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Monday, January 23, 2012

The Digital Librarian

Year of the dragon begins today.  And because I, The Digital Librarian, know everything nothing about Chinese Astrology, I did extensive research at the repository of truth, aka the Internet. 
New Years Decorations, New York City, no date.

Apparently, the dragon brings in the Four Blessings of the East: wealth, virtue, harmony and longevity. These are all good things and I welcome them wholeheartedly.  Thanks, dragon!

Wu Sheong Mark, Chinese New Year, San Francisco, 1961

It seems that of the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac, the dragon is the most special.  Why?  Because all the other animals - rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, pig - actually exist in this world.  However, the dragon is the only mystical creature represented.  Nice.

Chinese New Year, San Francisco, 1936

This means we can expect grand things this year. Larger than life is the way of the dragon.  When I first read that, I was all, "Bring it on!  I'm ready for major changes!"


Furthermore, dragon is a yang year and yang water is like a flowing river. Things will move, ideas flow, creativity abound, economies boom, and love blossom in this environment.  Yes, yes, yes!

Brenda Wong, San Francisco, 1957

But then this total killjoy of a feng shui expert on the BBC said we can expect more natural disasters like earthquakes and flooding.  No, no, no!  

Montgomery Street Celebrates Chinese New Year, 1957

On a brighter note, many people desire to start a family in a dragon year so we can expect lots of happy babies in places where the lunar new year is observed.  Dragon children are considered to be blessed with luck, strength, imagination, and a belief that they can conquer the world.  Go dragon baby, go!  And if you have a minute, spread that good luck all over the world.

Chicago, 1904

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