Happy Year Of The Dragon

Today marks the start of the lunar new year, the Year of the Dragon. Seen here is a Chinese earthenware dragon from the Northern Wei Dynasty, dated around 400-600 CE. Maker unknown. This is one of many dragons in RISD Museum collection; this piece can be seen in the Asian Art Galleries.

What does this mean? Wash Po teaches:

Those . . . born in dragon years, . . . are said to be visionary leaders with a strong sense of self, energetic, determined, idealistic and independent. Their shortcomings include pride and a lack of willpower.

Yup, that’s me. And it’s consider the “best” sign.

The dragon is a revered symbol of power and thought to be among the most auspicious of signs. Some leaders in Asia are encouraging their populations to choose this year to have children, to battle declining birthrates with “dragon babies” destined for success.

America must meet the challenge! You have until January 29, 2025 (Snake) to produce offspring. Get busy people!

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