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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Lunar World Preview 2018 07-18

As the Lunar World Turns
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
[a] What a Day RF
Well, folks, this is the day you've been waiting for (the day for which you've been waiting). It's so good it's spilling red ink all over the place. Let's take a closer look.
Wednesday's Lunar Calendar
Constellation Personality (Section Five—Character Six)
Today's "constellation personality" is Eastern Wall (壁). It is the fourteenth of twenty-eight "lunar mansions" (宿) or "constellations." Traditional calendars state that it is related to scholarship, literature, and exalted literature. It's a good day for building and digging. Opening the doors of homes and businesses. The children of marriages contracted today will be superbly successful (bringing honor to their families).
Jianchu Personality (Section Five—Character Seven)
[b] Wall RF
The jianchu "personality" is Decide (定), and it's one of the best of the cycle. It is the fifth of twelve characters in the jianchu cycle, and it is good stuff. Traditional calendars liken it to everyone taking a proper place, and now it's time really to get going. So...get 'er going. You're ready.
Lucky Stars
(Section Two)
There are four beneficent asterisms today: Unicorn (麒麟), Lunar Kindness (月恩), Yin Exemplarity (陰德), and Ten Spirits (十靈). Overflowing red-ink goodness. Boffo.

Auspicious Times
(Section Three)
There are four inauspicious (凶) two-hour periods, three in-between () times, and five auspicious () times. Back to the ol' inflationary grindstone.
Things to Avoid
(Section Four)
[c] Clothing RF
It's a bad day for four things today: Mixing Sauces (合醬), Making Liquor (造酒), Marriage Alliances (嫁娶), and Discarding Clothing (除服).
Just Plain Counting
(Section Four—Characters 1-4)
It is the sixth (六) day of the sixth lunar month. The cycle of sixty character is #48: xinhai (辛亥). 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 Metal (金). Ordinarily, the Five Phases weave their way, two-by-two, through the calendar. Yesterday was Metal. Today is Metal, and tomorrow is Wood.
Appropriate Things
(Section Six) 
[d] Moving Soil RF
There are eighteen different things to do today, including: Studying (入學), Meeting Friends (會友), Tailoring (裁衣), and Moving Soil (動土). It looks like six characters have been jumbled in the printing. I have done my best to sort them out according to their traditional linkages (a minor mess on the calendar today). Click the link for details.
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-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 Doubled Days (重日), Death Vapor (死氣), Mutual Repression (厭對), and Rollicking Braggadocio (招搖).
Miscellaneous Omens and Activities
(Sections Seven and Eight)

Today's miscellaneous omens are White (白) and Person (人). The miscellaneous activities are Bed (牀), Stove (灶), and Kitchen (廚).

[e] Bed RF
See You Tomorrow
Soak it all in, folks. It's going to be a great Wednesday. I'll see you back here Wednesday night for a preview of Thursday in Lunar World.

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