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.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

China's Lunar Calendar 2014 10-26

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
10/27......................................................10/24.............................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

期星
Tenth Month, Twenty-Sixth Day
Astral Period Sun
Sunday, October 26
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Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
不月天天天
將恩醫喜貴
Heavenly Nobility
Heavenly Happiness
Heavenly Physician
Lunar Kindness
Not General
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Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰子
凶凶
酉己丑
吉中吉
戌午寅
吉吉
亥未卯
吉中
23:00-01:00 Inauspicious
01:00-03:00 Auspicious
03:00-05:00 Auspicious
05:00-07:00 In-Between

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

15:00-17:00 Auspicious
17:00-19:00 Auspicious
19:00-21:00 Inauspicious
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.
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Section Four 
Activities to Avoid  
(top-to-bottom; right to left) 

塔進新裁結
厠水船衣綱
Binding Nets
Cutting-out Clothing
New Boats
Entering Water
Building Toilets
—————————————————  
 Section Five 
Cosmological Information 




Third Day (Intercalary Ninth Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: gengwu (7/60)
Phase (element): Earth
Constellation: Asterism (25/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Completion (9/12)
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Section Six
Appropriate Activities
(and Miscellaneous Information
(top-to-bottom; right to left)

築交嫁會祭
提易娶友祀
修修移出祈
倉造徙行福
安動醫訂求
牀土病婚嗣
安上開納入
葬樑市采學
星長
天班刀密水
刑煞砧日痕
————
Appropriate Activities
Venerating Ancestor
Inquiring-into Fortune
Taking-up Inheritance
Entering Study
Meeting Friends
Going Out (and about)
Marriage Engagements
Grain Payments
Marriage Alliances
Moving Households
Physician Treatments
Opening Markets
Trade and Commerce
Repairing and Constructing
Moving Soil
Putting-up Beams
Constructing Dikes
Repairing Granaries
Positioning Beds
Positioning Graves

Long Star

Baleful Astral Influences
Water Scar
Mysterious Days
Sword Anvil
Classified Balefulness
Heavenly Punishment
————
  
Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
(right to left) 
丫 水
Bifurcation, Water
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Information
磨 碓 占
Mortar, Pestle, Divination

Saturday, October 25, 2014

China's Lunar Calendar 2014 10-25

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
10/27......................................................10/24.............................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

六期星
Tenth Month, Twenty-Fifth Day
Astral Period Six
Saturday, October 25
———————————————— 
Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
陰合歲
德日德
Generational Virtue
Linked Days
Yin Virtue
—————————————————
Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰子
凶凶
酉己丑
中中
戌午寅
中吉吉
亥未卯
吉中
23:00-01:00 Inauspicious
01:00-03:00 Auspicious
03:00-05:00 Auspicious
05:00-07:00 In-Between

07:00-09:00 Inauspicious
09:00-11:00 In-Between
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) 

成除遠
服靈行
Distant Journeys
Expelling Spirits
Completing Clothing
—————————————————  
 Section Five 
Cosmological Information 




Second Day (Intercalary Ninth Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: jisi (6/60)
Phase (element): Wood
Constellation: Willow (24/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Danger (8/12)
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Section Six
Appropriate Activities
(and Miscellaneous Information
(top-to-bottom; right to left)

動裁祭
土衣祀
田合訂
獵帳婚
結納納
綱財采
牧修嫁
養造娶
不債
重重上
喪日兀
————
Appropriate Activities
Venerating Ancestor
Marriage Engagements
Grain Payments
Marriage Alliances
Cutting-out Clothing
Making Banners
Tax Payments
Repairing and Building
Moving Soil
Field Venery
Binding Nets
Raising Livestock

Debt Not

Baleful Astral Influences
Upper Amputee
Doubled Days
 Repeat Mourning
————
  
Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
(right to left) 
白 人
White, Person
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Information
牀 門
Divination
Bed, Gate

Friday, October 24, 2014

China's Lunar Calendar 2014 10-24

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
10/27......................................................10/24.............................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
廿十
四月
五期星
Tenth Month, Twenty-Fourth Day
Astral Period Five
Friday, October 24
———————————————— 
Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
天解
恩神
Unleashed Spirits
Heavenly Kindness
—————————————————
Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰子
凶凶
酉己丑
吉吉吉
戌午寅

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 In-Between
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) 

置買
業田
Buying Land
Setting-up Industry
—————————————————  
 Section Five 
Cosmological Information 




First Day (Intercalary Ninth Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: wuchen (5/60)
Phase (element): Wood
Constellation: Ghost (23/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Destroy (7/12)
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Section Six
Appropriate Activities
(and Miscellaneous Information
(top-to-bottom; right to left)
————

大月
耗破
復龍
喪口
————
Sun Obliquely Eaten
Partial Solar Eclipse: Not Seen in the Hong Kong Area

Baleful Astral Influences
Lunar Destruction
Dragon Mouth
Great Squander
Repeat Mourning
————
  
Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
(right to left) 
白 鬼
White, Ghost
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Information

栖 牀
Edifice
Perch, Bed