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Celestial Dragons

Updated on September 19, 2012

I wrote a hub about Famous Dragons. Not to long ago. One of the comments was.. But what about the celestial Dragons Ms Chievous? Celestial dragon?" I had not thought about the Chinese version of Dragon Lore. But after researching the celestial dragons surely deserve a hub of their own.

Celestial Dragon originated for Chinese Folklore. The Chinese proclaim themselves to be the proud descendants of the dragon. Even the symbol of a celestial dragon is supposed to suggest DNA .It was believed that the Emperor could change into a dragon. It was also believed that the celestial dragon mated wit humans and that is how humans descended from dragons.

The Dragon portrays many positive values. It has been said to be the Ultimate representation of Mother Nature. It is said to be the Supreme being of all others. The Celestial Dragon is the ultimate symbol of good fortune to others.

Dragons are said to have nine properties of other animals such as the whiskers of a rat and the horns of a deer and the neck of a camel. They have the head of a horse the and ears of a cow. Their origins are not clear but some say their beginnings go back to the depictions of dragons on totem poles.

They do not have wings but are known and respected for their ability to control the weather and elements. The Celestial dragon is said to give the essence of life in the form of a celestial breath. The Dragon' birth cycle is folklore fo r the cause of tsunamis and other nautral disataters. It may take as long as a thougsand years for a dragon egg to hatch,

Dragon shrines can still be seen in the far East.

The year of the Dragon occurs every twelve years in Chinese Folklore. 2012 wil be the next Dragon year even though there are predictions of doom. This year will be the year of the Water Dragon.

Forms of Celestial Dragons

There are several types of Celestial Dragons, all having to do with the Elements.

The Fire Dragon is the most short tempered and ambitious. He often loses his temper after he cannot make one of he unrealistic goals, This dragon is harsh with criticisms. communication is not his strong suit,

The Water Dragon is a good negotiator and is overly optimistic. he tends not to be power hungry and can accept defeat. Not to say that this dragon is wishy washing because he knows about the fine art of negotiation and can be persuasive at times.

The Wood Dragon thinks before asking. His traits are inquisitive and creativity and imagination. Although he may be outspoken he will be willing ot compromise if there are advantages in it for him. He tries to mind his manners but is also fearless.

The Metal Dragon is driven and does not accept failure. This dragon will not compromise and will go out on his own if he canot get tothers to folow. He is ruthless and does not care about the points or feelings of others when he is trying to succeed.

The Earth Dragon is ambitious but also thinks before he acts. This Dragon can be more reasonable and quite reflective. He will agree to disagree and listens to others points of view.

The Toes have it!

Celestial Dragons have been said to be adviser's to the emperors. Interestingly .. the Dragons of Japan only had three toes but were said to grown toes after they left Japan. The legend states the further away they got form China the less toes they had. .. but this is why there are three four and five toed dragons. Four toed dragons are said to be from Korea while Five Toed Dragons are Chinese.

In Dragon lore the five toed dragons are the most powerful and have been depicted on the shields and armour of emperors. Three toed dragons depicted the general public. At one point in Chinese history it was made into law that no one other the Emperor himself could adorn the five toed dragon. The official symbol for the emperor was in fact the five toed golden dragon. Anyone caught using the five toed dragon or the long golden five toed dragon could be executed. Chinese dragons all are to have 117 scales and 81 which are to be positive and 36 which are to be negative.

Celestial dragons due to their ability to change the weather have temples all over east Asia. These temples were erected so that others could pray so that no harm would come to the townspeople.

A Yellow Coiled dragon
A Yellow Coiled dragon

The Celestial Dragon is associated with the number nine. Nine in China is considered one of the most lucky number because it is the largest of the single digit numbers. There are nine dragons in Chinese mythology. In fact there are places in China named Nine Dragons because of the luck associated with it.

There are Nine objects that typically adorn a celestial dragon in carving or painting. Dragons are carved on the tips of bells and gong because Dragons typically like to announce their arrival. Their carvings can also be found on the screws of fiddles as Dragons love music. the same with literature, dragons are carved on the tops of stone tablets. Dragons are carved on the bottom of stone monuments as they can lift heavy objects. They are also found on the beams of bridge as dragon s like water. Dragons are found on swords, naturally because they love to do battle, The last object you will typically find dragon carvings on is prison gates, to represent their love of arguing.


