2012 the end of the world as we know it?
Year of Water Dragon 2012 ~ Happy Chinese New Year
Gung Hay Fat Choy, is what you say to friends & family on Chinese New Year, literally means “Congratulations Prosperity!”, here is wishing you longevity, blessings to your household, wealth, happiness, health and endless friendships. I send this blessing out to all my clients, friends and family.
Happy Chinese New Year to all of you, this year we celebrate the Year of The Yang Water Dragon on January 23, 2012. Of course, 2012 is coming in with lots of hype about being the end of the world (according to the Mayan Calendar ending this December). I find it really interesting that the last Dragon Year we had was 2000 & that year also came in with lots of hype about the end of the world, remember that Y2K business?! Perhaps this is how Dragons emerge, full of mysticism and fear. I personally would be a little scared if I saw an actual dragon emerging! Do dragons really exist? Will it be “the end of the world as we know it?” to quote REM.
Chinese dragons traditionally symbolize potent & auspicious powers, especially regarding prosperity, water, rainfall, hurricanes, and floods. The dragon is a symbol of power, strength, and good luck. This may be the year when everything turns around for the better, most of all financially. It is a great time to pursue your dreams, start new projects and be inspired to create, create, create! Dragons are all about bigger than life aspirations. Dragons are traditionally used in festivals, as a good luck totem, which makes it a wonderful time for celebrations including weddings, reunions, births and gatherings. Dragons are said to be unpredictable, so 2012 could bring some real suprises, good or bad.
Dragon years are wonderful for romance, starting a new love affair, committing more deeply to an existing relationship or rekindling a dormant sex life. Dragon years are full of passion, enthusiasm and energy devoted to love and libido. You can see why there are so many marriages and births to celebrate in a Dragon year!
Those born in the year of the Dragon are thought to wear their heart on their sleeves. For others, the year of the Dragon can make one feel emotionally exposed. It is a good year to work out feelings therapeutically instead of repressing them. Brings to mind the Catpower son, “Would you let me walk down your street, naked if I want to be?” Water Dragons are pure, naked emotion expressed freely.
I believe the Water aspect of this Dragon will bring a greater awareness of our need for pure water & the awesome power of water in general. Look at all the devastation that occurred relating to water recently: BP oil spill, Japan’s earthquake leaking Nuclear waste into the ocean and drilling for Natural Gas created water you can light on fire, scary! Water is vital to all life, essential for growing food and I hope this year we will regain true respect for water as Native Americans have always had.
“One of the Natural laws is that you’ve got to keep things pure.
Especially the water.
Keeping the water pure is
one of the first laws of life.
If you destroy the water, you destroy life.”
“filthy Water cannot be washed” African Proverb
Nothing in the world is more flexible and yielding than water. Yet when it attacks the firm and the strong, none can withstand it, because they have no way to change it.” Lao Tzu
Initially, the dragon was benevolent but the Buddhists introduced the concept of malevolent influence among some dragons. Just as water destroys, they said, so can some dragons destroy via floods, tidal waves and storms. They suggested that some of the worst floods were believed to have been the result of a mortal upsetting a dragon.
As this year is a Water Dragon it is believed to rule over all moving bodies of water, such as waterfalls, rivers, or seas & may show itself as water spouts, tornadoes or twisters. Many astrologers are predicting some fierce water events this year, particularly in the South East. Yikes!
But fear not, there is some good news to rejoice in. We are finally coming out of the longest unfavorable period in over 600 years of Chinese Astrology, for the past 15 years we have had a scarcity of good luck or shall we say recession? Since 1996 the year element has been in a destructive relationship with the fixed element of the animal sign. This year 2012 is thus blessed not only by the lucky Dragon but also the end of that destructive cycle. Hallelujah!
Time to finally start contributing to our 401 k’s again?
The energetic high point of this year will be on the Dragon Moon which is from May 20th through June 18th.
So let’s get ready to celebrate this most exciting Water Dragon Year…
How to celebrate Chinese New Years:
It is a tradition to thoroughly clean your house to sweep away any ill-fortune in hopes to make way for good incoming luck, including removing all cobwebs from the corners, smudging your house with incense and cleaning your windows. Clear your clutter, I’d say get rid of anything you don’t need that you have been holding onto since 1996! Then those clean windows & doors can be decorated with red paper cut outs or red papers with black kanji that symbolize health, happiness, prosperity and longevity. On the Eve of Chinese New Year, 1/22/12 (a Sunday perfect for feasting!) is a feast with family or friends. Food includes lotus root, five spice roast pork, dumplings, sweet sesame balls, New Year’s cake and oranges are placed everywhere as a symbol of good fortune. Cherry blossoms, which seem to be already in bloom this year, can also be used to decorate. It is said to eat watermelon seeds on this day if you wish for children.
Early the next morning, children will greet their parents by wishing them a healthy and happy new year, and receive money in red paper envelopes, called lysee, along with chocolate gold coins. The Chinese New Year tradition is to reconcile, forget all grudges and sincerely wish peace and happiness for all friends and family.
If you have ever been to the Chinese New Year Celebration in the International District, you may seen them throwing firecrackers outside the doors of many businesses, this is to ward off any evil spirits and promote prosperity for the New Year.
My celebration this New Year includes putting up a Spirit House, which is a shrine to protect my house & business. It provides shelter to any malevolent spirits who might cause problems if they were not appeased. They are very popular in Thailand. I just love superstitions that come in the form of beautifully adorned spirit houses. My massage practice feels renewed with aquiring my Reiki Mastership in 2011, I hope to teach even more Reiki classes this year. It does feel like we are coming out of a tough era, with a renewed sense of hope, possibilities and rainbows after the storm. I am excited to see just what surprises are in store for us all in this Water Dragon New Year of 2012!!!
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