|[a] Cat Preview RF|
(Section Five—Characters Six and Seven)
Today's "constellation personality" is Ghost (鬼). Calendrical interpretations stress that it ain't that good (as we are said to say back home). It is sometimes called "Ghost Carriage," and the linked ideas are death, demons, and general misery. Marriage, in particular, is to be avoided (but venerating ancestors is all to the good).
|[b] Danger RF|
The jianchu "personality" is Danger (危), and it is printed in red ink (at least for this section of the calendar). Traditional calendars emphasize that the day is like climbing a treacherous mountain (the wind is blowing and peril is everywhere). It's hard to imagine why that kind of day is printed in red ink. One traditional bit of calendrical advice is to "be joyous and drink wine—all else is of little use."
There are three beneficent asterisms today: Lunar Vacancy (月日), Entering Spirits (進神), and Not General (不將).
|[c] Granaries RF|
There are three inauspicious (凶) two-hour periods, four in-between (中) times, and five auspicious (吉) times. I like 4-4-4 better, but it's not about me.
Things to Avoid
It's a bad day for Opening Granaries (開倉), Capital Outlay (出財), and Divinatory Inquiries (問卜). The first two are often interpreted, especially in Hong Kong, to mean "reaching into savings."
Just Plain Counting
(Section Four—Characters 1-4)
It is the eighteenth () day of the fourth lunar month. The cycle of sixty character is #1: jiazi (甲子). 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 Metal (金). Ordinarily, the Five Phases weave their way, two-by-two, through the calendar. Yesterday was Water. Today is Metal, and tomorrow is Metal.
|[d] Taking-up Residence RF|
Fear Your Unlucky Stars
(Bottom of Section Six)
The baleful asterisms (the bottom of section six) are Five Vacancies (五虛), Rat Mouth (鼠口), Heavenly Official (天吏), and White Tiger (白虎). These are formidably baleful, people.
Miscellaneous Omens and Activities
(Sections Seven and Eight)
Today's miscellaneous omens are White (白) and Fire (火). The miscellaneous activities are Divination (占), Pestle (碓), and Gate (門). Nobody knows what they mean.
|[e] White Tiger RF|
O.k., but your collar up as you face the fierce winds of Friday. You'll make it down the mountain, and I'll see you back here on Friday night for a preview of Saturday in Lunar World.