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.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

China's Lunar Calendar 2017 09-19

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
9/19...........................................................................................................9/12
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

二期星
Ninth Month, Nineteenth Day
Tuesday, September 19
————

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
進官
神日
Official Days
Entering Spirits

Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰
吉吉吉
酉己丑
中吉
戌午寅
中吉中
亥未卯
23:00-01:00 Auspicious
01:00-03:00 Inauspicious
03:00-05:00 In-Between
05:00-07:00 Inauspicious

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

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

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) 

作動
灶土
Moving Soil
Stove Work

Section Five 
Cosmological Information
廿






Twenty-Ninth Day (Eighth Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: jiyou (46/60)
Phase (element): Earth
Constellation: Beak of the Turtle: (20/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Establish (1/12)
————

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









火楊
星忌
土五
府離
————
Appropriate Activities
Venerating Ancestors
Going Out (and about)
Completing Clothing
Positioning Graves

Baleful Astral Influences
Poplar Taboo
Five Separations
Fire Star
Earth Palace

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars
白 州
White, Landmass
———— 

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Activities
門 大
Divination
Gate, Great

Monday, September 18, 2017

China's Lunar Calendar 2017 09-18

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
9/19...........................................................................................................9/12
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

一期星
Ninth Month, Eighteenth Day
Monday, September 18
————

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
不聖天
將心赦
Heavenly Amnesty
Sagely Heart-Mind
Not General

Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰
吉吉中
酉己丑
中吉吉
戌午寅
中中
亥未卯
中吉
23:00-01:00 In-Between
01:00-03:00 Auspicious
03:00-05:00 Inauspicious
05:00-07:00 Inauspicious

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

15:00-17:00 Auspicious
17:00-19:00 In-Between
19:00-21:00 In-Between
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) 

安置買
牀業田
Buying Land
Setting-up Industry
Positioning Beds

Section Five 
Cosmological Information
廿





Twenty-Eighth Day (Eighth Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: wushen (45/60)
Phase (element): Earth
Constellation: Net (19/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Closed (12/12)
————

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

醞掃嫁
釀舎娶
補交裁
塞易衣
安修理
葬倉髮
差養鳥群
白血五
虎支離
————
Appropriate Activities
Marriage Alliances
Cutting-out Clothing
Patterning Hair
Sweeping Floors
Trade and Commerce
Repairing Granaries
Fermenting Beverages
Patching and Plugging
Positioning Graves

Flocks of Birds Gather Grain
(the forty-fifth of seventy-two five-day micro-periods on the agricultural calendar)

Baleful Astral Influences
Five Separations
Blood Branch
White Tiger

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars
白 水
White, Water
———— 

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Activities
爐 牀
Edifice
Furnace, Bed