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).
*Occasionally I will leave a long post up for thirty-six hours, and post a shorter entry at noon the next day.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

China's Lunar Calendar 2016 03-30

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

Third Month, Thirtieth Day
Astral Period Three
Wednesday, March 30

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
Generational Virtue
Linkage of Days
Heavenly Happiness
Ten Spirits

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

15:00-17:00 In-Between
17:00-19:00 Inauspicious
19:00-21:00 Auspicious
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
Fermenting Beverages
Marriage Alliances
Discarding Clothing

Section Five 
Cosmological Information 

Twenty-Second Day Day (Second Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: xinhai (48/60)
Phase (element): Metal
Constellation: Jade Wall (15/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Completion (9/12)

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

Appropriate Activities
 Entering Study
Meeting Friends
Going Out (and about)
Grain Payments
Cutting-out Clothing
Moving Households
Physician Visits
Opening Markets
Trade and Commerce
Repairing and Constructing
Moving Soil
Raising Beams
Positioning Beds
Stove Work
Opening Sluices
Repairing Granaries    

First Lightning
(the twelfth of seventy-two five-day solar micro-periods on the agricultural calendar)

 Baleful Astral Influences
Doubled Days
Repeat Mourning
Primal Martiality
Yin General

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Activities
牀 灶 廚
Bed, Stove, Kitchen

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