A Chinese almanac or `Tong Shu’ ‘Tung Sing’ is based on the lunar cycle, giving the reader a guideline that either promotes or advises against certain tasks being performed on certain days of the month depending on the combination of the Heavenly Stem and the Earthly Branch.
Nearly every home in Asia will have one of these somewhere that is easily accessible to refer to for every day decisions and tasks. The Tong Shu Almanac tells you when it is advisable to do and not to do certain jobs or events.
An example of how to use the Tong Shu would be if you were planning to purchase stocks and shares this month in January 2012 you would do so on the 4th, 9th etc. Or if you were planning a new construction project this month, you would pick the 3rd, 4th etc and avoid the days of 9th, 20th etc. The Almanac is taken very seriously and used daily by all the staff of the Feng Shui Store and especially Michael when he consults, teaches and travels.
Check back each month for updates, as it is very rare to have a good authentic English translation of the Almanac.
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