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Within 192 pages, Master Zhongxian Wu, teacher of Qigong and author of Seeking the Spirit of the Book of Change: 8 Days to Mastering a Shamanic Yijing (I Ching) Prediction System and Vital Breath of the Dao: Chinese Shamanic Tiger Qigong, succinctly albeit at times formulaically unlocks the secrets of the Chinese Zodiac for the year, month, day and hour of birth.

For those of us who have eaten at Chinese restaurants and have busied ourselves while awaiting our food by glancing down at those printed-paper placemats hallmarking a specific birth year and its token animal, we are at least aware of the association of the Chinese Zodiac symbols with our own personal year of birth. Not surprisingly, Master Zhongxian Wu devotes a chapter to each of these most recognizable totem creatures--the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig--explaining in detail the traits of each with regard to personality, health, relationship, career, finance, color, food and the energetic pattern of each animal symbol. In addition an inner cultivation ceremony is included that describes a mudra (the holding of the hand in a precise position to create a specific energy circuit in the body)associated with the cycle of nature representative of the animal sign to use during meditation. Most importantly, the master explains that it is paramount to discover your animals and their corresponding tidal hexagrams for not only your energetic year, but also for your month and hour and relays instructions on how to determine each of these. Accordingly, each animal chapter contains segments to read that point to characteristics indicative to those born in the associative month or hour providing a well-rounded trinity of tidbits that are as unique and specific as we are.

Bottom line? As each devotee of the Chinese Zodiac requires the look-up of at most three different animal totems (for year, month and hour of birth), Master Zhongxian Wu's book "The Twelve Chinese Animals" provides a quick, entertaining way to discover the self in terms of Chinese Astrology. Zhongxian Wu's instructions are as entertaining as they are easy to read. I for one should not have been surprised to learn that my "Year of the Snake" personality year is augmented by my Rooster personality month and Rooster personality hour. Recommended to promote both fun and understanding, even though, at times, Zhongxian Wu's predictable pattern becomes a bit routine.
Diana Faillace Von Behren
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review by . July 20, 2010
I knew about the 12 Chinese Animals and the years, what I did not know is that we also have animals for the hour and day of our birth. Much like the traditional zodiac with sun and moon signs overcasting our main sign. Definitly an interesting read and from what I read of my own, very accurate! Surprisingly accurate for the day and time of birth and seperate scopes for all of your signs. Highly recommended to any astrology buff!
review by . August 12, 2010
This book presents the 12 astrological animal signs of Chinese astrology and offers information about how they can be interpreted in one's charting. It provides some background about the philosophies that underly this system, including ideas about energy/chi and the I Ching. Through the understanding of the talents and vulnerabilities shown by these animal archetypes in astrology we can learn to better ourselves and enhance our lives. One thing that I found interesting is how there is an animal …
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"In his new book on the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, Wu Zhongxian has given us an authentic, no hocus-pocus view of this ancient Chinese system of astrology, which in Chinese tradition fits hand-and-glove with the Yijing ('Book of Change'). And since Wu's previous book revealed the essence of the Yijing, we now have the whole story on Chinese astrology and divination, clear as a bell. I highly recommend this book to all serious students and readers in the field of classical Chinese culture." --Daniel Reid, author of The Tao of Health, Sex & Longevity and My Journey in Mystic China

"Master Wu's new book is most accessible to those who are interested in acquiring this ancient Chinese wisdom. His widely acknowledged lineage from various schools of Qigong, martial and philosophical traditions serves him well in this very special, handsomely produced little gem of a book. I highly recommend it!" --Chungliang Al Huang, founder-president of Living Tao Foundation and author of Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain and The Chinese Book of Animal Powers

"Master Zhongxian Wu has made a complex Eastern topic accessible to the Western reader. Far beyond other sources, this book helps you understand your destiny as described by the 12 animal symbols of Yijing wisdom, helping you reach your personal potential. It helps you accurately determine your yearly, monthly and even hourly animal symbol and explains how each can affect your health, ...
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ISBN-10: 184819031X
ISBN-13: 978-1848190313
Author: Zhongxian Wu
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
Publisher: Singing Dragon
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