WELCOME 2012 THE YEAR OF THE DRAGON
Chinese New Year is on January 23rd. This day is a new moon day and the first day in the Chinese Lunar Calendar system. The Year 2012 is the 4709th in the Chinese calendar. Also, the Chinese Year uses the cycle of 60 Stem-Branch counting systems and the Black Water Dragon is the 28th Stem-Branch in the cycle.
2012 is the year of Dragon. Some say the year 2012 is a Black Dragon or Water Dragon year. This is because the Stem-Branch Calendar is connected to the Five Element theory. Chinese calendars used the Stem-Branch system to count the days, months and years. There are 10 Stems and 12 Branches in this system. Stems are named by the Yin-Yang and Five Elements (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth). The Stems sequence order is Yang Wood, Yin Wood, Yang Fire, Yin Fire, Yang Earth, Yin Earth, Yang Metal, Yin Metal, Yang Water and Yin Water. The branches are represented by animal symbols, in the order of Rat, Cow, Tiger, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Chicken, Dog and Pig. The Stem and Branch are used together to form the cycle of the 60 counting systems which begin with the wooden Rat and end with the Water Pig. So 1924 to 1983 is a complete cycle and you can see that year 2012 is Water Dragon and is the 29th of the Stem-Branch, which represents black.
The Chinese Zodiac of the Dragons
The Dragon occupies the 5th position in the Chinese Zodiac and is the mightiest of the signs. This sign represents ambition and dominance. They are not afraid of challenges, and are usually very successful. They are risk takers and prefer to live by their own rules. They like to display their passion in grand fashion. All this enthusiasm leaves Dragons feeling unfulfilled and exhausted. Their kindness in helping other is very frequent and they will rarely ask for help. Dragons are not social and prefer to be alone, so they are usually seen as arrogant and conceited. Dragons have tempers that can flare fast when they are attacked.
Dragons prefer to lead and want jobs that allow them to express their creativity. Good careers for Dragons are engineer, computer analyst, manager, architect and lawyer.
Dragons are healthy overall, despite their hardworking nature. They take so many risks that they do suffer from stress, headache and tension problems. They can remedy this by including some mild activity into their lives like walking and yoga to replenish for their minds and bodies.
Dragons have quick, vengeful tempers and it’s hard for them to find a partner to live with. Dragons will give into love, but they will not give up their independence. Dragons prefer people who are intriguing and, if that is the right partner, they will commit to that individual for life.
Dragons are compatible with the Monkey and Rat, and incompatible with the Ox and Goat.
A Legendary Story of the Dragons:
Chinese Dragons are from the sky which mean from the heaven. The dragon is a legendary creature. The image of dragon is always blurred, misty, noble, mystic and untouchable. The dragon is the symbol of power from heaven. On earth, the emperor was considered the son of heaven and he had the authority to send command to Dragons. There were stories told that in one of the tales, an emperor dreamt that he killed a dragon. So after 581 AD, Chinese emperors in China began to wear their Imperial robes with dragon symbols sewn in. Also during the Ching Dynasty, the symbol of dragons can be seen everywhere on house’s doors, roofs, pillars and bridges in the Forbidden City. In China, dragons are considered as the most auspicious animals and the five-clawed dragon is the most powerful dragon; and are often appears only on the yellow colored Imperial robes.
In the legend, it was told that Dragon has nine sons. Most Chinese do not know much about the Nine Dragons until the Ming Dynasty Reign. The story was that the Dragon sent it nine sons to help the first Emperor of the Ming Dynasty to conquer China. After their completion of their mission and preparing to return to heaven but the Emperor wanted them to stay back and continue helping them. The Dragons were not allowed to stay behind and but the Emperor decided to trick them. So the Emperor tricked one of the dragons, the sixth dragon son by asking him to carry a magic stele with carved inscription that would suppress any evil spirit and ghost. The sixth dragon could not move under the magic stele and the rest of his dragon brothers would not leave without their sixth dragon brother. They stayed behind and would not want to work for the Emperor. So they give up their identities and turned themselves into evil creatures. The nine dragons remained in China. Till today, the Dragons are still very well respected by the Chinese.
