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2012: Year of the Dragon
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Year of the Iron Rabbit (Esoteric)
FengShui Your House in 2012
Applied Feng Shui
The Chinese Calendar
Your Year Ahead
The Magic of Gems
The Healing Power of Gems
Gemstones of the Zodiac
The Human Aura
2012: Chinese Year of the Water Dragon
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The Dragon, the Chinese say, is one of the great animals of the planet and is the sign of luck and of truth. They also maintain it's a mythical animal and therefore an illusion, which is part of the role of Dragon people to confront and deal with the illusion. Its very advantageous to be in close contact with a Dragon-born person because of their luck. This is a creature of scales and firebreathing nostrils, whose favourite dwelling place is at the top of rocky cliffs or in impenetrable caves of mystery and darkness. The more difficult it is to reach a Dragon's dwelling place then the more comfortable the Dragon feels. In the book by Catherine Aubier, Chinese Zodiac Signs (Treasure Press, 1988) she describes the Dragon thus:
"Spitting flames and making the earth tremble beneath his weight, soaring in the air on jagged and blackened wings, the Dragon tows our most frenzied dreams in his wake; our fears of chaos and annihilation, a procession of obsessions and phantoms which endure from time immemorial."
No wonder we have unconsciously as a planetary culture chosen this Dragon year to have an "end of the world" scenario to play out.
All the reading I've done always refers to the Dragon as a mythological animal. My feeling is that because the Dragon story is part of almost every culture on the planet, playing a huge role in our ancient consciousness, I believe Dragons really did exist on earth many centuries or millennia ago. They left or were wiped out (lanced by knights in armour perhaps?) and now no longer live here. As the Dragon is so ubiquitous, one conclusion is that it's found everywhere in the past because it really did live back then.
Humans have always considered the Dragon with a sense of awe, fear and respect, as though it represents and holds some hidden depth of the way we are on earth. In our English traditions, St George and the Dragon has a key place in our mythology. The famous legend of Saint George is of him slaying a Dragon. In the Middle Ages the Dragon was commonly used to represent the Devil, so St George held off the forces of darkness (pheww!). The slaying of the Dragon by St George was first credited to him in the twelfth century, way after his death. There are many stories connected with St George which are mostly fictitious. And there are many versions of the story of St George slaying the Dragon! Most agree on the following: a town was terrorised by a Dragon, a young princess was offered to the Dragon and George rode into the village, slayed the Dragon and rescued the princess. Very simple.
The real Saint George (c. 275/281 to 303 CE) was a christian Roman soldier from Syria/ Palaestina and a priest in the Roman Guard of Diocletian, who is now venerated as a Christian martyr. He was put to death because he wouldn't recant his Christianity. He is now one of the most venerated saints in the Catholic, Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, the Oriental Orthodox churches, and the patron saint of England. His cross is in the national flag of England. In the fourteenth century he was declared both the patron saint and the protector of the royal family.
The country of Georgia is a backward derivation of the English name and St George is also one of the patron saints of Georgia. The actual Dragon story has its location in Libya of all places—in "Silene", perhaps modern Cyrene in Libya. In the allegorical reading of the story, the Dragon embodies suppressed pagan cults. Interestingly, the Russians interpret the iconic event not as a killing but as a struggle, against ourselves and the evil among us.
The Dragon is considered by the Chinese as the guardian of the gateway to Heaven and they consider the Dog, the opposite sign, as the guardian of the gateway to Hell. Of the 12 signs, Dragon and Dog are considered strange places, like twilight zones, where helpful deities (angels) will not appear. In Dragon and Dog years, there are often no rescuing angels coming forward to save people from tragedy, and disasters can have a high death toll or casualties. This makes these two signs great significators in the pathway between heaven and hell and as the Dragon guards Heaven's gateway, then no-one gets in without his/her approval. Remember that in 2012.
The Dragon personality is active and dynamic and very scrupulous. Dragon people try to do their very best to succeed and in fact don't really know the meaning of the word failure. They are usually very healthy, natural and captivating types full of charm and sincerity. They are devoted types as well and can be loyal to those they hold as true friends. They also have a set of defects, as does any sign. Theirs are interesting—they can be extremely impatient, cannot bear to wait for anyone or anything and get very annoyed with those who resist their efforts. They can be irritable and demanding, and have great trouble with tact and diplomacy—even if their lives depend on it. They are very self-assured and often have trouble understanding the doubts and anxieties of another. If they feel capable of doing something they go to it without a pause. Dragons are often so convinced they are infallible they can behave intolerantly and abruptly with others, making decisions too quickly and having subsequent difficulty recognising their mistakes. At times they barely listen to others, and when refused things they give their own ultimatum : 'do it or else'. And yet they have this magnetic attraction that overcomes all this. They represent life, warmth and light and without them life would be a bit drab!
