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Constellation Personality (Section Five—Character Six)
Today's "constellation personality" is Stomach (胃). It is the seventeenth of twenty-eight "lunar mansions" (宿) or "constellations." Traditional calendars state that "Stomach" actually refers to celestial granaries and storehouses. Think of a big, stored-up stomach. It is a good day (in Lunar World) for building and digging, and the overall sense is accumulation of wealth. Tough to beat that.
Jianchu Personality (Section Five—Character Seven)
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There are five beneficent asterisms today: Unicorn (鳳凰), Lunar Virtue (月德), Universal Protection (普護), Three Linkages (三合), and Not General (不將). It's like a celestial river of auspicous goodness.
There are two inauspicious (凶) two-hour periods, three in-between (中) times, and seven auspicious (吉) times. Yes, you heard that right: seven. It sort of rhymes with inflation.
Things to Avoid
It's a bad day for Kitchen Repairs (修廚), Stove Work (作灶), Eating Dog (吃犬), Hunting (田獵), and Fishing (取魚). My editorial comment is that it should always be a bad day for the third one.
Just Plain Counting
(Section Four—Characters 1-4)
It is the tenth (初十) day of the fourth lunar month. The cycle of sixty character is #23: bingxu (丙虛). 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 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.
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(Bottom of Section Six)
The baleful asterisms (the bottom of section six) are Dark Metal (暗金), which sounds like an aging band, Prostrate Severance (伏斷), which sounds like a geriatric band, Great Loss-Void (大亡空), Death Vapor (死氣), which sounds like a bad movie, and Heavenly Punishment (天刑), which sounds like a mildly unseemly novel. If you think that I am just being silly with these ideas, I have another perspective. A good way to internalize the baleful asterisms is to think about them as book and movie titles. In a way, they are, you know.
Miscellaneous Omens and Activities
(Sections Seven and Eight)
Today's miscellaneous omens are Person (人) and Fire (火). The miscellaneous activities are Perch (栖), Stove (灶), and Kitchen (廚). Nobody knows what they mean. Really.
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O.k., although the following day will inevitably be a letdown (how could Sunday's puny little day-column compete with this?), I'll see you back here Saturday evening so that you can sober up and take a long, cool look at Sunday in Lunar World.