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Friday, June 15, 2018

Lunar World Preview 2018 06-15

As the Lunar World Turns
Friday, June 15, 2018
[a] Cat Preview RF
It's a ho-hum, hum-drum, "50-50," day, but there is really nothing at all boring about that. Let's take a closer look.
Day Personality
Constellation Personality (Section Five—Character Six)
Today's "constellation personality" is Ox (牛). It is the ninth of twenty-eight "lunar mansions" (宿) or "constellations." Traditional calendars state that today's and tomorrow's constellations are related to the myth of the herdboy and the weaving maiden. Both are printed in black ink, but they relate to a powerful story that continues to play a role in East Asian life. And yet almost all of the modern astrological portents are negative—broken marriages, lost income, and lovers eternally separated.
Jianchu Personality (Section Five—Character Seven)
[b] Ox RF
The jianchu "personality" is Completion (), and it is wonderfully good. It is the ninth of twelve characters in the jianchu cycle. It is a time to complete your plans, get a move on, and put a tidy bow on things. Weddings (as opposed to "Ox," above), long journeys, and building projects are all fortunate. Just Complete It.
Lucky Stars
(Section Two)
There are four beneficent asterisms today: Generational Virtue (歲德), Unicorn (麒麟), Heavenly Happiness (天喜), and Lunar Kindness (月恩). They shine their red ink wonder over your day.

Auspicious Times
(Section Three)
There are four inauspicious (凶) two-hour periods, three in-between () times, and five auspicious () times.
Things to Avoid
(Section Four)
[c] Buying Land RF
It's a bad day for Buying Land (買田), Setting-up Industry (置業), Venerating Ancestors (祭祀), and Inquiring-into Fortune (祈福)
Just Plain Counting
(Section Four—Characters 1-4)
It is the second (初二) day of the fourth lunar month. The cycle of sixty character is #15: wuyin (戊寅). 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 Earth (土). Ordinarily, the Five Phases weave their way, two-by-two, through the calendar. Yesterday was Water. Today is Earth, and tomorrow is Earth.
Appropriate Things
(Section Six) 
[d] Meeting Friends RF
It's a solid day for sixteen different things today, including: Studying (入學), Meeting Friends (會友), Doctor Visits (醫病), and Opening Granaries (開倉). Click the link to see the other twelve.
Friday's Lunar Calendar
Solar Periods
(Section Six—Upper and Middle)
We are in the ninth of the twenty-four fifteen day solar periods (the 二十四節氣), which began on Wednesday, June 6 and runs through Wednesday, June 20. It is called Grain in Ear (芒種). We are in the twenty-sixth of the seventy-two five-day solar micro periods (the 七十二候). It is called Shrikes Begin to Cry (鵙始鳴). It began on Monday, June 11, and runs through Friday, June 15.
Fear Your Unlucky Stars 
(Bottom of Section Six)
The baleful asterisms (the bottom of section six) are Debt Not (債不), Lower Amputee (下兀), Return Taboo (歸忌), White Tiger (白虎), and Yang General (陽將). These are even a little bit "worse" than usual (especially White Tiger).
Miscellaneous Omens and Activities
(Sections Seven and Eight)

Today's miscellaneous omens are White (白) and Water (水). The miscellaneous activities are Furnace (爐), Bed (牀), and Edifice (房). Nobody knows what they mean.
[e] White Tiger RF
See You Tomorrow
O.k., thread the ol' 50-50 needle (and complete something, while you're at it). I'll see you back here on Friday night for a preview of Saturday in Lunar World.

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