Chinese Good Luck Symbols – Part 1: The Power Of Chinese Dragons

Chinese dragon

The Chinese dragon is the symbol of protection and success.
It is regarded as the supreme being among all creatures. Temples and shrines have been built to honor Chinese dragons.

There are nine kinds of dragons, which are the earth dragon, the wind dragon, the sea dragon, the water dragon, the sky dragon, the fire dragon, the golden dragon, the mountain dragon and the heavenly dragon.

Chinese dragons control the rain, rivers, lakes, and seas. Being the divine mythical animal, the dragon can ward off wandering evil spirits, protect the innocent and bestow safety to all.

The dragon is traditionally associated with the east direction and it is believed that placing an image of a dragon on the east side of your home or office will protect you from negative energy and bring you great fortune.

The Chinese dragon & phoenix – for happy marriage

The Chinese dragon and phoenix are the perfect couple which symbolize yang (dragon )and yin (phoenix ) in feng shui.

The phoenix alone projects yang character but when the phoenix is shown together with a dragon or placed beside a dragon, it becomes yin.

The dragon and phoenix couple symbolize the emperor and empress and they represent a happy marriage blessed with success and prosperity.

The dragon and phoenix couple not only strengthens relationships, it can even relight the fires of a kindling relationship with the fiery energy of the phoenix.

It is also the perfect Chinese symbol for people who are single looking for true love, and it’s best if the image is placed in the southwest corner of your home.

The Turtle dragon ( Dragon head tortoise ) – for wealth , career & business success, long life, protection

This unique creature, the turtle dragon symbolizes awesome powers of the turtle and dragon plus four spiritually endowed symbols of luck in Chinese feng shui.

The creature has the head of a dragon, the body of a turtle, and it is sitting on coins and gold ingots. There is a baby turtle on its back.

The turtle symbolizes longevity . It is believed that the mythical turtle ( tortoise ) will be able to live 3,000 years without food and air.

Chinese Dragon symbolizes success, power, courage and determination.

Gold ingots symbolize wealth and prosperity.

Chinese ancient coins symbolize increasing your income.

Baby turtle symbolizes wonderful luck for all your descendents.

A great place to display this powerful image is in the north corner of your home, and it’s best if the material used to make this image is metal.

Dragon head sailing ship – For all kinds of success

The sailing ship is described as “smooth sailing success and riches which bring wealth and prosperity from wind and water.”.
It is among the most popular symbols of business & career success in Chinese culture.

Sailing ships are usually displayed near the entrance of a store or office and many coins or gold jewelry are placed on the ship. The sailing ship should be placed at a lower position than your coffee table.

A long time ago, many old-style Chinese entrepreneurs used the sailing ship as their logo since it symbolized the winds bringing more business, more trade and therefore more revenue.

Next to the dragon, the sailing ship is the most popular symbol used by Chinese businessmen.

TheDragon head sailing ship is a combination of two success symbols, that become more powerful together and expand yang energy around the area.

It is said to bring favorable luck for all your goals, even personal accomplishment. The
position of the sailing ship has to be coming in, not going away and no higher than your coffee table.

Dragon dance

During the Chinese new year, the dragon dance is held as a celebration to welcome the New Year and it is an important occasion for new store and new business openings. The Dragon dance is believed to create positive Qi energy.
Similar dances are held during wedding ceremonies in China.

Yang Water Dragon 2012-13 – Fortunes of the 12-Animal Signs

The Chinese Calendar’s current 12-Year 12-Animal Cycle runs from 2008-20, as follows:

2008 Rat, 2009 Ox, 2010 Tiger, 2011 Rabbit/Hare, 2012 Dragon, 2013 Snake, 2014 Horse, 2015 Sheep, 2016 Monkey, 2017 Rooster/Chicken, 2018 Dog, 2019-20 Pig.

Earlier Dragon Years

2012-13 is a Yang Water Dragon-Year. Previous Dragon-Year/’Lung Nien’ was Yin Metal Dragon-Year 2000, Millennium Year!. Some of you may remember the celebrations, awards, excitement and ‘buzz’ accompanying our Vibrant Visitor then. Yang Metal Dragon Year 1988, however, saw the mid-air explosion of Pan Am Flight 103, the ‘Lockerbie Bombing’, whose repercussions are still evolving.

Dragon Year Details!

My greatly esteemed teacher, Grandmaster Yap Leong (‘Leong’ is Cantonese for ‘Lung’/Dragon) says China, the Great Dragon, is always active and full of surprises in Dragon Years. So watch out for these, they are usually pleasant ones! The maxim runs:’The Dragon (China) changes shape quickly, taking those unprepared by surprise!’ Anyway, the Chinese will be here in the U.K. for the Olympics.

