Taoist Astrology: A Handbook of the Authentic Chinese Tradition

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By Susan Levitt

Publisher : Inner Traditions/Bear & Company

ABOUT Susan Levitt

Susan Levitt
Susan Levitt is a professional astrologer, tarot reader, and feng shui consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1986. She was awarded Best Astrologer by the San Francisco Weekly, was interviewed on CNN, and is the author of five books that are published in seven languages.



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. 

"Clear, thorough, and beautifully written, this book will satisfy anyone from the beginner to the most accomplished scholar."

Seann Xenja, Feng Shui consultant and educator