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.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

China's Lunar Calendar 2016 09-28

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
9/30.................................................................................................................9/22
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
廿
期星
Ninth Month, Twenty-Eighth Day
Astral Period Three
Wednesday, September 28
————

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
月母德歲
恩倉日支
Generational Branch
Virtuous Days
Maternal Granary
Lunar Kindness
————

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

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

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

取產修詞
魚室置訟
Lawsuits and Litigation
 Repairing and Set-up
Production Rooms
Garnering Piscinity
————

Section Five 
Cosmological Information
廿






Twenty-Eighth Day (Eighth Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: guichou (50/60)
Phase (element): Wood
Constellation: Running Board (28/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Decide (5/12)
————

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

安修訂祭
牀造婚祀
作動裁祈
灶土衣福
醞上移會
釀樑徙友
安修開出
葬倉市行
將陽
勾死八四
  陳氣專祥不
————
Appropriate Activities
Venerating Ancestors
Inquiring-into Fortune
Meeting Friends
Going Out (and about)
Marriage Engagements
Cutting-out Clothing
Moving Residences
Opening Markets
Repairing and Building
Moving Soil
Raising Beams
Repairing Granaries
Positioning Beds
Stove Work
Fermenting Beverages
Positioning Graves   
 
Yang General

Baleful Astral Influences
Four Fortune-Nots
Eight Specialties
Death Vapor
Narrative Hook  
———— 

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars
丫 林
Bifurcation, Copse

———— 

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Activities
厠 牀 房
Toilet, Bed, Edifice

Monday, September 26, 2016

China's Lunar Calendar 2016 09-26

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
9/30.................................................................................................................9/22
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
廿
期星
Ninth Month, Twenty-Sixth Day
Astral Period One
Monday, September 26
————

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)

日德
Generational Virtue
Linked Days
————

Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰
中中
酉己丑
凶凶
戌午寅

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

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 In-Between
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) 

嫁醞
娶釀
Fermenting Beverages
Marraige Alliances
————

Section Five 
Cosmological Information
廿





滿
Twenty-Sixth Day (Eighth Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: xinhai (48/60)
Phase (element): Metal
Constellation: Drawn Bow (26/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Fullness (3/12)
————

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

動出
土行
上裁
樑衣
安移
牀徙
捕理
塞髮

重豬
日口
————
Appropriate Activities
Going Out (and about)
Cutting-out Clothing
Moving Residences
Patterning Hair
Moving Soil
Raising Beams
Positioning Beds
Plugging Caves 
 
Repeat Mourning

Baleful Astral Influences
Hog Mouth
Everything General
———— 

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars
Bifurcation

———— 

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Activities
牀 灶
Kitchen
Bed, Stove