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Winter Commences lì dōng 立冬 Nov 08

Today we passed into the period called Winter Commences. It will run until November 22nd. This is true in northern China, but winter comes later in the south and thankfully here as well. The pentads are ‘Water begins to freeze’ … Continue reading

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Insects Awaken 驚蟄 Jīngzhé Mar 6th

In the traditional Chinese calendar, a solar year is the time from the winter solstice to the next winter solstice. Jīngzhé is the 3rd of the solar term and comes in the climate term of Mǎo (卯) or Mid Spring.  It … 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 calendar and marks the beginning of summer in East Asian cultures. It begins when the Sun … Continue reading

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Minor Cold xiǎo hán 小寒 Jan 5th

Minor Cold 小寒(Shōkan Japanese, 소한 Sohan Korean, tiểu hàn Vietnamese) literally means small or minor cold. and is the 23rd solar term. It ia a bit of a misnomer. Although “Minor Cold” implies less cold than the following solar term, “Major Cold”, there is … Continue reading

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Frost Descends 霜降 shuāng jiàng Oct 23rd

Frost’s Descent is the 18th term and the last solar term of autumn, during which time the weather becomes much colder than before and ice crystals form as frost begins to appear.  In the lower reaches of the Yellow River … Continue reading

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Yin and Yang and the Five Phases

Beyond the basic flow of yin and yang  we advance to the concepts of the Five Phases. I prefer the expression Five Phases to the more common apellation of Five Elements. To a western mind the word element connects to … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Cats Nap and Humans Read About Cats

With autumn promising to come soon it is time to think about getting ready for the winter. This year especially, I will need to seal up the house against the cold, in order to keep Mi Sun comfortable and warm … Continue reading

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