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.

Monday, May 2, 2016

China's Lunar Calendar 2016 05-02

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
5/6.................................................................................................................4/28
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

期星
Fifth Month, Second Day
Astral Period One
Monday, May 2
————

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
時金
陰匱
Golden Cupboard-Bare
Temporal Yin
————

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

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

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

安開
牀倉
Opening Granaries
Positioning Beds
————

Section Five 
Cosmological Information 
廿






Twenty-Sixth Day Day (Third Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: jiashen (21/60)
Phase (element): Water
Constellation: Net (19/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Decide (5/12)
————

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


建沐
屋浴
安理
門髮
成掃
服舍
安上
葬樑


死上
氣兀
————

Appropriate Activities
Bubbling and Bathing
Patterning Hair
Sweeping Floors
Raising Beams
Establishing Rooms
Positioning Gates
Completing Clothing
Positioning Graves

Five Separations   

Baleful Astral Influences
Upper Amputee
Death Vapor
————

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars
Bifurcation
———— 

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Activities

爐 門 
Divination
Furnace, Gate

Sunday, May 1, 2016

China's Lunar Calendar 2016 05-01

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
5/6.................................................................................................................4/28
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
一五
日月
期星
Fifth Month, First Day
Astral Period Sun
Sunday, May 1
————

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
天十
恩靈
Ten Spirits
Heavenly Kindness
————

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

亥未卯 
23:00-01:00 Auspicious
01:00-03:00 Inauspicious
03:00-05:00 Inauspicious
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 In-Between
17:00-19:00 In-Between
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) 

進新
水船
New Boats
Entering Water
————

Section Five 
Cosmological Information 
廿






Twenty-Fifth Day Day (Third Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: guiwei (20/60)
Phase (element): Wood
Constellation: Pleiades (18/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Level (4/12)
————

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










朱羊
雀口
天月
罡煞
————

Appropriate Activities
Leveling and Painting Roadways
Repairing and Adorning Embankments and Walls

Baleful Astral Influences
Goat Mouth
Lunar Balefulness
Vermilion Bird
Heavenly Dipper
————

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars
White, Landmass
———— 

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Activities

厠 牀 
Edifice
Toilet, Bed