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The 12 Chinese Animals: Create Harmony In Your Daily Life Through Ancient Chinese Wisdom

March 13, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 173

How many times have you gone to a Chinese restaurant and figured out what animal from the Chinese zodiac represented you? You also probably read the description of those of that animal's characteristics and nodded in agreement or shook your head thinking, "that's not me." But have you ever wanted to know more about the Chinese zodiac and the twelve animals? Have you ever wondered how these twelve animals came to represent different years? Well, wonder no longer. "The 12 Chinese Animals: Create Harmony In Your Daily Life Through Ancient Chinese Wisdom" by Master Zhongxian Wu presents what can be a complex Eastern topic in a very easy to understand and accessible manner for the Western reader.

The first part of the book explains the wisdom behind the twelve animals. The numerological meanings are explained, and a short primer on Chinese zodiac or Chinese astrology is presented in a few pages. There are also short explanations of the eight trigrams, twelve tidal hexagrams, and the cycle of nature. This obviously isn't as in depth as you could go, but for most people, these simple explanations will suffice to gain a better understanding.

The next section instructs on how to find your Chinese animal symbol. The little charts on menus are incomplete, and this section provides a more accurate and complete way to determine your Chinese zodiac symbol, but it is still done so in a easy to understand manner. The section covers yearly, monthly, and hourly animal symbols.

Next come chapters on each of the twelve animals and related tidal hexagram: Rat and Fu (Rebirth), Ox and Lin (Deliver), Tiger and Tai (Balance), Rabbit and DaZhuang (Prosper), Dragon and Guai (Transform), Snake and Quan (Strengthen), Horse and Gou (Copulate), Goat and Dun (Retreat), Monkey and Pi (Break), Rooster and Guan (Observe), Dog and Bo (Peel), and Pig and Kun (Flow). Each of these chapters have a general description, a page with a picture and poem or saying, and general features for that animal such as personality, health, relationships, career, finance, color, and food. So if you like reading this short descriptions on menus, you will like this additional information.

The book concludes with a short afterword on living in harmony. Overall, this is a good little book for anyone who wants to know more about this topic. It's clear and easy to read, and provides the basics regarding Chinese astrology and zodiac. It contains attractive photographs and wisdom to meditate on if you desire to pursue that path.

Alain Burrese, J.D. is a writer, speaker, and mediator who teaches how to live, take action, and get things done through the Warrior's Edge. He is an expert on conflict and mediates and teaches conflict resolution and negotiation. Additionally, he teaches physical conflict skills in his Hapkido and Self-Defense courses, lectures, and seminars. Alain is the author of Hard-Won Wisdom From The School Of Hard Knocks, the DVDs Hapkido Hoshinsul, Streetfighting Essentials, Hapkido Cane, the Lock On Joint Locking series, and numerous articles and reviews. You can read more articles and reviews and see clips of his DVDs as well as much more at and

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