Every year we research the predictions for the next Chinese year and about the animal associated with the new year because we find the advice of Chinese astrologers helpful. The Water Dragon year, which starts January 23, 2012, ushers in a blast of energy making everything seem larger than life and blowing things all out of proportion. Like the last Dragon year in 2000, when everyone claimed the Y2K problem would cause planes to fall out of the sky and the electric grid to crash, 2012 is already being heralded as the end of the world.
Though 2011 Rabbit year had plenty of turmoil left over from the Tiger year in 2010, the world’s leaders spent a lot of time on Rabbit diplomacy. As in past Rabbit years, treaties and agreements galore were signed and those that criticized or pointed out the unpleasant realities of the world economies and human sufferings were ignored and shut out. Cunning and subterfuge were rewarded over open and honest communication and Rabbit overindulgence was rampant among the wealthy.
The 2011 Dragon will be transformational bringing a very different energy to the world. Direct communication, ambition, drive and the fight for authority will create turmoil and aggression in the world. Rabbit diplomacy will be out the window and honest communication and open conflict back in fashion. But Dragon conflict is not necessarily a bad thing. Unlike the chaos and disaster associated with dragons in Western folklore, the dragon in China is a sign of good fortune and happiness. The year of the Dragon is considered a good time for getting married, having children, starting new businesses, and making money. Everything this year, good or bad, will seem bigger than life and larger in magnitude leading to an apex of change for the world.
Cosmic forces will be powerful during 2012. The sun is predicted to have storms, or Coronal Mass Ejections, which will cause power disruptions and other problems during the year and peak in December 2012. The Chinese believe three symbolic stars are powerful this year, the star of the Aggressive Sword which brings hostility, violence and aggression; the star of the External Flower of Romance which brings infidelity and marital discord; and the star of Powerful Mentors which brings support from influential people.
Being Roosters, we found the Rabbit year stifling for our hen-pecking and argumentative personalities. We are looking forward to the energetic 2012 Dragon year, where direct communication and controversy are back in fashion.