Monday, January 23, 2012

Year of the Dragon

Happy Chinese New Year(Spring Festival)! January 23, 2012 marks the year of the Dragon according to the Chinese Lunar/Solar calendar. Traditionally, the New Year will begin in the middle of the 12th month with the second new moon and end in the middle of the first month with a waxing full moon. This time period for the Chinese is one of the most important festivals. This is a time that is focused on the home and the family. Many will partake in dinner feasts with family and household cleaning in preparation for the year. The New Year is one that last about 15 days, with each day symbolizing something different.
Photo Credit: L.Marie

Last year was a Rabbit year, this year is a Dragon year, and next year is a Snake year.  2011 was a relaxing(healing) year and  2012 will be a transitional(wild) year . A Dragon year is one that should be used to follow passions, ambitions, and take risks. The element that governs Dragon is wood, however the element that is associated with this 2012 year is water, which indicates happiness and success will be prominent. Be independent, communicate, and take risks because returns will be high. 

I will be following the Chinese tradition and will be clearing up my room and discarding items that were no longer necessary.  A clear space equals a clear mind. I will also use 2012 to follow my passions and allow my cautious Taurus temperament to take some risks. 

Will you honor the Chinese New Year by spring cleaning? What traditions do you follow?


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