|[a] Double Fun (RF)|
The trick is this: the new lunar year begins tomorrow. Today, however, an endlessly-repeating string of solar periods begins again (as it does every single year, precisely on February 4).
Constellation Personality (Section Five—Character Six)
|[b] Net (RF)|
Jianchu Personality (Section Five—Character Seven)
There are two beneficent asterisms today: Generational Equinity (er, Horse) (歲馬) and Phoenix (鳳凰). They shine over Lunar World with red-ink wonder.
|[c] Irrigation RF|
There are three inauspicious (凶) two-hour periods, three in-between (中) times, and, yup, six auspicious (吉) times. Having read the calendar for a quarter century, I can say that there is "auspicousness inflation" going on here.
Things to Avoid
It's a bad day for Opening Irrigation Sluices (開渠) and Positioning Beds (安牀) for geomantic (fengshui) efficiency.
Just Plain Counting
(Section Four—Characters 1-4)
It is the thirtieth (三十) day of the twelfth lunar month. Yup, the very last day of the (lunar) year. The cycle of sixty character is #9: renshen (壬申). 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 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.
It's a solid day for only one thing today: Destroying Rooms (破屋). Please make sure that you only smash things that you own.
Today (Solar New Year's Day), we also begin in the first of seventy-two five-day solar micro-periods (the 七十二候). It is called East Wind Melts the Ice (應始摯), and you will begin to get the idea of "spring" this early by that term. It begins today, on Monday, February 4, and runs through Friday, February 8. You can learn more about these solar periods by reading Liza Dalby's East Wind Melts the Ice.
(Bottom of Section Six)
|[e] Furnace RF|
Miscellaneous Omens and Activities
(Sections Seven and Eight)
Today's miscellaneous omens are White (白) and Ghost (鬼). The miscellaneous activities are Edifice (房), Furnace (爐), and Storehouse (庫). Thirty years of ethnographic fieldwork surrounding this section (asking calendrical experts and ordinary people alike) has resulted in extremely ambiguous answers.
See You Tomorrow
O.k., folks. It's a New Year's Day/Eve that is packed with potential. Weave your way through it, and prepare for New Year's (lunar) celebrations tonight!