The Chinese has given the nine dragons each a name and their special attributes to differentiate.
The first dragon is known as BIXI (BAXIA), the eldest son or commonly called the Dragon Tortoise. He has the strength to carry the heaviest burdens. So his images can always be found depicted on pillars of building. It body and shell of the Dragon Tortoise also represents longevity and good fortune.
CHIWEN is the 2nd son is often seen guarding rooftops. He enjoys looking at the scenery and good at controlling water. His images are usually depicted with his mouth wide opened grasping the edges of the rooftops of houses, palaces and temples as a symbol of prevention and protection against fires.
PULAO is the 3rd son of the dragon has a mighty roar and is reputed to be heard across the land announcing it impending major upheavals. His images are most often carved onto temple bells, drums and musical instruments that produce loud sounds.
BI’AN is the 4th son who is revered for his sense of impartiality and fairness. So those who need justice to prevail in their favor will invite his presence into their home. This dragon will ensure that any impending lawsuits will work out fairly for you. He has a ferocious appearance and it has been told that he is faintly resembles a tiger. Bi’an will defend the justice and upholds the laws of the land. That is why, Bi’an is always appears on the entrances of law courts and inside the halls of justice to remind wrong-doers of his presence.
The 5th son is TAOTAI (JIAOTU) who always loves food. This dragon has the power to bring wealth into your household. His images are often seen on tableware and ancient bronze food vessels; and ensure a continuous supply abundance of food.
The 6th son GONGFU is a good swimmer and that brings auspicious luck to water. The Chinese believed that he resides in lakes and pools as he loves water. Because of his water domain, the people believed that he would control floods and protect against water disasters. For that reason, his images are usually carved on bridges, dykes and piers.
YAZI is the 7th son and the most warlike and fearsome. He yelled and hollered all day long and the people were so afraid of his cries. This dragon has a perpetual wrathful glare and his images are commonly depicted on sword or spear handles with his mouth gripping the blade. That made this dragon signifies victory in battle and gives the soldiers the morale and strength.
The 8th son SUANNI is very fond of smoke and fire. His characteristic resembles a resplendent lion. The reason was given is that he is usually drawn with the mane and body of a lion. This dragon prefers to sit and observe quietly and rarely moves, so he is usually shown stationed but his golden body is glowed with flames. His images are often shown sitting on top of candle stands and incense burners. This dragon represents to bring wisdom and knowledge; and also ensures that the sons and daughters of the family will all look handsome and beautiful.
The 9th son QUINIU is into music and art. He enjoys good music, especially music coming out from the string instruments. He made a lot of monstrous noise all day because he has nothing to do. Most of his images are always craved on the top of musical instruments like “Loongtao -Huqin”, the Chinese violin with a dragon’s head and bells. His presence is regarded as the protector of one’s abode and that is why his images are always place at the entrances and doorways.
What are the Chinese Astrology Consultants/Feng Shui Masters predicting for the Upcoming 2012 Year of the Water Dragon/Black Dragon?
“The Year of the Dragon will seem full of energy and the spirit of the dragon will make everything seem “larger than life”. Sometimes, things will seem better than they actually are and the year will be an over-ambitious and daring one.
The Chinese consider the Year of the Dragon to be a good time for people to get married, have children or begin a business venture as the year tends to bring good fortune and happiness. Business should go well and people will make money more easily. Dragons are people who like to spend money and have an all-or-nothing attitude, often putting aside caution.” Sayings from a USA Astrology Consultant
“It is not the doomsday or the end of the World. There will be more natural disasters in relation to earthquakes, and water incidents such as flooding, tsunamis and sea level changes. 2012 is a Yang Year, so things are happening very fast and quick. It is also a wet year. We will see more Rain, Snow and Icebergs melting. Major man-made dams around the world, may have a few incidents due to flooding
In the year of the Dragon, the growth is suppressed. Be very careful in January 2012, April 2012, July 2012 and October 2012 if you are on the share market. Avoid investment in transportation, aviation, shipping and logistic. 4th February to 7th August, the active Water element will drain the METAL. As the result, the gold price will drop. But in the second half, the gold price will be going up.
