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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Lunar World Preview 2018 06-23

As the Lunar World Turns
Saturday, June 23, 2018
[a] Cat Preview RF
A day like this rarely rolls around. It is big, five-wide, and packed with tens of things to do (and a passel not to). This is the biggest, fattest, day-column you'll see, other than the six-wide New Year's day-column. On top of it all, it's a double red ink "personality" day. How could we possibly have gotten so lucky? Let's take a closer look.
Day Personality
Constellation Personality (Section Five—Character Six)
Today's "constellation personality" is Stomach (). 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)
[b] Stomach/Storehouse RF
The jianchu "personality" is Decide (), and it's soooo good that you'll be rolling around in red ink before the day is over. It is the fifth of twelve characters in the jianchu cycle. All of the positives from the previous days have accumulated abundance. Decide what to do. Get moving on your plans. Just Decide It.
Lucky Stars
(Section Two)
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.

Auspicious Times
(Section Three)
There are two inauspicious (凶) two-hour periods, three in-between () times, and seven auspicious () times. Yes, you heard that right: seven. It sort of rhymes with inflation.
Things to Avoid
(Section Four)
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. 
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] Pillar RF
It's a solid day for twenty things today, including: Meeting Friends (會友), Erecting Pillars (堅柱), Fermenting Beverages (醞釀), and Tailoring (裁衣). Take a long swig of that fermentation, and click the link for the other sixteen roly-poly good things to do.
Saturday's Lunar Calendar
Solar Periods
(Section Six—Upper and Middle)
We are in the tenth of the twenty-four fifteen day solar periods (the 二十四節氣), which began on Thursday, June 21 and runs through Friday, July 6. It is called Summer Arrives or, of course, Summer Solstice (夏至). We are in the twenty-seventh of the seventy-two five-day solar micro periods (the 七十二候). It is called Deer Shed Antlers (鹿角節). It began on Thursday, June 21 and runs through Monday, June 25.
Fear Your Unlucky Stars 
(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.
[e] Antlers RF
See You Tomorrow
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.

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