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:

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, February 5, 2013

China's Lunar Calendar 2013 02-05

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs" 
Today's date is marked by the following asterisk:                              *
[a] February 1-9, 2013
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

Fifth Day
(Tuesday, February 5
Section Two
Beneficent Stars
Heavenly Virtue
Gathering Days
Ten Spirits
Section Three
Auspicious Hours

23:00-01:00 In-Between
01:00-03:00 Auspicious 
03:00-05:00 Auspicious
05:00-07:00 Auspicious

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

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


Opening Sluices
Giving Reverence
  Moving Earth

 Section Five
 Cosmological Information

Twenty-fifth day (twelfth lunar month)
Cyclical day: xinchou (39/60)
Phase (element):Gold
Constellation: House
Jianchu Cycle: Establish

Section Six
Appropriate Activities 
(and Miscellaneous Information)
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Appropriate Activities
Meeting Friends, Engaging to Marry, Grain Payments, Making Appointments
Business Deals, Cash Payments, Erecting Beams, Building Granaries
Positioning Beds, Livestock Payments, Opening Savings, Positioning Graves

(Miscellaneous Matter)
Star, Short
Lower Amputee, Earth Palace, Yin General

 Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars


 Bifurcation, Heaven
Section Eight
Miscellaneous Activities


Kitchen, Storehouse

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