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Monday, April 30, 2018

Lunar World Preview 2018 04-30

As the Lunar World Turns
Monday, April 30, 2018
[a] Cat Preview RF
We're back to "normal," again, people. It's 50-50, red-ink, black-ink. It's also the fifteenth day of the lunar month, and there should be a big, shiny, full moon out there. Glorious. Let's take a closer look.

Day Personality
(Section Five—Characters Six and Seven)
Today's "constellation personality" is Net (). Calendrical interpretations stress that it has the sense of catching loads of fish in your nets. By extension, you will catch all sorts of things in your nets if you handle things correctly. It is a good day for building, and even burials. Long life is assured to children born on marriages today
[b] Irrigation RF

The jianchu "personality" is Establish (建). Although it is printed in black ink, it is pretty darned good. Commence new ventures, start business deals—establish stuff. It's a bad day for outdoor activities, though.

Lucky Stars
(Section Two)
There are two beneficent asterisms today: Heavenly Virtue (天德) and Lunar Virtue (月德). They're good.

Auspicious Times

(Section Three)
There are three inauspicious (凶) two-hour periods, three in-between () times, and six auspicious () times. 3-3-6: I call that inflation—auspiciousness inflation.
Things to Avoid
(Section Four)
It's a bad day for Opening Irrigation Sluices (開渠) and Mourning Visits (行喪). Think about these. 

[c] Unloading RF
Just Plain Counting
(Section Four—Characters 1-4)
It is the fifteenth (十五) day of the third lunar month. The cycle of sixty character is #29: renchen (壬辰). 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 Wood. Today is Water, and tomorrow is Water.

Appropriate Things
(Section Six) 
It's a solid day for two things only: Unhitching and Unloading (拆卸) and Sweeping Rooms (掃舎).
Monday's Lunar Calendar
Solar Periods
(Section Six—Upper and Middle)
[d] Storehouse RF
We are in the sixth of the twenty-four fifteen day solar periods (the 二十四節氣), which began on Friday, April 20 and runs through Friday, May 4. It is called Corn Rain (穀雨). We are in the eighteenth of the seventy-two five-day solar micro periods (the 七十二候). It is called Hoopoe Alights in Mulberry (戴勝降于桑), and it begins today, on Monday, April 30. It runs through Friday, May 4.

Fear Your Unlucky Stars 
(Bottom of Section Six)
The baleful asterisms (the bottom of section six) are Generational Destruction (歲破) and Three Mournings (三喪). They're bad.
Miscellaneous Omens and Activities
(Sections Seven and Eight)

Today's miscellaneous omens are Bifurcation (丫) and Ghost (鬼). The miscellaneous activities are Granary (倉), Perch (栖), and Storehouse (庫). Nobody knows what they mean.

See You Tomorrow
O.k., cast your net(s) widely and establish stuff. It's a good day to start our thing we call "the week" (which isn't strictly a part of Lunar World). I'll see you back here on Monday night for a preview of Tuesday in Lunar World.

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