Vail Living Energy column: The year of the water dragon
Monday marks the beginning of the Chinese calendar year this year and is the sign of the water dragon. Each cycle of the Chinese zodiac has a different element, and the water element brings a calming effect to this year of the dragon. The dragon is the most powerful of the 12 zodiac signs. People who were born in the years 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000 and 2012 are born under this sign, and are usually characterized as charismatic and lucky! Each animal of the Chinese zodiac is present every 12 years. The dragon brings power, luck, success and happiness. The dragon in Chinese mythology shows up in their art, literature, festivals and many aspects of the Chinese consciousness. For centuries, the Chinese culture has considered the dragon as the most auspicious (fortunate) symbol of the zodiac signs; however in Chinese astrology, the dragon is the only animal that is not real! Although the Mayan calendar has claimed 2012 as the end of the Mayan calendar, the Chinese calendar has no such predictions. The Chinese New Year is the most celebrated holiday in China and lasts for 15 days. It is a time of celebration, cleansing and renewal. Many Chinese families, as part of their annual ritual, spend the week before cleaning their houses, washing their windows and purging items in their home that they no longer need. It is a time for clearing out and allowing the new to come in. A common custom is to open all the doors and windows at midnight on their New Year’s Eve to let go of the past and bring in the new. In the ancient art of feng shui, it is believed that we cannot bring new blessings into our lives until we have released old patterns by closing the door of those old patterns. Hence the saying: “When one door closes, it allows another to open.”The Chinese New Year tradition is to reconcile, forget all grudges and sincerely wish peace and happiness to everyone. Sounds like a great tradition to me! If we would all start our New Year with this attitude, think of the positive outcome.Unlike the Chinese calendar, the feng shui calendar begins on Feb. 4, 2012, and is dictated by the solar calendar, (12 month cycles) not the lunar calendar (28 day cycles) the Chinese New Year is dictated by. The Chinese calendar is referred to as the lunisolar calendar, and the Chinese New Year falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice. After the year of the rabbit in 2011, which was predicted and proved to be a peaceful one, the dragon brings much more energy with it and promises to be a year of changes that can sometimes feel “larger than life.” However, it is predicted to be a year that is good for new relationships, getting married and starting new businesses. I, for one, am embracing the upcoming year of the water dragon. From a feng shui perspective, 2012 brings many possibilities of good fortune.Karen Petersen is a certified feng shui consultant in the Eastern classic form of feng shui and is the owner of Black Diamond Realty. Her website is http://www.seekingsanctuaires.com.
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