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Monday, April 30, 2018

Lunar World Preview 2018 05-01

As the Lunar World Turns
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
[a] Cat Preview RF
Well, people, it's just about a perfect...50-50 day. It's extremely bad and extremely good, all at the same time. Seriously, it's the worst day personality meeting an exceedingly good one. It's like that X-Files episode when the two teenagers set the world shaking every time they were in the same room. That's what Tuesday will be like. Let's take a closer look.

Day Personality
(Section Five—Characters Six and Seven)
Today's "constellation personality" is Beak of the Turtle (觜). It's awful. Calendrical interpretations stress that it is a day of exile and punishment. Make mistakes today, and it will end in arraignment at best and capital punishment, at worst. Drive the speed limit.
[b] Turtle Beak RF

The jianchu "personality" is Discard (). It's wonderful. Calendrical interpretations stress that it is a day for sweeping away excess. It is a time of washing and bathing and (healthy) purging. I like to think of it as a day to clean the office, the kitchen, or any other area. Start eating well. Start exercising. Clean it up and move out the excess. Good stuff.

Lucky Stars
(Section Two)
There are three beneficent asterisms today: Generational Virtue (歲德), Linked Days (合日), and Generational Emolument (歲祿). They're good.

Auspicious Times
(Section Three)
There are four inauspicious (凶) two-hour periods, four in-between () times, and four auspicious () times. Back to normal; twice in one week (4-4-4).

Things to Avoid
(Section Four)
It's a bad day for Lawsuits and Litigation (詞訟), Distant Journeys (遠行), and Discarding Clothing (除服). Think about these. What does "distant" mean? What does "discard" mean? What does "litigation" mean?

Just Plain Counting
(Section Four—Characters 1-4)
It is the sixteenth (十六) day of the third lunar month. The cycle of sixty character is #30: guisi (癸巳). 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 Metal.

Appropriate Things
(Section Six) 
[d] Bathing RF
It's a solid day for twelve different things, including Haircuts (理髮, Bathing (沐浴), and Felling Timber (伐木). By all means, click the links to see the other nine (they're very interesting).
Tuesday's Lunar Calendar

Solar Periods
(Section Six—Upper and Middle)
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 on Mulberry (戴勝降于桑). It began on Monday, April 30, and runs through Friday, May 4.

Fear Your Unlucky Stars 
(Bottom of Section Six)
The baleful asterisms (the bottom of section six) are Short Star (短星), Lower Amputee (下兀), Doubled Days (重日), and Plundered Balefulness (劫煞). They're bad. Very bad.
Miscellaneous Omens and Activities
(Sections Seven and Eight)

Today's miscellaneous omens are Bifurcation (丫) and Person (人). The miscellaneous activities are Divination (占), Bed (牀), and Edifice (房). Nobody knows what they mean.

See You Tomorrow
So, protect your neck from whiplash on this utterly-good-meets-utterly-bad day. Weave your way between the beak of the turtle and discarding things that aren't good for you. I'll see you back here on Tuesday night for a preview of Wednesday in Lunar World.

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