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: http://magazine.beloit.edu/?story_id=240813&issue_id=240610

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.

Monday, December 31, 2018

China's Lunar Calendar 2019 01-31

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs" 
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2/4..........................................................................................................1/28
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-solar (or "luni-solar" calendar; I call it the "lunar" calendar in order to distinguish it from the kinds of calendars most Westerners use. It has a basic translation and minimal interpretation. Unless you have been studying 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. You will likely find that several of the translations seem quite "fanciful" in English. I am simply trying to convey that they also sound fairly fanciful in Chinese.
Section One
Solar Calendar Date

四期星
First Month, Thirty-First Day
Thursday, January 31
————

Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
天歲
馬德
Generational Exemplarity
Heavenly Horse
————

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

酉巳丑
吉吉吉
戌午寅

亥未卯
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 Inauspicious
9:00-11:00 Auspicious
11:00-13:00 In-Between
13:00-15:00 Inauspicious

15:00-17:00 Auspicious

17:00-19:00 Auspicious
19:00-21:00 Inauspicious
21:00-23:00 In-Between
 ————

Section Four 
Activities to Avoid  
(top-to-bottom; right to left) 

置買
業田
Buying Land
Setting-up Industry
 ————
Section Five 
Cosmological Information
廿





Twenty-Sixth Day (Twelfth Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: dingmao (45/60)
Phase (element): Wood
"Constellation Personality" Cycle: Astride (16/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Level (4/12)
————

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

腹歲
喪破
陰月
將煞
 ————
Appropriate Activities
Venerating Ancestors
Sweeping Rooms

Baleful Asterisms
Generational Destruction
Lunar Balefulness
Repeat Taboo
Yin General
————

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars
丫 天
Bifurcation, Heaven
 ————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Activities

栖 牀
Edifice
Perch, Bed
————

China's Lunar Calendar 2018 12-31

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs" 
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦
1/5/19.......................................................1/1/19.....................................12/29
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-solar (or "luni-solar" calendar; I call it the "lunar" calendar in order to distinguish it from the kinds of calendars most Westerners use. It has a basic translation and minimal interpretation. Unless you have been studying 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. You will likely find that several of the translations seem quite "fanciful" in English. I am simply trying to convey that they also sound fairly fanciful in Chinese.
Section One
Solar Calendar Date

一期星
Twelfth Month, Thirty-First Day  
Sunday, December 31
————
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
合月
日德 
Lunar Exemplarity
Maternal Granary
Heavenly Happiness
Lunar Void

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

酉巳丑
吉中吉
戌午寅

亥未卯
吉吉
23:00-01:00 In-Between
01:00-03:00 Auspicious
03:00-05:00 In-Between
05:00-07:00 Inauspicious

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

15:00-17:00 In-Between

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

Section Four 
Activities to Avoid  
(top-to-bottom; right to left) 

成理
服髮
Patterning Hair (Haircuts and Styling)
Completing Clothing

Section Five 
Cosmological Information
廿





Twenty-Fifth Day (Eleventh Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: dingyou (34/60)
Phase (element): Fire
"Constellation Personality" Cycle: Danger (12/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Receive (10/12)
————

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








復班
喪煞
陽咸
將池
 ————
Appropriate Activities
Venerating Ancestors
Cutting-out Clothing
Capital Outflow
Sweeping Rooms

Baleful Asterisms
Classified Balefulness
Widespread Pond
Repeat Mourning
Yang General
Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars
白 神
White, Spirit
 ————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Activities

庫 倉
Gate
Storehouse, Granary

Sunday, December 30, 2018

China's Lunar Calendar 2018 12-30

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs" 
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦
1/5/19.......................................................1/1/19.....................................12/29
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-solar (or "luni-solar" calendar; I call it the "lunar" calendar in order to distinguish it from the kinds of calendars most Westerners use. It has a basic translation and minimal interpretation. Unless you have been studying 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. You will likely find that several of the translations seem quite "fanciful" in English. I am simply trying to convey that they also sound fairly fanciful in Chinese.
Section One
Solar Calendar Date

期星
Twelfth Month, Thirtieth Day  
Sunday, December 30
————
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
月天母歲
空喜倉馬 
Generational Equinity
Maternal Granary
Heavenly Happiness
Lunar Void

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

酉巳丑
吉吉吉
戌午寅
凶凶
亥未卯
吉吉中
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
9:00-11:00 Auspicious
11:00-13:00 Inauspicious
13:00-15:00 Auspicious

15:00-17:00 Auspicious

17:00-19:00 Auspicious
19:00-21:00 Auspicious
21:00-23:00 Auspicious
 ————

Section Four 
Activities to Avoid  
(top-to-bottom; right to left) 

動安作修
土牀灶廚
Repairing and Cultivating
Stove Work
Positioning Beds
Moving Soil

Section Five 
Cosmological Information
廿





Twenty-Fourth Day (Eleventh Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: bingshen (33/60)
Phase (element): Fire
"Constellation Personality" Cycle: Void (11/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Completion (9/12)
————

Section Six
Appropriate Activities
and Miscellaneous Information  
(top-to-bottom; right to left)
醞醫納入
釀病采學
納開嫁會
畜市娶友
成交移出
服易徙行
安上理訂
葬樑髮婚
符土
俱無密上
將祿日兀
 ————
Appropriate Activities
Entering Study
Meeting Friends
Going Out (and about)
Marriage Engagements
Grain Payments
Marriage Alliances
Moving Residences
Patterning Hair (Haircuts and Styling)
Physician Visits
Opening Markets
Trade and Commerce
Raising Beams
Fermenting Beverages
Livestock Payments
Completing Clothing
Positioning Beds

Soil Charm

Baleful Asterisms
Upper Amputee
Mysterious Days
Without Emolument
Everything General
Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars
白 地
White, Earth
 ————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Activities
爐 灶 廚
Furnace, Stove, Kitchen