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Constellation Personality (Section Five—Character Six)
Today's "constellation personality" is Winnowing Basket (箕). 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)
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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.
There are three inauspicious (凶) two-hour periods, four in-between (中) times, and five auspicious (吉) times. Ho-hum (mild inflation).
Things to Avoid
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.
(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.
It's a solid day for only two things today: Venerating Ancestors (祭祀) and Sweeping Rooms (掃舎).
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(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.