Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Here There Be Dragons

Stone dragon, Chinese Garden of Friendship. Darling Harbour, Sydney, July 2005.

I'm not a big believer in astrology, I find most of it pretty general and non-specific, and although I keep an open mind about it, I have never found that the descriptions of Virgos ring all that true to me. Yet I find that the descriptions of my 'star sign' in Chinese astrology seems to be quite a bit closer to the mark (and generally a lot more flattering than the usual 'neat freak, nit picky, blah blah' Virgos usually get!).

I am a Wood Dragon:

"Dragon people are the most eccentric in the Chinese Zodiac. Soaring high into the serene heavens, they can be stubborn, passionate, excitable, honest, and brave, wear purple and walk barefoot in public fountains. They listen to their own drummer, thank you very much, while the rest of the world stands in amazement. People always admire their individuality and feisty personality. Dragons are capable of doing great work for mankind and they inspire trust in almost everyone. The Dragon symbolizes life and growth and is said to bring the five blessings: harmony, virtue, riches, fulfillment and longevity.

Dragons are majestic creatures. These Dragons are the chivalrous knights and guardian angels of life, generous with their friendship, compassionate, even heroic, in their deeds. Showing great tolerance towards others, they move easily among all social strata and travel extensively, opening their minds to new things. Brave as matadors, their courageous lives are truly inspiring. Natural curiosity leads Wood Dragons to pursue very interesting career paths. The dichotomy is they are successful human beings but not all that successful in their careers, despite all the help they get from friends and mentors. Fortune comes to them anyway! Now, as you know, the chances of winning the lottery are pretty slim, but Wood Dragons just might do it. Rainy days or sunny, good fortune seems to shine on these money magnets, just like magic. The Wood Dragon is steady as a rock when it comes to Love & Relationships. They just don't believe in love at first sight. To them, love, relationships, and marriage follow a progressive course, evolving naturally and slowly out of friendship. Once the love bug catches them, their love is deep and passionate. The Wood Dragon partner is loving and supportive of the loved one's needs and love is never taken for granted."

Quote taken from this site.

It's nice to be a called a 'majestic creature', and anyway, it's not like I was going to post a picture of a virgin...

1 comment:

Bodhi said...

Hmmmm. I'm not a huge believer in Horoscopes either, Andrew, but The Chinese Horoscopes for both Rabbit and myself also make for quite interesting, and at times I think fairly accurate, reading.

My source can be found at

I am a Snake
People born in the year of the snake may become philosophers, theologians, politicians, or cunning financiers. The snake is the most enigmatic of the twelve zodiac animals.

Such persons are elegant, and enjoy reading, listening to great music, tasting delicious food, and going to the theatre. They are fascinated with all beautiful things in life. Many of the most beautiful ladies and the men with strongest personalities were born in the year of the snake. Therefore, you should have good luck if you were born in that year.

A person born in the year of the snake usually acts according to his own judgment, and doesn't follow the views with others. He may be a religious believer or a pleasure-seeker. In either case, he would rather believe in his own conjectures than accept the advice of others, and he is generally right.

They are not annoyed by lack of money, and are usually lucky enough to own everything they need. If such a person is short of money, he can change the situation quickly. However, he shouldn't gamble, for he may lose everything he has. If he sustains great losses, he will soon come to realize his error and recover from it so that he will not be hit later. Generally, he will be cautious and alert when doing business.

These persons are oversuspicious, which is their nature. They hide their suspicions, acting as if nothing is on their minds. They are also generous with money. However, such a person may be famous for heartlessness. To realize an important goal, they may act to eradicate anyone who gets in their way, without any feeling of shame.

Some people born in the year of the snake may speak in a leisurely or listlessly way, but this does not mean that they are slow in thinking and action. They like to think deeply, plan carefully, and make a systematic and appropriate exposition of their views. They usually speak with great care.

A person born in the year of the snake often shows a strong desire for control when associating with others, and can be strict with them. To a certain extent, he will not trust his friends. He will never forgive anyone who breaks a promise. He easily becomes excessively nervous when he is frightened or feels doubtful about something.

When such a person is irritated, he will cherish a bitter hatred. However, he will act with such hostility in a secret way. He shows his resentment with ice-cold hostility instead of bitter words. Some of the people born in the year of the snake may strike their enemies a deadly blow.

