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Monday, May 21, 2018

Lunar World Preview 2018 05-21

As the Lunar World Turns
Monday, May 21, 2018
[a] Cat Preview RF
Well, yesterday was red-ink "danger" and today is black-ink "danger." What's up with that, and what does it mean? Let's take a closer look.

Day Personality
(Section Five—Characters Six and Seven)
Today's "constellation personality" is black-ink Danger (危). Calendrical interpretations stress that it presages dangers on journeys, shipwreck, and falling off of building projects. It is bad...squared.
[b] Heavenly Physician RF

The jianchu "personality" is Completion (), and it is excellent from start-to-finish. It is a fortunate day for all sorts of activities, so bring those projects to completion, people. It's all good (except for that "Danger" stuff, above).
Lucky Stars
(Section Two)
There are four beneficent asterisms today: Generational Virtue (歲德), Linked Days (合日), Heavenly Happiness (天喜), and Heavenly Physician (天醫).

Auspicious Times
(Section Three)
[c] New Boats RF
There are three inauspicious (凶) two-hour periods, two in-between () times, and fully seven auspicious () times. Are you kidding me? Seven? What is wrong with the auspiciousness inflation here?

Things to Avoid
(Section Four)
It's a bad day for Litigation (詞訟), Moving Residences (移徙), New Boats (新船), and Entering Water (進水). Think about these (and don't go near the water).

Just Plain Counting
(Section Four—Characters 1-4)
It is the seventh (初七) day of the fourth lunar month. The cycle of sixty character is #50: guichou (癸丑). 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 Wood (木). Ordinarily, the Five Phases weave their way, two-by-two, through the calendar. Yesterday was Wood. Today is Wood, and tomorrow is Water.

Appropriate Things
(Section Six) 
[d] Poplar Taboo RF
It's a solid day for eight different things, including Tailoring (裁衣), Moving Soil (動土), and Raising Beams (上樑). Click the link for the rest.
Monday's Lunar Calendar
Solar Periods
(Section Six—Upper and Middle)
We are in the eighth of the twenty-four fifteen day solar periods (the 二十四節氣), which began on Monday, May 21 and runs through Monday, June 4. It is called Grain Full (小滿). We are in the twenty-first of the seventy-two five-day solar micro periods (the 七十二候). It is called Bitter Herb Grows Tall (苦菜秀). It began on Monday, May 21, and runs through Friday, May 25.

Fear Your Unlucky Stars 
(Bottom of Section Six)
The baleful asterisms (the bottom of section six) are Poplar Taboo (楊忌), Water Scar (水痕), Upper Amputee (上兀), and Return Taboo (歸忌). They're bad (and not at all poplar, er "popular, with the people).
Miscellaneous Omens and Activities
(Sections Seven and Eight)

Today's miscellaneous omens are White (白) and Mountain (山). The miscellaneous activities are Toilet (厠), Bed (牀), and Edifice (房). Nobody knows what they mean, but I am a little troubled by "toilet" and "bed" being juxtaposed here.
[e] Toilet (Please Close the Lid) RF

See You Tomorrow
O.k., do your best with the roller coaster day, people, and bring things to Completion (even amidst the Danger). I'll see you back here Monday night for a preview of Tuesday in Lunar World.

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