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, January 30, 2016

China's Lunar Calendar 2016 01-30

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

First Month, Thirtieth Day
Astral Period Six
Saturday, January 30

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
Engendered Virtue
Ten Spirits

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

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

15:00-17:00 In-Between
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) 

Mixing Sauces
Marriage Alliances

Section Five 
Cosmological Information 

Twenty-First Day (Twelfth Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: xinhai (48/60)
Phase (element): Metal
Constellation: Woman (10/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Open (11/12) 
Section Six
Appropriate Activities
and Miscellaneous Information
(top-to-bottom; right to left)

Appropriate Activities  
Venerating Ancestors
Entering Study
Meeting Friends
Patterning Hair
Physician Treatments
Stove Work

Streams and Marshes Frozen Solid
(the seventy-second of seventy-two five-day solar micro-periods on the agricultural calendar)  

Baleful Astral Influences
Doubled Days
Earth Fire

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars
Person, Person

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Activities

牀 灶
Bed, Stove


  1. Very interesting. As my light wanes yours takes the beam to enlighten us for a while. Thank you as I need to rest... written in the stars that I should however you circle or square it.

  2. Thank you. Get some rest and recharge!