|[a] Red? Really? RF|
Constellation Personality (Section Five—Character Six)
Today's "constellation personality" is Ladle (斗). It is the eighth of twenty-eight "lunar mansions" (宿) or "constellations." Traditional calendars state that it is a good day for building, opening trenches, digging, and physical labor. So get to work, people.
Jianchu Personality (Section Five—Character Seven)
|[b] Ladle RF|
There are two beneficent asterisms today: Generational Emolument (歲祿) and Engendered Vapor (生氣). They're good, even if the "modern" reading of the second one is "to get angry."
There are four inauspicious (凶) two-hour periods, three in-between (中) times, and five auspicious (吉) times. Close enough, I guess (but still inflationary).
Things to Avoid
It's a bad day for Planting and Cultivating (栽種) and Distant Journeys (遠行). So, the first thing to figure out is what does "distant" mean? No close reading of those two characters is going to tell you. For that, you need ethnography (and history).
Just Plain Counting
(Section Four—Characters 1-4)
It is the twenty-ninth (廿九) and final day of the fifth lunar month. The cycle of sixty character is #42: yisi (). 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 Fire. Today is Fire, and tomorrow is Water.
|[d] Crickets RF|
(Bottom of Section Six)
The baleful asterisms (the bottom of section six) are Snake Mouth (蛇口) and Doubled Days (重日).
Miscellaneous Omens and Activities
(Sections Seven and Eight)
Today's miscellaneous omens are White (白) and Copse (林). The miscellaneous activities are Pestle (碓), Bed (牀), and Mortar (磨). Nobody knows what they mean.
See You Tomorrow
What a day, people. Get crackin', and I'll see you back here on Thursday night for a preview of Friday in Lunar World.