East Meets West — A View From China

Thursday July 9th 2015

My fellow blogging astrologer, Mitch Lopate, moved to China in March to teach at a business school. I asked him to send us the occasional pithy little anecdote to show us how his Western astrology is being received over there. He writes:

So I’ve been teaching freshman English Reading & Writing at a finance-economics university in Nanchang since March–and astrology has been a major source of discussion for me. I have found it to be interesting as a verbal can-opener in order to try and get my students to talk. (They are VERY reluctant to practice their speaking skills: “We are afraid to make a mistake.”)

So how is astrology viewed here? They are somewhat interested in Western concepts, but I noted immediately that they are fixed on the lunar birthday cycle. I have had multiple errors in attempts to interpret charts because they kept changing the date. I had to learn to say “SOLAR birthday please” several times and then reiterate the point.
I also know Eastern astrology concepts–but trying to explain in English that “I am a Sheep/Goat like your lunar year now” has not been quite the success I hoped for.
To read more about Mitch and check out his blog PSYAP, click here.
We’ll be hearing more stories from Mitch in the months to come.

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