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Change in Plans

Things have been a little hectic. Somehow as I tried to keep up with my goal of a post a day to celebrate my favorite month, several got pushed forward, I had a lot more material and ideas than I … Continue reading

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Vernal Equinox chūn fēn 春分 Mar 20th

Tomorrow is the vernal equinox. It was forecast to be a very warm sunny day here and without much wind, which has been unusual lately. Everyone seemed very happy to celebrate the first day of spring, including yours truly. In … Continue reading

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Some Spooky Phenomena for October

St. Elmo’s fire is named after St. Erasmus of Formia (also called St. Elmo, one of the two Italian names for St. Erasmus), the patron saint of sailors. The phenomenon sometimes appeared on ships at sea during thunderstorms and was regarded by sailors with … Continue reading

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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 – Vernal Equinox chūn fēn 春分 Mar 20th

Both the western calendar and the tradition Chinese calendar mark the vernal equinox. In the west it is considered the first day of spring. In the Chinese calendar spring began weeks ago.  Chūnfēn (Chinese), Shunbun (Japanese), Chunbun (Korean), or Xuân phân (Vietnamese) is the … Continue reading

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Insects Awaken jīng zhé 惊蛰 Mar 05

One of my favorite solar terms is Jīngzhé, or Keichitsu in Japanese, Gyeongchip in Korean, or Kinh trập in Vietnamese. It is the 3rd of the 24 solar terms in the traditional Chinese calendar. This year it begins on March fifth in the western … Continue reading

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