By Zhongxian Wu & Karin Wu
Cards (like flash cards)
The Heavenly Stems and Earthly Banches constitute an ancient Chinese cosmological science–a complex calendrical system–which codifies the patterns of life and of the universe. The ten Stem symbols express the yin/yang perspective of the Five Elements and embody the Way of Heaven. The 12 Branch symbols manifest in the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, and hold the root of each Element, embracinig the Way of Earth. With this set of study cards, Daoist Master Wu Zhong Xian decodes some of the fundamental messages for the 22 Stem/Branch symbols. The Chinese character and key characteristics of each Stem or Branch are shown, with insights into their symbolic and numerological meanings. The stroke order is clearly illustrated on 11 separate calligraphy cards. With introductory cards that concisely explicate the ancient cosmology, this set makes a convenient learning tool for those interested in Chinese classical texts, Chinese medicine, fengshui, Chinese astrology and cosmology, Qigong, Neigong, Taiji, and other inner cultivation practices.