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.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

China's Lunar Calendar 2015 01-08

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
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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

First Month, Eighth Day
Astral Period Four
Thursday, January 8

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
Generational Virtue
Generational Horse
Four Facings
Yang Virtue

Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
23:00-01:00 Inauspicious
01:00-03:00 Auspicious
03:00-05:00 Inauspicious
05:00-07:00 In-Between

07:00-09:00 Auspicious
9:00-11:00 Auspicious
11:00-13:00 Inauspicious
13:00-15:00 Inauspicious

15:00-17:00 Auspicious
17:00-19:00 Auspicious
19:00-21:00 In-Between
21:00-23:00 In-Between

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 Granaries
Cash Outflow
Positioning Beds
Opening Markets

Section Five 
Cosmological Information 

Eighteenth Day (Eleventh Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: jiashen (21/60)
Phase (element): Water
Constellation: Astride (15/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Danger (8/12)

Section Six
Appropriate Activities
and Miscellaneous Information
(top-to-bottom; right to left)
Appropriate Activities 
Venerating Ancestors
Entering Study
Going Out (and about)
Cutting-out Clothing
Moving Households
Patterning Hair
Sweeping Rooms
Repairing and Building
Moving Soil
Erecting Pillars
Putting-up Beams
Positioning Doors
Stove Work
Planting and Cultivating
Livestock Payments
Positioning Graves

Everything General

Baleful Astral Influences
Upper Amputee
Debt Not
Five Separations
Natatorial Calamity

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
(right to left) 
白 火
White, Fire

Section Eight
爐 門 占
Furnace, Gate, Divination

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