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Constellation Personality (Section Five—Character Six)
Jianchu Personality (Section Five—Character Seven)
The jianchu "personality" is Receive (收). It is the ninth of twelve characters in the jianchu cycle. It is the sorta not-bad on the colloquial scale of worst to best. I mean, what isn't great about receiving, right? Well, receiving is complicated. Ever heard of "it's better to give than to receive?" Well, it comes from the same place that this character does. Receiving presents a burden to reciprocate, and so the pressure is on. It's good (you received), but there is work to do. That is the idea of this day personality.
There are two beneficent asterisms today: Five Abundances (五富) and Ten Spirits (十靈). They shine over Lunar World with red-ink wonder.
There are only two inauspicious (凶) two-hour periods, five in-between (中) times, and, yup, five auspicious (吉) times. Having read the calendar for a quarter century, I can say that there is "auspicousness inflation" going on here. Four of each is standard—every day.
Things to Avoid
It's a bad day for Planting and Cultivating (栽種) and Marriage Alliances (嫁娶). The calendar won't tell you what they "mean." You have to study history, culture, and literature to understand those matters.
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(Section Four—Characters 1-4)
It is the third (初三) day of the twelfth lunar month. Yup, the very last day of the (lunar) year. The cycle of sixty character is #12: yihai (乙亥). 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 Metal. Today is Fire, and tomorrow is Fire.
It's a solid day for eight activities today, including: Venerating Ancestors (祭祀), Meeting Friends (會友), and Raising Beams (上樑). Click the link to see the rest.
We are also 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 began 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)
Miscellaneous Omens and Activities
(Sections Seven and Eight)
Today's miscellaneous omens are White (白) and Landmass (州). The miscellaneous activities are Pestle (碓), Bed (牀), and Mortar (磨). 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. That's it. Enjoy this third day of the Year of the Pig (mouth), and I'll see you back here for the next preview soon.
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