I am no expert on the Chinese zodiac signs but I have been reading up on the Year of the Water Dragon. I thought it will be interesting to find out what the New Year heralds for us. 2012, being the Year of the Dragon, is an auspicious year to begin with. It starts from January 23, 2012 and ends February 9, 2013.
While it occupies the 5th position of the 12 zodiac signs, the Dragon is the mightiest of all signs. A mystical beast, it is the symbol of the emperor in China. Thus, it is connected with royalty and richness. The Dragon loves to do things on a grand scale – big ideas, big picture and visionary.
Being a Dragon Year, things are expected to be magnified this year. This also means that regardless of what zodiac sign you are, you are likely to experience events of major proportions in 2012. On a personal level, successes can either be spectacular leaps or crashes.
There had previously been numerous alarming predictions that 2012 would bring about the end of the world. However, many now say that the “running out of numbers” of the Mayan calender had simply meant the end of an old era and the beginning of a new more conscious one. In fact, conscious awakening has already been taking place and accelerating in recent years. So there is no need for panic!
Notwithstanding, from a Feng Shui perspective, the year of the Yang Water Dragon offers possibilities for good fortune. The element of the Dragon is wood. Water supposedly nourishes wood. In the year of the Water Dragon, the water will nourish wood. Thus, this generally means that the Dragon will soar. Even though the stock market is likely to be unpredictable (just like the unpredictable nature of a mystical beast), there could be opportunities to venture into.
The Dragon is historically associated with great festivities. Hence, expect lots of celebrations in the year. This makes 2012 the great for starting new businesses, launching new projections, engagements, weddings and baptisms. With the Water Dragon, ideas are expected to flow easily like the rush of water. The Dragon is associated with Spring. Therefore, spring is the best time for anything new that you hope to celebrate or get into.
The Chinese love to have babies in the Year of Dragon. It was not because I wanted a Dragon baby but my elder daughter, Hui, was coincidentally born one. She was born before CNY in year 2001. However, that was the year of Metal Dragon. Water Dragons occur every 60 years.
Metal dragons are known to be courageous, determined, obstinate and can be unyielding as a leader. On the other hand, for the Water Dragon, it is said that Water will cool down the fearless temperament of the Dragon. This causes the Dragon to take a step backwards in order to gain a better perspective. Additionally, it also does not desire the spotlight like other Dragons. So if you like the sound of a baby Water Dragon, this is a great year to have one!
You may be interested to know that famous personalities born in the year of the Water Dragon include Gregory Peck, Cliff Richard, Jeffrey Archer, Michael Barrymore, Neil Diamond, Matt Dillon, Placido Domingo, Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas, Julie Christie, James Coburn, Marlene Dietrich, Tom Jones, John Lennon, Nick Nolte, Al Pacino, Elaine Paige, Martin Sheen, Ringo Starr, Shirley Temple.
Power Word for 2012
Last year, I selected three power words for intention setting: integration, inter-alignment, and patience. Bearing in mind that 2012 is also the Year of the Water Dragon, I have decided to choose the word “vision” as the driving intent for the new year.
“Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your Vision is the promise of what you shall one day be. Your Ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.”
— James Allen
Whether this is going to turn out to be a year of challenges or not, let’s be guided by the vision of a higher calling. Visioning propels us to bring our dreams forward. And so, for the next 12 months, I will be publishing more articles on visioning, dreaming, success, leadership, and purpose.
Chinese New Year begins on January 23, 2012. Traditionally, it lasts for 15 days. It is a time for feasting, visiting friends, and get-togethers. I will also be catching up with relatives from overseas too. My schedule is already packed with planned outings. Thus, I hope to be back on my blog only the end of next week.
To all my readers, have a Happy and Prosperous New Year! May you meet with breathtaking success in The Year of the Water Dragon!
Fly and soar magnificently,
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