The ideal partner for a Dragon is one who is in need of a dynamic and irresistible partner. Dragons were probably brought up by parents singing to them in the cradle that they are irresistible to everyone. The song went something like: "I'm irresistible, etc., etc.." It doesn't always occur to all Dragons that some people may find them unattractive, or are just indifferent to them. They are passionate but not blinded by passion. They do not get especially jealous, because they know that if they just lift a finger the lover comes running back to them. As a Dragon child they are very inventive and independent and find it hard to accept any controls, so therefore a possessive relationship or person does not appeal to them. Being with a Dragon is treat and it acts on you like a euphoric drink.
Dragons get on best with Rats, Tigers, Snakes and Monkeys. They are reasonable with Oxen, Pigs and Horses. They have trouble with Rabbits, other Dragons, Goats, Roosters and Dogs. The worst clashes are often with Roosters and other Dragons.
Famous people born in the Year of the Dragon:
The year is always made up of two parts, the Chinese animal sign and the year element. The Year of the Dragon is symbolised by two elements, with Water sitting on top of Earth. According to the Five Elements cycle of birth and destruction, which governs the interrelationship between the elements, Earth is the destroyer of Water and so they are in a negation cycle and have a conflicting relationship. As in the year of the Rabbit in 2011, which was Metal over Wood, there are conflicting elements. Conflicting elements means the year will not be peaceful, with more than a few conflicts and struggles going on. The 2012 Earth-Water conflict sees disharmony, but with less of the war and fighting of 2011. The Chinese calendar year works on a 60 year cycle, which means we last experienced the year of a Yang Water Dragon in 1952.
That was the year when the Korean War stalemated, having started in 1950. The Cold War continued—the USA tested the first hydrogen bomb and the UK announced they possessed the atomic bomb. There were serious natural disasters in 1952, with major earthquakes in California and the USSR ( 21st July, California: Mag 7.5; 4th Nov, Kamchatka, USSR: Mag 8.25). There were also water disasters, with huge floodings and drownings at sea. The Kamchatka earthquake triggered a tsunami which reached Hawaii.
In April, 78 seal hunters and 5 Norwegian seal-hunting ships disappeared without a trace. In December, killer fog was reported in London and in January 1953 (still the Chinese year of the Dragon), a North Sea flood killed 1,835 people in the southwest of the Netherlands, 307 people died in the UK and 133 people died in the Irish sea with the sinking of the ferry, the Princess Victoria. Queen Elizabeth II was crowned Queen of England. Albert Schweitzer received the Nobel Peace Prize. In films, Cecil B. de Mille produced The Greatest Show on Earth and Gary Cooper's High Noon is launched.
Dragon years include the biggest earthquake ever on record (Richter 9.2), which occurred in Alaska in 1964; then the worst earthquake in Tangshan, China in 1976 killing over 250,000 people. Serious earthquakes will occur in this Water Dragon year of 2012. In Chinese metaphysics the Dragon symbolises the tall mountain range, and the powerful energy of the land. It can trigger large earthquakes and earth-related disasters such as building collapses, mining disasters, mudslides, landslides or avalanches.
The Yang Water this year symbolises the ocean and is a powerful force. It can be the destructive force of nature, such as the tsunami—it can be the impulse and drive to push for social, political and economic changes. Yang Water is intelligence, courage, generosity and charity and, if the energy is guided positively, can bring a fast-paced progress and reform agenda. The positive quality of the Water Dragon is a generosity and a strong driving force for progress and social change, so it will be a year with new social movements and reform, in politics and amongst the social conservatives and dictators.
The basic five Chinese elements represent different parts of the body. Water relates to the kidneys, the immune system, sexual organs, elimination and the urinary system. Health problems related to Water could be kidney problems, sexual infections, inflammation of urinary tract, bowel problems and bacterial infections. Dragon Earth is cell tissue, muscles and stomach lining. Too much moist Earth is a cause of cancer. Water and Earth elements also weaken the Fire which is the blood and the heart. Take care of you heart's health in 2012, both physically and emotionally. Take antioxidants as one preventative measure.
On the economy, the Fire element is the driving force behind the stock market. Each of the Five Elements effects people's moods. Fire is joy, Water is fear, Earth is meditation and nurturance, Metal is sadness and Wood is anger. A Fire year then generates optimism and drives up the markets. But in 2008, when Water arrived, people began to fear, worsening the USA mortgage problems.
2012 is year of Water and Earth, with no Fire element, so this is a year that the economy and stock markets will go slow again. The strong Water this year is bringing more fear and people will be less optimistic. This is strongest in the northern winter months of October, November and December.
Fire industries such as electricity, oil and gas are controlled by Water, showing it's likely there will be more turmoil in areas holding great reserves of oil and natural gas, such as the Middle East. Deserts and drier areas of the world will suffer. Continuity of electricity supplies may be a big issue in 2012. Banking is ruled by Metal and the strong Water now may slow banks and affect them badly again. Reform in banking is one way the Dragon may go in 2012 and change the status quo.