Country after country said a heartfelt goodbye to 2011 with a huge sigh of relief.  It can only get better, right?  Definitely!   2012 is going to be a turning point for many people and with the Chinese New Year on January 23rd, the year of the Dragon (Water Dragon, to be precise) can bring all of us to new and exciting heights.

The Chinese new year gives us a time to reflect on what we need removed from our lives and what we wish to celebrate.  The excitement of ushering in the Dragon will give a much needed feeling of intensity to the things in our lives that need readjusting.  Wanting to change things this minute and finding innovative ways to do so, that we never thought of before.  Why didn't we think of solutions earlier? Because the year of the Rabbit, 2011, was giving us time to assess what was needed and now the Dragon gives us the ultimate push to get results.

Dramatics can play a large role in The Year of the Dragon.  Good and bad.  Excitement coupled with exuberance and change-fullness will make even the most lazy couch potato take notice of what is happening around them, in their own lives and the world.

Money can flow easier under the Dragon, which is music to a lot of people's ears.  New businesses have their best chance to be successful and opportunities to make your pockets flush with cash can show up in the most unlikely of places.   Excessive spending is never a good idea.  Rather, using our cash for the things we truly need, not simply want, is the smartest thing we can do for ourselves.  Buying things to make our lives easier, but not living above our means, as the Dragon will exit in 2013 bringing the ease of cash flow with it.  

Yellow and gold colors are associated with the Dragon and some consider it good luck to display the colors either within their surroundings or on their person. Many make beautiful shrines to the dragon using yellow flowers and hand made wreaths.  It's a silent tradition that brings peace to many.

People born during the year of the Dragon are successful and fear little in life.  They take chances others dream about and make them look as easy as tying a shoe.  Those born 1916-1917, 1928-1929, 1940-1941, 1952-1953, 1964-1965, 1976-1977, 1988-1989, 2000-2001 and this year, can have prosperity beyond their wildest dreams, per the Chinese calendar.  The last rotation for the Water Dragon was 1952-1953 so it's impact in 2012 will be watched by many all over the world with hopeful, wide eyes to the possibilities it can bring.

Happy Chinese New Year to us all.

Geri Durso

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