Category Archives: Natural World

Caturday Thoughts – Greater Heat dà shǔ 大暑 Jul 23

Dàshǔ 大暑, or Taisho in Japanese, Daeseo in Korean, or Đại thử in Vietnamese is the 12th solar term. It refers in particular to the day  the Sun is at the celestial longitude of 120°. In the Gregorian calendar, it will begin this year on … 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 – Midsummer Solstice xià zhì 夏至 21st

In the Chinese traditional calendar of solar terms Xiàzhì, known as Geshi in Japanese, Haji in Korean, and  Hạ chí in Vietnamese begins on the day of the summer solstice. The solstices, as well as the equinoxes, mark the middle of the seasons in this traditional … Continue reading

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Grain in Ear máng zhǒng 芒种 Jun 6th

Mángzhòng 芒种 in Chinse, or Bōshu in Japanese, Mangjong in Korean, Mang chủng in Vietnamese, is the ninth solar term. It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude of 75° and ends when it reaches the longitude of 90°. In the Gregorian calendar, it usually … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Paddling Film Fest, Rehab Headaches and Other Miscellany

When I went down to Rockfish Gap Outfitters to get a more readable compass than the tiny one in the center of my luo pan, before starting my feng shui, they had a sign out front advertising a paddling film … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Summer Commences lì xià 立夏 May 05

Lì xià 立夏, Rikka 立夏 in Japanese, Ip Ha 입하in Korean, or Lập hạ in Vietnamese is the 7th solar term of the traditional Chinese calendarn and marks the beginning of summer in East Asian cultures. It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Grain Rain gǔ yǔ 谷雨 Apr 20

Grain Rain or Gǔyǔin Chinese, Kokuu in Japanese, Gogu in Korean, or Cốc vũ in Vietnamese is the 6th solar term. It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude of 30° and ends when it reaches the longitude of 45°. In the Gregorian … Continue reading

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