The Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes by Theodora Lau

Called the definitive, classic work on the subject, the 5th edition of "The Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes," is out on the market. For 25 years, the editions of this book have helped guide people through learning about the Eastern based sun signs, the five elements, and the personality profiles based on a combination of Eastern and Western tradition and knowledge.

As in Western astrology, there are twelve Chinese zodiac signs and this book goes into great detail about each of them. Unlike Western astrology, what sign you are is based on the year of your birth, and not the month. You will also learn the usual, which other signs are the most compatible with you for love, which signs make the best bosses, and all the other horoscope-type questions that readers want to know about.

However, if you are interested in getting some deep down, meaningful information, this book will also provide you with the answers on how to raise children in accordance with their signs (expect your Dragon child to laugh at the idea of being grounded) and how to use the lunar cycles and Chinese zodiac together to get a holistic picture of your characteristics and possible karma lessons to be worked on in this lifetime. Happily, 2006 is the year of the Dog, a sign that represents the best of the nature of humans. This year could be very good for the world, as people will tend to be more loyal and honest than they have in the previous years. It will be an especially powerful year for anyone born in 1958, 1970, 1982, or 1994. (The signs rotate every twelve years.)

A few snippets for those of you wondering right now about the Chinese zodiac, As an example, 2001 was the year of the Snake, and the key phrase is 'hates to fail.' We all know what a tumultuous year that was. Last year was the year of the Rooster, who are loners, and I don't know about you but I had a lousy year socially. I think everyone should own The Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes, it may give us insight as to what to expect and how to behave in the coming years.