In the twelve year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac the fifth symbol is the Dragon. 2012 is the Year of the Dragon. Those born in the following years were born under the Year of the Dragon: 1916, 1928, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024. The dragon is the only mythical creature in the Chinese Zodiac and is the most powerful.
The dragon is said to be able to change form at will; this is one reason why it has many different representations in jade carvings. Wearing a carved jadeite jade dragon can be an affirmation to one's own journey of transformation.
Five Fun Dragon Facts:
1.The Dragon is the ultimate symbol of extreme good fortune.
2. The dragon of the Chinese Zodiac is not what we typically expect of dragons. It is not the monster fire breather of medieval design, but an emblem of strength and goodness.
3. There are four types of dragon; one that lives in the sky, the sea and the mountains. It is the dragon of the heavens that is the most powerful and authentic.
4. The standard dragon has 4 claws, but the dragon that symbolizes royalty and the emperors has 5 claws called the imperial dragon.
5. The Dragon symbolizes The Yang Principle - the masculine, energetic and positive. The depiction of the Dragon (Yang Principle) and Phoenix (Yin Principle) together remain a strong symbol of fidelity and marriage.
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- Year of the Dragon
- The Chinese Zodiac Signs
- Chinese Art Symbols
Wishing you all the good fortune and good luck for the coming year.
Happy Chinese New Year!