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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 (1,500 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, July 28, 2014

China's Lunar Calendar 2014 07-29

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
7/30.....................................................7/27...........................Monthly Information

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
廿
二期星
Seventh Month, Twenty-Ninth Day
Astral Period Two
Tuesday, July 29
———————————————— 
Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
天月
福恩
Lunar Kindness
Heavenly Fortune
—————————————————
Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰子
吉中
酉己丑
戌午寅
中吉吉
亥未卯
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
09:00-11:00 Auspicious
11:00-13:00 Auspicious
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

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) 

造合
酒醬
Mixing Sauces
Making Liquor
—————————————————  
 Section Five 
Cosmological Information 







Third Day (Seventh Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: xinchou (378/60)
Phase (element):  Earth
Constellation: Beak of the Turtle (20/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Destroy (7/12)
—————————————————  
Section Six
Appropriate Activities
(and Miscellaneous Information
(top-to-bottom; right to left)









水月
痕破
朱牛
雀口
Appropriate Activities
Seeking Physicians
Treating Illness
Destroying Rooms
Smashing Walls

Baleful Astral Influences
Lunar Destruction
Ox Mouth
Water Scar
Vermilion Bird
————

  Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
(right to left) 
丫 州
Bifurcation, Landmass
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Information

厠 灶
Kitchen
Toilet, Stove

Lederhosen Pug—The Bavarian Poacher

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***  *** 
One year ago on Round and Square (28 May 2012)—Primary Sources: Education and Acculturation (h)
Two years ago on Round and Square (28 May 2011)—Le Tour de la France (3)

[a] Lederpug RF
                         What is the use of running when you are on the wrong road?
                                                                             —Bavarian Proverb

No worries, though—my name is Lederhosen Pug, and I know the way (知道).

And the way today...as one more outlaw—an eighteenth century genius who was never fully "caught."

This guy is a little bit different than Robber Knießl. 
[b] End of the trail RF
 
He was a robber, to be sure, but many people have called him a Bavarian Robin Hood. He began by poaching, and then moved on to lead a gang of bandits. He holds fascinating for all sorts of Bavarians, but not the least because (get this)...his accumulated treasures were never found.
 
 
Oh, his end was just about as awful as that of Robber Knießl (in fact, a heck of a lot worse). Still, the fact that only he was broken, but the "stuff" never found...that is fascinating.

Even to this day, I listen to Grandpa Pug's stories about the Bayerische Hiasl (look at the header), and wonder if I could be the one to find the hidden loot. I have an idea about where it just might be...and I have a plan. I'll be set for life.

Crafty Pug.
[c] No, not that kind RF
[Originally posted on July 28, 2014]

China's Lunar Calendar 2014 07-28

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
7/30.....................................................7/27...........................Monthly Information

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
廿
一期星
Seventh Month, Twenty-Eighth Day
Astral Period One
Monday, July 28
———————————————— 
Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
月解
空神
Unleashing Spirits
Lunar Vacancy
—————————————————
Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰子
吉中
酉己丑
吉中
戌午寅
凶凶
亥未卯
中吉中
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 In-Between
09:00-11:00 In-Between
11:00-13:00 Inauspicious
13:00-15:00 Auspicious

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

問合
卜醬
Mixing Sauces
Divination Inquiries
—————————————————  
 Section Five 
Cosmological Information 







Second Day (Seventh Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: gengzi (37/60)
Phase (element):  Earth
Constellation: Net (19/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Grasp (6/12)
—————————————————  
Section Six
Appropriate Activities
(and Miscellaneous Information
(top-to-bottom; right to left)
————


————




————
暑溽潤土
————
債歲
不破
Middle Prostration
(the second ten-day period denoting the hottest period in the summer)
 
Appropriate Activities
Unhitching and Unloading
Sweeping Rooms

Earth is Steaming Wet
(the thirty fifth of seventy-two five-day solar micro-periods on the agricultural calendar)

Baleful Astral Influences
Generational Destruction
Debt Not
————

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

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Information

磨 碓
Divination
Mortar, Pestle

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Lederhosen Pug—Mathias Knießl

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***  *** 
One year ago on Round and Square (27 May 2012)—Primary Sources: Education and Acculturation (g)
Two years ago on Round and Square (27 May 2011)—Le Tour de la France (2)

[a] Lederpug RF
                         What is the use of running when you are on the wrong road?
                                                                             —Bavarian Proverb

No worries, though—my name is Lederhosen Pug, and I know the way (知道).

And the path to knowledge today runs through outlaw territory.

[b] Highway robbery RF
Grandpa Pug used to tell me stories of Rauber Knießl ("Robber Knießl), and his outlaw ways.

In fact, Mathias Knießl might be the most famous robber in all of Bavarian history. He never could hold down a job for long, and he joined his father and brothers in stock rustling and various robberies along the Bavarian "highways" of his day.

[c] Not to be outdone...RF

He robbed, eluded authorities and, in one very sorry turn of events, killed two policemen in a fierce gun battle. It still took time for sixty policemen to capture him three months later, and put him in jail for the final time. He was executed in 1902 for those shootings, which he said were the only part of his spree that he regretted.

The bigger story in my pug-world is the fascination with rebels. I once had an overseas pug from Northfield, Minnesota, (he was named Ole). He told me of the fascination with a robber called "Jesse James" in the decades before Mathias went on his rampage. Northfield still has a "Defeat of Jesse James Days" celebration every September. I then told Olaf about Robber Mathias, and we both wondered why they have almost cult status.

It's a good question, and one worth pondering. 

Farmers in Bavaria saw him as a rebel who stood up to authorities. Grandpug was always more careful, saying that nothing ever justifies killing—ever. 

And then he told me more Robber Knießl stories.

Puzzled Pug.
[d] Highway robbery RF
[Originally posted on July 27, 2014]

China's Lunar Calendar 2014 07-27

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
7/30.....................................................7/27...........................Monthly Information

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
廿七
七月
期星
Seventh Month, Twenty-Seventh Day
Astral Period Sun
Sunday, July 27
———————————————— 
Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
德歲德歲
合天日支
Generational Branch
Virtuous Days
Generational Heaven
Virtuous Linkage
—————————————————
Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰子
吉中
酉己丑
凶凶
戌午寅
中吉吉
亥未卯
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
09:00-11:00 Inauspicious
11:00-13:00 Auspicious
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 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) 

行成除嫁
喪服靈娶
Marriage Alliances
Expelling Spirits
Putting-together Clothing
Mourning Visits
—————————————————  
 Section Five 
Cosmological Information 







First Day (Seventh Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: jihai (36/60)
Phase (element):  Wood
Constellation: Pleiades(18/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Decide (5/12)
—————————————————  
Section Six
Appropriate Activities
(and Miscellaneous Information
(top-to-bottom; right to left)
上立納祭
樑約采祀
修交裁祈
倉易衣福
栽修移會
種造徙友
納動理出
畜土髮行
氣死
重火重楊
喪星日忌
Appropriate Activities
Venerating Ancestors
Grain Payments
Setting-up Appointments
Putting-up Beams
Inquiring-into Fortune
Cutting--out Clothing
Trade and Commerce
Repairing Granaries
Meeting Friends
 Going Out (and about)
Moving Households
Patterning Hair
Repairing and Building
Moving Soil
Planting and Cultivating
Livestock Payments

Death Vapor

Baleful Astral Influences
Poplar Taboo
Doubled Days
Fire Star
Repeat Mourning
————

  Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
(right to left) 
白 人
White, Person
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Information
牀 門 占 
Bed, Gate, Divination