The dragon is a mythological being with a long and rich history. We see marvelous Chinese dragons in pictures, posters, paintings, and on the streets during Chinese festivals; they are widely known the world over. We also see dragons in person as several people wear dragon costumes—usually elaborately and colorfully decorated
—and join in the festivities.
It’s not known for sure when the dragon originated, but many think it was during the time of the Yellow Emperor, Huang Di. He is thought of as the ancestor to all Chinese people and ruled between 2696 and 2598 B.C. There was a snake on his coat-of-arms and each time he won a battle he would add the symbol from his opponent’s coat-of-arms to his own. That’s how the dragon came to be made up of so many different creatures.
Dragon the Symbol of Chinese Culture
As I hinted at before, the dragon is a product of Chinese culture and it;s actually made up of a variety of animals. For example it has the body of a snake, a fish tail and scales, deer antlers, demon eyes, and four eagle talons or claws. It;s face is that of another mysterious creature called a “gilin”. With all of that going on, the dragon is pretty impressive looking. Plus, it can fly —according to some mythologies that’s because it was chasing a magic flaming pearl. The chase is what allows them to take wing.
Other countries in Asia besides China also claim the dragon as a symbol. This has affected the number of toes the dragon is said to have. In China the dragon has five toes but it’s said that as he travels, the dragon starts losing toes the farther away from home he goes. That means that the dragon can only walk as far as Japan or else he wouldn’t have any toes left.
If you’re a fan of ancient historical documents, you’d be more inclined to side with those on the whole dragon toe issue; the documents claim that the Chinese dragon of the people had four toes and the Imperial dragon had five.
Dragons are associated with the number nine and multiples of nine. Why nine? It’s thought to be a lucky number for the Chinese. You’ll see the multiples of nine reflected if you carefully study the pictures of dragons or other representations of them. The scales are a good example. Many times you’ll see eighty-one male and thirty-six female dragon scales. The dragon also possesses
nine mythical sons and nine attributes. In fact there are nine different varieties of Chinese dragons. These are the Celestial Dragon, Spiritual Dragon, Underground Dragon, plus the Dragon of Hidden Treasures. There is also the Winged Dragon, the Coiling Dragon who dwells in water, and the Horned Dragon. Next there is the Yellow Dragon who came from the River Luo in order to teach another creature how to write. Finally, there is the Dragon King.
Dragon as the Astrological Symbol
The Chinese dragon is also one of the twelve zodiac signs in Chinese Astrology. Anyone born under his sign is likely to be regal since the dragon
is a royal symbol of sorts
. The person bearing the sign of the dragon will be a strong leader, have a big ego, and may tend to be bossy. Sometimes the Chinese dragon appears as a waterspout because he rules the oceans.
Dragons have a good chance of achieving considerable material wealth during their lifetimes, although it isn't mere money that's this sign's main motivation. Power is what the Dragon wants and truly believes it deserves. Dragons are quite the opportunists and are always in search for ways to consolidate their considerable power. Contrary to all this strength and fire, a weakened Dragon is a sad sack, a creature that refuses to take defeat with even a modicum of grace.
And a bit more dragon trivia for you: Ever wonder why the Chinese dragon sometimes appears as a waterspout? Well, it’s because it is thought to rule the oceans.
Dragon and the Love Corner
While the Dragon is "Yang" it has the good compatibility with the symbol phoenix which is "Yin", and they complement each other in creating Yin-yang balance to harvest successful matrimonial bliss.
Dragon and phoenix coins are considered very auspicious in traditional Feng Shui practice. Three such coins tied together represent the union of yin and yang through the cosmic trinity of Heaven, Mankind and Earth, It is considered to be a very effective remedy for improving your love life. Feng Shui strongly believes in cosmic energy and considers it vital for achieving the balance; be at the physical level, mental level, emotional level or spiritual level. The Spiritual Feng ShuiTM helps you have more and more cosmic energy or the Vital Chi Energy flowing through you to have a better life.
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