It's the start of whole new year! It's Chinese New Year, marking the start to a new lunar calendar cycle and a time for millions of Chinese and other Asian cultures to celebrate, which they do with parades, family feasts, special prayer ceremonies, and fireworks! The new year traditionally lasts for 15 days, is the longest and most important of the Chinese holidays. The celebrations tend to emphasize wealth, happiness and good fortune.
2012 is the Year of the Water Dragon. In ancient times the dragon was a symbol reserved for the Chinese emperor, and it is considered an extremely auspicious sign. Unlike the Western lore of dragons being evil and deadly, the Chinese celestial dragon symbolizes benevolent power, making them both strong and merciful. Many astrologers cite dragon years as positive from many perspectives including family, business, and economic, and people born in dragon years to be brave over-achievers. Famous people born in Dragon years include former U.S. president Bill Clinton, actress Reese Witherspoon and artist Salvador Dali.
Historically, "Year of the Water Dragon (1952, 1992 and 2012) is noted for its calm, visionary intelligence, and balance of right brain creativity with left brain logic." Here are some other interesting positive tid bits from californiapsychics.com on the the potential influences of the Water Dragon's rule from January 23, 2012 to February 9, 2013:
- Like all Dragons, the Water Dragon is an innovative, fearless leader. But the Water Dragon is also far more sensitive to others’ needs, and is more likely to be progressive and diplomatic, as well as socially and environmentally conscious. Because Water bestows a more peaceful disposition, this Dragon will act wisely and intelligently, and unlike his fellow Dragons, is willing to set aside his ego for the good of all.
- This Dragon is a successful negotiator, and while he is adept at marketing, he also knows how to apply force skillfully when necessary. On the down side, the Water Dragon sometimes forgets to build a solid foundation for his grand plans, and he can hold on too long to pet ideas and projects, and thus create a famous Dragon-sized disaster.
- If you subscribe to the dawn-of-a-new-era theory of 2012, then it’s easy to see how the influence of the Water Dragon will increase the likelihood of success for progressive movements gaining momentum all across the globe. Energy conservation and green energy-producing technologies, curtailing Global Warming, challenges to multinational corporations, attention to world hunger and the renewed health of the oceans and sea creatures will all likely fare well. But of all the Dragon years, the 2012 Water Dragon is most likely to bestow the Chinese Five Blessings of harmony, virtue and riches fulfillment and longevity, adding even more weight to the growing belief that 2012 will be about breakthroughs, not disasters.
Here are some things you can do on your Happy to Be ME! path to mark this auspicious time and set-up your own personal breakthroughs:
- Make peace with your past. As the benevolent and conscious Water Dragon energies are in play, be willing to explore old wounds and disappointments that no longer serve you, bless and thank the situations for the opportunities they provided for your Soul's evolution and let them go. As each one of us heals, we create a ripple effect that heals the planet!
- As Chinese people do, spend time honoring and reconnecting with elders. Recognize the gifts prior generations have bestowed on us and celebrate their love and accomplishments. Do selfless service in a senior center, make a scrapbook of time with your grandparents or other elders in your family, or visit a grave site and leave a Blessing.
- Find ways to balance your Divine masculine and feminine aspects. Be sure you're balancing giving by being an open receiver, make time in your DOingness for BEingness (doing nothing), and quiet your mind with meditation at least once a day.
- Celebrate your health at whatever state it is, and do whatever new things you can to be healthier as you experience the longevity-boosting energy of this year.
- Look for one or two new ways to contribute to the health of the planet. Adopt a homeless pet, support a neighborhood garden, step-up your recycling, or look into solar or other alternative power sources.
Blessings, Love and Light!