Many people from around the world will
celebrate the arrival of the
Year of the Dragon today,
the most auspicious in the Chinese zodiac.
A Poem about the Dragon
I am an unquenchable fire,
The center of all energy,
The stout heroic heart.
I am truth and light,
I hold power and glory in my sway.
Disperses dark clouds.
I have been chosen
To tame the Fates.
I AM THE DRAGON.
The Year of the Dragon
begins on January 23, 2012 and ends on February 9, 2013.
The Dragon of 2012 is a Water Dragon
Water has a calming effect on the Dragon’s temperament. Water re-directs the Dragon’s enthusiasm, and increases his perceptive of others. These Dragons are excellent at taking a step back to re-evaluate a situation as they understand the art of patience and desire the spotlight less than other Dragons. They make smart decisions and are able to see eye-to-eye with other people.
The dragon used to be the symbol of the Chinese emperor. The emperors throne was called the “Dragon throne” and according to the Confucian ideal the whole earth should be influenced in a positive way by the shining example of the emperors life. People born in the Year of the Dragon are in good health, bursting with energy, long-living, easy to irritate, impatient and obstinate.
The Chinese Year of the Dragon is in 2012. Astrology is part of Chinese life. In Chinese astrology dragon people excel. The dragon Chinese zodiac year is special.
In Chinese astrology the dragon was seen as a powerful almighty king because it was made up of different parts of animals such as a tiger, fish, snake and an eagle.
The Chinese dragon was not seen as a threatening evil being as we do in the west – rather a symbol of power, superiority and rule.
Still today, the Dragon is a revered symbol. You can see many sculptures and carvings of the dragon. Even today, the Chinese associate the dragon with power and wisdom.
In Chinese astrology a dragon person is special. Born in the Chinese Year of the Dragon they usually stand out as befits a dragon. They are powerful and wise.
According to Chinese Five Element Astrology Calendar, 2012 is the Year of Water Dragon . The color of Water in Five Elements system is related to Black. Therefore we can say 2012 is a Black Dragon, Water Dragon or Black Water Dragon year.
“Come not between the dragon and his wrath.”
“Fire leaped from the dragon’s jaws. He circled for a while high in the air above them lighting all the lake; the trees by the shores shone like copper and like blood with leaping shadows of dense black at their feet.”
~ J.R.R Tolkien
Confucius and the Dragon
Confucius thought of Laozi, the founder of Taoism, as a dragon. It was said that he paid a special visit to Laozi in Luoyi. After he came back, he was excited and shouted: I see the dragon! Laozi’s expression and deep thought on life made him resemble a dragon.
It is said that two dragons fell from heaven and landed on the roof of the house when Confucius was born.
The Confucius Temple ranks with Beijing’s Forbidden City and the summer resort of Chengde as one of the three great classical architectural complexes in China.
The Hall of Great Achievements is the temple’s grandest building, its most striking feature being 28 stone pillars carved with bas-relief dragons, dating from around 1500. Each pillar has nine gorgeous dragons, coiling around clouds and pearls towards the roof. There is nothing comparable in the Forbidden City in Beijing, and when emperors came to visit, the columns were covered with yellow silk to prevent imperial jealousy.
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