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 13, 2013

China's Lunar Calendar 2013 04-13

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
From right to left
LEFT April 14..............April 10 RIGHT        Monthly Calendar Information
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, thirteenth day
Astral Period Six
Saturday, April 13
Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
Six Unities
Entering Spirits
Not General 
Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
23:00-01:00 Auspicious
01:00-03:00 Inauspicious
03:00-05:00 In-Between
05:00-07:00 Inauspicious

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

15:00-17:00 Auspicious
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) 
Moving Soil
Dispelling Spirits
Putting-together Clothing
 Section Five 
Cosmological Information 

Fourth Day (third lunar month)
Cyclical day: jiyou (46/60)
Phase (element): Earth
Constellation: Willow (24/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Grasp (6/12)
Section Six
Appropriate Activities 
(and Miscellaneous Information)
(top-to-bottom; right to left) 
*This "character" does not appear in any standard word-processing software. 
The combination of "loss/disaster" on the right and "void" on the left is usually used in astrological and calendrical texts.
Appropriate Activities
Paying Reverence
Inquiring-into Fortune
Marriage Engagements
Marriage Alliances
Cutting-out Clothing
Patterning Hair
Doctor Visits
Sweeping Floors
Erecting Beams
Fermenting Alcoholic Beverages
Stove Work
Positioning Graves   
Repeat Mourning
Miscellaneous Information
Great Void
Five Vacancies
Earth Charm
 Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars
(right to left)

Section Eight 
Miscellaneous Activities
(Top to bottom; right to left) 
門 大
Gate, Big

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