July 2003 Almanac
Written By Sallie Tsui Sien
Use the Almanac below daily to help you in selecting the most auspicious days and times for activities and events such as weddings, renovations, travelling, opening a business and even a good day for mending your tools.
A Chinese almanac (Chinese calendar) or 'Tung Sing' is based on the lunar cycle, providing a guideline that either promotes or advises against certain tasks being undertaken on certain days depending on the combination of the Heavenly Stem and the Earthly Branch. Virtually every home in Asia will have one of these and refer to it daily, it tells you when to do and not to do certain jobs or events. Sallie will be translating the almanac each month so check back monthly for updates.
The ten Heavenly Stems are the five elements of water, wood, fire, earth and metal. The Twelve Earthly Branches are the twelve animals of Chinese astrology: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. The stem and branches express each other in a 60-year cycle in terms of the five elements in their yin and yang states.
In former times, once the many characteristics of a building site had been considered, auspicious dates had to be chosen carefully for the actual building tasks in order to ensure harmony.
The almanac is published annually and mainly consists of:
· An update on the annual energies of the Nine Palaces of a property and the three annual afflictions according to the Xuan Kong system of Feng Shui.
· A 'Huang Li' or imperial calendar with recommended days to proceed with or avoid certain tasks or projects during the year. There is a section dedicated to recommended days for 'spring cleaning' before Chinese New Year.
Favourable or unfavourable days according to an individual Year's Pillar of the Four Pillars 'Ba Zi'.
An example would be if you were planning to open a new business this month June 2003 you would choose either 5-16-22 or 28th of June. Or if you were travelling, you would pick either 5 - 28 or 30 of June. The Almanac is taken very seriously and used daily by all the staff of the Feng Shui Store.
Check back each month for updates on the Almanac, it is very rare to have an English translation.
Let's take it one step further. It can work to a person's advantage if the hour is also in harmony with the person's year earthly branch. I must stress that this is only a general way of making the best of the situation with the limited information that is provided here. A more complete and precise analysis of a person's best timing requires a much more in-depth interpretation of the individual's "Bà Zi" (Four Pillars).
So let's say, if you are born in the year of a Dog, and you want to start a new business, you would choose the good days to open a business from this almanac, you may want the door opening ceremony conducted or sign contract on the hours that are compatible to you and they are the hours of (5am - 7am), (11am - 1pm) and (3am - 5am). Now, even if it is not a good day, at least try to use the good hours for important things. Below is a table that offers the corresponding compatibility of the twelve earthly branches. If you do not know your Chinese animal use the chart below, it is also worth double-checking.
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