Chinese 29th, M-T-K 28th. Mouse, Dwa, Black 2. Today augurs success in business affairs. Try to avoid eating meat, doing divinations, or beginning on journeys. This is definitely not a good day for travel, although you could, if you had to, travel toward the east. Don't be fighting today, although today is excellent if you happen to be a thief. What does that mean? Burglary not robbery? Sometimes, astrology is ridiculous. Somebody wrote in and asked why I don't do the Tsurluk element combinations, i.e. today is water-wind, or mi mthun, which is the second of the unfavorable combinations. Positive activities on this day are marked by divisiveness and disagreement. Negative actions that harm unity will increase. Ugh. Sounds just like Twitter. The reason why I don't do this is because I typically refer to the Kalachakra system, i.e. today is water-water, which is the second of the auspicious combinations. The day's energy favors personal activities, and participation in religious ceremonies. Not so ugh, but today also falls under the conjunction kelme, which points to war, battles, conflicts, and so forth. Since the Kalachakra system isn't as widely used as the Tsurluk, people are going to be scratching their heads, going "What...????" Remember way back when... me telling you that sooner or later all astrology comes down to a matter of preference? You put ten different Tibetan astrologers in a room, and while they will agree on some things, you would be surprised to find how many things they won't agree upon... particularly today, which is characterized by conflict, and is not a good day for divination. Something else I want to tell you about astrology. It doesn't matter what today's indications are, because tomorrow is going to be different. Impermanence, you know? If you are looking to astrology to find some sort of permanence, it isn't very helpful to you in the long run. Actually, astrology is of best use in medicine, because it helps pinpoint optimal times for treatment, and it also helps in diagnosis. Beyond that, there is always the danger of becoming slavishly devoted to astrology, and turning into an absolute neurotic. I mean to say, if you are consulting the astrologer before taking each and every little action, or making basic decisions, then you just don't trust your own mind, do you? Who was it said, "I walked into the center of a featureless field, I shot an arrow into the cloudless sky, I did not care if it was a good day or a bad day." That was a rhetorical question. Anyway, if you like, I can start embedding the Tsurluk that Songtsen does (and does quite well, I might add). You just click on the individual day to get the combination. You can get this in English, but other languages are fun, don't you think? Actually, the Songtsen online Tibetan calendars are the best on the net, so investigate, won't you?
And one more thing -- Digital Tibetan Buddhist Altar has imitators (shock! horror!) who often try to capitalize on our "ahead of the curve" date practice. For example, today is actually Sunday in America, but this entry is dated to Monday. So, all the things we do on Monday, our imitators copy and do on Sunday so it looks like they "beat" us, to use that quaint old newspaperman's phrase. We publish at 12:01 a.m. Hong Kong time as a convenience to all our readers in Asia.