Chapter Eight, “In search of Chinese
psyche - revisiting ancient paradigms”, looks at the
basic concepts behind Chinese culture, Yin-yang and five
determinant elements. These entities are described in
simple terms, together with examples in terms of human
personalities. The concepts of Celestial stems,
Terrestrial branches, unique to Chinese computations
yet critical to zodiac and
other analysis, are dealt with in some detail.
The ancient paradigms are very much
in use today, as they form part of the Chines
sub-conscious. This chapter looks into the theory of yin
and yang, together with examples of their interplay and
some practical implications.
Another ancient concept, the "five determinant elements"
is discussed, looking at the "entity" of wood, fire,
metal, water and earth. Examples of its application in
personality profiling are given.
Harmony in nature is achieved by
balance of forces, through the simultaneous mechanism of
control and generation. In this way the elements are
always kept in balance.
The chapter ends with a discussion of
the third paradigm, the "Celestial stems and Terrestrial
Branches". These are extensively used in analysis of
life destiny, divination, etc, as described in the
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