Underpinning the 12 Year Animal Cycles of the Chinese Zodiac is a 10-Year Elemental Cycle of 5 Elements repeating sequentially in primary Big Yang and then Small Yin Mode. Year Elements (Yang Water in Dragon Year 2012-13) modify Year Energies and Dragon individuals’ natures as shown below.
Ambitious, entrepreneurial and independent-natured, Dragons, enjoying challenges, are more than willing to take risks to achieve their goals. Full of ebullience and passion, Dragons are likewise commonly colourful, charismatic figures who are beautiful to others.
Dragons’ self-sufficiency, however, may occasionally be interpreted as arrogance and conceit. Determination to ‘do their own thing’ plus a sure degree of impatience, may make Dragons appear tactless, abrupt or even meddlesome to others.
This 12-Year Cycle’s Year Animals and Year Elements:
2008 Yang Earth Rat; 2009 Yin Earth Ox; 2010 Yang Metal Tiger; 2011 Yin Metal Rabbit; 2012′s Yang Water Dragon is followed by 2013′s Yin Water Snake.
Infants Born During Dragon Year 2012-13 Will Be Water Babies so it’s ‘Ni Hao Hak Shui Lung’/Hello Black Water Dragon (their 1952-53 counterparts are Yin Water Dragons)! Earlier Dragon generations were influenced by dissimilar Year Elements whose characteristics follow:
The Five Elements’ Attributes
Wood: green, growth and expansion, nurture, ‘spirit’ versatility;
Fire: red, heat, light, warmth, explosiveness, destruction;
Earth: yellow, supportive, interactive, balancing, wise, suffocating;
Metal white, strong, communicative, brilliant, intense. dangerous, detrimental (2010-11 Year Element);
Water blue/black, internal, emotional, understanding, sensitive, interposing (2012-13 Year Element).
Earlier Dragon Generations-Elemental Categories:
Water Dragons 1952 and 2012:
Water calms their natural enthusiasm, making them sensitive, patient, intuitive and practical (elemental colours blue/black).
Metal Dragons 1940 and 2000:
Metal gives these strength and endurance. Metal Dragons make good leaders (elemental colours white/gold);
Earth Dragons 1928 and 1988:
Earth ensures these are with resolute determination grounded. Earth Dragons are ordinarily sensible and self-controlled (elemental colour yellow/beige);
Fire Dragons 1916 and 1976:
Fired-up these may be Impatient, unpredictable and outgoing with a quick temper (elemental colours red and orange);
Wood Dragons 1904 and 1964 (and 2024): Wood makes these Dragons creative, versatile and gregarious (elemental colours green/brown);
‘Lung’ Lessons Straight From the Heart
What does all this mean for Dragons? Well, getting 12, 24, 36, 48 or 60 etc., in 2012-13, the Chinese believe one must spend time quietly meditating over the last 12 years and planning for the next 12-the precise opposite of the Western notion of wild birthdate celebrations- rather a quiet year expended focusing on self-review is indicated. Avoid/put-off digging trenches, building foundations or laying drains i.e. major undertakings such as moving house (which would distract from this). I’m an Ox and did this in Ox Year 2009, finding it a most utile experience.
Combining the 12 Animal and 5 Elemental Cycles gives 60 as a key figure. Yin Water Dragons (1952) reaching this eminent age in 2012-13 may find this exercise particularly rewarding. Our Year Animal/Element birth-combination repeats after 60 years (hence the importance!). Add in the Yin/Yang dimensions of these calculations and 120 appears as a figure to contemplate. This give us the 120 personality-types of Chinese Astrology, equated to the basic 12 of the West, as if the much older Chinese scheme prompted a later, less elaborated imitation.
The Chinese believe living in harmoniousness with nature and the universe enables healthful life-spans of a similar duration (pursuing Longevity has been an abiding Chinese interest for millennia). The 12 Animals and 5 Elements, plus their Yin/Yang attributions, represent these natural and universal forces. Hopefully this article will aid a heap of people understand and attune to such energies more effectively.
Dragon Years 2000-01 and 1988-89 Revisited
2012-13 is a Yang Water Dragon-Year. Previous Dragon-Year/’Lung Nien’ was Yin Metal Dragon-Year 2000, the Year of the Millenium. Some of you may do not forget the celebrations, awards, excitement and ‘buzz’ accompanying our Vibrant Visitor back then. Yang Metal Dragon Year 1988, however, contained the mid-air explosion of Pan Am Flight 103, the ‘Lockerbie Bombing’, repercussions of which are still evolving.
The Dragon symbolises virility and vivacity and more than 25% of the World’s population live beneath it is banner in China
Year Animal Analysis!
Myth or Man (or Woman)? Associated with the Chinese Emperor himself, the Dragon has always symbolised strength and dominance. A symbol of good fortune, beneficial ‘Sheng Qi’, Wealth, Power and Authority, the noble Eastern Dragon is regarded as auspicious-having strong links to heavenly activenesses in Asian Philosophy. The Western Monstrous potpourri springs from ancient superstition, hence it is Gothic wings, smoke and flames.
My principally honored teacher, Grandmaster Yap Leong (‘Leong’ is Cantonese for ‘Lung’/Dragon) says China, the Great Dragon, is always active and full of surprises in Dragon Years. So watch out for these, they are ordinarily pleasant ones! The maxim runs:’The Dragon (China) changes shape quickly, taking those unprepared by surprise!’ Anyway, the Chinese will be here in the U.K. for the Olympics.
Thus, Dragon Years are normally volatile visitors! Personally, it may seem like your good and bad traits are magnified. Issues may swing to-and-fro and so caution is required to keep away from being carried-away by events’ However, the Dragon, affiliated with ‘Spirit’, is an auspicious Year for those Martial Artists and others ‘attuned’ to it is energies. Idealism and flexibleness may prove utile calibers over the period.
Yang Water as the Year Element symbolises Wealth (consider Current Accounts, cash-flow,’flotation’, liquidity) and likewise Communication (word-flow, stream of consciousness, rivers of words).’Big’ Water representatives include: Oceans, Seas; the Yangtze River (aka the ‘Chang Jiang’ or ‘Long River’, the world’s biggest) and Multi-national Communications Organisations could be classified underneath ‘Big Water’, so be prepared for developments in affiliated fields.
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