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Shelly Wu has been called the "Dear Abby" of Chinese astrology. Her horoscope columns and feature articles have appeared in A. Magazine: Inside Asian America, The rainbow News, Psychic Interactive and Your Stars magazines, and featured on the Associated Press ABC News, the BBC and the Wireless Flash news services. Ms. Wu teaches Chinese Astrology at the Online College of Astrology and has maintained the popular Website, since 1995. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: New Page Books (September 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564147967
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564147967
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #780,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Janet Boyer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 27, 2005
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"Each animal designation is a symbolic archetype and represents specific behavioral psychology. It could perhaps be called the Myers-Briggs personality inventory of Eastern philosophy. Each personality style fulfills an essential place in the balance of the universe." -Shelly Wu

In Eastern philosophy, spirit is known as Qi or chi, which is life force energy. The yin/yang symbol is the visual representation of Qi, which is the blending of heaven and Earth, male and female, fire and water, aggression and passivity, giving and receiving. One Yang and one Yin are called "Tao", which means "the way". Taoism is an ancient philosophy created by Lao Tse that teaches awareness of natural cosmic cycles and the blending of Yin and Yang, which results in balanced, harmonious living.

Applied to Chinese Astrology, Qi is the marriage of divine spirit with human personality. Each of the 12 animal archetypes is a mixture of positive and negative attributes. Positive traits such as loyalty, forgiveness, perseverance, and compassion reflect the alignment of personality with spirit (Qi). Negative traits such as bitterness, anger, jealousy, and possessiveness reflect a great separation between human personality and spiritual essence. In fact, author Shelly Wu says: "The greater the gulf between spirit and personality, the darker one's character."

Chinese Astrology - Exploring the Eastern Zodiac provides a comprehensive overview of the 12 archetypal temperaments embodied in the animal signs, and what they tell you about yourself and others. At the beginning of the book, Wu provides several pages of charts, so you can find your animal sign and element in a matter of seconds.
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This book is a lot of fun to read and is very insightful. I've already had to buy an extra copy because my friends keep borrowing it. One of the most interesting points for me was Chinese astrology's deep ties to eastern philosophy. I also really enjoyed the artwork at the beginning of each sign chapter (check-out the Dragon on page #69 and the Monkey on page #117). This is an entertaining and interesting book that clearly illuminated the subject for me. I laughed out loud at her description of the Rat man turning his "irked wife's kitchen" into a mad-professors laboratory. Wow, does that shoe ever fit...You rock Shelly!!!
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I would recommend this book to anyone truely interested in learning about themselves or others in regards to chinese astrology.It covers a lot of information and gives good insite to your animal and natural element and how they can be used to enhance your life.It compares each sign with other signs in positive and negative areas.I am sure there are other good books out there on this subject but this is one I keep on my desk and study.It has helped me understand myself and that knowledge has enriched my life by approaching life in a new way.
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By Donna on December 25, 2013
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I brought this book one day to work and everyone look at it, before you know it everyone became interested and was fascinated how the book was so accurate more then the western zodiac very impressive !!!
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This book provides the basics about the animals signs and how they interact. It is very well written and easy to follow. I suggest you purchace it along with another of her book's "The Definitive Book of Chinese Astrology" because they go hand in hand. Think of it as Step one and Step two. Yes, you can stop at Step one, and if you read the whole book, you'll want to proceed to Step two.
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I must respectfully disagree with the previous reviewers opinion and am wondering if he/she actually read the book? I have read the book and found it absolutely delightful! It was very enlightening and fun reading as well. In fact, the book is so above average, that it makes me seriously question whether the negative reviewer has an agenda of some kind. I thought Ms. Wu's book showed the greatest reverence for the spirit of the Tao, which is more than I can say for the mean-spirited reviewer.
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Possibly one of the most important books I've ever read. I consider it a handbook for life, for the rest of my life.
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a great add to any library
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