Thursday, January 19, 2012

Enter the Dragon !

If you can't take the heat, don't tickle the dragon.
~ Scott Fahlman

January 23rd begins the Chinese year of the Dragon (Lung). Chinese astrology is lunar-based 
and doesn't integrate religious or karmic concepts the way Western or Vedic astrology does. 
It is more about achieving balance within the present context of one's life. 
There are five elements in Chinese astrology: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water.
This year, Water is the ruling element. Most eastern Dragons live in or near water and are 
responsible for rain, so hopefully a fortuitous beginning for the Aquarian Age. 

The Dragon is the only celestial creature in the Chinese Zodiac and considered most lucky. 
It is the embodiment of creative energy without form (a composite being), often depicted 
coveting the Pearl of Wisdom. The realm of the Dragon is not one of physical matter, 
but of subtle essences, spirit/chi and infinite possibility. 

2012 is sure to be a year of unpredictability, churning emotions and unbridled creative forces. 
If you are a Dragon, this is a maximum power year for you, especially 1952 Water Dragons !

People born in Dragon years (1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000) are often 
admired, but not easily understood. They are called 'eccentric', because they insist on 
being entirely self-created and self-defined, but also because of the way they 
see/sense things - in essence. They can have strong, sometimes domineering personalities, 
but are very sensitive and loving underneath and are not out to harm anyone. 
(It would be beneath a celestial being to do so). 

Dragons often make great artists, due to the enormously vivid vision they have. But the list 
of Dragons who have achieved super-stardom seems to be predominated by men. 
This may be because the Dragon is a yang creature (in ancient times, it was considered a 
fortunate sign for sons), so the male ego is more suited to it, but also perhaps society 
has traditionally been more enamoured of eccentricity and individuality in men than women. 
Maybe the water element will favour female Dragons, water being yin.

Some wonderfully whacky Dragons:

Lewis Carroll (1832)
Sigmund Freud (1856)
Dr. Seuss (1904)
Salvador Dali (1904)
Joseph Campbell (1904)
Shirley Temple (1928)
Stanley Kubrick (1928)
Ennio Morricone (1928)
Jeanne Moreau (1928, New Year's day)
Raquel Welch (1940)
Bruce Lee (1940)
Vitorio Storaro (1940)
John Lennon (1940)
Ringo Starr (1940)
Nancy Sinatra (1940)
Terry Gilliam (1940)
Frank Zappa (1940)
Roberto Benigni (1952)
Roseanne Barr (1952)
Isabella Rossellini (1952)
Paul Reubens aka 'Pee Wee Herman' (1952)
Juliette Binoche (1964)
Guillermo del Toro (1964)
Stephen Colbert (1964)

A person who has been hypnotised by a dragon should be made to do a large number of complicated mathematical sums.
~ Dragonology

A Few Dragon Facts...

Dragon mythology appears in just about every culture. In Europe, the Dragon was a symbol 
of evil, an embodiment of the Devil, to be slain by righteous heroes like Perseus, St. George or St. Michael. These legends can all be traced back to the Babylonian creation epic, wherein the hero Marduk chops the primordial Goddess, Tiamat, in two, forming Heaven and Earth.

Tiamat, Leviathan, St. Michael

In 1498 Emperor Sigmundson of Hungary founded the 'Order of the Dragon,' a monarchical, 
chivalric order to fight the enemies of Christianity. Vlad the Impaler's father was a member 
of this order, which made him  a 'son of a dragon/dracul,' or 'Dracula,'  and the inspiration 
for Bram Stocker's famous vampyre.

Romanian remnant (photo: Deano Around the World)

No doubt but there is none other beeste comparable to the mightie dragon in awesome power and majestie, and few so worthie of the diligent studies of wise men.
~ Gildas Magus, Ars Draconis, 1465

In Indian Vedic astrology, the 'axis' of one's birth chart flows between two opposite
 points where the Moon crosses the path of the Sun's course, called 'Lunar Nodes'. 
The 'South Node' is called the Dragon's Tail and (to put very simply) represents past 
experience, while the 'North' Node or Dragon's Head represents new territory. 
The head is said to be exalted in Gemini, the tail in Sagittarius. 
Currently, the Lunar Nodes, which move backwards through the zodiac, are transiting Gemini 
and Sagittarius (tail is in Gemini and Head in Sagittarius, opposite to their exaltation).

The Milky Way is, of course, the original, celestial Dragon. Sagittarius and Gemini are the two 
areas where the Milky Way and the ecliptic cross - the beginning and end of the universe, 
as seen from Earth. The Ancient Chinese lived by the concept of 'On Earth as it is in Heaven' 
or 'As above, so below,' especially when it came to building structures. 
It's now known that the Great Wall of China below was actually built as an earthly 
replication of the celestial Dragon, not for defensive purposes (though it may have 
served so later), but as a safe passage for travellers/traders. 
The wall's two ends are situated in Sagittarius and Gemini. 
What might this current alignment mean for China ?

Read about the Milky Way/Great Wall discovery here:

England will be celebrating Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee this year, as well as hosting 
the Olympics and World Shakespeare Festival. St. George, the Dragon-slayer, is their patron saint. Curiously, 'Dracula' was published the last time England had a Diamond Jubilee, in 1897.
Just some celestial food for thought. 


*Addendum* Please note that the Lunar year starts at different times each year. Here are the actual dates. (Sarah Palin and Michelle Obama, for example, though born in 1964, are Rabbits).

02/19/1904 to 02/03/1905 (Wood), 02/03/1916 to 01/22/1917 (Fire), 01/23/1928 to 02/09/1929 (Earth), 02/08/1940 to 01/26/1941 (Metal), 01/27/1952 to 02/13/1953 (Water), 02/13/1964 to 02/01/1965 (Wood), 01/31/1976 to 02/17/1977 (Fire), 02/17/1988 to 02/05/1989 (Earth), 02/05/2000 to 01/23/2001 (Metal), 01/23/2012 to 02/09/2013 (Water).