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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 (1,500 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, July 25, 2014

China's Lunar Calendar 2014 07-26

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
7/26..........................................................................................................................7/19

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
Seventh Month, Twenty-Sixth Day
Astral Period Six
Saturday, July 26
———————————————— 
Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
不四
將相
Four Facings
Not General
—————————————————
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
亥未卯
中吉吉
23:00-01:00 Inauspicious
01:00-03:00 Inauspicious
03:00-05:00 Inauspicious
05:00-07:00 Auspicious

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 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) 

動置
土產
Setting-up Industry
Moving Soil
—————————————————  
 Section Five 
Cosmological Information 







Thirtieth Day (Sixth Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: wuxu (35/60)
Phase (element):  Wood
Constellation: Stomach (17/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Level (4/12)
—————————————————  
Section Six
Appropriate Activities
(and Miscellaneous Information
(top-to-bottom; right to left)




河水
魁痕
復土
喪符
Appropriate Activities
Marriage Alliances
Binding Nets

Baleful Astral Influences
Water Scar
Earth Charm
River Stalwart
Repeat Mourning
————

  Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
(right to left) 
白 鬼
White, Ghost
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Information

栖 牀
Edifice
Perch, Bed

Lederhosen Pug—Kaspar Hauser

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One year ago on Round and Square (25 May 2012)—Primary Sources: Education and Acculturation (e)
Two years ago on Round and Square (25 May 2011)—Seinfeld Ethnography: George Does the Opposite

[a] Lederpug RF
                         What is the use of running when you are on the wrong road?
                                                                             —Bavarian Proverb

No worries, though—my name is Lederhosen Pug, and I know the way (知道).
[b] Out of nowhere RF

And today the way, the path, stretches amidst forests of mystery.

Grandma Pug always told the story of a strange young man who showed up on the streets of Nürnberg in 1828, claiming never to have left a cell in which he had been confined since infancy. A patron had apparently taught him to read and write, but never allowed him to leave the house. Then, at sixteen, he was turned loose in hopes of becoming a cavalry officer.
[c] Hidin' out RF

This was not even remotely possible, and not the least because he was mostly able to say only "I want to be a cavalry officer," "Horse, horse!," and "I don't know."


There's more, though. As time went on, he kept having serious accidents with knives and guns (often claiming to have been attacked, sometimes by hooded men). The claims grew preposterous, but the plot thickens all of the way to his death (from stab wounds) five years later. Take a look, and note how many further stories his "legend" inspired.


I get good and pug-scared every time I think of ol' Kaspar.

And the last thing I want to see is a Kaspar Hauser nutcracker.

Pug Mystery.
[d] Locked away RF
[Originally posted on July 25, 2014]

China's Lunar Calendar 2014 07-25

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
7/26..........................................................................................................................7/19

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
Seventh Month, Twenty-Fifth Day
Astral Period Five
Friday, July 25
———————————————— 
Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
天福
巫德
Fortunate Virtue
Heavenly Shaman
—————————————————
Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰子
中中
酉己丑
吉中
戌午寅
中吉中
亥未卯
吉吉
23:00-01:00 Inauspicious
01:00-03:00 Inauspicious
03:00-05:00 In-Between
05:00-07:00 Inauspicious

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

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

針理
灸髮
Patterning Hair
Acupuncture and Moxibustion
—————————————————  
 Section Five 
Cosmological Information 
廿





滿
Twenty-ninth Day (Sixth Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: dingyou (34/60)
Phase (element):  Fire
Constellation: Mound (16/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Fullness (3/12)
—————————————————  
Section Six
Appropriate Activities
(and Miscellaneous Information
(top-to-bottom; right to left)
上沐
樑浴
安掃
門舍
作交
灶易
安動
葬土


血灾
忌煞
Appropriate Activities
Bathing and Bubbling
Sweeping Rooms
Trade and Commerce
Moving Soil
Putting-up Beams
Positioning Doors
Stove Work
Positioning Beds

