Typically, at this point in the year I reminisce about the happenings of the previous year. I'm choosing not to do that this time, because frankly, the mere idea makes me sad. It hasn't been a great year for me, emotionally, physically or spiritually. We bought a new house and I completed my Master's degree. These are the only things I wish to share, because I don't want to relive the frustrations and heartaches of the rest of it.
What I need is a new beginning, and on January 23, I will get one. 2011 was the year of the Gray (Metal) Rabbit, and it will be ending as we enter the year of the Blue Dragon.
The Dragon is my favorite of the Chinese astrological signs, because well, its a dragon. It is the only mythical creature present among the animal representations (rat, ox, tiger, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig are the others). Water is my favorite element, because it not only represents the Tao, but it has a calming effect on me, and I always feel better submerged in water. It represents flexibility, patience, and power.
So, this coming year is the year of my two favorite things, water and dragons. What does that mean for us?
The dragon represents intense power and divinity. Keep in mind it is westerners who have formed the idea of dragons as beasts that need slain. The ancient Chinese revered the creatures with honor and respect. Dragons have always been a symbol of good fortune, meaning this next year should find some things looking up (great news for me!).
Water appearing in the same year as the Dragon has a calming effect on the creature's uninhibited temperament, making Water Dragons the only ones with the ability to practice the art of patience. They are very evaluative and flexible, able to get along in a variety of situations.
So, I'm looking forward to the year of the Blue Dragon, may it bring you all good fortune.