Study of the relative position of the planets and stars in the belief that they influence events on Earth. A strongly held belief in ancient Babylon, astrology spread to the Mediterranean world, and was widely used by the Greeks and Romans.
From The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia In Chinese religion, the supreme god of pantheistic Taoism, also known as the August Personage of Jade and Father Heaven, who watches over human actions and is the ruler of life and death.
From The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy
Chinese term for ether, air, corporeal vital energy, and the “atmosphere” of a season, person, event, or work. Qi can be dense/impure or limpid/pure, warm/rising/active or cool/settling/still.
From Chamber's Dictionary of the Unexplained A Chinese system of exercise in which a series of slow, continuous movements are performed with synchronized breathing while the practitioner meditates on the flow of energy or ‘qi’ through the body.
From The Columbia Encyclopedia
Chinese Taoist writer. Little is known about his life. He was a native of the state of Meng, on the border of present-day Shandong and Henan provinces, and is said to have lived as a hermit.
From The Essentials of Philosophy and Ethics Lao Tzu seems to have been a contemporary of CONFUCIUS (sixth to fifth century BCE), and is traditionally viewed as the author of the classic of TAOISM, the Tao Te Ching, or the ‘Classic of the Way and Its Power’.
From Encyclopedia of World Religions: Encyclopedia of Buddhism
The Eight Immortals (Ba Xian) are popular figures in Chinese legend and literature. These eight figures are found throughout Chinese-speaking cultural regions, as well as in Japan. Some were historical figures, while others were deities of unknown origin. The Eight Immortals embody the basic notion of religious Daoism.
From Chamber's Dictionary of the Unexplained An ancient Chinese book thought to be some 3,000 years old. It consists of a series of 64 hexagrams (figures made up of six lines), and a text giving interpretations of these.