2012 is the Chinese Year of the Dragon and 2013, the Year of the Snake, is fast approaching!
Astrology is an important part of Chinese life.
And in Chinese astrology, dragon people excel!
The 2012 dragon Chinese zodiac year is special.
Many people look forward to the Chinese zodiac year of 2012.
Astrology is so important to the Chinese and the Chinese Year of the Dragon is so special.
And 2013 is a year to look forward to as well.
Why is the dragon so revered by the Chinese?
On one of my frequent visits to China in 2012, I heard many people talk excitedly about the Year of the Dragon.
In Chinese astrology the dragon is the only animal of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals that is not real.
The dragon is quite special in Chinese history and mythology.
More than 4,000 years ago, there were two large tribes and many smaller tribes in China. The tribes had animals as emblems. The two large tribes unified and chose the dragon as their symbol.
In fact, the Han Chinese still call themselves the descendants of the Dragon.
And so, the dragon, one of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals, holds special significance for the Chinese people.
In Chinese astrology the dragon was seen as a powerful almighty king because it was made up of different parts of animals such as a tiger, fish, snake and an eagle.
The Chinese dragon was not seen as a threatening evil being as we do in the west - rather a symbol of power, superiority and rule.
Still today, the Dragon is a revered symbol. You can see many sculptures and carvings of the dragon.
Even today, the Chinese associate the dragon with power and wisdom.
In Chinese astrology a dragon person is special. Such people usually stand out as befits a dragon.
They are powerful and wise.
In a group of people, "the Dragon person" stands out. There is a certain aura about them.
They certainly are not shy – they demand attention and respect.
The dragon is a symbol of power.
Therefore in Chinese astrology the dragon person born under this Chinese Zodiac sign tends to be a "doer" – they do things and achieve power by getting things done.
A dragon can breathe out fire so the dragon person can be a hothead.
Watch out if you make them angry!
However, the dragon has a soft underbelly and so in Chinese astrology the dragon person born in this Chinese Zodiac year has a "soft spot" to them.
They may get angry at someone who annoys them but they also show great compassion to people in need.
A dragon has a long tongue which is often seen.
So in Chinese astrology the dragon person born in this Chinese Zodiac year has a sharp tongue – they will say things that can be quite sarcastic and biting.
This person can be quite a confronting person but if you can reach their "soft heart" they are worthwhile allies.
So what does the future hold for a such a person - especially after 2012 - the Chinese Year of the Dragon?
Consider yourself lucky if you were born a dragon person.
You have within you great ability and dignity.
You have within you much energy and the ability to lead and influence others.
You can be a dynamic person at times.
All that power and energy should lead to more successes in the future - even beyond 2012 - the Year of the Dragon.
Some people have already successfully harnessed their dragon abilities.
Such people should double their efforts in whatever they do - work, education and other projects.
Their natural talent and abilities will continue to get great results.
If you still looking for that success, or wanting to consider new ventures, have a look at my story for some ideas.
You are very lucky to be a dragon person - the envy of many.
You have great natural talent and charisma - now it is up to you to make the most of those gifts.
Not everybody does.
Watch out for that temper!
Keep it in check and do not spoil your good work.
Be clear about your goals.
Don't waste those natural dragon talents you have.
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