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Autumn Commences lì qiū 立秋 7th Aug

On August 7th according to the Chinese calendar we will pass into the period called Autumn Commences. It will be a while yet before true autumn reigns either where I live or in most parts of China but we did … Continue reading

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Grain Rain gǔ yǔ 谷雨 Apr 20th

On April 20th the sixth solar term called Grain Rain began. This originally marked the time when the early crops showed their shoots. In early spring the green of new rice shoots is a brilliant color and very beautiful. My … Continue reading

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Insects Awaken jīng zhé 惊蛰 Mar 5th

Thunder begins and hibernating insects wake up. So goes the entry for the solar term of Insects Awaken. This term began March 5th. At first it seemed like things were indeed warming up. Then Mother Nature did an about face, … Continue reading

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Spring Showers yǔ shuǐ 雨水 Feb 18th

The solar term of yu shui began on February 18th. While here we did not get any rain until today, it was another story in the western United States. In China rains begin. The really heavy rains come with the … Continue reading

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Winter Solstice dōng zhì 冬至 Dec 22nd

In the modern west the solstices are said to be the first day of winter and summer. Yet an older tradition marks the solstices as the middle of the season. Especially in northern Europe the summer solstice is still celebrated … Continue reading

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Frost Descends 霜降 shuāng jiàng Oct 23rd

On October 23rd we pass into the period called Frost Descends. In north China the weather becomes cold and frost begins to form. This also happens in northern Europe, Canada and the northern United States. Frost Descends is the 18th solar … Continue reading

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