Sunday, May 20, 2012

Year of the Dragon - Molly

Has everyone caught their breath after Haylee's AMAZING, EXCITING news!? Here's to wishing (and hoping and praying) the best for her and Joe. So excited to be sharing more of this experience with her!

This is the Year of the Dragon

Actually, the Chinese New Year runs 22 January 2012 – 9 February 2013. So looks like Haylee and I will both be having baby dragons.

The Dragon is the luckiest year in the Chinese Zodiac.

Characteristics of the Dragon:
  • Innovative
  • Enterprising
  • Flexible
  • Self-assured
  • Brave
  • Passionate
  • Conceited
  • Tactless
  • Scrutinizing
  • Unanticipated
  • Quick-tempered
  • Magnanimous
  • Vigorous
  • Passionate (fiery)
  • Artistic
  • Proud (noble)
  • Direct
  • Loyal
  • Generous
  • Empathetic
  • Intellectual 
  • Arrogant
  • Brash
  • Demanding
  • Intolerant
    Okay, so lots of good traits and some negative ones (but I will take it).  
    They even have a list of jobs that Dragons would be good at:
  • Computer analysts
  • Inventors
  • Engineers
  • Architects
  • Lawyers
  • Philosophers
  • Psychoanalysts
  • Brokers
  • Managers
  • Sales Person
  • PR People
  • Advertising agents
  • Officers in the armed forces
  • Campaigners
  • Politicians
    I would be quite pleased if our kid ended up as any one of those, except maybe a philosopher (that would make me crazy!).


Dragons take thrilling risks and burn the candle at both ends so they are fortunate to be blessed with good health. Among the most hearty of the Animal signs, they can suffer bad health as a result of stress. Symptoms of their personalities often stem from emotional outbursts and can range from tension headaches to depression to hypertension. Dragons can remedy these problems by maintaining their cool, implementing a routine in their daily lives, and utilizing exercises such as yoga or tai kwon do that soothe the mind and spirit as well as tone the body.


Not the most domesticated of the Animal signs, Dragons and may be more content out and about rather than at home. Nevertheless, with their imagination and artistic sense, they can enjoy decorating their home or anywhere else where their extravagance can be expressed. A Dragon's home should be as large and majestic as his personality, providing space for the fiery temperament or emotional eruptions that accompany their character.


The Dragon's originality is the most impressive and outstanding of all his characteristics. The Dragon is quite imaginative and always able to see new paths where others may run into brick walls. Dragons are very adaptable and are fit for various occupations, especially if those occupations allow him to take the limelight. In any of these occupational situations, the Dragons will take a radical approach. Dragons work hard, but would rather give orders than receive them. They should avoid jobs that encompass too much routine, and should move toward jobs in which their self-reliance can be an asset.


Dragons like to spend money and are charitable themselves as well as with others. They do not know the meaning of the word "accumulate," and making money does not intrigue them as it may others. Many Dragons will take big chances with their finances, sometimes betting on their shirt and losing it right off of their backs. Yet, they were born with the Midas Touch, and it very rare that a Dragon remains poor for long. Dragons will always be straightforward in financial dealings and can always be trusted. 

Pretty interesting stuff!
Every year is a different animal and it rotates through every 12 years. Within each year an element is added; water, earth, wood, fire and metal.

This year the element attached to the Dragon is WATER.


Water has a calming effect on the Dragon's fearless temperament. Water allows the Dragon to re-direct its enthusiasm, and makes him more perceptive of others. These Dragons are better equipped to take a step back to re-evaluate a situation because they understand the art of patience and do not desire the spotlight like other Dragons. Therefore, they make smart decisions and are able to see eye-to-eye with other people. However, their actions can go wrong if they do not research or if they do not finish one project before starting another. 


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