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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Lunar World Preview 2018 03-28

As the Lunar World Turns
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
[a] Preview Kitten RF
Wow. What a day (this is going to be). Buckle your seat belts, because it's a big, four-wide, Daytona Speedway day-column, with four big, auspicious stars, four things to avoid, and a whole basketful of sixteen appropriate things to do (not to mention four baleful asterisms). 

Take a breath. Both "day personalities" are boffo, and it bodes well for your Wednesday (er, at least in Lunar World).
Day Personality
(Section Five—Characters Six and Seven)
Today's "constellation personality" is "Eastern Wall" (). That is good stuff. Calendrical sources tell us that it is a great day for building and digging. Being respectful to your seniors will gain you riches in the future. And, if you get married today, your children will bring great honor to you. Wow.

The jianchu "personality" is "Decide" (), and that is the best-of-the-best in the cycle. The key markers in the jianchu cycle are "Discard," "Decide," and "Completion." It's part of a greater cycle that plays out every twelve days: get rid of superfluous things in your life, make decisions to move in new directions (today), and then complete at least the first steps of those decisions. It is a powerful way to run your life. 

 Give it some thought; put it into practice.
Lucky Stars
(Section Two)
There are four big, wonderful "beneficent asterisms" today: Unicorn (麒麟), Lunar Virtue (月德), Linked Days (合日), and Yin Virtue (陰德). The Lucky Stars are always good, but today there are four of them. That's hard to beat. 

[c] Sleeping Unicorn Cat RF
Auspicious Times
(Section Three)
This is almost a caricature of a good day. While there are four unlucky two-hour periods, there are two in-between ones, and six lucky ones. Half of the day is wonderfully auspicious. Bask in it, people. This day is almost too good to be true (but it is).
Things to Avoid
(Section Four)
It's a bad day for Acupuncture and Moxibustion (針灸), Boring (Cleaning) Ears (穿耳), Hunting (田獵), and Fishing (取魚). Think about these. 

Appropriate Things
(Section Six) 
[d] Ear Cleaning Time RF
It's a solid day for sixteen things. There is so much here that you need to click the link, below. It's a great day for Meeting Friends (會友), Going Out (出行), and Repairing and Constructing (修造).There are thirteen others, too. Click the link.
Fear Your Unlucky Stars 
(Bottom of Section Six)
The baleful asterisms (the bottom of section six) are fairly distinctive (and ominous). Among them are "Eight Specialties" (八專) and "Blood Taboo" (血忌). I have always been partial to "Death Vapor (死氣), though. Death Vapor says: "Luke, I am your father."

Miscellaneous Omens and Activities
(Sections Seven and Eight) 
Don't get too hung up over the last two sections. They can be maddening, even for experienced readers of the calendar. Section seven has generalized, problematic matters: "White," and "Person" (draw your own conclusions). Section eight is even more perplexing. In my fieldwork, I have asked many specialists what section eight "means." I usually get shrugged shoulders, conveying "How the hell should I know?" Today's are "Toilet" (厠), "Gate" (門), and "Divination" (占).

See You Tomorrow
So, bask in the 60F spring day in Beloit, Wisconsin (and beyond...I care about all of you), and enjoy the double red-ink wonders of this day. As evening comes on, check back here for a look at Thursday in Lunar World. 

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