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Sunday, September 26, 2021

China's Lunar-Solar Calendar 2021 09-26

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

⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦
9/27............................................................................................................................................9/19


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

As for interpreting the translation, 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 tha"it" doesn't "mean" any one thing (almost any "it" you will see). 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 calendarSome of the material is readily accessible; some of it is impenetrable, even after many years. And do not assume that people from China understand the traditional calendar particularly well, either. I have encountered confusion and furrowed brows for countless items in the calendar. It can seem "remote," in other words, from the world we live in these days, and yet it is printed anew every single year.

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
                                              (top to bottom, right to left)
廿
期星
Ninth Month, Twenty-Sixth Day
Sunday, September 26

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
神金時母
在堂陰倉
Maternal Granary
Timely Yin
Golden Hall
Spirits In-Place

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

申辰甲
中中吉
酉巳丑
戌午寅
亥未卯
23:00-1:00 Auspicious
1:00-3:00 In-Between
3:00-5:00 In-Between
5:00-7:00 Inauspicious

7:00-9:00 In-Between
9:00-11:00 Auspicious
11:00-13:00 Auspicious
13:00-15:00 Inauspicious

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) 


足整栽理
甲手種髮
Patterning Hair
Planting and Cultivating
Manicures and Pedicures
————

Section Five 
Cosmological Information
Twentieth Day (Eighth Lunar Month)
Cyclical Day: dingchou (14/60)
Phase (element): Water
"Constellation Personality" Cycle: Edifice 
(4//28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Decide (5/12)
————

Section Six
Appropriate Activities
and Miscellaneous Information
(top-to-bottom; right to left) 
安修納出
門造采行
作動裁會
灶土衣友
成上開訂
服樑市婚
安修交嫁
葬倉易娶
將俱
死勾牛下
氣陳口兀
Appropriate Activities
Going Out (and about)
Meeting Friends
Marriage Engagements
Marriage Alliances
Grain Payments
Cutting-out Clothing (Sewing and Tailoring)
Opening Markets
Trade and Commerce
Repairing and Constructing
Moving Soil
Raising Beams
Repairing Granaries
Positioning Gates and Doors
Stove Work
Completing Clothing
Positioning Graves

Everything General

Baleful Astral Influences
Lower Amputee
Ox Orifice
Narrative Hook
Death Vapor
————

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars
(the Chinese should be read right to left)
人 林
Person, Copse
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Items 
(the Chinese should be read top-to-bottom, and right-to-left;
the English translation is under the bottom of each character)
厠 庫 倉
Toilet, Storehouse, Granary

Saturday, September 25, 2021

China‘s Lunar-Solar Calendar 2021 09-25

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

⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦
9/27............................................................................................................................................9/19


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

As for interpreting the translation, 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 tha"it" doesn't "mean" any one thing (almost any "it" you will see). 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 calendarSome of the material is readily accessible; some of it is impenetrable, even after many years. And do not assume that people from China understand the traditional calendar particularly well, either. I have encountered confusion and furrowed brows for countless items in the calendar. It can seem "remote," in other words, from the world we live in these days, and yet it is printed anew every single year.

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
                                              (top to bottom, right to left)
廿
六期星
Ninth Month, Twenty-Fifth Day
Saturday, September 25

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
陽歲
德德
Generational Exemplarity
Yang Exemplarity

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

申辰甲
酉巳丑
戌午寅
亥未卯
23:00-1:00 Auspicious
1:00-3:00 Auspicious
3:00-5:00 In-Between
5:00-7:00 Inauspicious

7:00-9:00 Inauspicious
9:00-11:00 Auspicious
11:00-13:00 Inauspicious
13:00-15:00 Inauspicious

15:00-17:00 In-Between
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) 


作修
灶廚
Repairing Kitchens
Stove Work
————

Section Five 
Cosmological Information
Nineteenth Day (Eighth Lunar Month)
Cyclical Day: bingzi (13/60)
Phase (element): Water
"Constellation Personality" Cycle: Foundation 
(3//28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Fullness (4/12)
————

Section Six
Appropriate Activities
and Miscellaneous Information
(top-to-bottom; right to left) 
俱短
將星
河死
魁神
Appropriate Activities
Leveling, Smoothing, and Painting Roadways
Repairing and Adorning Embankments and Walls

Baleful Astral Influences
Short Star
Death Spirit
Everything General 
River Stalwart
————

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars
(the Chinese should be read right to left)
白 天
White, Heaven
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Items 
(the Chinese should be read top-to-bottom, and right-to-left;
the English translation is under the bottom of each character)
碓 灶
Kitchen
Pestle, Stove

Friday, September 24, 2021

China's Lunar-Solar Calendar 2021 09-24

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

⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦
9/27............................................................................................................................................9/19


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

As for interpreting the translation, 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 tha"it" doesn't "mean" any one thing (almost any "it" you will see). 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 calendarSome of the material is readily accessible; some of it is impenetrable, even after many years. And do not assume that people from China understand the traditional calendar particularly well, either. I have encountered confusion and furrowed brows for countless items in the calendar. It can seem "remote," in other words, from the world we live in these days, and yet it is printed anew every single year.

