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.

Friday, November 28, 2014

China's Lunar Calendar 2014 11-28

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
12/4.........................................................................................................................11/27

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

五期星
Eleventh Month, Twenty-Eighth Day
Astral Period Five
Friday, November 28
———————————————— 

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
不天陰時
將貴德陰
Timely Yin
Yin Virtue
Heavenly Nobility
Not General
—————————————————

Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰子
中中
酉己丑
凶凶
戌午寅
吉中吉
亥未卯
23:00-01:00 Inauspicious
01:00-03:00 Auspicious
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 Inauspicious
17:00-19:00 In-Between
19:00-21:00 Auspicious
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) 

進新穿詞
水船井訟
Lawsuits and Litigation
Boring Wells
New Boats
Entering Water
—————————————————

Section Five 
Cosmological Information 





Seventh Day (Tenth Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: guimao (40/60)
Phase (element): Metal
Constellation: Neck (2/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Decide (5/12)
—————————————————  

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

上開嫁會
樑市娶友
修交裁出
倉易衣行
納修移訂
畜造徙婚
安動理納
葬土髮采
痕水
四元死上
祥不武氣兀 
————
Appropriate Activities 
Meeting Friends
Going Out (and about)
Marriage Engagements
Grain Payments
Marriage Alliances
Cutting-out Clothing
Moving Households
Patterning Hair
Opening Markets
Trade and Commerce
Repairing and Building
Moving Soil
Putting-up Beams
Repairing Granaries
Livestock Payments
Positioning Graves

Water Scar

Baleful Astral Influences
Upper Amputee
Death Vapor
Primal Martiality
Four Fortune-Nots
————

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

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

Thursday, November 27, 2014

China's Lunar Calendar 2014 11-27

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
12/4.........................................................................................................................11/27

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

四期星
Eleventh Month, Twenty-Seventh Day
Astral Period Four
Thursday, November 27
———————————————— 

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
時歲
德祿
Generational Emolument
Timely Yin
—————————————————

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

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

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

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

祭開
祀渠
Opening Sluices
Venerating Ancestors
—————————————————

Section Five 
Cosmological Information 





Sixth Day (Tenth Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: renyin (39/60)
Phase (element): Metal
Constellation: Horn (1/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Level (4/12)
—————————————————  

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

開出
市行
動嫁
土娶
上移
樑徙








重虎
喪口
————
Appropriate Activities 
Going Out (and about)
Marriage Alliances
Moving Households
Opening Markets
Moving Soil
Putting-up Beams

Heaven's Essence Rises; Earth's Essence Sinks
(the fifty-ninth of seventy-two five-day solar micro-periods on the agricultural calendar)

Baleful Astral Influences
Tiger Mouth
Repeat Mourning
————

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
(right to left) 
丫 鬼
Bifurcation, Ghost
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Information
爐 庫
Granary
Furnace, Storehouse

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

China's Lunar Calendar 2014 11-26

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
11/26......................................................11/22............Monthly Calendar 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

三期星
Eleventh Month, Twenty-Sixth Day
Astral Period Three
Wednesday, November 26
———————————————— 

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
玉守
堂日
Protected Days
Jade Hall
—————————————————

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
23:00-01:00 Inauspicious
01:00-03:00 Auspicious
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 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) 

行合
喪醬
Making Sauces
Mourning Visits
—————————————————

Section Five 
Cosmological Information 




滿
Fifth Day (Tenth Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: xinchou (38/60)
Phase (element): Earth
Constellation: Running Board (28/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Fullness (3/12)
—————————————————  

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


歸火
忌星
月三
忌喪
————
Appropriate Activities 
Meeting Friends
Patterning Hair
Patching Embankments
Plugging-up Caves

Baleful Astral Influences
Fire Star
Three Mournings
Return Taboo
Lunar Taboo
————

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

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Information
厠 灶
Kitchen
Toilet, Stove