According to the Chinese Zodiac we just entered into the Year of the Black Water Dragon (January 23, 2012). The Black Water Dragon brings happiness, fertility and success. It is also favorable for the establishment of a family. Historically, Chinese hoped to have children during Dragon years. The Dragon personality is similar to the Lion character, considered to be smart and bold. Although dragons are strong and decisive, they are not manipulative or sly. Dragons don’t compromise and set a high standard for themselves. They enjoy being in command. Sounds to me, we will have a group of excellent leaders in another twenty years or so.
Dragons are the symbols of protection and decorate ancient monuments and buildings.
What’s the meaning of the black water dragon?
The year of the dragon comes every twelve years, but the water dragon only returns every 60 years. There are five elements: earth, fire, metal, water and wood. Each element rules for one lunar year:
· 02/19/1904 to 02/03/1905, ruled by wood
· 02/03/1916 to 01/22/1917, ruled by fire
· 01/23/1928 to 02/09/1929, ruled by earth
· 02/08/1940 to 01/26/1941, ruled by metal
· 01/27/1952 to 02/13/1953, ruled by water
· 02/13/1964 to 02/01/1965, ruled by wood
· 01/31/1976 to 02/17/1977, ruled by fire
· 02/17/1988 to 02/05/1989, ruled by earth
· 02/05/2000 to 01/23/2001, ruled by metal
· 01/23/2012 to 02/09/2013, ruled by water
To make sense of their surroundings and seasonal changes people have been using counting systems or epochs. Some followed the moon, some counted the days of the sun; others went by the rainy season or their culture events. That was all good when the cultures and countries were isolated and uneducated.
In our modern times the Gregorian calendar serves as an international standard for civil use. The Gregorian calendar was first adapted by Pope Gregory XIII on February 24, 1582. It took about 400 years until it was world-wide accepted. Even though this calendar has been accepted for commercial purposes most of Asia is still following the lunar calendar.
Adoption of the Christian Calendar
The ChristianCalendar follows mostly the Gregorian calendar. The Gregorian calendar developed out of the Julian calendar where the differences were mainly in the discrepancy of the length of the tropical year (the length of time the sun takes to return to the same position in the cycle of season, as seen from the earth) and their rules for calculating Easter. Another purpose for the Gregorian calendar is that it is ecclesiastical. It regulates the ceremonial cycles of the Catholic and Protestant churches.
Only history will show which calendar will be more suitable for mankind in the future. 2,000 years ago, a man named Jesus the Christ walked the earth. After his appearance here on earth mankind calculated the ages BC (before Christ) and AC (after Christ), disregarding of which calendar they used. What kind of being was Jesus that he had such an incredible influence on history? Biblical history has recorded parallels which symbolically reach as far back as Adam and Eve. The bible calculates 2,000 years from Adam and Eve to Abraham, who was the father of three main religions today: Christians, Jews and Islamists. There was another 2,000 years from Abraham to Jesus. From Jesus until today is another 2,000 years. Many religions, including the Eastern faiths are waiting for their Messiah, Christ, Mohammed return, Avatar, during the years of eschatology.
One thing for sure, the Second Advent will occur for all people. The Lord will decide which calendars to use and which traditions to follow.
In the light of the Year of the Water Dragon, 2012 is a critical year for humanity. The changes are not just happening on the world stage, with economic upheavals, political unrests, natural disasters, or astronomical realignments. The greater changes are taking place in peoples’ minds. We are entering a spiritual age and everyone will eventually experience the SHIFT and enjoy the new aliveness. The Chinese calendar predicts the spiritual end of “this world.” During the year of the dragon we can discover our true self, explore our true potential and practice our psychic powers. As an astrological cycle, the black water dragon indicates change, but with a measure of calm, sensibility and prudence. The black dragon year began today, January 23, 2012 and will end February 9, 2013.
The water dragon will cool down any potential global crisis and we all can experience true transformation.