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Dragons equal good luck

The dragon is a legendary creature that has taken on various meanings depending on the culture in which they are portrayed. In Western cultures, they are viewed as monsters that breathe fire and hoard treasures in caves. In China and East Asia, however, the dragon is considered a sign of good luck and was often the mount on which deities would ride. Dragons were also identified with the Emperor of China, who, during later Chinese imperial history, was the only one permitted to have dragons on his house, clothing, or personal articles.

According to Asian mythology, during the winter the Dragon rests in the mountains below the earth, emerging on the second day of the second month of the Chinese calendar.  The Dragon Festival is often celebrated on this day. The emergence of the powerful Dragon often coincides with the first rainfall of the season, fertilizing the soil.

The Dragon is still so revered that in Hong Kong there are buildings that have been built with openings in them to allow the Dragon to get from the mountain down to the water so they can drink and revitalize themselves.

In Feng Shui, the Dragon represents the East, where thunder is the main element and green is the directional color, hence the reference to it being the Green Dragon. However, the Dragon area of an interior space can be determined without this directional orientation. If you stand inside your home with your back toward the back of the house, looking ahead straight toward the front of the house, the left side is the Dragon side.  This side should be powerful—-large plant, over-sized piece of furniture, large artwork.  In the garden, a large tree or sculpture will honor the Dragon, particularly if it’s a Dragon sculpture.  High hedges, a gazebo or a large landscape rock will also suffice.

The Dragon is considered male due to its strength and power.  When lying in bed, the left side of the bed is the Dragon side—-it may provide the male with a good night’s sleep.

Currently, the Dragon has lost its ferocity and become a mythological symbol of good luck and power, widely used for decorative purposes.  Perhaps we can all adapt a little Dragon power, knowing when to breathe fire and when to bring cool rain.