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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Lunar World Preview 2018 07-17

As the Lunar World Turns
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
[a] Cat Preview RF
Well, it looks "50-50" black-red for Tuesday, but it's even better than that. It's going to be a nice Tuesday, so let's take a closer look.
Day Personality
Constellation Personality (Section Five—Character Six)
Today's "constellation personality" is Pyre (室), or House. It is the thirteenth of twenty-eight "lunar mansions" (宿) or "constellations." Traditional calendars state print it in red ink, and the "pyre" image is one that is meant as a positive. Even more so is the image of a house (or pyre-pile) of riches. It's a good day for construction work of all kinds.
Jianchu Personality (Section Five—Character Seven)
[b] Level RF
The jianchu "personality" is Level (平). It is the fourth of twelve characters in the jianchu cycle. Flowing from (albeit black-ink) Fullness yesterday, today's (albeit) black-ink Level is meant to keep 'er going. Be full...but level off a little.
Lucky Stars
(Section Two)
There are two beneficent asterisms today: Ten Spirits (十靈) and Heavenly Kindness (天恩). Not many, but they loom large.

Auspicious Times
(Section Three)
There are four inauspicious (凶) two-hour periods, five in-between () times, and only three auspicious () times. Maybe we're regaining our senses here.
Things to Avoid
(Section Four)
It's a bad day for Binding Nets (結網) and Moving Soil (動土). Just Don't Do It.
Just Plain Counting
(Section Four—Characters 1-4)
It is the fifth (初五) day of the sixth lunar month. The cycle of sixty character is #47: gengxu (庚戌). The days cycle—1, 2, 3, 58, 59, 60, 1, 2, 3...—in perpetuity. 
xxxday's Lunar Calendar
Elemental (and Phased)
(Section Five—Character 5)
Today's slice of the "Five Phases" (sometimes called the "Five Elements") is Metal (金). Ordinarily, the Five Phases weave their way, two-by-two, through the calendar. Yesterday was Earth. Today is Metal, and tomorrow is Metal.
Appropriate Things
(Section Six) 
It's a solid day for only two things today: Leveling Roads (平道) and Adorning Embankments (飾垣). Do 'em.
Tuesday's Lunar Calendar
Solar Periods
(Section Six—Upper and Middle)
[d] Hawk RF
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-second of the seventy-two five-day solar micro periods (the 七十二候). It is called Hawks Begin to Study (應始摯). It began on Thursday, July 17 and runs through Monday, July 21.
Fear Your Unlucky Stars 
(Bottom of Section Six)
The baleful asterisms (the bottom of section six) are Upper Amputee (上兀) and Soil Charm (土符).
Miscellaneous Omens and Activities
(Sections Seven and Eight)

Today's miscellaneous omens are Bifurcation (丫) and Ghost (鬼). The miscellaneous activities are Pestle (碓), Perch (栖), and Mortar (磨). Nobody knows what they mean, but the first and last should work together (perhaps on a perch?)...
See You Tomorrow
O.k., build your pyre of auspiciousness, and have a wonderful day. I'll see you back here on Tuesday night for a preview of Wednesday in Lunar World.

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