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Friday, August 12, 2022

China's Lunar-Solar Calendar 2022 08-12

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

⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦
8/17...................................................................................................................................,,,,,,,,,,,.......8/11


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)
五期星
Eighth Month, Twelfth Day
Friday, August 12
————

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
十吉官德歲
靈期日合月
Generational Lunarity
Exemplary Linkage
Official Days
Auspicious Time-Slice
Ten Spirits
————

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

申辰甲
酉巳丑
戌午寅
中吉
亥未卯
23:00-1:00 In-Between
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 In-Between
11:00-13:00 Auspicious
13:00-15:00 Auspicious

15:00-17:00 Inauspicious
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) 


補田捕整理
垣獵捉甲髮
Patterning Hair (Haircuts and Styling)
Trimming Nails
Seizing and Capturing
Field Venery (Goin' Huntin')
Patching Embankments
————

Section Five 
Cosmological Information
Fifteenth Day (Seventh Lunar Month)
Cyclical Day: dingyou (34/60)
Phase (element): Fire
"Constellation Personality" Cycle: Mound (16/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Discard (2/12)
————

Section Six
Appropriate Activities
and Miscellaneous Information
(top-to-bottom; right to left) 
元中
————
納安修納祭
畜門造采祀
除安動裁祈
服牀土衣福
安修上掃訂
葬倉樑舍婚
將陰
大大咸五雞
敗時池離口
Zhongyuan Festival (“Ghost Festival")
An observance of spirits in the midst, always celebrated on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month)

Appropriate Activities
Venerating Ancestors
Inquiring-into Fortune
Marriage Engagements
Grain Payments
Cutting-out Clothing (Sewing and Tailoring)
Sweeping Rooms
Repairing and Constructing
Moving Soil
Raising Beams
Positioning Gates
Repairing Granaries
Livestock Payments
Discarding Clothing
Positioning Beds

Yin General

Baleful Asterisms
Rooster Orifice
Five Separations
Widespread Pond
Great Temporality
Great Defeat
————

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

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Items
(the Chinese should be read left to right)
庫 倉 門
Storehouse, Granary, Gate

Thursday, August 11, 2022

China's Lunar-Solar Calendar 2022 08-11

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

⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦
8/17...................................................................................................................................,,,,,,,,,,,.......8/11


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)
四期星
Eighth Month, Eleventh Day
Thursday, August 11
————

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
月歲
空馬
Generational Equinity
Lunar Vacancy
————

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 In-Between

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

15:00-17:00 Inauspicious
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) 


安作
牀灶
Stove Work
Positioning Beds
————

Section Five 
Cosmological Information
Fourteenth Day (Seventh Lunar Month)
Cyclical Day: bingshen (33/60)
Phase (element): Fire
"Constellation Personality" Cycle: Astride (15/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Establish (1/12)
————

Section Six
Appropriate Activities
and Miscellaneous Information
(top-to-bottom; right to left) 
土歲
府破
陰月
將忌
Appropriate Activities
Unhitching and Unloading
Sweeping Rooms

Baleful Asterisms
Generational Destruction
Lunar Taboo
Soil Palace
Yin General
————

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars
(the Chinese should be read left to right)
丫 鬼
Bifurcation, Ghost
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Items
(the Chinese should be read left to right)
爐 灶
Kitchen
Furnace, Stove

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

China's Lunar-Solar Calendar 2022 08-10

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

⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦
8/10...................................................................................................................................,,,,,,,,,,,.......8/3


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)
三期星
Eighth Month, Tenth Day
Wednesday, August 10
————

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
不德歲
將日支
Generational Branch
Exemplary Days
Not General
————

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 Inauspicious
3:00-5:00 Inauspicious
5:00-7:00 Auspicious

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

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

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


針時栽
灸插種
Planting and Cultivating
Timely Injections
Acupuncture and Moxibustion
————

Section Five 
Cosmological Information
Thirteenth Day (Seventh Lunar Month)
Cyclical Day: yiwei (32/60)
Phase (element): Metal
"Constellation Personality" Cycle: Eastern Wall (14/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Closed (12/12)
————

Section Six
Appropriate Activities
and Miscellaneous Information
(top-to-bottom; right to left) 
動嫁祭
土娶祀
上裁出
樑衣行
作開訂
灶市婚
安修納
葬造采
煞月
天血寡
賊支宿
Appropriate Activities
Venerating Ancestors
Going Out (and about)
Marriage Engagements
Grain Payments
Marriage Alliances
Cutting-out Clothing
Opening Markets
Repairing and Constructing
Moving Soil
Raising Beams
Stove Work
Positioning Graves

Lunar Balefulness

Baleful Asterisms
Orphan Hostel
Blood Branch
Heavenly Thief
————

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

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Items
(the Chinese should be read left to right)
厠 磨
Pestle
Toilet, Mortar

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

China's Lunar-Solar Calendar 2022 08-09

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

⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦
8/10...................................................................................................................................,,,,,,,,,,,.......8/3


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)
二期星
Eighth Month, Ninth Day
Tuesday, August 9
————

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
不進生
將神氣
Engendered Vapor
Entering Spirits
Not General
————

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 Inauspicious
1:00-3:00 Auspicious
3:00-5:00 Inauspicious
5:00-7:00 In-Between

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

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

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


塔出開
厠財倉
Opening Granaries
Capital Outflow
Building Toilets
————

Section Five 
Cosmological Information
Twelfth Day (Seventh Lunar Month)
Cyclical Day: jiawu (31/60)
Phase (element): Metal
"Constellation Personality" Cycle: Room (13/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Open (11/12)
————

Section Six
Appropriate Activities
and Miscellaneous Information
(top-to-bottom; right to left) 
修出祭
造行祀
動嫁祈
土娶福
開立入
渠約學
牧交會
養易友
喪復
灾水下
煞痕兀
Appropriate Activities
Venerating Ancestors
Inquiring-into Fortune
Entering Study
Meeting Friends
Going Out (and about)
Marriage Alliances
Making Appointments
Trade and Commerce
Repairing and Constructing
Moving Soil
Opening Irrigation Sluices
Tending Livestock

Return Mourning

Baleful Asterisms
Lower Amputee
Water Scar
Disastrous Balefulness
————

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars
(the Chinese is read from right to left; the English, however, "fits" directly below each character)
白 火
White, Fire
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Items
(the Chinese is read from right to left; the English, 
however, "fits" intuitively in the configuration of characters)
碓 門
Divination
Pestle, Gate