In Chinese culture, 2012 corresponds to the year of the dragon. People born during dragon years, the fifth position in the Chinese astrological cycle, are believed to carry with them all of the power and majesty afforded to the divine beasts. The year of the dragon heralds success in financial endeavors, as indicated by the dragon’s traditional association with good fortune and wealth. Chinese astrological tradition diverges from the Western solar zodiac methodology, which is associated with the course of the sun through the heavens. Instead, Chinese astrology references constellations in relation to the path of the moon. Emperors and influential, magnanimous leaders alike have been born in the year of the dragon.
The Dragon’s Significance in Chinese Culture
In Chinese mythology dragons ward off malevolent spirits, protecting the innocence of man from the impulsive whims of the supernatural world. As a result, Chinese culture emphasizes that dragons are symbols of the divine, images that have been revered for thousands of years. The Chinese people as a whole dub themselves “long de chuan ren”, translated as “the descendants of the dragon”. Dragons bestow good luck according to Chinese culture, which makes the year of the dragon particularly important in the business world. Chinese dragons also rule over the seas and rivers, and appear prominently in Chinese art and architecture. Warlords and even the emperor himself would wear extravagant garb lavishly embroidered with depictions of dragons.
Personality Traits of the Dragon Born
Children born in the year of the dragon have an especially charmed fortune, according to the Chinese. The Chinese people believe that dragon born children tend to live ambitiously and industriously, contributing much production to society. The fate of the dragon born tends toward larger-than-life, powerful personalities. Passion and pure drive to succeed dominate the livelihood of people who live under the sign of the dragon. For all of its colorful grandiosity, the symbol of the dragon carries a warning as well. People born during dragon years are prone to a fiery, if not explosive, temperament. The same strength of will and ferociousness that leads to good fortune can also transform into financial disrepair.
Famous People Born in the Year of the Dragon
Numerous influential businessmen, writers and politicians have been born in the year of the dragon. The Nobel Prize recipient Gao Xingjian, highly regarded as one of the most preeminent writers of the 20th century, was born in the year of the dragon 1940. Twelve years later Wu Zhang Yen, the world-renowned artist, was born in 1952 in the city of Suzhou. The American far right-wing political figure Sarah Palin, born in 1964, displays several of the characteristics typical of strong-willed personalities born in the year of the dragon. From the world of international business, Li Ka-shing, infamously known as the richest man in China according to Forbes magazine, was also born in a dragon year, 1928. Not surprisingly, all of these powerful figures express some of the most prominent traits of those born in the year of the dragon.[/spb_text_block]
Chinese Year of the Dragon coins