Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Gung Hay Fat Choy for Starquest

Oranges, Mandarines ,Tangerines,Sugar and Spice and all thing nice

The Lunar New Year dates from 2600 BC,when the Emperor Huang Ti introduced the first cycle of the Chinese zodiac.Because of cyclical lunar dating,the first day of the year can fall anywhere between late January and the middle of February.On the Chinese calendar,2008 is Lunar Year 4705-4706.On the Western calendar,the start of the New Year falls on February 7,2008-The Year of the Rat.
If you were born in 1912,1924,1936, 1948 ,1960, 1972, 1984, 1996- you were born under the sign of the rat.Characteristics
charming, ambitious, overly critical, power-hungry, honest, generous, quick-tempered and thrifty; gets along with dragons and monkeys but not horses.Though in people's eyes, the rat is not adorable, and even some Chinese sayings that related to it have almost derogatory meanings, it ranged as the head of the Chinese zodiac. It was recognized as an animal with spirit, wit, alertness, delicacy, flexibility and vitality.People under the rat sign are usually smart and willing to accumulate wealth and to make efforts to be successful. Throughout their lives, there will be many other people who can bring great fortune to them. Thus despite timidity, most of them are happy and harmonious with others.

Best match: dragon, monkey, ox; Avoid: sheep, horse, rabbit, rooster

Shih, Huang-ti (c.259-c.210 BC)
First emperor of China
Shih Huang-ti was heir to the throne of Chin, a powerful feudal
state in northwest China. On his accession he set about uniting
China, annexing the other feudal states with ruthless efficiency,
aided by espionage, bribery, and war. He proclaimed himself emperor
in 221 BC, founding the Chin dynasty from which China derives
its name.
During his reign, Shih Huang-ti destroyed the existing feudal
structure and divided the empire into 36 provinces under a centralized
administration. Networks of roads and canals were engineered,
and the major part of the Great Wall was built. Weights, measures,
coins, and written characters were standardized in a quest for
cultural uniformity. Yet this also led to the burning of all
books that diverged from official Chin philosophy and history.
On his death Shih Huang-ti was buried in great splendor - entombed
among 6,000 terra-cotta soldiers for him to summon in the afterlife.
His autocratic rule and belief in magic had caused such resentment
that the Chin dynasty collapsed four years later, even though
it formed the model for all later dynasties.

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