From Round to Square (and back)

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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).
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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

China's Lunar Calendar 2015 08-12

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

Eighth Month, Twelfth Day
Astral Period Three
Wednesday, August 12

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
Generational Virtue
Kingly Days

Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left

23:00-01:00 Inauspicious
01:00-03:00 Inauspicious
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 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 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) 

Binding Nets
Positioning Beds

Section Five 
Cosmological Information 

Twenty-Eighth Day (Sixth Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: gengshen (57/60)
Phase (element): Wood
Constellation: Winnowing Basket (7/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Establish (1/12)

Section Six
Appropriate Activities
and Miscellaneous Information
(top-to-bottom; right to left)


Final Prostration
(the last of three periods of intense heat noted on the agricultural calendar)

Appropriate Activities
Going Out (and about)
Cutting-out Clothing
Establishing Rooms
Positioning Gates
Stove Work
Grain Payments 

Repeat Mourning

Baleful Astral Influences
Monkey Mouth
Earth Palace

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
白 鬼
White, Ghost

Section Eight
爐 磨
Furnace, Mortar

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