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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Lunar World Preview 2018 05-29

As the Lunar World Turns
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Tuesday's Lunar Calendar
[a] Cat Preview RF
Well, we return (in the United States) from holiday time to regular time. Lunar World pays no attention to such matters, but it still presents us with a big, four-wide day column, chock full of things to do (and to shun). It's a little good...and plenty bad. Let's take a closer look.

Day Personality
(Section Five—Characters Six and Seven)
Today's "constellation personality" is Beak of the Turtle (觜). Of the twenty-eight constellations, this is by far the worst. Calendrical interpretations stress that in earlier times, when a "constellation personality" lasted only as long as it took to pass through it, Beak of the Turtle was just a few minutes of awfulness.
[b] Bleak Beak RF

It is said to look like the head-area of a turtle (go figure), and then the much bigger body follows. These days, each constellation gets its own day, so a few minutes of misery (the worst of the worst) stretches to twenty-four hours. Bad for us. Calendrical interpretations stress its relation to exile, punishment, and fatality (oh, my). The best advice (in Lunar World), is to pretty much avoid everything. See how that works for you.

The jianchu "personality" is every bit as wonderful as the Beak is bleak. It is Decide (), and it is soooooo good that it just overflows with auspicious potential. It is a day for getting on with it, for settling down to business, and is as perfect for the day after a big holiday as Beak of the Turtle is bad. The contrast in "50-50" is rarely this stark.
xxxday's Lunar Calendar
Lucky Stars
(Section Two)
There are four beneficent asterisms today: Heavenly Virtue (天德), Peopled Days (民日), Three Linkages (三合), and Timely Yin (時陰). Good stuff, all.

Auspicious Times
(Section Three)
There are four inauspicious (凶) two-hour periods, five in-between () times, and three auspicious () times. Maybe this is a check on inflationary activity?
 xxxday's Lunar Calendar
Things to Avoid
(Section Four)
[c] Moonshine RF
It's a bad day for Mixing Sauces (合醬), Making Liquor (造酒), Hunting (田獵), and Fishing (取魚). Think about these, and don't even consider going down to the river, cracking open a beer, and getting out the ol' fishin' pole. Well, I guess you can have the beer (but put the rod down). It's only making liquor that is prohibited. You just can't operate your moonshine still. You can drink it, though.

Just Plain Counting
(Section Four—Characters 1-4)
It is the fifteenth (十五) day of the fourth lunar month. The cycle of sixty character is #58: xinyou (辛酉). The days cycle—1, 2, 3, 58, 59, 60, 1, 2, 3...—in perpetuity. 
xxxday's Lunar Calendar
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 Water. Today is Wood, and tomorrow is Wood.

Appropriate Things
(Section Six) 
[d] Haircut RF
It's a solid day for sixteen different things, so hold on to your scholar caps. These include Marriage (嫁娶), Moving Households (移徙), Haircuts (理髮), and Opening Irrigation Sluices (開渠). Click the link for the other dozen!
xxxday'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 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 Small Loss-Void (小亡空), Lower Amputee (下兀), Vermilion Bird (朱雀), and Yin General (陰將). Moreover, the big, bold, baleful asterism in the center of section six is Death Vapor. Say that twelve times really fast (and think about Star Wars). "(Luke), no, I am your father."
xxxday's Lunar Calendar
Miscellaneous Omens and Activities
(Sections Seven and Eight)

Today's miscellaneous omens are Bifurcation (丫) and Copse (林). No, that's not "Corpse" (尸). That single consonant makes a great deal of difference. The miscellaneous activities are Gate (), Stove (), and Kitchen (). Nobody knows what they mean. Really.
[e] Copse (and Robbers?) RF
See You Tomorrow
O.k., keep your head on a swivel, because this day is all-good and all-bad, at the same time. I'll see you back here Tuesday night for a preview of Wednesday in Lunar World.
xxxday's Lunar Calendar

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