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 (1,800 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.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

China's Lunar Calendar 2015 03-27

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
4/1...................................................................................................................3/25
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
Third Month, Twenty-Seventh Day
Astral Period Five
Friday, March 27
———————————————— 

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
十青五
靈龍富
Five Abundnances
Blue-Green Dragon
Ten Spirits
—————————————————

Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰子
中中
酉己丑
戌午寅
吉中吉
亥未卯
中吉吉
23:00-01:00 In-Between
01:00-03:00 Inauspicious
03:00-05:00 Auspicious
05:00-07:00 Auspicious

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

15:00-17:00 Inauspicious
17:00-19:00 Inauspicious
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) 

祭放開
祀水渠
Opening Sluices
Putting-into Water
Venerating Ancestors
—————————————————

Section Five 
Cosmological Information 






Eighth Day (Second Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: renyin (39/60)
Phase (element): Metal
Constellation: Ox (9/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Closed (12/12)
—————————————————  

Section Six
Appropriate Activities
and Miscellaneous Information
(top-to-bottom; right to left)
築動裁
堤土衣
納竪立
畜柱月
成上交
服樑易
安醞修
葬釀造
兀下
歸血虎
忌支口
————

Appropriate Activities
Cutting-out Clothing
Making Appointments
Trade and Commerce
Repairing and Constructing
Moving Soil
Erecting Pillars
Putting-up Beams
Fermenting Liquor
Building Dikes
Livestock Payments
Completing Clothing
Positioning Graves

Lower Amputee

Baleful Astral Influences
Tiger Mouth
Blood Branch
Return Taboo

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
白 地
White, Earth
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous
爐 庫
Granary
Furnace, Storehouse

China's Lunar Calendar 2015 03-26

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
4/1...................................................................................................................3/25
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
Third Month, Twenty-Sixth Day
Astral Period Four
Wednesday, March 26
———————————————— 

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
生時
氣陽
Timely Yang
Engendered Vapor
—————————————————

Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰子
吉中中
酉己丑
戌午寅
中吉吉
亥未卯
23:00-01:00 In-Between
01:00-03:00 Inauspicious
03:00-05:00 Auspicious
05:00-07:00 Auspicious

07:00-09:00 In-Between
9:00-11:00 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) 

除合
衣醬
Mixing Sauces
Discarding Clothing
—————————————————

Section Five 
Cosmological Information 






Seventh Day (Second Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: xinchou (38/60)
Phase (element): Earth
Constellation: DIpper (8/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Open (11/12)
—————————————————  

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

————
地歲
囊破
————

Appropriate Activities
Venerating Ancestors
Unhitching and Unloading

Thunder Sings
(the eleventh of seventy-two five-day micro periods on the agricultural calendar)

Baleful Astral Influences
Generational Destruction
Earth Duffel

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
白 林
White, Copse
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous
磨 碓
Kitchen
Toilet, Mortar

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

China's Lunar Calendar 2015 03-25

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
4/1...................................................................................................................3/25
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
Third Month, Twenty-Fifth Day
Astral Period Three
Tuesday, March 25
———————————————— 

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
陽歲
德德
Generational Virtue
Yang Virtue
—————————————————

Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰子
吉中
酉己丑
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
9:00-11:00 Auspicious
11:00-13:00 Inauspicious
13:00-15:00 Auspicious

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

問結
卜綱
Binding Nets
Divinatory Questioning
—————————————————

Section Five 
Cosmological Information 






Sixth Day (Second Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: gengzi (37/60)
Phase (element): Earth
Constellation: Winnowing Basket (7/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Receive (10/12)
—————————————————  

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








班上
煞兀
咸火
池星
————

Appropriate Activities
Marriage Alliances
Patterning Hair
Trade and Commerce
Seizing and Capturing

Baleful Astral Influences
Upper Amputee
Fire Star
Classified Balefulness
Widespread Pond

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
丫 天
Bifurcation, Heaven
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous
磨 碓
Divination
Mortar, Pestle

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

China's Lunar Calendar 2015 03-24

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
3/24.................................................3/20.....................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
Third Month, Twenty-Fourth Day
Astral Period Two
Tuesday, March 24
———————————————— 

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
天合月
喜日德
Lunar Virtue
Linked Days
Heavenly Happiness
—————————————————

Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰子
吉中吉
酉己丑
凶凶凶
戌午寅
中吉吉
亥未卯
吉吉
23:00-01:00 Auspicious
01:00-03:00 Inauspicious
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 Auspicious

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

行除嫁
喪服娶
Marriage Alliances
Discarding Clothing
Mourning Visits
—————————————————

Section Five 
Cosmological Information 






Fifth Day (Second Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: jihai (36/60)
Phase (element): Wood
Constellation: Tail (6/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Completion (9/12)
—————————————————  

Section Six
Appropriate Activities
and Miscellaneous Information
(top-to-bottom; right to left)
開出祭
市行祀
動納祈
土采福
上裁入
樑衣學
裁移會
種喜友
日重
元月大
 武忌亡空
————

Appropriate Activities
Venerating Ancestors
Inquiring-into Fortune
Entering Study
Meeting Friends
Going Out (and about)
Cutting-out Clothing
Moving Households
Opening Markets
Moving Soil
Raising Beams
Planting and Cultivating

Doubled Days


Baleful Astral Influences
Great Loss-Void
Lunar Taboo
Primal Martiality

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 

Bifurcation
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous
牀 門
Divination
Bed, Gate