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, March 27, 2017

China's Lunar Calendar 2017 03-27

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
3/27................................................................................................................3/20
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
廿
期星
Second Month, Twenty-Seventh Day
Monday, March 27
————

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
生三歲
氣合支
Generational Branch
Three Linkages
Engendered Vapor

Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰
吉吉吉
酉己丑
吉吉
戌午寅
吉中中
亥未卯
凶凶
23:00-01:00 Auspicious
01:00-03:00 Auspicious
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 In-Between
13:00-15:00 Inauspicious

15:00-17:00 Auspicious
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) 

進新詞
水船訟
Lawsuits and Litigation
New Boats
Entering Water


Section Five 
Cosmological Information







Thirtieth Day (Second Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: guichou (50/60)
Phase (element): Wood
Constellation: Danger (12/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Open (11/12)
————

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

醫出祭
病行祀
修訂祈
造婚福
上裁入
樑衣學
作移會
灶徙友
囊地
五上水
虛兀痕
————
Appropriate Activities
Venerating Ancestors
Inquiring-into Fortune
Entering Study
Meeting Friends
Going Out (and about)
Marriage Engagements
Cutting-out Clothing
Moving Residences
Physician Visits
Repairing and Constructing
Raising Beams
Stove Work   

Earth Duffel 

Baleful Astral Influences
Water Scar
Upper Amputee
Five Voids
———— 

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars
白 林
White, Copse
———— 

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Activities

厠 牀
Edifice
Toilet, Bed

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

China's Lunar Calendar 2017 03-14

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
3/19................................................................................................................3/12
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

期星
Second Month, Fourteenth Day
Astral Period Two
Tuesday, March 14
————

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
不陽
將德
Yang Virtue
Not General

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

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

15:00-17:00 Auspicious
17:00-19:00 Inauspicious
19:00-21:00 Inauspicious
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) 

進新
水船
New Boats
Entering Water

Section Five 
Cosmological Information







Seventeenth Day (Tenth Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: gengzi (37/60)
Phase (element): Earth
Constellation: Wings (27/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Receive (10/12)
————

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









班水
煞痕
月火
刑星
————
Appropriate Activities
Marriage Alliances
Patterning Hair
Trade and Commerce
Cash Payments

Baleful Astral Influences
Water Epidemic
Fire Star
Classified Balefulness
Lunar Punishment
———— 

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

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Activities

磨 碓
Divination
Mortar, Pestle