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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Lunar World Preview 2018 07-11

As the Lunar World Turns
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
[a] Cat Preview RF
Well, after a boffo Tuesday, we're back to "50-50" normalcy (but it "leans auspicious"). Let's take a closer look.
Day Personality
Constellation Personality (Section Five—Character Six)
Today's "constellation personality" is Winnowing Basket (). It is the seventh of twenty-eight "lunar mansions" (宿) or "constellations." Traditional calendars state that the big "Winnowing Basket" catches all of the goodness from the sky. So hold out your basket and revel in the red-ink wonder. 
Jianchu Personality (Section Five—Character Seven)
[b] Winnowing Basket RF
The jianchu "personality" is Receive (收). It is the tenth of twelve characters in the jianchu cycle. Although it's printed in black ink, it's pretty positive. While it's always better to give than to receive (there is a long anthropological literature on this topic), this form of receiving is pretty darned good. Accept gracefully, and move forward.
Lucky Stars
(Section Two)
There are two beneficent asterisms today: Heavenly Exemplarity (天德) and Lunar Exemplarity (月德). They're good. The traditional reading of the second character (which I have used in the past) is "virtue," but that gives only a small glimpse of what 德 means. It's really about casting a long shadow of positive action upon others, so "exemplar(ity)" is closer.

Auspicious Times
(Section Three)
There are three inauspicious (凶) two-hour periods, four in-between () times, and five auspicious () times. Ho-hum (mild inflation).
Things to Avoid
(Section Four)
It's a bad day for Opening Granaries (開倉) and Capital Outflow (出財). In Hong Kong, these are clearly related to money. Think about that.
Just Plain Counting
(Section Four—Characters 1-4)
It is the twenty-eighth (廿八) day of the fourth lunar month. The cycle of sixty character is #41: jiachen (甲辰). 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 Metal. Today is Fire, and tomorrow is Fire.
Appropriate Things
(Section Six) 
It's a solid day for only two things today: Venerating Ancestors (祭祀) and Sweeping Rooms (掃舎).
[d] Sweeping RF
Wednesday's Lunar Calendar
Solar Periods
(Section Six—Upper and Middle)
We are in the eleventh of the twenty-four fifteen day solar periods (the 二十四節氣), which began on Saturday, July 7 and runs through Saturday, July 21. It is called Slight Heat (小暑). We are in the thirty-first of the seventy-two five-day solar micro periods (the 七十二候). It is called Warm Winds Arrive (溫風至). It began on Monday, July 2 and runs through Friday, July 6.
Fear Your Unlucky Stars 
(Bottom of Section Six)
The baleful asterisms (the bottom of section six) are Generational Destruction (歲破), Without Emolument (無祿), Orphan Hostel (寡宿), and Yang General (陽將).
Miscellaneous Omens and Activities
(Sections Seven and Eight)

Today's miscellaneous omens are White (白) and Heaven (天). The miscellaneous activities are Gate (門), Perch (栖), and Pestle (碓). Nobody knows what they mean, but where the heck is the Mortar?
See You Tomorrow
O.k., thread the needle, folks. I'll see you back here on Wednesday night (with the Round and Square staff back in Wisconsin) for a preview of Thursday in Lunar World.

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