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(Section Five—Characters Six and Seven)
Today's "constellation personality" is Asterism (星). Calendrical interpretations sometimes call it the "bird" constellation, as well as "Seven Stars." We won't get into the astronomy of it all for a few weeks (it takes time to get used to all of the information), but suffice (it) to say that it "leans inauspicious," even though it really constitutes (in Lunar World, remember) a mixture of good and ill fortune. Building and construction are boffo; marriages foretell misery. It's a mixed bag, to be sure.
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The jianchu "personality" is Receive (收). Even though it is printed in black ink, it is really quite positive. Traditional calendars emphasize the opening of heaven's treasuries, and it is a good day to draw upon savings, arrange life events, begin a course of study. The only activities to shun on this confusing black ink day are funerals, acupuncture, and moxibustion.
So I have a question. Why isn't red-ink Danger (危, #8 of 12) printed in black and black-ink Receive (收, #10 of 12) printed in red?
There are two beneficent asterisms today: Heavenly Virtue (天德) and Linked Days (合日). These are meager pickings in this slender little (two-wide) day column, but they still pack an auspicious punch.
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Things to Avoid
It's a bad day for Stove Work (作灶) and Venerating Ancestors (祭祀). Think about these. Not too many days are bad for venerating your forebears, but this one is.
Just Plain Counting
(Section Four—Characters 1-4)
It is the twentieth (二十) day of the fourth lunar month. The cycle of sixty character is #3: bingyin (丙寅). 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 FIre (火). Ordinarily, the Five Phases weave their way, two-by-two, through the calendar. Yesterday was Metal. Today is Fire, and tomorrow is Fire.
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Fear Your Unlucky Stars
(Bottom of Section Six)
The baleful asterisms (the bottom of section six) are Soil Charm (土符), Repeat Mourning (重喪), and Returning Days (復日).
Miscellaneous Omens and Activities
(Sections Seven and Eight)
Today's miscellaneous omens are White (白) and Ghost (鬼). The miscellaneous activities are Kitchen (廚), Furnace (爐), and Stove (灶). Nobody knows what they mean, but at least one link today is "if you can't stand the heat..."
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O.k., people, it's not as bad as it looks. Sit back and enjoy the ride. I'll see you back here on Sunday night for a preview of Monday in Lunar World.