2012 Year of The Dragon
Welcome to 2012 Year of the Dragon!
This light-hearted lens is devoted to the dragon, (a Yang wood animal, and the only mythical creature in the Chinese zodiac).
In China, dragons are associated with strenth, vitality, harmony and good luck which is why they are placed above doors or on rooftops to banish the demons and evil spirits. In many Asian cultures, dragons represent the primal forces of nature, religion and the universe while many embody supernatural powers and great wisdom.
In Western culture, dragons are often portrayed as fire-breathing lizard-like creatures, or serpentine monsters with bat-like wings capable of devouring their pray in a single bite. These cunning creatures far from being protectors of mankind are seen as mortal enemies synonymous with the devil or Satan himself.
We leave you to be the judge of what role dragons play in your life -- especially in "2012 The Year of the Dragon" (January 23, 2012 - February 9, 2013)!
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THE YEAR OF THE DRAGON 2012 - OH JOY - GUNG HAY FAT CHOY!
For those who love a little bit of tantalizing trivia:Chinese dragons have five toes Korean dragons have four toes Japanese dragons have three toes
The Bad News: It is said that the farther dragons travel from their home in China, the more toes they are likely to lose.
The Good News: When these perambulating dragons return home, all their missing toes grow back. Since most dragons prefer to keep all their toes, all the time, few dragons ever stray very far from home.
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Commemorating the Year of the Dragon - The Stamp of Success and the Beginning of the New Millennium!
On January 23, 2012, we transition from the Chinese Year of the Rabbit into the propersous and fertile Year of the Dragon.
2000 Year of the Dragon Stamp (China); 5 February 2000 - 23 January 2001: Fire Dragon
2012 YEAR OF THE WATER DRAGON - 23 January 2012 - 9 February 2013
Image Credit: Chinese water dragon. Illustration by Katrina M. Montgomery - elfwood.com - katrina99
Unlike the negative energies associated with Western Dragons, most Eastern Dragons are beautiful, friendly, and wise. They are the angels of the Orient that bring abundance, prosperity, and good fortune.
Instead of being feared or despised, they are loved and worshipped. Temples and shrines have been built to honor them, for they represent Mother Nature and the forces that control the rain, rivers, lakes, and seas.
There are nine major types of Chinese dragons. These include the horned dragon, the winged dragon, the celestial dragon (which supports and protects the homes of the gods), the spiritual dragon (which generates wind and rain for the benefit of mankind), the dragon of hidden treasures (which guards wealth), the coiling dragon (which lives in water), and the yellow dragon (which once emerged from water and presented the legendary Emperor Fu Shi with the elements of writing). The last of the nine is the dragon king, which actually consists of four separate dragons, (each of which rules over one of the four seas of the east, south, west, and north).
Water calms the Dragon's fire. Water Dragons are less opinionated than others, capable of see things from other points of view and often tend to be overly optimistic (i.e. they're not the first to cry over spilt milk nor are they keen on declaring that the sky is falling...surely there must be a solution...why not build an ark?)
WELCOME TO THE WATER DRAGON!
A marvelous memento for seafarers, the Sea Dragon also adores celebrations -- so bring him along to your next beach party or picnic by the water.
Water dragons know how to live in the mystery of the deep, but they must learn to balance the water tendency with their innate talent for excessiveness.
Blue Water Dragons know the difference between a rock and a hard place, but dislike having to be calm and patient, waiting for anything or anyone, or sitting around twiddling their tails!
The Blue Chinese Dragon knows how to cope with choppy waters, is more diplomatic than other dragons and is very creative.
The perfect addition to any pondering pool, the water dragon is known to be a pacifist and with an interest in solving social problems.
MAY THE DRAGONS BE WITH YOU! - Gung Hay Fat Choy!
Dragons symbolize a potent and benevolent power, the ultimate ruler of all the elements (of earth, air, fire, and water), and a primordial power that acts as a catalyst for change and transformation, wisdom, infinity, and longevity, as well as the movement through space and time.
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DRAGON ATTRIBUTES AND ASSOCIATIONS
Image Credit: Joe Leasure @ flickr.comTraditionally, dragons are said to be associated with the following:
Zodiac Location: 5th position in the 12-year cycle of animals in the Chinese zodiac and calendar
Equivalent Western Astrological Sign: Aries (The Ram)
Fixed Element: Fire
Key Characteristics: Honest, strong, and brave
Most Compatible With: Rats, Snakes, Monkeys, and Roosters
Ruling Hours: 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Season: Spring (April)
Lunar Months: 5 April - 4 May
Birth: Anytime, except during a storm
Colors: Clear, yellow, black
Plants: Mandrake, sage
Food: Wheat, poultry
Motto: "I Reign"
Ruling Countries: Bulgaria, China, Denmark, Iran, Italy, Japan, Micronesia, United Kingdom, Vietnam
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Fame and fortune are always in good supply for dragons, even in the Year of the Snake.
