From The Asian Reporter, V13, #5 (January 28-February 3, 2003),
Baby dragons and tigers and snakes
Children of the Moon: Discover Your Childís
Personality Through Chinese Horoscopes
By Theodora Lau
HarperResource, a Division of HarperCollins Publishers,
Paperback, $14.95, 214 pages
In the year 2000, HarperCollins published its fourth edition of
Shanghai-born author Theodora Lauís The Handbook of Chinese
Horoscopes. It was the textís twentieth anniversary, establishing
without equal, Madam Lauís authority in her field.
Over one million copies of The Handbook have been sold in
seventeen languages. The esteemed author has been credited for
systemizing, indeed creating and developing the "Sixty
Personalities," and the "144 Marriage Combinations"
generally utilized by contemporary Chinese astrologers in understanding
individuals and predicting relationships.
Children of the Moon is the authorís latest effort to put her
tried and true assessment tool toward a better understanding of our
children. In her forward, Madam Lau tells parents the primary purpose of
her new book "is to focus on understanding the yet undeveloped
personality and potential of each child. It is a profound honor, joy, and
responsibility," the author continues, "to nurture and raise a
child, and it is my hope that Chinese horoscopes will provide new insights
into such an important understanding. Once we are able to understand and
appreciate a childís personality, it becomes much easier to guide and
work with that particular child."
Each of Madam Lauís chapters corresponds to one of the Chinese zodiacís
twelve animal signs. She further divides each chapter into seven sections:
assigning each lunar animal sign; describing each animalís zodiac
branch; setting out each signís personality traits or predispositions;
discussing the relevance of birth order and sibling relations; the
influence of birth hour; famous persons born under that lunar sign; and
finally Madam Lauís updated Chinese legends about each zodiac animal.
Like the ancient and elegant system of knowledge and social
organization out of which the Chinese zodiac tradition developed, Children
of the Moon affirms our place as participants in a grand system of
bodies in perpetual motion, all of us guided by enduring and reassuring
universal principles. Naturally, right after unwrapping Madam Lauís
book, I went straight to each of our childrenís astrological signs. Just
as naturally, I was delighted by her systemís insights and assessments.
I only wished I had had it in my hands twenty years earlier. I may have
been a more efficient parent ó stars are stubborn, personalities are