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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Lunar World Preview 2018 05-05

As the Lunar World Turns
Saturday, May 5, 2018
[a] Cat Preview (Willow) RF
O.k., people, it's a big five-wide day column. I mean, that is the biggest, widest day of all on the calendar (except for New Year's Day). It's 50-50 again, but today the black-ink is really, really bad and the red-ink is pretty good.

Day Personality
(Section Five—Characters Six and Seven)
Today's "constellation personality" is Willow (柳). I cannot even begin to convey to you how bad that is. How bad is it? Calendrical interpretations stress that it is a day of utter ruin; don't do anything today. How realistic is that? Not very. But it's a bad-bad day, at least in this willow-protected sphere of Lunar World. Be very wary.
[b] Cat Cave RF

The jianchu "personality" is Grasp (), and it is kinda-sorta all-right. Think of it as reaching beyond your ordinary limits. Calendrical interpretations stress that it is a day for staying in and getting things done (pushing your limits from the inside, as it were). Don't travel (except that people have been doing it on these days for the past three thousand (and more) years.

Lucky Stars
(Section Two)
There are five beneficent asterisms today: Heavenly Lunarity (天月), Virtuous Linkage (德合), Four Facings (四相), Ten Spirits (十靈), and Not General (不將). They're good (and they're numerous).

Auspicious Times
(Section Three)
There are four inauspicious (凶) two-hour periods, four in-between () times, and four auspicious () times. Nice and "even."
Things to Avoid
[c] Livestock RF
(Section Four)
It's a bad day for five things, including Haircuts, and Styling (理髮), Trimming Nails (整甲), Patching Embankments (補垣), Plugging-up Caves (塞穴), and Setting-up Production (置產). Think about these. That ranges from personal hygiene to the world in and beyond the home.

Just Plain Counting
(Section Four—Characters 1-4)
It is the twentieth (二十) day of the third lunar month. The cycle of sixty character is #34: dingyou (丁酉). 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 Fire (火). Ordinarily, the Five Phases weave their way, two-by-two, through the calendar. Yesterday was Fire. Today is Fire, and tomorrow is Wood.
[d] Widespread Pond RF

Appropriate Things
(Section Six) 
It's a solid day for ten different things, including Moving Households (移徙), Opening Granaries (開倉), and Livestock Payments (納畜). There are seven more, too. Click the link and check 'em out.
xxxday'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 Saturday, May 5 and runs through Sunday, May 20. It is called Beginning of Summer (立夏). We are in the eighteenth of the seventy-two five-day solar micro periods (the 七十二候). It is called Little Frogs Peep (螻蟈鳴). It began on Saturday, May 5, and runs through Wednesday, May 9.

Fear Your Unlucky Stars 
(Bottom of Section Six)
The baleful asterisms (the bottom of section six) are Upper Amputee (上兀), Great Loss-Void (大亡空), Five Vacancies (五虛), Widespread Pond (咸池), and Soil Charm (土符). 
Miscellaneous Omens and Activities
(Sections Seven and Eight)

Today's miscellaneous omens is Person (人), and only that one. The miscellaneous activities are Storehouse (庫), Granary (倉), and Gate (門). Nobody knows what they mean.
[e] Trimming Nails RF
See You Tomorrow
Watch out for the Willow, people (and grasp, grasp). I'll see you back here tomorrow night for a preview of Sunday in Lunar World.

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