Your Chinese Horoscope 2006: What the Year of the Dog Holds in Store for You by Neil Somerville

The Chinese horoscope and zodiac signs have been around much longer than Western astrology. It is based on twelve signs, like the western astrology, but each sign corresponds with a year rather than a month, so the year in which you were born determines what your sign is.

This book is just plain fun. Chinese astrology 2006 focuses on the year of the dog, which is really good for the environment and for personal relationships, as dogs are loyal and have other characteristics that coincide with the state of the world right now, such as tightened defense systems (think guard dog) rallies and protests, and an attitude of "we're not going to take it anymore!" viva revolution, but that's just me…

The year of the dog will be one of reevaluating the need for materialism and a year of new leaders. The dog inspires loyalty and the best of mankind's more human traits. Now for the bad news: It is only in the west that the dog is thought of as mans best friend. In other parts of the world and specifically in the east, where the Chinese zodiac began, the dog is a symbol of all those positive traits, yes, but also has a hard time trusting people and is prone to telling fibs. If nothing else, we can be sure that this year will not see a boring government.

The book also touches on the mundane, typical thoughts about the sign-which dogs are compatible with the tiger or the horse (you would think that dogs and tigers would fight like cats and, er, dogs, but both are born leaders and tend to compliment each other as business partners), and anyone who has ever owned a horse knows that they are just big dogs who like to run around in open fields.

But the book isn't just about the year of the dog, it covers all twelve of the Chinese horoscope and zodiac signs, and gives the years corresponding with each going back to 1900, making it easy to determine what sign your spouse, children, or even your boss is.