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Monday, June 4, 2018

Lunar World Preview 2018 06-04

As the Lunar World Turns
Monday, June 4, 2018
[a] Cat Preview RF
Soak it in, people, like the warm rays at the beach on a summer day. This one is going to be good, good, good (um, in Lunar World). Let's take a closer look.
Day Personality
(Section Five—Characters Six and Seven)
Today's "constellation personality" is Drawn Bow (). Good stuff. Calendrical interpretations stress that it has the sense of a spreading net (we've seen this with the Net constellation, too). Feasts and festivities follow. It is also associated with happy and harmonious relationships and the acquisition of property.
[b] Drawn Bow RF

The jianchu "personality" is Open (). Even better stuff. Traditional calendars note that the day hlds all sorts of benefits, including recovery from illness, sending messages, writing letters, tallying accounts, and generally being open to possibility. Hard to beat.
Lucky Stars
(Section Two)
There are three beneficent asterisms today: Generational Branch (歲支), Virtuous Days (德日), and Engendered Vapor (生氣). Those of you who know a little bit of modern Chinese might recognize a far more common phrase in this latter pair (生氣): "getting angry," as in 他很生氣 / 他很生气. Quite obviously, today's everyday usage doesn't "work" here.

Auspicious Times
(Section Three)
There are four inauspicious (凶) two-hour periods, five in-between () times, and three auspicious () times. Enjoy 'em while you can.
Things to Avoid
(Section Four)
It's a bad day for Haircuts (理髮), Trimming Nails (整甲), and Boring Wells (穿井). Let the first two grow, and just leave the dirt where it is (despite what it says in section six, below).
[c] Well, well RF
Just Plain Counting
(Section Four—Characters 1-4)
It is the twenty-first (廿一) day of the fourth lunar month. The cycle of sixty character is #4: dingmao (丁卯). 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) 
It's a solid day for twelve different things, including Studying (入學), Going Out (出行), Positioning Doors (安門) for geomantic efficiency, and Marriage Engagements (訂婚). Be sure to click the link for the other eight!
Monday's Lunar Calendar
Solar Periods
(Section Six—Upper and Middle)
[d] Trimming Nails RF
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 today, 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 Harvest Season Arrives (麥秋至). This is an odd phrase for the beginning of June, and it is usually written Slight Heat Arrives or Grain Ripens (小暑至). It began on Thursday, May 31, and runs through today, Monday, June 4
Fear Your Unlucky Stars 
(Bottom of Section Six)
The baleful asterisms (the bottom of section six) are Classified Balefulness (班煞), Heavenly Fire (天火), Primal Martiality (元武), and Yang General (陽將). 
Miscellaneous Omens and Activities
(Sections Seven and Eight)

Today's miscellaneous omens are Person (人) and Person (人). Yes, they're the same; for some reason, "Person" occasionally repeats on the same day in this section (nothing else does). The miscellaneous activities are Gate (門), Storehouse (庫), and Granary (倉). Nobody knows what they mean.

[e] Grain Full RF
See You Tomorrow
O.k., let's bask in the red-ink auspiciousness. I'll see you back here Monday night for Tuesday's big Lunar World preview (with an entirely new set of solar periods just waiting for your review).

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