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The Path of the Empress:
How to Free Your Feminine Power

Author: Christine Li and Ulja Krautwald

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The Path of the Empress explores the feminine power of transformation and how women can harness their power and sexuality.

Over a thousand years ago the concubine Wu Zhao became China’s most powerful woman. Her intelligence and erotic aura, combined with her knowledge of the art of war, led her to become empress – and the only woman who ever officially ruled ancient China. Her faithful adviser was the wise shaman and doctor Sun Simiao, guardian of age-old secrets of feminine wisdom and power.

Inspired by Wu Zhao and ancient Chinese texts, The Path of the Empress describes the ten important stages of a woman’s life, and focuses on exercises and magical herbal elixirs that open up the mind and soul to new insights and solutions.

A classic in Europe, the book has become a favourite gift chosen by women to give to the women in their family and to their female friends and colleagues. 

Christine Li

Christine Li


Christine Li, MD, studied sinology and medicine before spending five years studying traditional Chinese medicine in Shanghai and Peking. She works as a doctor and writer in Hong Kong, Hamburg and Santa Fe.  

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Ulja Krautwald

Ulja Krautwald

Ulja Krautwald was born in Hamburg to a family of craftspeople. Her father was a self-employed housepainter and her mother worked from home, taking telephone calls and looking after the accounts for the painting business. Ulja studied Sociology, which she found at times somewhat dry, but which provided her with a dispassionate view of all scientific matters and of current social trends.  She understands how scientific studies can be manipulated and that so-called truths may serve financial interests.

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  • Publishers Weekly USA reviews The Path of the Empress

    Publishers Weekly USA reviews The Path of the Empress


    The Path of the Empress: How to Free Your Feminine Power (Rockpool Publishing, 9781925017519) was positively reviewed on November 23, 2015 on Publishers Weekly’s (567,387 uvpm) Web-Exclusive Reviews. The complete review follows: Li and Krautwald draw on traditional Chinese medicine and the life of Wu Zhao (624–705), China's only female monarch, to create an unusual self-help book. The authors cast the reader in the empowering role of empress of her own life, then lead her through 10 major life stages, including the Prophecy (innate essence), the Monastic Years (the inward path), Strategy and Power (discovery of hidden desires), and Wisdom and Completion (connecting with the cosmos.) At the beginning of each chapter, the authors recount part of Wu Zhao's life story.

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  • The Path of the Empress Reviewed

    The Path of the Empress Reviewed


    This entire exploration of the feminine power is based on the life of Wu Zhao, the only woman to ever officially rule China. Her rule led to many changes and developments in China which were deemed as extremely radical at the time, many of which are now considered a normal component of life and times in modern and ancient China. She was born in Sichuan in the year 624, being cared for by her Mother and a nurse.

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