Wednesday, January 20, 2010

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Review: The Definitive Book of Chinese Astrology

When you hear the term "Chinese astrology," what do you immediately think about? I think about the paper placemats, which complete the place settings in a Chinese restaurant. In fact, I am pretty skeptical about any type of astrology because it all seems so vague to me. Also, I am on the fence about whether fate, destiny, and luck determine what course each of our lives takes.

Since I am Chinese and I know that Chinese astrology began so far back in history, I thought it could not hurt to learn about and attempt to understand the science behind it. That is what I hoped to accomplish with this book by Shelly Wu titled The Definitive Book of Chinese Astrology.

This book is definitely not a quick read or something used just for reference. It is packed full of information. It explains about the "Four Pillars", which are the cornerstones of Chinese astrology, across eight chapters. This book also explains the history behind the Zi Wei Dou Shu chart and even comes with a CD-rom that helps you create charts for yourself, your family, and your friends.

The screenshot below shows the three windows used in this software. The first thing I realized was that I need to know at which hour I was born to create an accurate chart, since that is one of the four pillars.



This book even has a chapter devoted to feng shui and palmistry, which each can be an entire book by itself. The rest of the book is extremely detailed and would be a great source for any scholar who is serious about learning the logic behind Chinese astrology.

You can find The Definitive Book of Chinese Astrology by Shelly Wu at your local bookstore, as well as online at Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com .

Thank you to New Page Books for sending me a copy of Shelly Wu's book to base this article upon.