The lunar new year begins today and marks the start of the Year of the Dragon, according to the Chinese zodiac.
To be precise, this is the year of the water dragon, which happens every 60 years, since the Chinese elements are 5: metal, water, wood, fire and earth and the signs of the zodiac 12: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, money, rooster, dog and pig!
My sign is the (earth) horse (damn, guess you know know my age) and I must say the description of an earth horse character is not so far from the truth.
If you’re a water dragon, other than being 60 this year, you may find more informations about it here.
The dragon is the only mythical creature in the Chinese zodiac and it’s a traditional simbol of wisdom in China. Many pictures of dragons in Asia contain a pearl, often found under the dragon’s chin, which is thought to be a symbolic representation of the ‘sacred pearl’ of wisdom.
In the traditional Dragon Dance often performed during the special festivals (and the new year’s eve is the most important), a man with a “pearl” on a pole lures the dragon to follow him around in a symbolic search for wisdom.
The image above is a courtesy of Naryu, and you can see her work on her page on deviantART!
As you can see that water dragon found his wisdom. I’ll keep searching for mine!