Thus, Dragon Years are usually volatile visitors! Personally, it may seem like your good and bad traits are magnified. Issues may swing to-and-fro and so caution is required to avoid being carried-away by events’ However, the Dragon, associated with ‘Spirit’, is an auspicious Year for those Martial Artists and others ‘attuned’ to its energies. Idealism and flexibility may prove useful qualities over the period.

Yang Water (the Year Element) symbolises Wealth (consider Current Accounts, cash-flow,’floatation’, liquidity) and also Communication (word-flow, stream of consciousness, rivers of words).’Big’ Water representatives include: Oceans, Seas; the Yangtze River (aka the ‘Chang Jiang’ or ‘Long River’) the world’s biggest, and Multi-national Communications Businesses,. These could all be classified under ‘Big Water’, so watch out for developments in related fields(1).

Fortunes of the 12-Animals for Yang Water Dragon Year 2012-13

Dragon Year Fortunes 2012-13

Dragon in Dragon Year

This should be a good year overall, especially if arguments are avoided. Control your money-making urges and good prospects should manifest on the career and financial fronts.

Spring and Autumn are your best times this year-your summer may prove disappointing. December requires extra vigilance regarding your home and possessions.

Rat in Dragon Year

There are excellent career and financial prospects for Rats this year. Rats born in 1960 should prove particularly fortunate during this period in most of their endeavours.

Those Rats in employment may enjoy a change of scene. There is a strong possibility of a meaningful relationship developing around November/December time.

Ox in The Dragon Year

Ox feet should remain firmly planted on the ground this year and a degree of caution exercised throughout. Swinging this-way- and-that and with potential ups-and-downs also, Ox finances need careful managing, and all contracts should be meticulously scrutinised before signing.

Caution is also the keyword in relationship terms this year for both married and single Oxen.

Tiger in the Dragon Year

Avoid lending-out money or underwriting the financial transactions of others and this could be a good year, financially and overall.

If arguments and disputes arise from romantic entanglements, Tigers may need to demonstrate self-control this year. Overwork (1960 Tigers especially) and domestic accidents are ongoing concerns throughout the year.

Rabbit in Dragon Year

Rabbits can expect good news from within the family. Rising income and expenditure accompany each other-saving is a good idea this year.

Mood-swings may occur from time-to-time, positive thinking may moderate negative influences. Spring and Summer are your best times of Year, but watch out for unnecessary expenditure in Winter.

Snake in Dragon Year

You may find obstacles in your path this year that thwart your chances of success and hold you back in certain fields, particularly on the work front.

In terms of love and romance, however, this could prove a fortunate year indeed. Sickness or injury could occur in Spring or early Summer.

Horse in the Dragon Year

To prevent this year being a disappointing one, be assertive. Avoid excess, act decisively but also rationally as the occasion demands.

Spring and Summer are your best times this year-make the most of them and prepare for the Autumn and Winter when your luck may not be as good.

Goat/Sheep in Dragon Year

Be patient as conflicts and reverses may thwart this year’s plans-legal and occupational set-backs, especially. Control your temper, be diplomatic and think before speaking. As Goats’ Financial prospects are poor this year, avoid gambling and speculation. and practice relaxation.

This is not a good year for Goat romance, rather you should practice positive-thinking and be creative.

Monkey in Dragon Year

Certain difficulties will arise for the ‘Great Sage'(1) this year but Monkey ‘Magic’ i.e. ‘Luck’ should be enough to cope. Avoid greed and speculation (especially in Summer and Autumn) and financial mishaps can be prevented.

Romance, for Monkey Males this year is a non-starter conversely, for Female Monkeys it’s an auspicious and promising time indeed.

Rooster/Chicken in Dragon Year

This is a fortunate year for Roosters/Chickens on the health, finance and occupational fronts. Take especial care in decision-making in Autumn and Winter and you may avoid losing money.

A year of difficulties, where romance is concerned, don’t go overboard in relationships as these will typically be short-term.

Dog in Dragon Year

Make no bones about it, there may be hard times ahead towards the end of the year. Use Spring and Summer’s surplus to even things out, in anticipation. Poor financial prospects towards the end of the year-avoid gambling and speculation throughout.

Tolerance and patience will be necessary for Dogs this Year on the romance and relationships front.

Pig in Dragon Year

Promising ‘Piggy Bank’ period! Pig ventures should prosper in the forthcoming year, although those of a speculative nature should be avoided.

Events should progress smoothly for Pigs this year, particularly where romance and relationships are indicated.

Notes

(1) ‘Chinese Qigong: 5 Elements, Pentagram and Pentagon Originals!’ analyses their dynamic interaction with the 12-Animals of the ‘Ghanzi’ Cycle.

Dragon Slayers

BBC Television in the UK has a surprise hit: Dragons’ Den. In this show, entrepreneurs pitch to a panel of 5 successful business men and women, with the prize being investment by the ‘Dragons’ in the fledgling business.

