Taoist Astrology: A Handbook of the Authentic Chinese Tradition

Taoist Astrology: A Handbook of the Authentic Chinese Tradition

by Susan Levitt, Jean Tang (With)


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This guide brings Chinese astrology back to its ancient roots, providing all the information you need for understanding one of the world's oldest systems of divination.
The ancient Chinese people developed a sophisticated science of astrology that continues to have profound influence in China today. Rooted in the fundamentals of Taoism, it evolved into a system vastly different from Western astrology. 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, each named after an animal. Additionally, your personality depends on which of the five traditional Taoist elements you are born under—water, wood, fire, earth, or metal. This makes for a cycle of sixty unique signs. Taoist Astrology includes information for each sign's personality, compatibility, child-parent relations, and rising and falling fortunes during the twelve-year cycle. Discussions of yin and yang, Confucianism and Buddhism, Taoist alchemy, and the connection between Taoist astrology and Western astrology give you all the background you need for understanding one of the oldest systems of divination known to humanity.

Taoist Astrology differs from other books on the subject by grounding its concepts in the ancient traditions from which it originated.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780892816064
Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date: 06/01/1997
Edition description: Original
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 688,281
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Susan Levitt is a professional astrologer and Tarot consultant. Her articles have appeared in New Age Journal, Gnosis, and Magical Blend. Jean Tang, a native of Taiwan, is a lifelong student of Chinese history, literature, and metaphysics. Both authors reside in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Table of Contents


Part One: Taoist Astrology
The Way of the Tao
The Twelve Earthly Branches
Your Rising Sign
Five Elements and Ten Heavenly Stems
Taoist Alchemy
Harmonies and Conflicts

Part 2: The Twelve Earthly Branches

The Lunar Calendar from 1900 to 2020

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