Upper Amputee

Baleful Astral Influences
Disastrous Balefulness
Blood Taboo
————

  Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
(right to left) 
白 山 
White, Mountain
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Information

庫 倉
Gate
Storehouse, Granary

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lederhosen Pug—Nutcrcacker

Click here for the "Celebrity Commentary" Resource Center—(all posts available)
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This is a "small" (小) post—click here for an explanation of Round and Square post lengths.
***  *** 
One year ago on Round and Square (24 May 2012)—Primary Sources: Education and Acculturation (d)
Two years ago on Round and Square (24 May 2011)—Remonstrance: East Asian Definitions

[a] Lederpug RF
                         What is the use of running when you are on the wrong road?
                                                                             —Bavarian Proverb

No worries, though—my name is Lederhosen Pug, and I know the way (知道).
 
And the way to Bavarian understanding today requires the nutcracker.

Yes, after yesterday's post, this may seem to be a bit crass, but I speak of a distinctive German decorative tradition, not the functional kind that uses a lever of sorts to crack open, um, nuts. Use a bottle opener for the Bocksbeutel, for pug's sake.

Although not exclusive to Bavaria (our friends up in Thuringia make pretty darned splendid nutcrackers) we are very proud of our traditions down here. My pug village is home to a very special collection of Altbayern Pug nutcrackers, and Grandma Pug used to take me there when I was just a pug-pup. 
[c] Under cover RF

My goal someday is to take Grandma Pug to the most elaborate nutcracker museum of all, in the self-styled "Bavarian village" of Leavenworth, Washington.

No, not the one in Kansas. That's a different kind of village.

In any case, Bavarian nutcrackers are elaborate, with detailed handiwork that takes generations of hands and paws to master. I never tire of looking at Grandma pug's collection. When she's not looking, I sometimes crack open a nut with one. Boy, would I get a pug-scolding if she caught me. They're expensive, but the best of 'em actually work.

Functional-decorative Pug.
[d] Crackin' RF
[Originally posted on July 24, 2014]

China's Lunar Calendar 2014 07-24

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
7/26..........................................................................................................................7/19

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
Seventh Month, Twenty-Fourth Day
Astral Period Four
Thursday, July 24
———————————————— 
Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
除陽益歲
神德後馬
Generational Horse
Advantage After
—————————————————
Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰子
凶凶
酉己丑
吉吉
戌午寅
吉中
亥未卯
吉吉中
23:00-01:00 Inauspicious
01:00-03:00 Inauspicious
03:00-05:00 Inauspicious
05:00-07:00 In-Between

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 Auspicious
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) 

修安作修
倉牀灶廚
Repairing Kitchens
Stove Work
Positioning Beds
Repairing Granaries
—————————————————  
 Section Five 
Cosmological Information 
廿






Twenty-eighth Day (Sixth Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: bingshen (33/60)
Phase (element):  Fire
Constellation: Astride (15/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Discard (2/12)
—————————————————  
Section Six
Appropriate Activities
(and Miscellaneous Information
(top-to-bottom; right to left)
開交掃祭
渠易舍祀
栽修醫裁
種造病衣
除動開移
服土市徙
安上立沐
葬樑約浴
口猴
陰劫五無
將煞虛祿
Appropriate Activities
Venerating Ancestors
Cutting-out Clothing
Moving Households
Bubbling and Bathing
Sweeping Rooms
Physician Treatments
Opening Markets
Setting-up Appointments
Trade and Commerce
Repairing and Building
Moving Soil
Putting-up Beams
Opening Sluices
Planting and Cultivating
Discarding Clothing
Positioning Graves

Monkey Mouth

Baleful Astral Influences
Without Emolument
Five Voids
Plundered Balefulness
Yin General
————

  Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
(right to left) 
丫 火

Bifurcation, Fire
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Information
爐 灶 廚
Furnace, Stove, Kitchen