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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Lunar World Preview 2018 06-20

As the Lunar World Turns
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

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Well, reading down the day-column, Wednesday looks like the best-of-the-best—one of those relatively rare days with double red-ink goodness shining down on the populace. And then it all breaks up. Sort of. Let's take a closer look.
Day Personality
Constellation Personality (Section Five—Character Six)
Today's "constellation personality" is Eastern Wall (壁). It is the fourteenth of twenty-eight "lunar mansions" (宿) or "constellations." Traditional calendars state that it is related to the idea of a "treasury," as in literature and learning. Its red-ink wonders include building and digging, opening doors (the ceremonial kind, not just walking into a room), and paying respects to ancestors. All good (so far).
Jianchu Personality (Section Five—Character Seven)
[b] Wall RF
The jianchu "personality" is Discard (除), and it's even better. It is the second of twelve characters in the jianchu cycle. It is a day for sweeping away bad influence, and that can be interpreted even more broadly than gettin' rid of a few vermin. Discard those extra pounds, that extra clutter, and go clean that refrigerator while you're at it.
Lucky Stars
(Section Two)
There are two beneficent asterisms today: Generational Virtue (歲德) and Linked Days (合日). Good stuff, as far as it goes.
Auspicious Times
(Section Three)
There are four inauspicious (凶) two-hour periods, three in-between () times, and five auspicious () times. That's almost like "balance." Almost.
Things to Avoid
(Section Four)
[c] Litigation RF
It's a bad day for Litigation (詞訟) again, as well as Mourning Visits (行喪)
Just Plain Counting
(Section Four—Characters 1-4)
It is the seventh (初七) day of the fourth lunar month. The cycle of sixty character is #20: guiwei (癸未). 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 Wood (木). Ordinarily, the Five Phases weave their way, two-by-two, through the calendar. Yesterday was Wood. Today is Wood, and tomorrow is Water.
Appropriate Things
(Section Six) 
It's a solid day for only two big things today: Unhitching and Unloading (拆卸), as well as Sweeping Rooms (掃舎). After that we get an ominous warning: The day is overseen by the Four Separations; everything else is not to be recommended. So how do you enjoy a sunny, bright, red-ink day after that?
Wednesday's Lunar Calendar
Solar Periods
(Section Six—Upper and Middle)
[d] Un/loading RF
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-seventh of the seventy-two five-day solar micro periods (the 七十二候). It is called Mockingbird Loses Voice (反舌無聲). It began on Monday, June 16 and runs through Friday, June 20.
Fear Your Unlucky Stars 
(Bottom of Section Six)
The baleful asterisms (the bottom of section six) are Four Separations (四離), Water Scar (水痕), and Three Mournings (三喪). They're even worse than usual.
Miscellaneous Omens and Activities
(Sections Seven and Eight)

Today's miscellaneous omens are White (白) and Copse (林). The miscellaneous activities are Edifice (房), Toilet (厠), and Bed (牀). Nobody knows what they mean.
See You Tomorrow
O.k., thread the needle, folks. It's going to be o.k. I'll see you back here on Wednesday night for a preview of Thursday in Lunar World.

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