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.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

China's Lunar Calendar 2013 04-06

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
From right to left
LEFT April 9............................................April 2 RIGHT
2-9 April 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
(top to bottom; right to left)  

Fourth month, sixth day
Astral Period Six
Monday, April 6
Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)

Heavenly Virtue
Lunar Virtue
Engendered Vapor
Ten Spirits
Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
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 Inauspicious
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) 
Opening Sluices
Going-into Water
Paying Reverence
Inquiring-into Fortune
 Section Five 
Cosmological Information 

Twenty-sixth Day (second lunar month)
Cyclical day: renyin (39/60)
Phase (element): Metal
Constellation: Stomach (17/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Open (11/12)
Section Six
Appropriate Activities 
(and Miscellaneous Information)
(top-to-bottom; right to left) 
Appropriate Activities
Entering Study
Meeting Friends
Going Out (and about)
Marriage Engagements
Grain Payments
Marriage Alliances
Moving Residences
Medical Visits
Repairing and Constructing
Moving Soil
Stabilizing Pillars
Erecting Beams
Repairing Granaries
Positioning Beds
Stove Work
Putting-together Clothing    

Water Scar

Miscellaneous Information
Debt Not
Blood Taboo
Tiger Mouth
Lower Amputee
 Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars
(right to left)
丫 火
Bifurcation, Fire
Section Eight 
Miscellaneous Activities
(Top to bottom; right to left) 
爐 庫 倉
Furnace, Storehouse, Granary

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