Here is what I will do when I DIY my very own auspicious wedding date.
1. Who are involved?
The bride and groom are always the most important leading characters. Sometimes the parents want us to take their horoscope into account too in date selections. Guests are not the main characters so we don’t have to care about their horoscope for now.
After that, I write down the chinese horoscope for each of us.
2. Which month?
Let’s say I want it in January 2012. So, I will search for “Jan 2012” and use the listed dates here:
3. Which day?
If I want it somewhere in the second half of the month, I have 18, 20, 22, 27, 29, 30 and 31 to choose from.
If I have requirements like weekends or weekdays, I circle the dates on a calendar first so I can view immediately which dates I am left with.
If I don’t have any requirements like weekdays or weekends, I just slash out the days that are not compatible with Dragon, Horse, Monkey (
18, 30), Rooster ( 31) and Dog ( 20).
All that is left is
18, 20, 22, 27, 29, 30 and 31. So 22, 27 and 29!
4. What activity?
I will only be holding my wedding dinner. So I look for the days which hours are to be avoided from evening time onwards (Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig, Rat hours).
22 Monkey hour is out.
29 Pig hour is out.
So, even if I use these days, as long as I don’t conduct my solemnization during these hours, I’m fine.
But, I’m lazy to convert the Animal Hours to local Clock Hour. So, let’s just choose a day with most flexibility. Most likely, I’ll go for 27th Jan, or 22nd Jan. Just need to note to start later on 22nd Jan.
OK, if I have no choice and I want to know exactly what the Pig Hour translate to on the 29th, I’ll first go to http://www.timeanddate.com/ and search for my country. Let’s say I’m conducting it in Hong Kong, so search for “Hong Kong”. Then click on Sunrise and Sunset for Hong Kong – Hong Kong – coming days
Toggle the date for “January” and “2012” and click on the “Show” button.
And now I can see that Solar Noon Time on the 29th is “12.36”. What this means is that when my clock reads 12.36pm, it coincides with the Animal Hour of 1200.
Our Theoretical Hour in https://7des7iny.wordpress.com/2011/07/13/animal-hour-in-chinese-metaphysics-ii-how-to-use/ shows that Pig Hour is from 2100 to 2300. Since, I just need to add 900 to 1200 to arrive at the Pig Hour of 2100, that also means I only need to add 900 to 12.36pm to get the Clock Hour to coincide with the start of the Pig Hour. So it will be at 9.36pm and this pig hour will end at 11.36pm in actual Clock Hour.
Just to play safe though, I widen the time range of this negative hour so I don’t touch it. That means, I should avoid doing the important activities during 9.30pm up till 11.40pm. It’s just an estimate down and estimate up for easy reference.
Then I scribble it down on my note book in RED so I don’t forget it.