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.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

China's Lunar Calendar 2013 03-24

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
Today's calendar date:                                                                                                                              *

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) 

Third month, twenty-fourth day
Astral Period Sun
(Sunday, March 24
Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
Lunar Virtue
Collection of Days
Timely Yang
Birth Vapors
Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
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
09:00-11:00 Auspicious
11:00-13:00  In-Between
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 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) 

Planting Crops
Felling Trees
Solidifying Embankments
Sealing Caves
 Section Five 
Cosmological Information 

Thirteenth Day (second lunar month)
Cyclical day: jichou (26/60)
Phase (element): Fire
Constellation: Building (4/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Open (11/12)
Section Six
Appropriate Activities 
(and Miscellaneous Information)
(top-to-bottom; right to left) 

Appropriate Activities
Paying Reverence 
Inquiring-into Fortune
Entering Study
Meeting Friends
 Going Out (and about)
Marriage Alliances
Grain Payments 
Moving Residences
Medical Appointments
Opening Markets
Repairing and Constructing
Moving Soil
Erecting Beams
Positioning Beds
Stove Work
Setting-up Industry      
Miscellaneous Information
Mysterious Day
Without Emolument
Narrative Hook
Nine Vacancies
 Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars
(right to left)

White, Copse
Section Eight 
Miscellaneous Activities
門 占
(Top to bottom; right to left) 
Gate, Divination

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