
01:00-03:00 Inauspicious
03:00-05:00 Auspicious
05:00-07:00 In-Between

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

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

行結
喪綱
Binding Nets
Mourning Visits
—————————————————

Section Five 
Cosmological Information 





滿
Fifteenth Day (First Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: gengchen (17/60)
Phase (element): Metal
Constellation: Astride (15/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Fullness (3/12)
—————————————————  

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


————

裁祭
衣祀
捕祈
捉福
補會
塞友


三龍
喪口
————

Lantern Festival
(the full moon during the first month, which brings an end to the New Year celebrations)

Appropriate Activities
Venerating Ancestors
Inquiring-into Fortune
Meeting Friends
Cutting-out Clothing
Seizing and Apprehending
Plugging Caves

Mutual Loathing

Baleful Astral Influences
Dragon Mouth
Three Mournings

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
(right to left) 
丫 地
Bifurcation, Earth
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous

栖 磨
Pestle
Perch, Mortar

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

China's Lunar Calendar 2015 03-04

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
3/10.................................................................................................................3/2
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
Third Month, Fourth Day
Astral Period Three
Wednesday, March 4
———————————————— 

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
進三歲歲
神合支祿
Generational Emolument
Generational Branch
Three Linkages
Entering Spirits
—————————————————

Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰子
中吉
酉己丑
戌午寅
中吉吉
亥未卯
吉吉
23:00-01:00 Auspicious
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 In-Between
11:00-13:00 Auspicious
13:00-15:00 Auspicious

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

渡乘開穿
水穿池井
Boring Wells
Opening Ponds
Riding-in Boats
Passing-through Water
—————————————————

Section Five 
Cosmological Information 






Fourteenth Day (First Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: jimao (16/60)
Phase (element): Earth
Constellation: Jade Wall (14/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Discard (2/12)
—————————————————  

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

動掃納祭
土舍采祀
安立嫁會
牀約娶友
修交理出
倉易髮行
除修醫訂
服造病婚
池咸
朱大月大
  雀敗忌亡空
————
Appropriate Activities
Venerating Ancestors
Meeting Friends
Going Out (and about)
Marriage Engagements
Grain Payments
Marriage Alliances
Patterning Hair
Physician Treatments
Sweeping Rooms
Making Appointments
Trade and Commerce
Repairing and Building
Moving Soil
Positioning Beds
Repairing Granaries
Discarding Clothing

Widespread Pond

Baleful Astral Influences
Great Loss-Void
Lunar Taboo
Great Defeat
Vermilion Bird

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
(right to left) 
丫 林
Bifurcation, Copse
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous
門 大 占
Gate, Great, Divination

The Round and Square Radio Show 2015 03-04

Click here for "The Round and Square Show" Resource Center—(all posts available)  
Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "The Round and Square Show" (coming soon) 
This is a "small" (小) post—click here for an explanation of Round and Square post lengths.
***  *** 
On this date on Round and Square's History 
3 March 2014—China's Lunar Calendar 2014 03-03
3 March 2013—China's Lunar Calendar 2013 03-03
3 March 2012—Divinatory Economics: Sacred Mountain Incense 
[a] Nature's bricolage RF
So here we go again. We continue to fly under the radar for the next few weeks, but it is not as though we want no audience at all. If you have been tuning into RSQ for the last few years (we've been at it for four of 'em already), you have read a lot of...stuff. Well, now you can listen (too...and soon you'll be able to watch, as well, but that is another story for another time). 

The Round and Square Show broadcasts on WBCR 90.3 in Beloit, Wisconsin. It is uncertain when podcasts will be available, since there are at least a few legalities to consider before we can get 'er done.
[b] Assortments RF

Even today (3/4/2015), you can listen online from 1-3 p.m. CST (GMT -5).

Here is the idea behind it all...in a nutshell (a longer version can be found in the introduction to this RSQ series). For fourteen years, a talented young man named Garrison Keillor hosted Minnesota Public Radio's morning show on KSJN 91.1 in Minneapolis/St. Paul. My father loved the show, and talked about it almost every evening at dinner. Even as a wee lad, I vaguely knew about Keillor's show (which is only distantly related to A Prairie Home Companion).

Although KSJN's morning show began in 1969, it was not until the early 1980s (when Keillor's role in it was almost over) that I started paying attention. But even the few dozen months I heard changed my life. If I can channel (so to speak) even a little of what Garrison Keillor did on that morning show between 1969 and 1983, Round and Square will "click" for even more people around the world.

It's another big "classical" day on The Round and Square Show, and that has an intensely autobiographical dimension, as "we'll" see. There will be plenty of classical, folk, and country as we proceed.

Stay tuned.
The Round and Square Show
With Rob LaFleur
Wednesday, 4 March 2015
1:00-3:00 p.m. CST (13:00-15:00)
(GMT-5) 
Beloit College WBCR 90.3 FM (live-streaming) 
Listen Here

13:00-13:15     Round and Square...and Bricolage
                             *Bricolage and "Engineering"

13:15-13:54    Beethoven Violin Concerto in D major, Opus 61

13:54-14:15    Bricolage on the Calendar and In Our Lives
                             *Bricolage Bike Seat

14:15-14:53    Brahms Violin Concerto in D major, Opus 77

14:53-15:00    A Look at Upcoming Shows
[c] Patchwork RF