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
                                              (top to bottom, right to left)
廿
五期星
Ninth Month, Twenty-Fourth Day
Friday, September 24

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
歲合月
馬日德
Lunar Exemplarity
Linked Days
Generational Equinity

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

申辰甲
酉巳丑
戌午寅
亥未卯
23:00-1:00 Auspicious
1:00-3:00 Auspicious
3:00-5:00 Inauspicious
5:00-7:00 Inauspicious

7:00-9:00 In-Between
9:00-11:00 Inauspicious
11:00-13:00 In-Between
13:00-15:00 Inauspicious

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

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


成嫁栽
服娶種
Opening Granaries
Capital Outflow
Mourning Visits
————

Section Five 
Cosmological Information
滿
Eighteenth Day (Eighth Lunar Month)
Cyclical Day: yihai (12/60)
Phase (element): Fire
"Constellation Personality" Cycle: Neck 
(2//28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Fullness (3/12)
————

Section Six
Appropriate Activities
and Miscellaneous Information
(top-to-bottom; right to left) 
動入
土學
上出
樑行
補會
垣友
納移
畜徙
不債
復短上
喪星兀
Appropriate Activities
Entering Study
Going Out (and about)
Meeting Friends
Moving Residences
Moving Soil
Raising Beams
Patching Embankments
Livestock Payments

Debt Not

Baleful Astral Influences
Upper Amputee
Short Star
Return Mourning
————

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars
(the Chinese should be read right to left)
White
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Items 
(the Chinese should be read top-to-bottom, and right-to-left;
the English translation is under the bottom of each character)
牀 磨
Pestle
Bed, Mortar

Thursday, September 23, 2021

China's Lunar-Solar Calendar 2021 09-23

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

⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦
9/27............................................................................................................................................9/19


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

As for interpreting the translation, 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 tha"it" doesn't "mean" any one thing (almost any "it" you will see). 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 calendarSome of the material is readily accessible; some of it is impenetrable, even after many years. And do not assume that people from China understand the traditional calendar particularly well, either. I have encountered confusion and furrowed brows for countless items in the calendar. It can seem "remote," in other words, from the world we live in these days, and yet it is printed anew every single year.

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
                                              (top to bottom, right to left)
廿
四期星
Ninth Month, Twenty-Third Day
Thursday, September 23

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
守母月
日倉空
Lunar Vacancy
Maternal Granary
Protected Days

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

申辰甲
酉巳丑
中吉
戌午寅
亥未卯
23:00-1:00 In-Between
1:00-3:00 Auspicious
3:00-5:00 Auspicious
5:00-7:00 Inauspicious

7:00-9:00 Inauspicious
9:00-11:00 Auspicious
11:00-13:00 Inauspicious
13:00-15:00 Inauspicious

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

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


行出開
喪財倉
Opening Granaries
Capital Outflow
Mourning Visits
————

Section Five 
Cosmological Information
Seventeenth Day (EighthLunar Month)
Cyclical Day: jiaxu (11/60)
Phase (element): Fire
"Constellation Personality" Cycle: Horn 
(1//28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Discard (2/12)
————

Section Six
Appropriate Activities
and Miscellaneous Information
(top-to-bottom; right to left) 
分秋
六一寅
分刻初
安掃祭
牀舍
開移理
渠徙髮
聲收乃雷
陽血三
將忌喪
Autumnal Separation (Autumn Equinox)
At the beginning of the yin hour
(the sixteenth of twenty-four fifteen-day solar periods on the agricultural calendar)

Appropriate Activities
Venerating Ancestors
Patterning Hair (Haircuts and Styling)
Sweeping Rooms
Moving Residences
Positioning Beds
Opening Irrigation Sluices

Thunder's Rumblings Begin to Diminish
(the forty-sixth of seventy-two five-day solar micro-periods on the agricultural calendar)

Baleful Astral Influences
Three Mournings
Blood Taboo
Yang General
————

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars
(the Chinese should be read right to left)
White
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Items 
(the Chinese should be read top-to-bottom, and right-to-left;
the English translation is under the bottom of each character)
栖 碓
Gate
Perch, Pestle