A Handbook of the Authentic Chinese Tradition
Susan Levitt & Jean Tang
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Chinese astrology is a system quite different from the astrology of the West. Rather than determining personality by the time of the year in which you are born, in Taoist astrology it is the year itself that determines your character. The years form a twelve-year cycle of signs, and your tendencies depend on which of the five traditional Taoist elements you are born under--water, wood, fire, earth, or metal, making for a cycle of sixty unique signs. This book includes information about each sign's characteristics and includes discussions of yin and yang, Confucianism and Buddhism, Taoist alchemy, and the connection between Taoist astrology and Western astrology.