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, September 7, 2013

China's Lunar Calendar 2013 09-07

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
LEFT September 8.................................September 5.....Monthly Calendar Information RIGHT
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) 

  Ninth Month, Seventh Day
Astral Period Six
Saturday, September 7
Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
Generational Emolument
Timely Virtue
Timely Yin
Lunar Vacancy
Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
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 Inauspicious
09:00-11:00 Auspicious
11:00-13:00 Inauspicious
13:00-15:00 In-Between

15:00-17:00 In-Between
17:00-19:00 Auspicious
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  
(top-to-bottom; right to left) 
Kitchen Repairs
Stove Work
New Boats
Entering Water
 Section Five 
Cosmological Information 

Third Day (Eighth Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: bingzi(13/60)
Phase (element): Water
Constellation: Base (3/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Decide (5/12)
Section Six
Appropriate Activities 
(and Miscellaneous Information) 
(top-to-bottom; right to left)
White Dew
The beginning of the xu hour: 19:16 o'clock
(the fifteenth of twenty-four solar periods in the solar calendar)

Appropriate Activities  
Venerating Ancestors
Going Out (and about)
Marriage Engagements
Moving Residences
Moving Soil
Erecting Beams
Opening Granaries
Positioning Graves

Wild Geese Come
 (the forty-third of seventy-two five-day mini-periods in the solar calendar)

Miscellaneous Information
Debt Not
Small Vacancy-Loss
Death Vapor
Entirely General
Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
(right to left)

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Activities
(Top to bottom; right to left)
碓 灶 廚
Stove, Kitchen

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