Expect this year to be an energetic one, filled with optimism, power and entrepreneurship…

The Symbol of the Dragon
In Chinese Astrology, the symbol of the dragon is a powerful and revered one – the dragon is the only mythical animal in the zodiac and is associated with luck and good fortune, intense strength and power. It is regarded as a divine beast and not, as commonly portrayed in the West, as a malicious monster.

Beginning next Monday, January 23, 2012 and ending on February 9, 2013,  the year of the Dragon is destined to be a year characterising many of the traits of those born in the year of the dragon itself. As the fifth sign of the Chinese Zodiac (which follows on from the lunar Chinese calendar), Dragons symbolise such character traits as dominance and ambition.

The Dragon Personality
Dragon personalities prefer to live by their own rules and, if left on their own, are usually successful. They’re driven, unafraid of challenges, and willing to take risks. They’re passionate in all they do and do things in a grand fashion. Unfortunately, this passion and enthusiasm can leave Dragons feeling exhausted and unfulfilled.

The characteristics of the Dragon are however further tempered by one of the five Chinese elements of Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth and, 2012 is the year of the Water Dragon. Water has a calming effect on the Dragon’s fearless temperament. Water allows the Dragon to redirect its enthusiasm, and makes him more perceptive of the needs of others.

2012 – The Year Ahead
In Sung Dynasty (AD 960 – 1279) texts, the dragon is accompanied by thunder and rain, the fierce animal moving like lightning and whirlwinds. That said, Dragon years can be powerful yet totally unpredictable too. The balance arises when the flames of fire and passion that dragons wield are used in keeping with it’s soft and vulnerable underbelly.

Popular wisdom says that while other years might see to drag on, the Year of the Dragon has the potential to breathe life-shaping fire… to be magical, quite mythical even!

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