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 (2,000 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.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

China's Lunar Calendar 2019 11-13

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs" 
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11/17...........................................................................................................11/10
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-solar (or "luni-solar" calendar; I call it the "lunar" calendar in order to distinguish it from the kinds of calendars most Westerners use. It has a basic translation and minimal interpretation. Unless you have been studying 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. You will likely find that several of the translations seem quite "fanciful" in English. I am simply trying to convey that they also sound fairly fanciful in Chinese.
Section One
Solar Calendar Date


三期星
Eleventh Month, Thirteenth Day 
Wednesday, November 13
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Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
六歲月歲
合支德德
Generational Exemplarity
Lunar Exemplarity
Generational Branch
Six Linkages
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Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰
吉中
酉巳丑

戌午寅

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

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

15:00-17:00 Inauspicious
17:00-19:00 Auspicious
19:00-21:00 Auspicious
21:00-23:00 In-Between
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Section Four 
Activities to Avoid  
(top-to-bottom; right to left) 

祈祭出開
福祀財倉
Opening Granaries
Capital Outflow
Venerating Ancestors
Inquiring-into Fortune
 
Section Five 
Cosmological Information






Seventeenth Day (Tenth Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: jiayin (51/60)
Phase (element): Water
"Constellation Personality" Cycle: Gathering (21/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Level (4/12)
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Section Six
Appropriate Activities
and Miscellaneous Information  
(top-to-bottom; right to left)
修交嫁會
倉易娶友
醞修裁出
釀 造衣行
載動移訂
種土徙婚
安上開納
葬樑市裁
凍始地
陰五孤小
 將虛辰亡空
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Appropriate Activities
Meeting Friends
Going Out (and about)
Marriage Engagements
Grain Payments
Marriage Alliances
Cutting-out Clothing (Tailoring)
Moving Residences
Opening Markets
Trade and Commerce
Repairing and Constructing
Moving Soil
Raising Beams
Repairing Granaries
Fermenting Beverages
Planting and Cultivating
Positioning Graves

Earth Begins to Freeze
(the fifty-sixth of seventy-two five-day solar micro-periods on the agricultural calendar)

Baleful Astral Influences
Small Loss-Void
Orphan Hostel
Five Voids
Yin General

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars
(the Chinese should be read right to left, 
but the English translation is underneath each character)
白 鬼
White, Ghost
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Section Eight
Miscellaneous Items 
(the Chinese should be read top-to-bottom, and right-to-left;
the English translation for is under the bottom characters)
爐 門 占
Furnace, Gate, Divination