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Monday, April 2, 2018

Lunar World Preview 2018 04-02

As the Lunar World Turns
Monday, April 2, 2018
[a] Tangled Narrative in Lunar World RF
It's another skinny little day-column (the third in a row in Lunar World with only two lucky stars, two things to avoid, and only a handful of "appropriate" things to do). It is a "50-50 personality" day, but it is also the start of a new cycle of sixty days—a six-times a year restart that will jump-start your year. Embrace it.

Day Personality
(Section Five—Characters Six and Seven)
Today's "constellation personality" is Net (). Calendrical interpretations stress that the "net" of this personality will catch abundance of good things (fish, game, and more). It is a good day for building, and children born of a marriage on this day (in Lunar World's "telling") are assured of long and happy life. Wow.
[b] Receive RF

The jianchu "personality" is Receive (收), which is technically a bit "negative." But how bad, really, can "Receive" be? I like to say that "Receive" begins a cycle of having to reciprocate, so there is a little bit of pressure, but, let's not kid ourselves: it's a positive day, even though it is printed in black ink. Calendrical interpretations concur. It's a good day for weddings, but not funerals; a good day for studying, but not going to the doctor.

Lucky Stars
(Section Two)
The auspicious asterisms are Lunar Virtue (月德) and Entering Spirits (進神). They're good. They're always good—that's why they're "lucky" stars.

[c] Lunar Virtue RF
Auspicious Times
(Section Three)
There are three inauspicious (凶) times today, four in-between (), and five auspicious () times. I suspect that a kind of "auspiciousness inflation" is slowly going on in Lunar World. Watch this space for more discussion of this issue.

Things to Avoid
(Section Four)
It's a bad day for Opening Granaries (開倉) and Capital Outflow (出財). Think about these. Calendar-watchers in Hong Kong who are members of the business community interpret these as "reaching into savings" (whether personal or corporate).

Just Plain Counting
(Section Four—Characters 1-4)
It is the seventeenth (十七) day of the second lunar month. The big news, though, is that it is #1: jiazi (甲子). This cycle-of-sixty reset happens six times a year, and it represents an opportunity to get back on-track. Do it, people. Start a sixty-day plan. It could change your life.
[d] Haircut RF

Elemental (and Phased)
(Section Five—Character 5)
Today's slice of the "Five Phases" (sometimes called the "Five Elements") is Metal (金). Ordinarily, the Five Phases weave their way, two-by-two, through the calendar. Yesterday was Water. Today is Metal, and tomorrow is Metal.

Appropriate Things
(Section Six) 
It's a solid day for only four things (big, black ink characters) for Venerating Ancestors (祭祀), Haircuts (理髮), Seizing and Capturing (捕捉), and Planting and Cultivating (栽種).

Fear Your Unlucky Stars 
(Bottom of Section Six)
The baleful asterisms (the bottom of section six) are, among others, Fire Star (火星) and Classified Balefulness (班煞). Above all, though, we see the return of Water Scar (水痕). There is rich connection here to watery mythology and worry in southeastern China—always holding back the terror of "Water Ghosts" (水鬼).

Miscellaneous Omens and Activities
(Sections Seven and Eight) 
The miscellaneous omens are Bifurcation (丫) and Heaven (天). The miscellaneous activities are Divination (占), Pestle (碓), and Gate (門). No one knows what they mean (and I am only partly kidding, as I say every day, based upon my own ethnographic fieldwork).
[e] Gate RF
See You Tomorrow
This is a great day, people. It's a wonderful "Constellation" day, a pretty-darned-good jianchu day, and, above all, the beginning of a new cycle of sixty days. Hit reset and I'll see you back here tomorrow night for a preview of Tuesday in Lunar World.

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