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The Year of the Dragon

February 6, 2012

According to the Chinese zodiac, the Year of the Dragon has just started. In Eastern philosophy, the Dragon is a symbol of good fortune and I am a Dragon myself so I figured it was a good omen to finally get started on this new Blog.

I honestly didn’t know anything about the Chinese zodiac –or any other zodiac for that matter, until I decided to write this post. And truth be told, I never anticipated this zodiac thing to be so darn complicated. It turns out that the Chinese zodiac (actually widely popular in many East-Asian countries) relates each year to an animal and its reputed characteristics, according to a 12-year cycle. Basically what it means is that we all have an “animal” year based on the year we were born and that every twelve years, we meet our birth sign again.

The twelve Chinese zodiac signs are in order: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig, each associated with specific attributes. Chinese people believe that a sign is an abbreviated way of characterizing an individual’s personality.

Now, here comes the tricky part. The Chinese New Year is determined by a lunisolar calendar (a calendar where a date indicates both the moon phase and the time of the solar year) so it falls on different dates each year. The date is sometime between January 21 and February 20 of the Western calendar. Interesting, isn’t it? Anyways, the New Year of the Dragon officially started on January 23, 2012.

So what’s so special about the Dragon? Well for one, it is the only legendary animal of the Chinese zodiac. It is considered as a divine beast, symbol of power, energy and good fortune rather than as a threatening evil like in the western world. According to Chinese astrology, a dragon person is mostly innovative, enterprising, passionate but also tactless and quick-tempered. And in all modesty, I must say that it sounds very much like me, especially the quick-tempered part.

But wait, there is more! The main characteristics of the Dragon sign are indeed tempered by one of the five Chinese elements (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth) overlaying a 5-year cycle of characteristics onto the original 12-year cycle. Now if that is not complicated, I truly don’t know what is! So I’ll leave it to this: I am a Wood Dragon, I am supposed to appreciate art and creativity and have the ability to build a happy life.

So to honor my Wood Dragon person and welcome in style the luckiest year of the Chinese zodiac, here are some inspiring pictures of vivid pink and emerald green. Pink because it is my happy color and green as a symbol of abundance, prosperity, hope and life.

Green Foo Dogs with a bright pink wall in the background Pink Dragon Fruit also called Pitaya
Home of interior designer Christophe d'Aboville in Paris with bright pink walls and green doors Vintage pink and green necklace by Sora Designs on Etsy
Bright pink blouse with green pendant Home of fashion designer Matthew Williamson with green walls and bright pink doors

Images (clockwise from top left):
Foo dogs via The Vintage Laundress, Dragon fruit via Flickr, Necklace by Soradesigns, London home of fashion designer Matthew Williamson via This is Love Forever, Bright pink blouse with green pendant via Gary Pepper Vintage, Paris home of interior designer Christophe d’Aboville via The Apartment Therapy

Happy New Year to you all!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Karine permalink
    February 13, 2012 9:37 am

    Love it ! After Mexico and ifs wonderful Colors ,China and its zodiac Can wait to discover the Next country 🙂

  2. Isabelle Carouge permalink
    February 13, 2012 12:56 pm

    It is not my year ! snif

  3. Maggie from Rumson Road permalink
    February 13, 2012 5:16 pm

    To my pink moody-wood dragon friend : congrats ! your blog is realy joyful to read, a vibrant, vivid screen that makes me happy. I love the choice of the pictures and I learn a lot in your chinese zodiac signs post. Keep following the next post every day…

    Rose Poulette every day keep the morosity away…
    French proverbe of the day.

    Maggie from Rumson Road

  4. February 13, 2012 9:06 pm

    Alright girl, there is the Mex. the Chi and the Frenchie in you!!!! That’s the reason you are not boring. Indeed you are full of colors and lively, I love that about you. Continue to give us those lovely hues of life! Awesomeness!!!!

  5. marie-laurence permalink
    February 14, 2012 7:40 pm

    make me dream.!.I love colors….

  6. Mary Snowden permalink
    February 15, 2012 2:55 pm

    Oh Val Love it!!

  7. Valerie P permalink
    February 15, 2012 4:24 pm

    Other nice pictures… Very interesting as I have a “little dragon” at home !

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