“To attract good fortune, spend a new penny on an old friend, share an old pleasure with a new friend and lift up the heart of a true friend by writing his name on the wings of a dragon.”
-- A Chinese Proverb --
PAY IT FORWARD THIS YEAR! - GIVE GENEROUSLY TO IRIS THE DRAGON CHARITY.
Open your Kind Deeds Pocket and give generously to IRIS THE DRAGON charity!
lris the Dragon is a registered Canadian charity that is a known producer of children's books to educate young audiences on mental health and wellness.
With over a decade of experience, Iris the Dragon's mission has been to provide educational material for adults and young readers that can facilitate a conversation among parents, teachers and children about issues relating to mental health and wellness in a non-threatening manner.
Iris the Dragon's books address a variety of emotional, behavioural and neurodevelopmental conditions and recognize the importance of family, school, and community in promoting the potential of every child.
Image and Quote Credit: Iris The Dragon Charity
THE DRAGON PERSONALITY
The truth of the matter is that despite their impressive appearance, deep down dragons are disatisfied and discontented which is probably why they spend a good deal of the time in their dens. The happiest dragons are those that are involved in some new project, campaign or perhaps love affair -- they do not take too kindly to fiddling their fingers or twiddling their toes if they had any.
It is said that dragons will only be truly content when they look at themselves in the mirror, accept their vulnerability, and use it to balance their exuberance.
NOTE: For those interacting with dragons, avoid stepping on their tales, threatening them with pointy-things, or calling them nasty names -- this will not endear them to you.
WOOD DRAGON: The Wood Dragon is creative, imaginative, and inquisitive. Being both a thinker and a doer, the Wood Dragon is guided by sound logic, ambition and drive which allow him to put many of his ideas into practice. This dragon goes out of his way not to offend others. In fact, he will even compromise if it is to his advantage. Less self-centered than other dragons, he is still nevertheless outspoken and fearless when challenged.
FIRE DRAGON: The Fire Dragon is the most extroverted and competitive dragon. More often than not he pushes too hard and expects a good deal from everyone. His fierey tongue suggest that his criticisms are both objective and often warranted and he is noted for his ability to arouse massive popular support. On the negative side, his insatiable ambition can make him a tad short-tempered and intolerant. Never afraid to lead and even build empires, his greatest challenge is to to learn how to use "people skills" to communicate more modestly and patiently with everyone.
EARTH DRAGON: The Earth Dragon is a quieter, more reflective dragon, appreciative of other's opinions even if he fails to agree with them. He is reasonable in his approach to problems and his leadership is less 'my way or the highway'. He is not given to outbursts of temper, but at the same time, he demands respect. He knows the value of cooperation and is more diplomatic than other dragons allowing him to curb his ambitions and carefully think through the consequences of his actions.
METAL DRAGON: The Metal Dragon is the most strong-willed of all the dragons. He tends to be inflexible, unbending and combative. He knows how to rapidly rise to a position of authority but often at the cost of destroying important relationships. Forget about trying to convince him that certain things are simply undoable, it's futile. Often, he will go it alone if he can't gain support, and is likely to succeed because he refuses to accept failure.
WATER DRAGON: The Water Dragon is less self-centered, opinionated and power-oriented than the other dragons. He can accept without complaining or resorting to recrimination. He makes a good negotiator as he knows when, where, and how to use power effectively, preferring to manouever skillfully through difficulty rather than relying on brute force to secure his goal. His greatest challenge is to learn how to let go what is not feasible so that he can concentrate his energies on the most rewarding endeavors.
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HERE BE DRAGONS
Who says dragons can't fly!
Who says dragons aren't cuddly critters?
Those who love a challenge will adore this dragon!
Here be a golden dragon -- one who is idealistic, intelligent, and irresistible!
"Meddle not in the affairs of the dragon; for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup."
DRAGONS AT WORK
Image Credit: itchstudios.comContrary to popular opinion, dragons are now power-hungry pests, although more often than not they do tend to end up at the top of their profession -- because leadership is what they do best.
Putzing along doing mundane or routine tasks does not turn the dragon's crank -- but if you've got a problem you can't solve -- just call upon the dragon; they're great at innovating and creating not to mention directing and troubleshooting.
Typical dragon occupations:Managing DirectorFilm Star or Film DirectorLawyerPresident, Prime Minister -- Big KahunaSales/Advertising ExecutiveArchitectAstronautPhotojournalist or War CorrespondentProfessional/Motivational Speaker
Dragon dudes know how to have fun! - Which is more than I can say for homo sapiens who work 24/7.
