The Year of the Dragon
Unlike the fire-breathing monsters of European mythology, Chinese dragons are wise, benevolent and fortunate for everyone. When Chinese New Year rolls around on January 23 this year, you’ll probably quickly notice the shift when Rabbit’s tendency to bolt at the first sign of trouble is replaced by Dragon’s courageous self-confidence.
Dragons do tend to rush in where others fear to tread, even the unusually patient Water Dragon. Yes, they occasionally appear foolish when they overestimate their resources, but usually Dragons’ innate good luck helps them turn seemingly impossible situations in to success, and they end up being celebrated as heroes.
They also tend to have powerful personalities, forging their own unique path, whatever their profession, like celebrities Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Michael Douglas, Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Reese Witherspoon, Mickey Rourke and Colin Farrell.
Doom & Gloom?
Ironically, our last Dragon year, 2000, also occurred amid prophecies of doom and gloom. Since those prophecies fizzled embarrassingly, we can undoubtedly expect to also navigate 2012’s dramas and emerge in better shape.
Dragon years are considered fortunate for finances, business, marriage and children, although Dragon’s over-the-top tendencies can sometimes mean bigger disasters, especially water-related natural disasters this year. Dragon years often feature confrontations on a massive scale, but Water Dragon’s thoughtful, diplomatic finesse increases the likelihood of resolution and change with minimal conflict.
In fact, Dragons are usually very socially conscious, Water Dragon even more than the others, and Dragon-born icons of social change Martin Luther King, John Lennon and Joan Baez surfaced when they were most needed in the 60s. It will be interesting to see how the coming year furthers positive outcomes for global social and environmental movements, and how the Dragon-born figure into the mix.
This year’s ruling element, Water, is one of the five Chinese elements of Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth that cyclically influence Chinese Astrology signs. Those influenced by Water or Wood elements fare best in Water years, while Fire is the least compatible.
You in 2011
If you aren’t sure which Chinese Lunar Astrology sign you are, just keep adding 12 to your birth year until you get one of the base numbers listed below – and that will probably be your Chinese sign. However, since the exact New Year’s date occurs on the New Moon in Aquarius, and therefore changes annually, if you were born in January or February you’ll need to do a little research to be sure of your sign.
Snake (2001) – A good year for finding a mate, but caution is required in finances and business. Your X-ray vision and strategic abilities are your greatest assets.
Horse (2002) – Enjoy the fanfare and drama, approach challenges with calm courage and optimism, and by year’s end mountains will turn out to have been molehills.
Sheep (Ram, Goat) (2003) – Fear of failure is your biggest problem this year. Let Dragon’s courage bolster you, avoid drastic changes, and you’ll be fine.
Monkey (2004) – This year’s greatest gift to you is knowledge, whether its technological know-how or a new profession. Best mantra: patience does not equal boredom!
Rooster (2005) – You may feel like you can achieve anything this year, and you’re probably right. You’re most likely to succeed if you pursue a cherished goal.
Dog (2006) – Not everything will manifest before the end of the year, but it’s as though you can do no wrong. Whatever you do enthusiastically will pay off eventually.
Pig (Boar) (2007) – Build good relationships, leave nothing unfinished, don’t let frustration cause you to act in haste, and things will keep improving all year.
Rat (2008) – Adaptable and fast on your feet, you’re ideally suited to keep up with Dragon as s/he dramatically plows through obstacles and creates opportunities.
Ox (2009) – You may find the fast pace irritating or frustrating, but your infinite capacity for hard work will be rewarded through some remarkable opportunities.
Tiger (2010) – It’s not easy to share the limelight with Dragon, but you know just how to handle the intensity. Diplomacy isn’t usually your “thing,” but do your best.
Rabbit (2011) – Dragon’s protection means it’s time to go all out for your dreams! Watch the small stuff early on, then let healthy self interest guide your choices.
Dragon (2012) – Avoid people who want to take advantage of your good nature and charisma, and prepare to deal successfully with a number of major challenges.
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