Friday, January 27, 2012

Year of the Dragon 2012

Happy Chinese New Year!

The Dragon symbol of the 2012 year, began on January 23rd, is an intelligent and laborious worker who never puts aside work though sometimes this leads him to excesses. The water Dragon has enough courage to face challenges and easily finds weak points that stand on his way to success. 

Industries belonging to the wood (textile, media) and earth (property, construction) elements and will see some prosperity in 2012. Metal (banking) and water (shipping) industries will not be as profitable.

Whew!! for me (textiles) and my husband (property-construction)!
Chinese dragons traditionally symbolize potent and auspicious (attended by good fortune- prosperous) powers, particularly control over water, rainfall, hurricane, and floods. The dragon is also a symbol of power, strength, and good luck. With this, the Emperor of China usually uses the dragon as a symbol of his imperial power. 
 The Imperial Dragon was supposed to be made up of nine separate beings. They were the eyes of a demon, the head of a camel, the ears of a cow, the neck of a snake, the horns of a stag, the claws of an eagle and the belly of a clam. His soles were made of the feet of a tiger and his body was covered with carp scales numbering an odd 117. As a result, each picture of the Imperial Dragon shows a winding twisty golden-red colored fearsome creature that is nonetheless very beautiful to look at.
In Chinese daily language, excellent and outstanding people are compared to the dragon while incapable people with no achievements are compared with other, disesteemed creatures, such as the worm. 
OoooOOh my!
A number of Chinese proverbs and idioms feature references to the dragon, for example:
"Hoping one's son will become a dragon" 望子成龍

In fact, China is expecting a huge baby boom this year!
In ancient China, the dragon became a symbol of the imperial hierarchy. At the end of his reign, the first legendary Emperor, Huang Di, was said to have been immortalized into a dragon that resembled his emblem, and ascended to Heaven. Since the Chinese consider Huang Di as their ancestor, they sometimes refer to themselves as "the descendants of the dragon." This legend also contributed towards the use of the Chinese dragon as a symbol of imperial power.
The dragon, especially yellow or golden dragons with five claws on each foot, was a symbol for the emperor in many Chinese dynasties. 
Chinese emperors thought they were the real dragons and the sons of heaven. Thus the beds they slept on are called the dragon beds, the throne called the dragon seat, and the emperor’s ceremonial dresses called the dragon robes.  It was a capital offense for commoners to wear clothes with a dragon symbol. 

The dragon is featured in the carvings on the steps of imperial palaces and tombs, such as the Forbidden City in Beijing.
There are nine ways the Chinese have traditionally represented these dragon each one revealing a different dragon characteristic.
  • There are dragons carved on the tops of bells and gongs, because of the beast’s habit of calling loudly when attacked.
  • A second type is carved on the screws of fiddles, since most dragons are fond of music.
  • A third is carved on the tops of stone tablets, because of dragons’ love of literature.
  • A fourth is found at the bottom of stone monuments, as dragons can support heavy weights.
  • A fifth is placed on the eaves of temples, as dragons are ever alert to danger.
  • A sixth occurs on the beams of bridges, since dragons are fond of water.
  • A seventh is carved on Buddha’s throne, as dragons like to rest.
  • An eighth is placed on the hilts of swords, since dragons are known to be capable of slaughter.
  • The ninth is carved on prison gates, as these are dragons that are fond of quarreling and trouble making.
May you all have a auspicious 
Chinese New Year that 
exceeds your every dream!

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