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Monday, May 14, 2018

Lunar World Preview 2018 05-14

As the Lunar World Turns
Monday, May 14, 2018
Well, it's the last day of the third lunar month, people. We're through the cool months, and now we're hitting the "warm" button. It is another 50-50 day, but (like yesterday) it "leans auspicious," especially if your own plans are to stay in, clean up, and get rid of things you don't need. Let's take a closer look at all of that ambiguous lunarity.

Day Personality
(Section Five—Characters Six and Seven)
Today's "constellation personality" is Heart-Mind (心). Calendrical interpretations stress that it is generally unlucky, so don't put all your cards in the heart-mind basket. It is a particularly bad day for building projects and lawsuits. It sounds good doesn't it ("heart-mind"). It is a good deal more problematic than that, though. Let's think of it along the lines of "heart-ache."
[b] Heart RF

The jianchu "personality" is Discard (). It is a particularly good day for cleansing, purging, and and starting things anew. It is not a good day for weddings, travel, and public events. 
Lucky Stars
(Section Two)
There are three beneficent asterisms today: Heavenly Virtue (天德), Linked Days (合日), and Auspicious Time-Slice (吉期). They're red-ink positive and good by definition.

Auspicious Times
(Section Three)
There are three inauspicious (凶) two-hour periods, four in-between () times, and five auspicious () times. Creeping auspiciousness inflation. What ever happened to the almost daily "4-4-4" of my (relative) youth?
Things to Avoid
[c] Thatched RF
(Section Four)
It's a bad day for Stove Work (作灶), Thatched Coverings (善蓋), and Discarding Clothing (除服). Think about these (even though it is a "Discard" day, just don't do it with clothing, I guess). 

Just Plain Counting
(Section Four—Characters 1-4)
It is the twenty-ninth (), and final, day of the third lunar month. The cycle of sixty character is #43: bingwu (丙午). 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 Fire. Today is Water, and tomorrow is Water.

[d] Widespread Pond RF
Appropriate Things
(Section Six) 
It's a solid day for twelve different things, including: Meeting Friends (會友), Haircuts and Styling (理髮), Sweeping Rooms (掃舎), and Moving Soil (動土). There is a whole passel more, so click the link for all of the good things to do.
Monday'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 twentieth of the seventy-two five-day solar micro periods (the 七十二候). It is called Earthworms Come Forth (蚯蚓出). It began on Thursday, May 10, and runs through Tuesday, May 15.

Fear Your Unlucky Stars 
(Bottom of Section Six)
The baleful asterisms (the bottom of section six) are Repeat Mourning (重喪), Widespread Pond (咸池), Repeated Days (復日), and Yang General (陽將). They're scary.
Miscellaneous Omens and Activities
(Sections Seven and Eight)

Today's miscellaneous omens (just one) is White (白). The miscellaneous activities are Kitchen (廚), Pestle (碓), and stove (灶). Nobody knows what they mean (and this assessment is based on thirty years of calendrical fieldwork).
[e] Meeting Friends RF
See You Tomorrow
So, put your whole heart-mind into your day, and eschew on its potential. I'll see you back here on Monday night for a preview of Tuesday in Lunar World.

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