Got an email requesting me to elaborate on the animal hours given in my auspicious wedding dates posts. I will be dividing the answer into 4 main parts and this is Part III.
For this post, I would be using the below tables and previous example:
Table 1: Theoretical Hour
1) Rat: 2300 – 0100 (actually, it ends at 0059)
2) Ox: 0100 – 0300 (same here and the rest, it ends 1 minute earlier which is 0259)
3) Tiger: 0300 – 0500
4) Rabbit: 0500 – 0700
5) Dragon: 0700 – 0900
6) Snake: 0900 – 1100
7) Horse: 1100 – 1300
8) Goat: 1300 – 1500
9) Monkey: 1500 – 1700
10) Rooster: 1700 – 1900
11) Dog: 1900 – 2100
12) Pig: 2100 – 2300
According to the “Solar Noon Time” of your country, let’s us take Singapore on the 31st July 2011 as an example.
For starters, you can use this website for your time adjustment efforts http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/astronomy.html?n=236&month=7&year=2011&obj=sun&afl=-11&day=1
Look at the right side, you should find that the “Solar Noon Time” on the 31st July is 13:11.
As mentioned previously, this means that when I look at my watch or clock, the Clock Time 13:11 actually coincides with the Theoretical Time 1200 (mid of Horse Hour where the Yang energy is the strongest…where the Sun’s position is the highest in local condition).
So, if I’m supposed to avoid the Monkey hour, you will note that the Monkey hour is 1500 onwards. As a result, there is a difference of 0300 from the mid of Horse Hour of 1200. I then add the Theoretical-to-Theoretical difference (1500 – 1200 = 0300) to the Clock Time 13:11 that has been identified to be the mid of Horse Hour for that day.
Instead of avoiding task during the Theoretical Monkey Hour of 1500 – 1700, I avoid INITIATING important tasks from 16:11 and the 2 hour stretch from it. I said initiating because if I started the task from 16:00, it is OK even if it drags into the unwanted hour frame. Getting a good start is the minimum requirement.
So here are a few things to consider:
1. Can you be sure that the clocks are accurate to the standard setting? Backtracking this question to the relevance of Birthday Readings, can you be sure that the doctor was reading time from an accurate clock when he recorded the time of birth in your birth cert?
In view of the above possible margin of errors, I usually give the clock time a +/- 5 minutes error. Well, as far as using the Animal Hour for wedding purposes is concerned, you can give the good timing a smaller time frame, while giving the bad timing a larger time frame as a precaution.
Meaning, if you have calculated that 2.15pm to 4.15pm is an auspicious hour, you might want to account for error by treating the auspicious hour as being from 2.20pm to 4.10pm instead. This is decreasing the time frame so you are most likely to conduct the important task within the right range. Quite a similar idea for the hour to avoid, if it is 16:11 to 18:11, you might want to treat it as 16:06 to 18:16 is the timing to avoid. Just to be safe that you are out of its reach, you increase its coverage.
2. What if I am still unsure if there is such a thing called Theoretical Hour and Clock Hour and Solar Noon Time?
Don’t worry, if this concept is totally new to you because no one ever emphasized it to you or because all your masters avoided this subject, and at the same time, you want to cater to all these 3 concepts, it is actually quite possible to find a common intersecting point from the different opinions.
If we use the above example,
a) We established that the Theoretical-translated-to-local-Clock Monkey Hour to avoid is 16:11 to 18:11,
b) To account for clock error, we +/- 5 minutes. To increase accuracy, Good timing will be given smaller coverage, while Bad timing gets the bigger coverage. So, the bad timing of 16:11 to 18:11 will be noted as 16:06 to 18:16 on the watch instead,
c) Now, compare the Theoretical Hour of Monkey (which we had all hoped that it was the simple Clock Hour at first) 1500 – 1700 with the actual translated Clock Hour of Monkey (with +/- 5 minutes error considered) which is 16:06 to 18:16. You will note that the common range will be 16:06 – 1700. The start time of 16:06 is chosen as it is the later starting time. And the end time of 1700 is chosen because it an earlier ending time.
So in short, when 2 sets of time are compared to each other, as long as they have some time range common to each other, choose the later Start time, and choose the earlier End time. That way, you would have got the best world of the Clock Hour and the Theoretical Hour. If you draw two time bars, it might be clearer. You just take the common areas and use it.
3. Last but not least, here’s a little trick. If you only need the starting time, and want to do away with the hassle of an accurate calculation you can just use the mid of the 2 hour time frame because the day itself is already auspicious (check out the auspicious dates I’ve posted). For example, the mid of the 2 hr time range for Theoretical Hour of Monkey is 1600 (since 1500 – 1700 is its range). So, just use 16:00 on your watch. You will notice there is still some deviation from the correct time. But, the idea here is to get a good estimate.