It’s compelling viewing, partly because of the sheer diversity of inventions and new business ideas on display, but principally because the Dragons are so rude and aggressive with entrepreneurs.

If a Dragon likes a proposition, they will offer a sum of money in exchange for an equity share – sometimes asking for as much as 50% of a business. These people are strong negotiators, in a position of strength, dealing with often inexperienced negotiators who may be in front of a TV camera for the first time.

These negotiations are compelling, and highly revealing. There are many lessons to be learned from observing the ways in which people handle this pressure, but the one I wish to focus on here is the nature of dominance. Time after time, Dragons show a surprising failure to understand the mindset of people who are different to them.

A recent show had an entrepreneur with a truly wonderful product – a seatbelt adjustor to keep children comfortable and safe – which all the Dragons loved. However, one Dragon simply could not understand why this entrepreneur hadn’t succeeded in setting up a distribution deal – he actually accused the man of laziness. I think most people would have looked at this entrepreneur and said to themselves ‘he isn’t really a salesman, he’s an inventor. Respect his skills – don’t expect him to excel in salesmanship’. Yet this Dragon persisted in tearing a strip off the poor man, who responded with calmness and dignity (and yes, he did eventually close his deal).

Why did a successful businessman have so much difficulty understanding that we are not all born salesmen? I believe that this is a kind of ‘mind blindness’, a difficulty which I have observed in many dominant personalities. Natural leaders often have difficulty understanding submissive behaviours. Sometimes they will accuse gentle people of a kind of dishonesty – they simply cannot accept that a person can be unassuming, lacking in ego or have little desire to dominate. Freudians might describe this as a form of ‘projection’ – the dominant individual unconsciously believes that everybody shares his wishes and aspirations, and is sometimes genuinely baffled by the decisions other people make.

It is commonplace to hear natural leaders described as ‘confident’, but I would like to differ. That is a very narrow view of confidence. It is my belief that the truly confident person is able to be modest, unassuming and open to other people, if this is their preference. Expressing your beliefs candidly and calmly, and accepting that others may have different beliefs, is a hallmark of true confidence. Dominance traits may help you to succeed in business, but business is only a small part of the much greater enterprise of life.

And the truly confident people on Dragons’ Den? They are the handful of entrepreneurs who maintain their dignity and calmness in an atmosphere of intimidation and challenge. We all encounter dragons in our daily lives – maybe people who are very senior at work, or perhaps those who appear to have been born to rule. How we deal with dragons says a great deal about us; we know that we are truly adult when we can respond firmly and gently, without resentment, and stand our ground. This is an example of Status Confidence in action – the ability to deal with people appropriately regardless of their status. For further information on this topic, please consult http://www.confidenceclub.net/content/statusconfidence.php

Business Books From The Dragons’ Den

Five of the UK’s leading multi-millionaire, serial entrepreneurs sit on the panel of the Dragons’ Den deciding whether or not to invest in business propositions. Successful applicants are few due to the many years experience of the Dragons whose advice should really be heeded, but often isn’t on the program.

After making their case the pitchees face a grilling from the panel who decide whether or not to take a stake in the company being pitched. Generally, they do not bother as the prudent questioning usually picks holes in the proposal being examined. However, some people do a good enough job to convince one or more Dragons to invest.

The Dragons have vast experience across a wide spectrum of business sectors and anyone who ends up working with one or more of them benefits greatly from their experience and knowledge. They all invest from time to time and continue to look for opportunities. They are not the type of people to stand still.

It follows that if these people are worth listening to the books they write are probably worth reading too. That’s assuming that the book in question concerns their specialty; making profits with successfully run businesses.

It is often said that success breeds success, so if you are a business person and would like to be successful hanging out with successful people like the Dragons would be a good idea. Failing that reading their books would be a viable second option. The question then is which book to choose, or which Dragon’s book to choose.

The obvious choice would be to choose a book written by your favourite Dragon, although a wiser option would be to choose the one with the greater experience in a field closer to your own. Each Dragon has a wide portfolio of business experience but still have specialties; Duncan Bannatyne – Care Homes, Health Clubs/Spa’s; Deborah Meadon – holiday company; Hilary Devey – Transportation and distribution; Peter Jones – technology; Theo Paphitis – retail, property, finance and consumer goods.

On the other hand, each probably has sufficient skills to make a business with potential in any sector do very well, so a particular Dragon’s speciality may not be critical. For most businesses appearing on the Dragons’ Den program, pitching to the panel and eventually getting the required investment is not an option. But spending the time reading one of the Dragons’ books is more realistic and could potentially provide the no-nonsense advice required to give your company the boost it requires for growth in the present economic climate.

The books of the present and past Dragons are readily available, from Amazon and elsewhere, good value and packed with the kind of advice that only years of experience can offer. There’s very little to lose and possibly a huge amount to gain. So what’s stopping you?