The Celestial Chinese Dragon is comparable as the symbol of the Chinese race itself. Chinese around the world, proudly
proclaim themselves "Lung Tik Chuan Ren" (Descendents of the Dragon). Dragons are referred to as the divine mythical
creature that brings with it ultimate abundance, prosperity and good fortune.
As the emblem of the Emperor and the Imperial command, the legend of the Chinese Dragon permeates the ancient Chinese
civilization and shaped their culture until today. Its benevolence signifies greatness, goodness and blessings.
The Chinese Dragon, or Lung , symbolizes power and excellence, valiancy and boldness, heroism and perseverance, nobility
and divinity. A dragon overcomes obstacles until success is his. He is energetic, decisive, optimistic, intelligent and ambitious.
Unlike the the negative energies associated with Western Dragons, most Eastern Dragons are beautiful, friendly, and wise.
They are the angels of the Orient. Instead of being hated, they are loved and worshipped. Temples and shrines have been built
to honor them, for they control the rain, rivers, lakes, and seas. Many Chinese cities have pagodas where people used to burn
incense and pray to dragons. The Black Dragon Pool Chapel, near Peking, was reserved for the Empress and her court.
Special worship services took place there on the first and fifteenth of every month. Dragon shrines and altars can still
be seen in many parts of the Far East. They are usually along seashores and riverbanks, because most Eastern Dragons live
in water. The Isle of the Temple, in Japan's Inland Sea, has become a famous stopover for pilgrims who meditate and pray to
dragons. Both male and female dragons have mated with humans. Their descendants became great rulers. The Japanese Emperor
Hirohito traced his ancestry back 125 generations to Princess Fruitful Jewel, daughter of a Dragon King of the Sea.Ê Emperors
in many Asian countries claimed to have dragon ancestors. This made them so proud, that everything they used was decorated
with dragons and described in terms of the dragon: dragon-throne, dragon-robe, dragon-bed, dragon-boat. Calling an emperor
"dragon-face" was a supreme compliment. People believed that rulers could change themselves into dragons. For hundreds
of years, Japanese emperors sat concealed behind bamboo curtains whenever visitors came. Anyone who dared to peek was condemned
Everything connected with Eastern Dragons is blessed. The Year of the Dragon which takes place ever twelve years, is lucky.
Present-day Oriental astrologersclaim that children born dunng Dragon Years enjoy health, wealth, and long life. (1964 and
1976 were Dragon Years.)
Dragons are so wise that they have been royal advisors. A thirteenth-century Cambodian king spent his nights in a golden
tower, where he consulted with the real ruler of the land a nine-headed dragon. Eastern Dragons are vain, even though they
are wise. They are insulted when a ruler doesn't follow their advice, or when people don't honor their importance. Then, by
thrashing about, dragons either stop making rain and cause water shortages, or they breathe black clouds that bring storms
and floods. Small dragons do minor mischief, such as making roofs leak, or causing rice to be sticky. People set off firecrackers
and carry immense paper dragons in special parades. They also race dragon-shaped boats in water all to please and appease
The Dragon brings upon the essence of life, in the form of its celestial breath, known to many as sheng chi. He yields
life and bestows its power in the form of the seasons, bringing water from rain, warmth from the sunshine, wind from the seas
and soil from the earth. The Dragon is the ultimate representation of the forces of Mother Nature. The greatest divine force
The Chinese Dragon is often seen as the symbol of divine protection and vigilance. It is regarded as the Supreme Being
amongst all creatures. It has the ability to live in the seas, fly up the heavens and coiled up in the land in the form of
mountains. Being the divine mythical animal, the Dragon can ward off wandering evil spirits, protect the innocent and bestow
safety to all that hold his emblem. The Chinese Dragon is look upon as the ultimate symbol of Good Fortune.
Those who are born in the Year of the Dragon, you might be interested in some of the traits.
ASTROLOGY - 2000 THE YEAR OF THE DRAGON
1904 - Wood Dragon
1916 - Fire Dragon
1928 - Earth Dragon
1940 - Metal dragon
1952 - Water dragon
1964 - Wood Dragon
1976 - Fire Dragon
1988 - Earth Dragon
2000 - Metal Dragon
2012 - Water Dragon
WOOD DRAGON: The Wood Dragon is creative, imaginative, and inquisitive. He is both a thinker and a doer and is capable
of brilliant new concepts. His every move is guided by sound logic. His drive and ambition allow him to put many of his ideas
into practice, nevertheless this Dragon is capable of concealing his domination and tries not to offend. He will even compromise
if it is advantages. Although not as self-centered as other Dragons, he is still outspoken and fearless when challenged.
FIRE DRAGON: The Fire Dragon is the most extroverted and competitive Dragon. He tends to push too hard and expects a lot
from everyone. His criticisms are objective and he has the ability to arouse massive popular support. His insatiable ambition
can make him short-tempered and intolerant. He is an empire builder who needs to master his less favorable traits and learn
how to communicate more humbly with people as individuals.
EARTH DRAGON: The Earth Dragon is a quieter, more reflective Dragon, He will be appreciative of other's opinions even
if he fails to agree with them. He is reasonable in his approach to problems and his leadership is less dictatorial. He is
not given to outbursts of temper, but at the same time demands respect. He knows the value of cooperation and is more diplomatic
than the other Dragons. He is ambitious, but his initiatives are less hurried and more carefully thought out.
METAL DRAGON: The Metal Dragon is the most strong-willed Dragon. He is inflexible, unbending, and combative. He gives
little regard to the feelings of others. This ruthlessness can result in a rapid rise to a position of authority, but often
at the cost of destroying important relationships. It is futile to attempt to convince him that certain things are simply
undoable. He will go it alone if he can't gain support. He succeeds because he refuses to accept failure.
WATER DRAGON: The Water Dragon is less selfish and opinionated than the other Dragons. He is more inhibited and less power-hungry.
He can accept defeat without recriminations. He makes a good negotiator as he knows when, where, and how to apply pressure.
He has a tendency to be over-optimistic and needs to learn how to relinquish what is unfeasible so that he can concentrate
his energies on the most rewarding endeavors.
THE DRAGON PERSONALITY TRAITS
The Dragon person is self confident and impulsive and consequently does not always listen to the advice of others. He
is also a perfectionist and he sets high standards for himself.
Although strong and decisive the Dragon is not manipulative or sly. He refuses to deceive or compromise and fails to spot
subversive intent. He enjoys being in command and like an emperor holding court he eliminates obstacles until success is his.