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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Lunar World Preview 2018 07-03

As the Lunar World Turns
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
[a] Cat Preview RF
O.k., folks. I hope that you enjoyed yesterday's balmy, auspicious goodness, because today can't carry a pail of sludge for yesterday. Just sayin'. Let's take a closer look (and it's not as bad as it looks).
Day Personality
Constellation Personality (Section Five—Character Six)
Today's "constellation personality" is Wings (翌). It is the twenty-seventh of twenty-eight "lunar mansions" (宿) or "constellations." Traditional calendars note its gloomy character, and most activities have the potential for going awry (or taking wing and leaving fortune behind).
Jianchu Personality (Section Five—Character Seven)
[b] Wings RF
The jianchu "personality" is Fullness (滿). It is the third of twelve characters in the jianchu cycle. It is always printed in black characters, but it isn't really bad at all. Big conferences, big weddings, and big Round of Sixteen World Cup matches are all auspicious today. The only downside to black-ink Fullness is too much of a good thing (burp...hangover). Control yourself.
Lucky Stars
(Section Two)
There are four beneficent asterisms today: Generational Equinity (歲馬), Lunar Virtue (月德), Postal Horse (驛馬), and Not General (不將).

Auspicious Times
(Section Three)
There are two inauspicious (凶) two-hour periods, two in-between () times, and fully eight auspicious () times. The last ten hours of your day are glowing in auspiciousness. This inflationary cycle is getting ridiculous. I don't think that I have ever seen eight auspicious times before. It didn't happen back in the old days, when I was young (4-4-4, almost every day).
Things to Avoid
(Section Four)
It's a bad day for Kitchen Repairs (修廚), Stove Work (作灶), Positioning Beds (安牀) for geomantic (fengshui) efficiency, and Hunting (田獵)
[c] Bed RF
Just Plain Counting
(Section Four—Characters 1-4)
It is the twentieth (二十) day of the fourth lunar month. The cycle of sixty character is #33: bingshen (丙申). 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 sixteen different things today, including: Meeting Friends (會友), Getting Married (嫁娶), Going to Market (開市), and Positioning Graves (安葬) for geomantic (fengshui) efficiency. Click the link for the other twelve. They are like Gummi Bears of positive activity. Chew on 'em (but don't lose a filling).
Tuesday's Lunar Calendar
Solar Periods
(Section Six—Upper and Middle)
[d] Market RF
We are in the tenth of the twenty-four fifteen day solar periods (the 二十四節氣), which began on Thursday, June 21 and runs through Friday, July 6. It is called Summer Arrives or, of course, Summer Solstice (夏至). We are in the thirtieth of the seventy-two five-day solar micro periods (the 七十二候). It is called Crowdipper Flourishes (半夏生). 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 Five Separations (五離), Without Emolument (無祿), Orphan Dawn (孤辰), and Five Voids (五虛). Remember: Think of them as movie titles, and imagine the chaos wrought in their wake. Without Emolument? Look it up. That means without salary (sort of). Now that's scary.
Miscellaneous Omens and Activities
(Sections Seven and Eight)

Today's miscellaneous omens are Person (人) and Earth (地). The miscellaneous activities are Furnace (爐), Stove (灶), and Kitchen (廚). Nobody knows what they mean. On the other hand, all three of these are fairly closely related. I have tried to get clear answers through ethnography, historical research, and literary analysis—for thirty years—but these three almost seem to make sense. And yet, the text just won't "tell us" what the heck we are supposed to do with them.
See You Tomorrow
O.k., get full and enjoy it. And don't let the great wingèd creature steal your lunch. I'll see you back here for a preview of Wednesday in Lunar World.

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