The Year of the Wood Dragon: A Time of Good Luck and Prosperity

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The Chinese New Year is just around the corner, and with it comes the beginning of the reign of the Wood Dragon. This auspicious occasion is believed to bring good fortune and abundance to those who embrace its energy. In an interview with The Manila Times Lifestyle, master geomancer Patrick Lim Fernandez of New World Makati’s Yin and Yang Shop of Harmony shared some insights and customs associated with this special year.

According to Fernandez, the blessings of the Wood Dragon are not limited to individuals born in the Year of the Dragon. This year is a time of growth for everyone, and each person should strive to discover the area of growth most applicable to them. Whether it’s in their career, relationships, or family’s health, identifying and nurturing that area will lead to personal and collective improvement not just in the present year, but for years to come.

Among the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac, the dragon holds a special place as one of the luckiest and most powerful. It symbolizes strength, power, bravery, and creativity. While dragons are often portrayed as fierce and evil creatures in Western mythology, the Chinese worship them as the wisest of animals. Fernandez explains that the evolution of the dragon in Chinese culture is a result of different tribes assigning importance to various animal signs. The Chinese dragon eventually embodied the claws of a tiger, the eyes of a rabbit, and the scales of a serpent.

It’s important to note that each zodiac sign has its own strengths and weaknesses. In the Year of the Wood Dragon, individuals are encouraged to identify their strengths and maximize them for the year. By doing so, they can harness the dragon’s energy and make the most of its auspicious influence.

Many couples wonder if giving birth during a dragon year guarantees their child’s good fortune. Fernandez clarifies that it isn’t always automatic. The actual day the baby is born may hold more significance, as certain days may still have clashing elements. Additionally, the signs of family members may not always be in harmony with the dragon. For example, if one of the parents or a sibling was born in the year of the dog, which is in conflict with the dragon, there may be clashes within the family.

In countries like Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong, it has become a popular practice for couples to consult the Chinese calendar or a feng shui master before scheduling Caesarian sections to ensure their dragon babies are born in a lucky year.

When it comes to welcoming the new year, wearing red or any bright color is still considered ideal. Red is believed to bring good luck and ward off negative energy. Even underwear should be new, symbolizing a fresh start. Other customs associated with the Chinese New Year include getting a haircut or trim before midnight to leave the “old” behind, filling rice containers to the brim to symbolize abundance, and placing five kinds of fruits on the dining table in even numbers for prosperity.

One longstanding tradition is the giving of ang pao, or red money envelopes, with P168 inside. This practice is believed to bring good luck and prosperity. It is customary to give out these envelopes on New Year’s Day, while households should avoid using sharp objects or engaging in negative conversations during this time.

As we enter the Year of the Wood Dragon, let us embrace the opportunities for growth and abundance that it brings. By understanding the customs and symbolism associated with this special year, we can make the most of its positive energy and create a prosperous future for ourselves and our loved ones. May the Wood Dragon bless us all with good fortune and success.

Source: The Manila Times

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