Category Archives: Natural World

Autumn Commences lì qiū 立秋 Aug 8

The traditional East Asian calendars divide a year into 24 solar terms (節氣). Lìqiū (Chinese and Japanese: 立秋; Korean: 입추(S)/립추(N); Vietnamese: Lập thu; literally: “start of autumn”) is the 13th solar term. It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial … Continue reading

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Leo July 23rd 2:51 AM

Leo’s symbol is (Unicode ♌). It is one of the constellations of the zodiac, lying between Cancer the crab to the west and Virgo the maiden to the east. The name is Latin for lion, and to the ancient Greeks … Continue reading

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Minor Heat 小暑 Xiǎoshǔ Jul 7

On July 7th we entered the solar term of Xiǎoshǔ, or Shōsho in Japanese,  Soseo in Korean, and or Tiểu thử  in Vietnamese. It is the 11th solar term of the year, beginning when the Sun is exactly at the celestial longitude of 105°. In the … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – The Dog Days

The Dog Days of Summer describes the most oppressive period of summer, between July 3rd and August 11th each year, at least according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. They were historically the period following the heliacal rising of the star … Continue reading

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Cancer June 21st 3:55 PM

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Summer Solstice xià zhì 夏至 Jun 21st

This year the summer solstice falls on the 21st of June. This event is celebrated in many places. Not surprisigly in Sweden and Finland it is a big holiday with lots of public festivities. It is a holiday tied to … Continue reading

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Grain in Ear máng zhǒng 芒种 Jun 06

On June 6th the solar term of Grain in Ear began. China is divided by climate into a wheat growing north and a rice growing south. At this time in the north the wheat becomes ripe and in the south … Continue reading

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