|[a] Cat Preview RF|
(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 (定), 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.
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.
There are four inauspicious (凶) two-hour periods, five in-between (中) times, and three auspicious (吉) times. Maybe this is a check on inflationary activity?
|[c] Moonshine RF|
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.
(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.
|[d] Haircut RF|
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."
(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|
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.