According to Tibetan astrology, the lunar cycle has a strong influence upon our daily activities. Therefore, on certain days of the lunar month some activities are avoided while others are emphasized. For example, the hair and nails are believed to be connected with the vital life-force. Therefore, when a practitioner is performing longevity practices, the hair and nails are not cut for the duration of the retreat. Special attention is also paid to which day of the lunar month is favorable for cutting the hair and nails in general. It is believed that if they are cut on an unfavorable lunar day, it could diminish the vital life-force.
According to Tibetan astrology, the favorable lunar days for cutting the hair and nails are: 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 26th and 27th. If they are cut on the 8th, it promotes longevity. If they are cut on the 26th or 27th, it brings good luck. Unfavorable lunar days for cutting the hair and nails are: 4th, 6th, 15th, 17th and the 30th. If they are cut on these days, it is thought to be detrimental to vitality and/or good luck. This belief is especially true when pertaining to a child’s first haircut.
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