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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Lunar World Preview 2018 04-17

As the Lunar World Turns
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
[a] Preview Cat RF
Another day, another 50-50 black-ink, red-ink whipsaw day column. Let's take a closer look.

Day Personality
(Section Five—Characters Six and Seven)
Today's "constellation personality" is Tail (). Calendrical interpretations stress that it is a fortuanate day for building activities and marriage. If either is undertaken today, you will be rewarded with hidden treasures and promotion to high office.
[b] Generational Branch RF

The jianchu "personality" is Closed (閉), which is pretty bad for almost anything "public." If you hunker-down and do some reading (or binge-watching), it is fine. Big-time public activities are a no-go (um, in Lunar World).

Lucky Stars
(Section Two)
There are two beneficent asterisms today: Generational Branch (歲支) and Virtuous Days (德日). By definition, they're good. We'll start exploring these a bit more deeply beginning next month.

Auspicious Times
(Section Three)
There are four inauspicious (凶) two-hour periods, three in-between () times, and five auspicious () times.
Things to Avoid
(Section Four)
It's a bad day for Boring Wells (穿井) and Disarding Clothing (除服). Think about these (and don't be boring, at least around wells).

Just Plain Counting
(Section Four—Characters 1-4)
[c] Discarding Clothing RF
It is the second (初二) day of the third lunar month. The cycle of sixty character is #16: jimao (己卯). 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 Earth (土). Ordinarily, the Five Phases weave their way, two-by-two, through the calendar. Yesterday was Earth. Today is Earth, and tomorrow is Metal.

Appropriate Things
(Section Six) 
It's a solid day for six different things, including Marriage Alliances (嫁娶) and Tailoring (裁衣). Note, as well, that today is one of the five "dividers" of the lunar year. It's called Earth King Usage Matters (土王用事). It divides the solar year into five, seventy-two hour periods.
Tuesday's Lunar Calendar
Solar Periods
(Section Six—Upper and Middle)
[d] Custom Tailoring 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 fifteenth 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 on Sunday, April 15, and runs through Thursday, April 19.

Fear Your Unlucky Stars 
(Bottom of Section Six)
The baleful asterisms (the bottom of section six) are Upper Amputee (上兀) and Repeat Mourning (復喪). We also see the return of one of my "baleful favorites"—Debt Not (債不).

Miscellaneous Omens and Activities
(Sections Seven and Eight)

Today's miscellaneous omens are White (白) and Mountain (山). The miscellaneous activities are Divination (占), Gate (門), and Great (大). Nobody knows what they mean (and I'm not joking).
[e] Divination RF
See You Tomorrow
Take care of yourself, don't bore your wells, and I'll see you back here tomorrow night for a preview of Wednesday in Lunar World.

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