Review: Chinese Astrology, Plain & Simple

9781571747563Chinese Astrology, Plain & Simple: The Only Book You’ll Ever Need
Series: Plain & Simple
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing (January 1, 2017)
ISBN-10: 1571747567
ISBN-13: 978-1571747563

Product description:

Though perhaps less well-known here than its Western counterpart, Chinese astrology is every bit as illuminating and provides an equally valuable shortcut to self-knowledge. Jonathan Dee, the well-respected author of several books on astrology, tarot, and fortune-telling, reveals all the mysteries of the art in this informative volume.

Filled with legends, charts, and history, it contains all of the essentials for working out your Chinese horoscope including the animal signs for each birthday year, month, and hour. Each sign receives a richly detailed and enlightening explanation.

Among the amusing and informative tidbits here:

  • The rat is considered to be the sign of charm and is noted for its shrewdness, enterprise, and wealth. Rats are also prosperous, entrepreneurial, obsessive, anxious, bossy, and mean.
  • The ox is the sign of tenacity and prosperity and a symbol of fertility and muscular strength. People born under the ox are patient, contemplative, eloquent, chauvinistic, petty, and grumpy.
  • The monkey is lively, complex, charming, diplomatic, and agile. Monkeys are also dishonest, sarcastic, lacking respect, and restless.

Chinese Astrology, Plain and Simple is an accessible introduction that enlightens, entertains, and informs.

My thoughts:

All in all I enjoyed reading  Chinese Astrology, Plain and Simple , it gave me an entertaining escape from the Christmas holiday season (between you and me any escape from Christmas is welcome). According to Chinese Astrology, I am an Earth dog. Having said that, the description of an Earth dog as having a spendthrift tendency is a little off for me. No. Just no. Ask anyone who knows me, I make Scrooge look like a spendthrift. I will squeeze a buffalo nickel until it poops in my hand and I’m proud of it.

An Earth dog is also described as an excellent organizer which is one of my biggest flaws. This year I plan to really work at becoming “somewhat” organized. So no. Just no.

That isn’t to say that the book isn’t entertaining. I did enjoy sharing with a friend that he was born in the year of the pig and he may never hear the end of it. Ever. What are friends for?

The book is easy to navigate and has nice graphics. I hate the subtitle of “The Only Book You’ll Ever Need”. Geez people. Chinese Astrology, Plain and Simple is small and something that you’ll finish quickly. I knocked it out in one afternoon.

I give this one 3 1/2 stars out of 5 and I think it’s worth a look if you haven’t checked out Chinese Astrology.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Hampton Roads Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”