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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Lunar World Preview 2018 04-15

As the Lunar World Turns
Sunday, April 15, 2018
[a] Preview Cat RF
It's just another whipsaw day in Lunar World. That's "normal." We have red-ink goodness and at least a little bit of black-ink concern. That's how we roll in Lunar World, so let's take a closer look.

Day Personality
(Section Five—Characters Six and Seven)
Today's "constellation personality" is red-ink Edifice (). Calendrical interpretations stress that it is building and construction activities are auspicious today, and the day vaguely connects to luxury, happiness, and longevity. It's really good, as we say back home.
[b] Edifice RF

The jianchu "personality" is black-ink Receive (收), which is somewhat inauspicious, but really not half bad (well, maybe a little more than half bad. Calendrical interpretations stress that it is a good day to hunker down and do things around the office, but not a particularly good one for more public activities. And never forget the "receive" idea here. Why is the idea not exactly "lucky?" Well, because it is better to give than receive. Think it over.

Lucky Stars
(Section Two)
There are three beneficent asterisms today, including Heavenly Lunarity (天月), Virtuous Linkage (德合), and Not General (不將). By definition, they're good, so run with them.

Auspicious Times
(Section Three)
There are four inauspicious (凶) two-hour periods, three in-between () times, and five auspicious () times.I am still surprised that I have not seen many 4-4-4 days lately (and it seemed that, for years, almost every day was four inauspicious, four in-between, and four auspicious). This one is close, but let's keep an eye on this.
[c] Hunting RF

Things to Avoid
(Section Four)
It's a bad day for Haircuts and Styling (理髮), Trimming Nails (整甲), and Hunting (田獵). On the actual translation, I have somewhat fanciful translations of the characters for the first and last. Check them out.

Just Plain Counting
(Section Four—Characters 1-4)
It is the thirtieth (三十) and final day of the second lunar month. The cycle of sixty character is #14: dingchou (丁丑). 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 Water. Today is Water, and tomorrow is Earth.

Appropriate Things
(Section Six) 
[d] Setting-up Production RF
It's a solid day for twelve different things, including Meeting Friends (會友), Moving Residences (移徙), and Setting-up Industry (置產). Click the link for the other nine.
Sunday's Lunar Calendar

Solar Periods
(Section Six—Upper and Middle)
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 seventy-two five-day solar micro periods (the 七十二候). It is called Rainbows Begin to be Seen (虹始見), and it began today, on Sunday, April 15. It runs through Saturday, April 19.

Fear Your Unlucky Stars 
(Bottom of Section Six)
The baleful asterisms (the bottom of section six) are Water Scar (水痕), Orphan Hostel (寡宿), and Five Voids (五虛). Every one of them should send tremors of concern through your nervous system.

Miscellaneous Omens and Activities
(Sections Seven and Eight)

Today's miscellaneous omens are White (白) and Spirit (神). The miscellaneous activities are Granary (倉), Toilet (厠), and Storehouse (庫). Nobody knows what they mean, but I will suggest that you avoid confusing granary or storehouse with...toilet.

See You Tomorrow
Be careful out there (especially if you are driving in early morning sleet and snow in the upper Midwest). I'll see you back here Sunday night for a preview of Monday in Lunar World.
[e] Rainbows Begin to Be Seen RF

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