Although the Chinese New Year began a couple of days ago, neatly coinciding with the new moon and with my knowledge, it was only yesterday that I began to reflect properly on what it might mean.
The year of the dragon……how perfect for 2012, the date which symbolises change and a new era affecting us at every level of our being. The dragon represents transformation and rebirth, power and magic, and we will see magic enacted in this year. The dragon is a mythical creature but one which lives still and will live again. The dragon is ancient beyond time but the sign of the future. The dragon sleeps but awakens soon for this is its time. The dragon is the past and also our future, it is our hope: the dragon is within each of us, quiescent now, perhaps, but ready when called to action.
The dragon is the symbol of my home land of Wales, and to see its name and emblem being celebrated all over the world is pleasing indeed. Wales often is a forgotten country, sparsely populated and lacking conventional wealth and riches; in terms of gifts of spiritual heritage and grace of being, of sacred landscapes and balm for the soul, however, it ranks high, and the dragon is the perfect and well-chosen representation for this place, which is indeed God's country.
Remember, too, that the dragon represents the battle between light and dark whether it is in cosmic terms or within ourselves, in terms of our human strengths and frailties. This is the year when we can work with the dragon to learn our final lessons of human experience and then become the dragon - strong, magnificent, indomitable and all-powerful. Do not fight the dragon but learn to love it, and let it help you for it, truly, is your friend not just for this Chinese year, but for ever.