BORN 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000*
Are you a dragon? You are the dreamer, visionary and idealist who sees pictures in her head, that others must learn to accept are real. Why? Because eventually you make them real. Dragons are magical creatures in Chinese and Western mythology and you have the power to take those dreams, visions and strong ideals about the world and turn them into something concrete.
John Lennon is a good example of a Dragon. When he wrote and sang the words to his biggest hit, Imagine, he described himself as a dreamer. Dr Martin Luther King, who famously said ‘I have a dream,’ is another Dragon. The partner of the President of the United States, Barack Obama, is the famously idealistic Dragon, Michelle Obama. Her dream came true when her husband became the first non-white President to enter the White House. Tracy Chapman is another idealistic Dragon.
Sometimes the visions and dreams are artistic or literary. Dragon Salvador Dali, the surrealist, saw melting clocks and put them on canvas. The key to understanding people born under the Chinese sign of the Dragon is to respect the pictures inside their heads. These pictures of alternative realities can also fascinate and hypnotise the whole world if the Dragon works hard enough. Dragon J.R.R. Tolkien made The Hobbit seem convincing to millions.
There is nothing real about Dragon lives, obsessions, schemes and dreams until it all happens. But it usually does! Who could say Dragon Sigmund Freud’s theories about the unconscious mind and dreaming were real, until he cured people’s psychological problems? Famous mythologist Joseph Campbell, another Dragon, also lived in a world of myth and archetypes, but he made it real.
Dragons feature heavily in the books of Tolkien and have a hypnotic power called ‘dragon-spell’ which can sway people. Writer Terry Pratchett immortalises dragons in his Discworld novels – his Noble Dragons can be created with magic and imagination. In J.K.Rowling’s Harry Potter series, dragons have magic in their blood. In the work of Emily Rodda, dragons have virtues like Strength, Honour, Luck, Faith, Hope, Joy and Truth.
In 1964, The Year of the Dragon, Nelson Mandela gave a three-hour speech where he told the world that he was prepared to die for his ideals. He was sentenced to life imprisonment. In the same year, full of Dragon energy, John Lennon announced that The Beatles would not play to a segregated audience in America. His fellow Dragon, Dr Martin Luther King won the Nobel Peace Prize.
In Dragon years, you can also take your vision, ideal or dream and make it so. You may be a druid, witch, artist, politician, activist, psychologist or mythologist, but you have what it takes to sway others with what only you can see. Michelle Obama saw her partner and political party through to victory in the Year of the Dragon 2012-2013.
Dragons are escape artists. They have much in common with the Western zodiac sign of Pisces, no matter what their sign happens to be. Look at their bookshelves, DVD and music collections and you will find very little that is ordinary or down-to-earth. They are interested in alternatives and fantasies. Parallel universes of possibility are the Dragon’s thing. To become close to a Dragon you will have to share her world view and inner vision too.
*If you were born in January or February please double-check your Chinese zodiac sign at Wikipedia
You know your regular horoscope but what about your Asianscope? You might assume you have a Chinese sign, but in truth, you actually have an Asian Sign. Asian astrology combines Chinese, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, Tibetan and Japanese knowledge – all of which evolved at the same time. The biggest common factor across all these different kinds of Asian astrology is the importance of the number twelve (twelve signs, and also the twelve-year cycle of Jupiter, which in Western Astrology we associate with good fortune.) This ‘rule of twelve’ links Eastern and Western horoscopes in an uncannily accurate way.