You may have heard and been troubled by doomsday predictions for 2012. On closer investigation, I have found that the Hopi and Mayan elders are actually speaking in terms of the end of an era, a world cycle, rather than the end of the world. In Chinese Astrology, the year 2012 is known as the “Year of the Water Dragon“. The Water Dragon, which rules from 1/23/12 to 2/9/13, suggests influences toward beneficial changes in the year to come for Austin and the world.
The ancient, majestic and wise Chinese celestial dragon symbolizes potent and benevolent power. Dragon years are considered particularly auspicious for marriages and the birth of children and new businesses, tending to boost individual fortunes and the world economy. Water Dragon years (1992, 1952 and 2012) are known for calm, visionary intelligence and balance of right brain creativity with left brain logic, encouraging creativity guided by wisdom. The Imagine Austin process is a good example of an opportunity to take part in envisioning your ideal community.
Yang Water as year element suggests strong emotional currents affecting public life, particularly in relation to finances. Communications and messaging, whether overseas, across oceans, via rivers or across streams, could also be affected. Our interconnection via the internet and other telecommunication systems will continue to enhance a lively global conversation. Being good stewards of our precious water will continue to be important in Austin in 2012.
The Chinese maxim “The Dragon (Lung) changes shape quickly, taking those unprepared by surprise” describes a penchant for sudden expansion. With the lively dragon a volatile visitor, dragon years can be unpredictable and full of surprise. Flexibility and foresight are useful qualities that will support adjustment to unfolding events this year.
The nature of the dragon is essentially spiritual, associated with noble ideals and altruism. Meditating on the qualities of the dragon will help to attune beneficially to dragon year energies in advance.
The Water Dragon will increase the likelihood of success for progressive movements gaining momentum all across the globe. Energy conservation and green energy-producing technologies, changes to multinational corporations, attention to world hunger and the renewed health of the oceans and sea creatures will all likely fare well in the year ahead.
Of all the Dragon years, the 2012 Water Dragon is most promising to bestow the Chinese Five Blessings of harmony, virtue, riches, fulfillment and longevity, adding weight to the growing belief that 2012 will be more about global breakthroughs than disasters. Austin, with it’s creative community, green business start ups and innovative technology, is well placed to play well with the Water Dragon of 2012!