2012 is a year of changes in Religions, Conceptions, Philosophy, Innovations and Values. There will be a lot of news in relation to policies changes, New Policies, Rules and Regulations and Laws. News in relation to high profile religion figures will be reported more. Religions conflicts get worsen and more news from religions sector.
Also in 2012, the birth rate will be higher and businesses related to this interest will sell well.
In the world scale “Feng Shui”, the West is Europe – Dragon and Rooster will combine. It means after entering the Rooster month, 8thSeptember 2012, the European crisis will gradually clear up. In the Dog month, 8th October – 7th November, 2012, the stock market will drop sharply.” Sayings from a Chinese Astrology & Feng Shui Master in Australia.
“HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR
WISHING ALL MY FAMILIES, RELATIVES & FRIENDS
“A YEAR FILLS WITH HAPPINESS, GOOD HEALTH, ABUNDANT OF WEALTH,
AND ALL SHAPES OF LOVE”
January 23, 2012, is Chinese New Year and is one of the most important and auspicious day
in the Chinese culture. Traditionally celebrated for 15 days but in this modern society, the days are beginning to shorten per say for modern working people. In Taiwan, the first 5 days are still considered as official holiday. In China, Singapore and other parts of South East Asian countries will still get their 2-3 days official holiday to usher new vibrations into the New Year.
The beginning of each New Year is to leave the previous year problems behind and usher the New Year with a fresh one. So, it is the time for house cleaning and invests some new things, like window treatments, furniture, clothing and so on. Their houses are fully cleaned, decorated with auspicious couplets handwritten on them and hung on doorways for intending to bring fortune and luck to the household for the coming year.
During this time, colors are very important whether for decorating and wearing are very crucial. Red is a preferred and important color in the Chinese culture. It symbolizes good vibes, prosperity, happiness and good luck. The opposite color, black are not welcome at this time as symbolizes for sorrow and bad vibes. So people on these days will not wear totally in black but old tradition has change according to the challenging and demanding world. Now, you will be able to see people on this special do wear a little of black with some red. Their homes are decorated with red banners, red couplets and red tablecloth.
Red packages are known as “Ang Pau” or “Hong Bao” and contain dollar bills. It should read any even number bills but not the number begin and ending with 4, 40, 44, 400, 444. “4” in the Chinese saying is “Se” means “death”. Red packages are given to children and unmarried adults. The married adults will give red packages to their parents, young children and old folks.
The fireworks are part of the tradition and used to drive away evil spirits by it loud noise. So Lunar New Year is always a very loud celebration. Firecrackers are always set off throughout the celebration too. Some of the Southeast Asian countries restricted the use of firecrackers but China and Taiwan still allow the use of firecrackers.
The Chinese zodiac cycles every 12 years, and each year is named after an animal. February 3, 2011 starts with New Year of “The year of the Rabbit” and continues to January 22, 2012.
Rabbit: February 03, 2011 – January 22, 2012
Dragon: January 23, 2012 – February 09, 2013
Snake: February 10, 2013 – January 30, 2014
Horse: January 31, 2014 – February 18, 2015
Sheep: February 19, 2015 – February 07, 2016
Monkey: February 08, 2016 – January 27, 2017
Rooster: January 28, 2017 – February 18, 2018
Dog: February 19, 2018 – February 04, 2019
Pig: February 05, 2019 – January 24, 2020
Rat: January 25, 2020 – February 11, 2021
Ox: February 12, 2021 – January 31, 2022
Tiger: February 1, 2022 – February 19, 2023
Greetings in Mandarin
There are many greetings and sayings associated with the Chinese New Year. Family members, friends, and neighbors greet each other with “Wishing you Prosperity” – In Mandarin “Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái”. The most common greeting is simply by saying “Happy New Year” – Xīn Nián Kuài Lè.
Children will often greet their adult family and relatives with the saying “Gōng xǐ fā cái, hóng bāo ná lái “ meaning “Wishing you Prosperity, now give me a red envelope”.