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, October 31, 2014

China's Lunar Calendar 2014 10-31

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
11/5......................................................................................................................10/28

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
Tenth Month, Thirty-First Day
Astral Period Five
Friday, October 31
———————————————— 
Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
德歲
日支
Generational Branch
Virtuous Days
—————————————————
Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰子
凶凶
酉己丑
戌午寅
中中吉
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 Inauspicious
09:00-11:00 Inauspicious
11:00-13:00 In-Between
13:00-15:00 Auspicious

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

嫁栽
娶種
Planting and Cultivating
Marriage Alliances
—————————————————  
 Section Five 
Cosmological Information 




Eighth Day (Intercalary Ninth Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: yihai (12/60)
Phase (element): Fire
Constellation: Neck (2/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Discard (2/12)
—————————————————  

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

開會
市友
上裁
樑衣
安理
牀髮
作醫
灶病


重上
日兀
————
Appropriate Activities
Meeting Friends
Cutting-out Clothing
Patterning Hair
Physician Treatments
Opening Markets
Putting-up Beams
Positioning Beds
Stove Work

Earth Charm

Baleful Astral Influences
Upper Amputee
Doubled Days
———— 
 
Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
(right to left) 
人 林
Person, Copse
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Information
牀 磨
Pestle
Bed, Mortar

Thursday, October 30, 2014

China's Lunar Calendar 2014 10-30

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
11/5......................................................................................................................10/28

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
Tenth Month, Thirtieth Day
Astral Period Four
Thursday, October 30
———————————————— 
Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
母歲
倉德
Generational Virtue
Maternal Granary
—————————————————
Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰子
凶凶
酉己丑
中吉吉
戌午寅

亥未卯
中吉吉
23:00-01:00 Inauspicious
01:00-03:00 Auspicious
03:00-05:00 Auspicious
05:00-07:00 Auspicious

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

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

動開
土倉
Opening Granaries
Moving Soil
—————————————————  
 Section Five 
Cosmological Information 




Seventh Day (Intercalary Ninth Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: jiaxu (11/60)
Phase (element): Fire
Constellation: Horn (1/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Establish (1/12)
—————————————————  

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









土犬
府口
三水
喪痕
————
Appropriate Activities
Venerating Ancestors
Erecting PIllars
Putting-up Beams
Establishing Rooms

Baleful Astral Influences
Dog Mouth
Water Scar
Earth Palace
Three Mournings
———— 
 
Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
(right to left) 
白 天
White, Heaven
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Information
栖 碓
Gate
Perch, Pestle

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

China's Lunar Calendar 2014 10-29

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
11/5......................................................................................................................10/28

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
Tenth Month, Twenty-Ninth Day
Astral Period Three
Wednesday, October 29
———————————————— 
Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
除官
神日
Official Days
Expelling Spirits
—————————————————
Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰子
凶凶
酉己丑
中吉吉
戌午寅
中中吉
亥未卯
凶凶
23:00-01:00 Inauspicious
01:00-03:00 Auspicious
03:00-05:00 Auspicious
05:00-07:00 Inauspicious

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

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

針詞
灸訟
Lawsuits and Litigation
Acupuncture and Moxibustion
—————————————————  
 Section Five 
Cosmological Information 




Sixth Day (Intercalary Ninth Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: guihai (10/60)
Phase (element): Metal
Constellation: Wings (28/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Closed (12/12)
—————————————————  

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

移出
徙行
動嫁
土娶
作裁
灶衣
安理
葬髮


大陽
亡空將 
————
Appropriate Activities
Going Out (and about)
Marriage Alliances
Cutting-out Clothing
Patterning Hair
Moving Households
Moving Soil
Stove Work
Positioning Beds

Blood Branch

Baleful Astral Influences
Yang General
Great Loss-Void
———— 
 
Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
(right to left) 

White
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Information

門 牀
Edifice
Gate, Bed

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

China's Lunar Calendar 2014 10-28

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
11/5......................................................................................................................10/28

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
Tenth Month, Twenty-Eighth Day
Astral Period Two
Tuesday, October 28
———————————————— 
Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
除生四歲
神氣相馬
Generational Horse
Four Facings
Engendered Vapor
Expelled Spirits
—————————————————
Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰子
凶凶凶
酉己丑
吉吉吉
戌午寅
中中
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 Inauspicious
17:00-19:00 Auspicious
19:00-21:00 In-Between
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) 

作安放開
灶牀水渠
Opening Sluices
Putting-into Water
Positioning Beds
Stove Work
—————————————————  
 Section Five 
Cosmological Information 




Fifth Day (Intercalary Ninth Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: renshen (9/60)
Phase (element): Metal
Constellation: Wings (27/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Open (11/12)
—————————————————  

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

置開裁祭
產市衣祀
開修理祈
倉造髮福
栽動移入
種土徙學
除上醫出
服樑病行
落黃木草
月厭火五
忌對星離
————
Appropriate Activities
Venerating Ancestors
Inquiring-into Fortune
Entering Study
Going Out (and about)
Cutting-out Clothing
Patterning Hair
Moving Households
Physician Treatments
Opening Markets
Repairing and Building
Moving Soil
Putting-up Beams
Setting-up Production
Opening Granaries
Planting and Cultivating
Discarding Clothing

Leaves Turn Yellow and Fall
(the fifty-third of seventy-two five-day solar micro-periods on the lunar calendar)

Baleful Astral Influences
Five Separations
Fire Star
Mutual Repression
Lunar Taboo
———— 
 
Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
(right to left) 

Bifurcation
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Information
爐 庫 倉
Furnace, Storehouse, Granary