Auspicious Dates

Selecting an auspicious day is to choose a lucky day for big events in life, such as wedding, break ground, moving, installing girder and grand opening, based on the traditional Chinese calendar or with the help of a Feng Shui master. Since ancient times, the culture of selecting auspicious days has been deeply rooted in Chinese people's mind and influenced their lives all the time, becoming a folk custom. The essence of selecting auspicious days is to find and define the appropriate space-time points for specific events and to seize the appropriate opportunity formed by place, time and people and their harmonious relations, so as to pursue good fortune and avoid disaster.

Auspicious days for important occasions


Since ancient times, Chinese people have had a theory of telling good or bad luck by viewing celestial phenomena. The earliest record of auspicious and inauspicious days can be traced back to the oracle bone scripts unearthed. This unique culture is long standing, enjoys popular support and has a far-reaching influence in the folk; Chinese people have never taken any special measures to protect it but it is naturally inherited generation by generation. There have been many schools, such as Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism, in choosing auspicious days. The art of selecting auspicious days was formed and improved in the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD). Most of the writings after the Han Dynasty and prior to the Yuan Dynasty (1271 - 1368 AD) have been lost, making it difficult to study many problems. The most detailed and representative literature on picking up auspicious days available today is Xie Ji Bian Fang Shu compiled during the reign of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911 AD).

Traditional Calendar

Chinese Almanac Calendar is a traditional Chinese calendar which numbers the years, months, days and hours with Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches. It’s a perpetual calendar developed from Chinese lunar calendar. It is said that it was created by the Yellow Emperor, thus it has the name of Yellow Emperor Calendar. Since the Calendar mainly includes astronomy, weather, season and some taboos that people should observe in daily life and guides Chinese farmers in the farming time, it is also named Farmers' Almanac and known as ''Tong Shu'' (通书 literally "All-knowing Book") in folk China. However, ''Shu'' (书) in Chinese is homophonic to the word ''defeated'' (输), so the Calendar is called ''Tung Shing'' (通胜) for auspicious meaning. Chinese Almanac Calendar consists of 24 solar terms, daily auspicious and inauspicious events, stem-branch, gods on duty, constellation, Chinese horoscope, auspicious (yellow) and inauspicious days (black). ''Ecliptic'' (yellow in Chinese) is a technical term in astronomy and there are also equator (red) and moon's path (white) in astronomy but no black. In fact, the concept ''black day'' (inauspicious) is a term opposite to the ''yellow day'' (auspicious) and it was created by the compiler of the ancient almanac.

The ancient Chinese believed that, selecting auspicious days is not regardless of year, month and hour but to take them into account comprehensively. The traditional calendar takes "Bai Hu, Tian Xing, Zhu Que, Tian Lao, Xuan Wu and Gou Chen" as the six inauspicious gods and "Qing Long, Ming Tang, Jin Kui, Tian De, Yu Tang and Si Ming" as the six ecliptic ones. The so-called ecliptic auspicious days refer to the days when the six ecliptic gods are on duty, during which everything is suitable and nothing is inauspicious. Authentically, the birth date of the person concerned should be considered when selecting an auspicious day.

How to Select Auspicious Days?

The following three aspects are to be considered when selecting auspicious days:
1. Check the compatibility of the day with your birth year stem, and the compatibility of zodiac signs; compatibility is the basis of selecting auspicious days.
2. Check the constellation. Even if there is no evil spirit on the say, either of "Bai Hu, Tian Xing, Zhu Que, Tian Lao, Xuan Wu and Gou Chen" on duty would be considered inauspicious to wedding; but if there is "Liu He, Mu Cang, Tian De or Yue De" on duty, it will be an auspicious day. In addition to the auspicious day, the auspicious hours should also be selected. The 24 hours are divided into 12 two-hour periods in traditional Chinese calendar, some are auspicious, some inauspicious while some neutral. The auspicious times should be selected rather than the inauspicious.
3. At last, check the auspicious and inauspicious events of that day on the calendar.

Steps of Selecting Auspicious Days
Give priority to ecliptic auspicious days and then select as per your Bazi and filter out the folk inauspicious days. After that, you will figure out the most suitable day.

1. Give Priority to Ecliptic Auspicious Days
Ecliptic Auspicious Days refer to the days when "Qing Long, Ming Tang, Jin Kui, Tian De, Yu Tang or Si Ming" are on duty.

2. Selecting Auspicious Days with Bazi
Check your birth year's heavenly stem with that of the day in Five Elements, leave out the bad days that conflict, restrain, torture and harm you, and select those good for you.

3. Filter Out Inauspicious Days in Folk Customs
There are many in auspicious days in Chinese folk customs, here list some main dates. When you select good dates, better avoid the following days:

(1) Four Separation Days (四离日): There are four separation days in a year – The day before Spring Equinox, Autumn Equinox, Summer Solstice and Winter Solstice of 24 Solar Terms.

(2) Four Extinction Days (四绝日): There are four extinction days in a year – The day before Start of Spring, Start of Summer, Start of Autumn and Start of Winter of 24 Solar Terms.

(3) Four Abandonment Days (四废日): Spring: Geng Shen (庚申), Yin You (辛酉) Days. Summer: Ren Zi (壬子), Gui Hai (癸亥) Days. Autumn: Jia Yin (甲寅), Yi Mao (乙卯) Days. Winter: Bing Wu (丙午), Ding Si (丁巳) Days.

(4)  The Ten Destruction Day (十恶大败日): Jia Chen (甲辰)、Yi Si (乙巳)、Bing Shen(丙申)、Ding Hai (丁亥)、Wu Xu (戊戌)、Ji Chou (己丑)、Geng Chen (庚辰)、Xin Si (辛巳)、Ren Shen (壬申)、Gui Hai (癸亥) Days.

(5) San Niang Sha Days (三娘煞日): San Niang Sha days falls on the 3rd, 7th, 13th, 18th, 22nd and 27th day of every lunar month.

(6) Yang Gong Disaster Days (杨公忌日): taboo dates of Yang Gong include the 13th day of the 1st Chinese lunar month, the 21st day of the 2nd lunar month, the 9th day of the 3rd lunar month, the 7th day of the 4th lunar month, the 5th day of the 5th lunar month, the 3rd day of the 6th lunar month, the 1st day of the 7th lunar month, the 29th day of the 7th lunar month, the 27th day of the 8th lunar month, the 25th day of the 9th lunar month, the 23rd day of the 10th lunar month, the 21st day of the 11th lunar month and the 19th day of the 12th lunar month. On the above thirteen days, you should avoid do important things.