Dragon Years: 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).
The Chinese have always especially venerated the Dragon. As the only mythical animal among the 12 signs in the Chinese zodiac, this exotic and exuberant creature signifies Heaven's authority. As a result, dragons have a long been associated in authority. As a results, dragons have long been assciated in China with nobility, material power and success. Imperial insignia often employed dragon imagery, particularly during the Manchu dynasty (1644 - 1912). The lavish dragons embroidered on the Emperor's court dress had five claws, while those of lesser princes had four. The nobility, meanwhile, had to be content with only three claws.
Traditionally, the Chinese dragon was also linked with the gentle fertilising rains of spring. The rainy season has always heralded by the appearance of the Green Dragon constellation - one of the five great constellations into which Chinese symbolize rains and floods, and was belueved to live in deep pools and rivers. As one of the four benevolent spiritual animals (the others are the unicorn, the phoenix and the tortoise), the astrological Dragon is far removed from the fire-breathing monster of western legend. On the contray, this noble creature is considered by the Chinese to be their paramount symbol of luck and good fortune - qualites which are reflected in the characteristics of the sign.
January 23, 2012 signals the dawn of the Chinese New Year, and 2012 is the Year of the Water Dragon! The Dragon Year: Changes and upheaval are predicted for the volatile Dragon year. Such instability will be evident on a broad scale, embracing the world of nature as well as human affairs. The weather will be notable for unexpected storms and floods. Artistic and occult interest will also come to the fore and flourish at this time.
Politically, it is not an ideal period for democratic policies. People will tend to be drawn more strongly than usual to charismatic personalities. As a result, both monarchies and dictatorships are likely to become popular with their - for the moment - loyal bands of followers.
There are likely to be spectacular gains and losses, particularly in business and finance. Extravagant and risky plans are best inaugurated during the dragon year, which favours the imaginaative ans adventurous, rather than the careful, the well planned and the practical.
It follows that businesses which vcan meet the demand for excitement and spectacle will prosper; but the boom is destined to be short lived. Those who prefer a more staid and old-fashioned approach may find the current period a lean one, but they will reap the rewards later.
HOW THE ANIMAL SIGNS WILL FARE IN THE DRAGON YEAR:
The Rat - great excitement, travel to far off places, finances more secure, good news for the romantically inclined
The Ox - matters may move too fast, play it safe
The Tiger - excellent year for financially and romantically, public recognition for your achievements
The Hare - take care of health (unexpected changes), matters do not turn out as planned
The Dragon - full of achievements and successes, keep something in reserve (money)
The Snake - many personal ambitions realized, study trends carefully
The Horse - a very stimulating year, great opportunities for business, socail ambitions, romantically
The Sheep - not a good year, avoid getting irritated over trifles, minor mishaps are only temporary, be patient
The Monkey - all kinds of crafty schemes can come to fruition, be sure completed before the end of year or may lead to disaster
The Rooster - opportunities for social climbing, public recognition, finances less sure, romance may bring disappointments
The Dog - take creat care over matters at home, not ideal time to move, save rather than spend
The Pig - problems with family, difference of opinion needs to be sorted out, do not lavish money on relatives
(The Mammoth Book of Fortune, Telling Rbinson London)