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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Lunar World Preview 2018 05-27

As the Lunar World Turns
Sunday, May 27, 2018
[a] Cat Preview RF
Well, people, the whipsaw continues apace. Scrumptious auspiciousness yesterday turns to relative muck today. It's all black-ink, personality-wise, but there is a positive underpinning. Let's take a closer look.

Day Personality
(Section Five—Characters Six and Seven)
Today's "constellation personality" is Pleiades (昂). Calendrical interpretations stress that its negative qualities. The constellation has an aura of family discord, and building projects result in shortened life for young and old. Scary stuff (so put down that hammer, bucko).
[b] Fullness RF

The jianchu "personality" is Fullness (滿). Although it is printed in black ink, it's pretty darned good in terms of outlook. Although it is not a good day for menial tasks, it is a splendid one for big events. Book that venue, people (and don't forget the DJ). It's time to party.
Lucky Stars
(Section Two)
There are two beneficent asterisms today: Phoenix (鳳凰) and Lunar Kindness (月恩). Today's beneficent kindness will rise up, like a mythical bird, or something.

Auspicious Times
(Section Three)
There are three inauspicious (凶) two-hour periods, three in-between () times, and fully six auspicious () times. I am not going to say it, but you know what I am thinking if you're a regular reader. If you're new, just do the percentages.
Things to Avoid
(Section Four)
[c] Livestock RF
It's a bad day for Discarding Clothing (除服) and Mourning Visits (行喪).

Just Plain Counting
(Section Four—Characters 1-4)
It is the thirteenth (十三) day of the fourth lunar month. The cycle of sixty character is #56: jiwei (己未). 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.

Appropriate Things
(Section Six) 
[d] Cave (Don't Patch/Plug) RF
It's a solid day for Setting-up Production (置產), Binding Nets (結網), Patching and Plugging (補塞) holes and caves on your sprawling estate, and Raising Livestock (牧養). I would just like to add that, so long as you are in the business of raising livestock, you really should tend to it every day (not just on "Appropriate" days). Bossie won't be happy if you only do the milking when the character 宜 shows up on the calendar. Remember what the management author Steven Covey used to say: "You can't cram on a farm." Take that "cramming" and stuff it into those caves (on your vast, sprawling estate).
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 Waving Grasses Wither (靡草死). It began on Saturday, May 26, and runs through Wednesday, May 30.

Fear Your Unlucky Stars 
(Bottom of Section Six)
The baleful asterisms (the bottom of section six) are Upper Amputee (上兀), Fire Star (火星), Lunar Repression (月厭), and Three Mournings (三喪). In Lunar World parlance, they're all bad...but Lunar Repression is especially bad.
Miscellaneous Omens and Activities
(Sections Seven and Eight)

Today's miscellaneous omens is White (白). Yup, for the second straight day, it's just that. The miscellaneous activities are Divination (占), Toilet (厠), and Gate (門). Nobody knows what they mean, but I'm pretty sure that you shouldn't be doing divination near the toilet. Get closer to the gate, and you'll probably be o.k.

[e] Toilet RF
See You Tomorrow
Well, Sunday looks worse than it is when it all plays out in Lunar World. Be Full, but not to the point of indigestion. Satiety, not over-indulgence, is the goal. I'll see you back here on Sunday night for a preview of Monday in Lunar World.

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