People born in the year of the snake usually have a sense of humor. In desperate situations, they can enliven the atmosphere with jokes and talk cheerfully and humorously even under great pressure. However, there are some exceptions. Some of these people are icy, some often ridicule others, and some are even grim.

Now you can see that it is not easy to deal with a person born in the year of the snake, especially when he thinks one way and behaves in another. There always lies an alert heart behind his serene appearance. He has a strong will, and will try his best to hold fast to his position. He is so cunning that when you think you may have seized him, he has already slipped away.

Chinese people believe that persons born in the spring or autumn of the year of the snake are the most formidable, while those born in winter are quiet and obedient, for a snake hibernates during winter. Those born in nice weather are happier than those born in terrible weather, and they feel content more easily.

A person born in the year of the snake is a passionate lover, who always makes eyes at persons of the opposite sex. You will make a mistake if you think that such a person is always in love, for they are sensitive toward and yearn for everything, and so their eyes shine with the enthusiasm of first love when they make a good deal.

People born in the year of the snake, especially those who like to be in the limelight and struggle for fame and gain, often lead turbulent lives that are full of passion, forcing them to rack their brains.

As the core force in disturbance and difficult situations, a "snake" will face danger fearlessly, and deal with unforeseen disasters. He has a strong sense of responsibility and clear goals. He may become most powerful if he combines his lofty ideals with inborn advantages.

And naturally the Rabbit, is a Rabbit
People born in the year of the rabbit are the luckiest among "the twelve animals." The rabbit is a symbol for mercy, elegance, amiability and worship of beauty. People born in this year are kind, speak gently, peaceful, quiet and loving persons. They like to live easy lives. They are reserved persons, love arts and have a strong sense of justice. Whatever they do, they will start well and end well. This feature can make them learned scholars. They are also well adapted to work in government departments, and to be active on the political stage.

It seems that they will turn a deaf ear to other people's advice.In fact, they may be unable to recover after other people criticize them. To those they love, they are gentle and kind, while to some other people they may be perfunctory and halfhearted, even cool and merciless. Since they are refined and cultivated and self indulgent at the same time, they enjoy their lives, and think their own desires as the most important. They stubbornly believe that-it is easy for people to get along with each other. They are always polite and civil even to their enemies. They are disgusted by quarreling and any hostile act.

People born in the year of the rabbit give others an impression of being frail-looking because of their gentle appearance. But, in fact, they are strong minded and have strong wills. They pursue their ideals all their lives in a precise and orderly way.

It is also easy for people to get the impression that people born in the year of the rabbit will never do harm to other people. It is true that they seldom use harsh words or say anything rude. They can hide their real features by their decent appearance when they face opponents, and then hurt them. By the time one discovers this, they will have tricked you.

Sometimes people born in the year of the rabbit do things slowly and deliberately. They handle everything in a circumspect way. This is because of their cautious characters. They make certain that they get lots of information before they sign any contract. So they have the ability to evaluate well, and are capable of making clear-headed appraisals of the situation. And they are very proud of this.

A man born in the year of the rabbit is solicitous, refined and courteous. He will have a gentle manner and carry himself like a gentleman. People admire his amiability and his resourcefulness, and they will be willing to follow his wise advice. His shortcomings are: unrealistic thinking, high sensitivity, biting, and not being willing to withstand misery.

Since such a person is self-confident, and he will consider himself second to none. In times of urgency, he will discard anything or abandon anyone who dares to disturb his quiet life. He is well known for his flexible and changeable beliefs, and his high skill at maintaining a sense of security.

There is no need to worry about the lives of such people. They are nimble, clever and good at avoiding harm to themselves. They have no lofty ideals to seek. Their main purpose in life is to preserve themselves.

People born in the year of the rabbit are very hospitable, good hosts and warm-hearted companions. Their words make everyone feel happy, but you shouldn't let such words go to your head. They will remember your mistakes, as well as your good points. They know more than they will tell. If your missteps are not serious, they will forgive you. That is why people like them. This philosophy of life keeps them free from troubles, because people will forgive them as they forgive others.

Generally speaking, people born in the year of the rabbit really understand what life means. They make full allowance for other's weal and woe. They know when they should show their forbearance. They never embrace others in public places. They know the art of saving face and giving consideration to the interests of both sides.

Bodhi :-)
Sydney, Australia