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Minor Cold xiǎo hán 小寒 Jan 5th

The new year has begun. We enter into the period of Minor Cold on the 5th of January although for many serious cold has already come. As the period progresses, however, weather rapidly reaches its coldest. In view of this … Continue reading

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Winter Solstice dōng zhì 冬至 Dec 21st

Today is the winter solstice. Where I live in Virginia it comes at 11:19 PM EST. In the modern west the solstices are said to be the first day of winter and summer. Yet an older tradition marks the solstices … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts: The End of the Season

Caturday Thoughts on Sunday? Yes, it was a very busy week. Sunday morning a tiny , solitary kitten was found out in the open, crying loudly. Later searching discovered four more in a nest under a bush, being very quiet. … Continue reading

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Autumnal Equinox qiū fēn 秋分 Sep 23rd

The Autumn Equinox is the 16th solar term of the year, starting on the 23rd of September. It marks the second half of autumn in the Chinese calendar. It is the start of sunlight moving to the south and the … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – End of Heat chù shǔ 处暑 Aug 23

We are all happy at the coming of Chǔshǔ. Chǔshǔ,(處暑) or in Japanese: 処暑shosho; Korean: 처서;  cheoseo; Vietnamese: xử thử; (“limit of heat”) is the 14th solar terms. It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude of 150° and ends when it reaches … Continue reading

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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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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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