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The 12 Chinese Animals: Create Harmony in Your Daily Life Through Ancient Chinese Wisdom [Hardcover]

Zhongxian Wu
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15 Sep 2010
The Chinese horoscope holds the key to a better understanding of self and others, and to living a life of harmony. Not just the year of birth, but also the month, day and hour have significance in true Chinese astrology. Master Zhongxian Wu explains how to find your power animal symbols, and how to learn from their wisdom. By fully understanding what each animal signifies, and how they relate to the major hexagrams of the Yijing, he shows that they can help you to find inner peace and live in harmony with family, friends, the wider community, and with nature. Using the wisdom of the twelve animal symbols as a guide, you will learn how to better understand your personality, and make choices that profoundly influence your health, relationships, career, and finances, allowing you to live up to your greatest potential. Making the wisdom of the twelve Chinese animals accessible to the Western reader for the first time in its relationship with the Yijing, this book will be an illuminating read for anyone interested in understanding themselves and their life patterns better, Chinese astrology, and the Yijing.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Singing Dragon (15 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184819031X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848190313
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 544,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Master Zhongxian Wu is the lineage holder of four different schools of Qigong and martial arts. He was Director of the Shaanxi Province Association for Somatic Science and the Shaanxi Association for the Research of Daoist Nourishing Life Practices. Since 1988, Master Wu has instructed thousands of students, both Eastern and Western. He synthesizes wisdom and experience for beginning and advancing practitioners, as well as for patients seeking healing, in his unique and professionally-designed courses and workshops. Master Wu is the 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 - Laohu Gong, both also published by Singing Dragon. Please visit www.masterwu.net for details about his teachings.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly interesting 23 April 2014
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A very well written and interesting book by a pure Master. His teachings are remarkably insightful. Would recommend this book to anyone interested in the meanings of Chinese "horoscopes", though this is much more than the run of the mill astrological signs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting and In depth 20 July 2010
By Jamie Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
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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!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but short 25 Aug 2010
By Vyshtia - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a good intro book into the Chinese Zodiac. It goes into some history, explanations on how in depth this subject is, and you get an idea for how complex this science is. That's it's not all just pulled out of thin air. It does give a brief description of each zodiac sign. Personally, I was disappointed at how brief it is. It's a short book at only 192 pages. Each zodiac description is only 3-5 pages. I would have liked to see more depth and description. This book is good as an introduction - but then it really leaves you wanting more! I know other books that go into a LOT of description but doesn't have much of the backround and science behind it, so this book is worth reading.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative Introduction to Chinese Astrology 16 Aug 2010
By Admiralu - Published on Amazon.com
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Master Zhongxian Wu's book is actually a wonderful introduction to Chinese Astrology (although the title does not give an indication of this). If you have ever had an interest in Chinese Astrology, I recommend this guide. Many of the websites that I have visited give you a simplified overview of basic Chinese animal symbols. This book gives a brief history of Chinese wisdom and philosophy and is intended to give westerners information concerning some of the history of Chinese Wisdom of 12, an overview of ancient cultural beliefs and how their shamans determined the numerological meanings of 12, Chinese Astrology and the 12 animal symbols. Obviously, the subject is very complex and takes a great deal of time to master. This book is an introductory guide to the correct way to determine your Chinese Astrological symbols and how use the information to help improve your life. There is a great deal of information introduced in the opening chapters that I had to read several times. It is interesting reading (it is not a large book, but packed with a great deal of information in the various chapters). After the first chapters covering historical information and what some of the various symbols mean in relation to the universe and the cycle of nature (this is provided to help you understand how the 12 Animal symbols can help give you insight into your personality and how to make better choices to improve your life), Master Wu then presents an excellent section on how to find your correct animal symbols. Most information given in the US concerning Chinese Astrology is incorrect because they base the information on the Chinese Lunar calendar which starts on the Chinese New Year. That method generally mentions only one animal symbol, where in fact you actually have three. A yearly animal symbol (what the general method refers to), a monthly animal symbol and an hourly animal symbol. Depending on the date and time of your birth, all three may be completely different. The Chinese calendar is actually a lunisolar calendar. Master Wu provides several helpful animal symbol index tables for the yearly, monthly and hourly animal symbols. After looking up your signs, you can then read the corresponding chapter with information about the animal, differentiations for yearly, monthly and hourly aspects, along with overviews for personality, health, relationships, career, finance, color and food. If you enjoy meditation, there are sections provided for meditative prayers and photos of postures to use. This section is the heart of the book and the most helpful. It is designed to help you gain insight into yourself. It is not preachy or condescending and I enjoyed the sections on how ancient shamans learned to associate the Wisdom of 12 with the Cycles of Nature.

Chapter are:Introduction: the Wisdom of 12, Numerological meanings of 12, Chinese Astrology and 12 Animal Symbols, Eight Trigrams, 12 Tidal Hexagrams and the Cycle of Nature

The Beginning: Finding Your Animals, Rat and Fu, Ox and Lin, Tiger and Tai, Rabbit and DaZhuang, Dragon and Guai, Snake and Qian, Horse and Gou, Goat and Dun, Monkey and Pi, Rooster and Guan, Dog and Bo, Pig and Kun.

Afterward:Living in Harmony

If you would like to learn about the real meaning of Chinese Astrology, the Cycle of Nature and basics of Chinese philosophy of living in harmony, this book is an excellent introduction.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accurate, with lots of helpful guidance based on your birthdate! 5 Aug 2010
By Valentina - Published on Amazon.com
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I used this book for myself, using my sign and date of birth to find my traits, my personality, who I can make a good connection with, how I can improve my health, my life through meaningful choices, etc.

Book is organized by signs, and then by date of birth. I like this setup, because not only I can use it on yourself, but also on friends, coworkers, etc, very quickly.

I loved the fact how accurate it was!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Magical Menagerie 22 Sep 2010
By Diana F. Von Behren - Published on Amazon.com
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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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