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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Exit the Rabbit, Enter the Dragon

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Today marks the last day of the celestial Rabbit… which means the time has come for the Dragon to once again make its once in twelve years appearance…

myAsylum would like to take this opportunity to wish one and all, wherever you may be

Gong Xi Fa Cai

Happy Chinese New Year! Selamat Tahun Baru Cina! 新年快乐!

According to the celestial cycle of the Chinese zodiac,  this year is that of the Water Dragon, which the practitioners of Feng Shui say will be a year of great change and transformation.

Let us hope that whatever transformation and change in store, these bring us the happiness and prosperity we deserve…
(origins of the zodiac, a prediction for 2012, and more, in the full post)

For him, the year of the Dragon is always a special one, as this happens to be Walski’s Chinese Zodiac sign. He was born in the year of the Wood Dragon, many many moons ago, and since water helps wood flourish, this is supposed to be a good year for him.

Let’s hope so.

Walski doesn’t put too much stock in astrology and similar “sciences” of prediction, but he’ll take the positive whenever he can. Always look at the positive, the Mrs says, and he cannot but agree. It’s always better to look at the positive side of things, even when on the surface things don’t appear all that rosy.

But enough about Walski… he’s sure some of you wonder how this twelve-year animal cycle thingy came about. And here’s a video to help explain the origins of the Chinese Zodiac.

It’s very much paraphrased, but you get the idea…

Earlier today, Walski came across a posting by Hawkeye about what this coming year of the Dragon has in store for Malaysia. Apparently apart from being the Water Dragon, this year is also the year of the Black Dragon. Which is not a bad thing, because black happens to be Walski’s favorite color.

In a nutshell, Hawkeye predicts that there will be political turmoil and possible change (of some sort), but at the end of the day, the fate of the nation rests with its people.

It is, nevertheless, an interesting read, as Hawkeye has gone to much lengths to use the Chinese Zodiac (the 12 years and the 4 elements) to attempt a possible prediction. Beyond Walski’s immediate comprehension, truth be told.

Anyways, the Chinese New Year usually brings with it fireworks. Increasingly louder over the last few years, it would seem. For Walski, Chinese New Year isn’t Chinese New Year without a fair share of whizz-bang ka-boom going off near and far… but that’s probably just Walski.

So enjoy the celebrations, and let’s hope the year ahead is a good one!