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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Lunar World Preview 2018 04-14

As the Lunar World Turns
Saturday, April 14, 2018
[a] Preview Kitten Stendahl RF
Welcome to another 50-50 "whiplash" day (Stendahl-like, it is all about the Red and the Black...well, ink). Let's take a closer look.

Day Personality
(Section Five—Characters Six and Seven)
Today's "constellation personality" is Base (氐). Calendrical interpretations stress that it is starkly unlukcy, and that calamities will be a result of failure to pay proper deference to elders. Marriages undertaken on this day will result in people breading into your house, and travels by boat will result in shipwreck. Sounds pretty bleak, right?
[b] Shipwreck RF

The jianchu "personality" is Completion (), and it is wonderfully, gooey, red-ink, goodness. Calendar guides describe this a a great day for doing many of the "ten-thousand things." Almost everything you do will be fortunate (er, in Lunar World). On top of it, think it over. Completion has so much good advice baked into it that it is worth paying careful attention. 
Lucky Stars
(Section Two)
There are four beneficent asterisms today, including Three Linkages (三合), Heavenly Happiness (天喜), Heavenly Physician (天醫), and Not General (不將).

Auspicious Times
(Section Three)
There are three inauspicious (凶) two-hour periods, four in-between () times, and five auspicious () times. It's a little bit inflationary.
Things to Avoid
(Section Four)
[c] Kitchen Kitten RF
It's a bad day for Repairing Kitchens (修廚), Stove Work (作灶), New Boats (新船), and Entering Water (進水). Think about these: kitchens and water.

Just Plain Counting
(Section Four—Characters 1-4)
It is the twenty-ninth () day of the second lunar month. The cycle of sixty character is #13: bingzi (丙子). The days cycle—1, 2, 3, 58, 59, 60, 1, 2, 3...—in perpetuity. 

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

Appropriate Things
(Section Six) 
It's a solid day for sixteen different things (in particular, and almost everything except cursing, really, in general). Some of them are Studying (入學), Physician Visits (醫病), and Repairing and Constructing (修造). Click the link for the rest.
Saturday's Lunar Calendar
Solar Periods
(Section Six—Upper and Middle)
[d] Dragon RF
We are in the fifth of the twenty-four fifteen day solar periods (the 二十四節氣), which began on Thursday, April 4 and runs April 19. It is called Qingming (清明). We are in the fourteenth of the five-day solar micro periods (the 七十二候). It is called Moles Become Quails (桐始華), and began on Tuesday, April 10, and runs through Saturday, April 14.

Fear Your Unlucky Stars 
(Bottom of Section Six)
Among the baleful asterisms (the bottom of section six) are Great Loss-Void (大亡空) and Stirring-up Dragon-Water (觸龍水). One of my "favorite" negative stars is the travel avoidance star named Return Taboo (歸忌). It's not too convenient (in Lunar World) if you need to get home.

Miscellaneous Omens and Activities
(Sections Seven and Eight)

Today's miscellaneous omens are White (白) and Earth (地). The miscellaneous activities are Pestle (碓), Stove (灶), and Kitchen (廚). Nobody knows what they mean.
[e] Black and White and Bamboo All Over RF
See You Tomorrow
So have a good day (it's also called "Saturday" for many of you). Complete things, and I'll see you back here, Saturday night, for a Sunday calendar preview.

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