Chinese 23rd, M-T-K 22nd. Mouse, Zin, Black 2. Lha Bab Duchen. Today, the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied by a factor of 10 million. Today is also a yan kwong day, and baden, so no prayer flags.
All things being equal, today is the best remaining opportunity in 2009 to really set aside a solid ten or twelve hours and practice. This can be mantra accumulations, pujas, sadhanas, whatever works, but it has to be from the heart. Astrologically, that really is the message today: keep it real. I would also like to mention that this is an ideal day to liberate creatures destined for a cruel decision (i.e. release captive animals destined to die, etc.) If you feel you have enemies, today is a good day to thank them, and say many prayers for them, and really look fearlessly at yourself, asking yourself why you have this notion of enemies, or rivals, or whatever it is that has you all stirred up. Also, if you owe someone a debt, today is a good day to get that settled.
In an other-than-astrological sense, today is a day to take being a Buddhist seriously and respectfully. There are many traditions and lineages within the context of Buddhism as practiced in Tibet, but there is fundamentally the idea that we are Buddhists together, regardless of the tradition or lineage. We should respect each other and not get caught up in this or that. What is real, is real. If you are real, you don't need to swing your Gucci rag around and try to draw crowd. Just keep practicing and let things take care of themselves.
Just be kind.
So, what are we doing at my place? Well, some dipa offerings, saffron water and flower offerings, a few other little things here and there... you know, whatever we can relax into in a natural sort of way.