The Nine Types of Dragons

There are Nine types of Chinese dragons.

The Horned Dragon, also known as the Lung dragon is the most powerful although the most powerful this Dragon is deaf

The Celestial dragon, who has been said to protect the mansions of the Gods,

The Winged Dragon,

the Spiritual Dragon that creates the wind and rain

the Dragon of Hidden Treasures that guards over hidden wealth,,

The Coiling Dragon , who lives in the water

and the Yellow dragon  gave the Chinese the gift of writing.  This demonstrates the Dragons love of literature.

and the Dragon King, which consists of four dragons total. Each of the four dragons rules over the East, West, South and North

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Dragon Worship

There are numerous places the Dragon was worshipped in China. The moist infamous is the Black Dragon Pool Chapel near Peking China. This particular place was used as a place of worship with the emperor and his family. Also noted is the Isle of Temple in Japan's inland Sea. It is noted to be a place of worship. Pilgrimages are still being made to this isle as a place to pray.  Dragons are still worshipped in parades and dragon shaped boats were raced in celebration of them.


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    • SoftCornHippo profile image


      9 years ago

      This hippo gets overwhelmed by many dragons! But I will have to keep on studyin' the subject I guess. What about red dragons? That's the way they usually show up to me. The hippo is a rat and especially likes Ganesha because of that. I know, mixin' my cultural symbology, but I jus' can't help myself! Love these subjects. Thanks!

    • Cygnus76 profile image


      9 years ago from ON

      Yay Dragon!! That's me! :D

      actually there are 3 dragons in my family, my dad and my eldest brother. but since i'm a sky dragon, i dominate over them. Muhahahaha

      awesome hub btw :)

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      9 years ago

      My animus is the mix of the Fire, Metal and Earth dragon...I can be ruthless and ambitious when it calls for it - this made me refuse to work under anybody since I graduated from college...but I can be very friendly, and all my friends will testify that I'm the closest and most reliable friend they have...however, those who choose to become my enemies, and act it out towards wary...(Sinister tune plays in background)...LOL...another brilliant dragon hub! Love it!

    • Ms Chievous profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Wv

      Dohn121 .. Should I call you Dragon Dohn from now on? Thank you for being such a great fan!!

    • dohn121 profile image


      9 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      I AM A DRAGON! Yet you beat me to the punch :( Great job, however! Yes, yes, I certainly love literature and love to write (obviously) I liked how you included all of these finer points in your descriptions of the many dragons! This just might be my favorite hub from you! Thanks! I see you're happy again!

    • Ms Chievous profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Wv

      Thank You E.A. Wright for the wonderful compliment

    • E. A. Wright profile image

      E. A. Wright 

      9 years ago from New York City

      Didn't know about the nine types of dragons. A yellow dragon must have paid you a visit! Thanks for these dragon articles. Such fun.

    • Ms Chievous profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Wv

      Thank You BK!! There is so much information out there about celestial dragons I could have written more! I hope your dragon continues to bring you luck!

    • BkCreative profile image


      9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      What a great hub! So thorough and inclusive. As a lover of feng-shui and Chinese lunar astrology I so appreciate this information. I can share it with my feng-shui pal.

      As a feng-shui lover I have my own special dragon here at home holding the pearl - and bringing me good luck.

      In Lunar astrololgy I am not a dragon, I am an ox. More specifically an earth ox - which means it's easy to guess my age since we are in an earth ox year (double earth actually). I wrote a hub about guessing someone's age using lunar astrology - but I digress...

      I meant to just say - I enjoyed this dragon hub!

    • Ms Chievous profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Wv

      Hi Rawlus I'm a horse myself

      yes may a world of dragons who thought before they spoke would be nice. Do you think Celestial dragons write for hubpages? ;)

    • mayhmong profile image


      9 years ago from North Carolina

      I like the wooden and earth dragons. Wish, people are more like that, ya?

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      9 years ago

      Very interesting Ms. Empirical. Quetzalcoatli too. I'm a tiger. Born in that year. hmmm


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