Friday, January 20, 2012

Be As a Dragon

As well-read and well-fed frequenters of Chinese restaurants with paper placemats are aware, this Monday, January 23, marks the beginning of a new cycle of the lunar calendar: The Year of the Dragon.


As you know, I kind of have a thing about dragons.*

Unlike western dragons, which are generally portrayed either as fearsome beasts or folk music stoners, the eastern dragons of lunar astrology are auspicious symbols of power and good fortune.

The eastern dragon is so highly regarded that the term has become synonymous with "strength" and "excellence." An emblem of royalty, eastern dragons are credited not only with the ability to fly, but to change shape and control wind and water, as well. Sometimes depicted as guardians of great treasures, the dragons of eastern mythology are more likely to aid than to attack questing humans.

According to this random website I Googled, persons born in a Year of the Dragon are: “are energetic and warm-hearted, charismatic, lucky at love and egotistic. They’re natural born leaders, good at giving orders and doing what’s necessary to remain on top.”

While a couple of those characteristics could possibly trend toward the obnoxious, it seems to me that we could all benefit from having the occasional dragon in our lives and being, at times, more dragon-like.
This Year of the Dragon, embrace your power to enrich your own life and to assist those around you. Use your talents and abilities to make positive changes to your environment and yourself. Understand that you possess treasures of great worth and know that you don't need wings to soar.

Today's lesson: Embrace your inner dragon

Next: Truth or Consequences

*Though I was born in the Year of the Hare

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