Year of the Water Dragon - Monday January 23, 2012
mighty Dragon! Your arrival is most welcome. People and businesses
around the world have had difficult
times over the last few years, so the good luck you bring
is timely and needed.
The Dragon is in
fact the major symbol of good fortune in Chinese Astrology. The
Dragon constellation, for example, is accorded
the honor of being the guardian of the
Eastern sky. According to tradition the Dragon brings in the Four
Blessings of the East: wealth, virtue,
harmony and longevity.
Indeed, of the 12 signs of the
Chinese zodiac the Dragon is the most special, as
it is a mystical being rather than an earthly animal. It is
sometimes called a karmic sign. In this
context that means we can expect grand things this year. Bigger than
life is very much a Dragon thing. There
will be spectacular successes as well as
crash and burn failures.
To get an idea of the magnitude
of events that might occur in 2012 it is helpful
to look back on the last time the Water Dragon made an
appearance, the year 1952. In February
Elizabeth II became Queen of the United Kingdom, beginning a reign that
still continues today. The UK was
responsible for another amazing feat of longevity.
In November Agatha Christie’s Mousetrap opened in London,
eventually setting the record for the
longest, continuously running production of a play in history. It
is not really cause for celebration, but in
1952 the United States introduced two of
the most destructive weapons in history, the hydrogen bomb and the B-52
bomber. On a more positive note, the
field of medicine saw the first successful separation
of Siamese twins at Mt Sinai hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.
And, to make the point that significant
bad things can also happen in a Dragon year, in December a killer
fog descended on London, one result being the
invention of the word smog.
Throughout history parents in
China have hoped to have children during Dragon years.
What famous people will be born in 2012, and how will
they change the world? The year 1952
claims world leaders including Vladimir Putin and Lee Hsien Loong. In
the world of sport Jimmy Connors dominated
the world of tennis and became one of
the greatest players ever, while football coach Bill Belichick has
struck fear into the hearts of
opponents, winning four super bowls in the process. And, Craig Newmark,
founder of Craig’s List, has
revolutionized the world of advertising. In fact Dragons
dominate the world of business. CEOs born in 1952 have
run Coca Cola, Exxon-Mobil,
Alberto-Culver, Time Warner, Colgate- Palmolive, Viacom, UPS, Radio
Shack, Clorox, Tiffany & Company,
Hershey, ITT, Macy’s, Xerox and Walgreens to name a few.
course not everyone can grow up to be President of Singapore or CEO of
Coca Cola. The Dragon, however, is a
reminder everyone has dreams, and that the time to pursue
them is now. Some may be as ridiculous as those of Don
Quixote, comic hero of the famous
Spanish novel. Others may change the world, or at least your life. Now
is thus the time to take a chance, to
reach for the proverbial brass ring, to not only
dream but act on that impossible dream. The Dragon gives you
the best chance to make it come true.
word about timing. The Dragon is associated with Spring. This means you
need to get off to a fast start in 2012
as things are going to happen early in the year.
Hopefully you used some of the quiet time last year to plan.
When the train leaves the station, you
want to be on it! Good luck and opportunities to make money could
come very soon after lunar New Year or Tet.
Dragon is not, however, just about money. There will also be fireworks
when it comes to love and romance. New
love can blossom or an old one rekindle on the
spur of the moment. It is relevant here to note the Dragon is
closely associated with festivals and
celebrations, as exemplified by its status as the star of New
Year’s parades. That makes 2012 the perfect year
for engagements, weddings and baptisms.
A word of caution.
The Dragon is after all a mythical beast. And, after the parade
is over, the Dragon is put away for the next
occasion. It thus suggests happenings of
a transitory nature. So enjoy that new love, but understand it is more
than likely just to be a fleeting
So far it’s been all about the Dragon. The fact
that 2012 is a Water year is extremely
important and demands consideration. That’s because Water nourishes the
Dragon’s fixed element, Wood, giving
this Dragon a big advantage over the rest of the breed
when it comes to bringing good luck. The same holds true
for accomplishment. This Dragon is
actually going to realize some of those big dreams!
is an even greater reason to rejoice. Ever since 1996 the year element
has been in a destructive relationship
with the fixed element of the animal sign. That
is the longest unfavorable period in the 60 year cycle of
Chinese Astrology, and that means a
scarcity of good luck. The year 2012 is thus blessed not only by the
lucky Dragon but also the end of that
Furthermore, under the influence of the
Dragon it is a yang year. Yang Water is
like a flowing river rather than a stagnant lake. Things will move,
ideas flow, creativity abound, economies
boom, and love blossom in this environment. It is likely
to be an exciting year indeed.
this is a Water year, those people born in a Wood one will generally
fare better than others of their animal
sign, while those born in a Fire one are likely
to do worse. It’s also slightly negative for those born in an
Earth year and mildly positive for Metal
sign people. Finally, those born in a Water year will be in their
element and do well if their animal sign is
compatible with the Dragon.
Regardless of your sign, there
will be significant upheavals in 2012. Soaring stock
markets, natural disasters, and noteworthy, cultural and
political developments will be more the
norm than the exception. There will be celebrations of all kinds.
And, good luck will be coming your way. Are
you ready to fly with the Dragon?!