Image Credit: "Dragon Summer Fun" illustration - lisavictoria.net
LEISURE INTERESTS OF THE DRAGON
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Dragons have a multitude of interests, pastimes, and recreational pursuits. The only trouble is that the dragon does not tend to stay in things for the long haul which is usually way too boring for this bold or bodacious beast who likes to travel light when it comes to vacations.
The typical dragon is happily engrossed one week in learning all there is know about yoga including how to snooze quietly on a mat and medidate until the cows come home or some such thing. The next week, he or she will sign up for a flutophone class not realizing that it helps to have fingers to cover the holes and the ability to blow for a long time through a tiny mouthpiece. Well so much for music ...how about a game of tiddlywinks or croquet?
Dragons are not noted for wanting to spend hours exercising or training -- that's far too tedious. Dragons need activities that are exciting -- meaning oodles of adventure with as few risks as possible plus lots of short breaks that include sampling tasting food, fizzy beverages, and the odd lofty peak thrown in for good measure (but it should have a helicopter landing pad nearby ready to take him/her to the next dandy dragon destination)!
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Well, when push comes to shove, and dragons don't mind throwing their weight around -- especially if it's for a good cause, they have a few they like:any sort of celebration such as festivals, parties, shindigs, picnics, fireworks -- you name it -- he/she is ready, willing, and able to join in the fungoing on a holiday or travelling and roller-coaster rides: minus any nasty surprises of courseto give advice or be in charge: yes someone has to do it and it might as well be a dragon!championing causes: saving damsels in distress, protecting and preserving all manner of things including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness
"It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him."
-- J.R.R. Tolkien, English author of "The Lord of the Rings", (1892-1973)
A Marvelous Memento - Year of the Dragon 2012 Coin
Time to collect a bit of silver - a sign of prosperity, especially if one has a dragon on one's side, or in one's pocket!
Speaking of Mesmerizing Mystical Things
THE SEA WAS CALM,
BUT RATHBRAZE WAS NOT...
Puff The Magic Dragon - C'mon now every...sing-a-ling and make all those dragons happy!
WEIRD WORDS OF WISDOM:
It's hard to soar with dragons when you work with gargoyles.
"May the dragon of life only roast your hot-dogs and never burn your buns!"
THE DRAGON LADY POLL - A feisty fire-breathing feline should never go to waste!
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Which Dragon Lady can spit tacks the best?
"If you can't take the heat, don't tickle the dragon."
FAMOUS FOLKS BORN IN THE YEAR OF THE DRAGON
Image Credit: Beatles Dragon by illustrator Kenny Durkin - durkinworks.blogspot.comCharles Darwin - Naturalist, 12 Feb. 1809, AquariusFlorence Nightingale, Nurse, 12 May 1820, TaurusFriedrich Nietzsche, German Philosopher, 15 October 1844, LibraSigmund Freud, Psychiatrist, 6 May 1856, TaurusGeorge Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright, 16 July 1856, LeoSalvador Dali, Artist, 11 May 1904, Artist, TaurusKirk Douglas, Actor, 9 December 1916, SagittariusEarth Kitt, Singer, 26 January 1928, AquariusChe Guevara, Revolutionary, 14 June 1928, GeminiMartin Luther King, Civil Rights Leader, 15 January 1929, CapricornRingo Starr, Musician - Member of Beatles, 7 July 1940, CancerJohn Lennon, Singer/Composer - Member of Beatles, 9 October 1940, LibraPele, South American Soccer Player, 23 October 1940, ScorpioJoan Baez, Folksinger, 9 January 1941, CapricornPierce Brosnan, Actor, 16 May 1952, Taurus
Who says you can't tame or train a dragon?
Dinglebell Dragon knows how to mash mistletoe, melt abominable people of Snow, and get into the festive spirit by flipping a few frigging eggs and pancakes!
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A DELIGHTFUL DRAGON WISHES YOU A THRILLING THANKSGIVING
Image Credit: Illustrator, Kenny Durkin, www.durkinworks.blogspot.com
Dragon Delights - Dingle Dangles for fire-breathing folks
What's a tree without a curious collection of critters at Christmas time.
Every dragon has a sweet tooth when it comes to candy cane!
The holly and the ivy give dragons a warm and prickly feeling, especially at Christmas time.
Who says you don't need a little help to sit on on that gold you're saving for the next economic crash?
When it comes to the Land of Ice and Snow, these dragons know where to go!
Dragons don't beg and we don't do tricks! - Just put those treats in my pumpkin pot or I'll sizzle you to a crisp!!
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May the Dapper Dragon drop all sorts of gorgeous goodies on your front doorstep.
And may he also warm the cockles of your heart and roast your chestnuts or mashmallows on an open fire.
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PESKY PET FOOD POLL
Image Credit: Illustrator - betsystreeter