Growing up in DC and heading to Chinatown for Dim Sum Sunday Brunch, we would invariably have the menu in front of us that listed the different animals of the Chinese Zodiac. I am the Year of the Dragon, specifically the Fire Dragon (according to Wikipedia). The year of the Dragon is the only year that has a legendary animal (instead of a rabbit, or a dog). The Year of the Dragon starts January 23rd, 2012.
and here is the description of those of us lucky enough to be born in this year (also courtesy or Wikipedia)
Dragon — é¾ / é¾™ (è¾°) (Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed Element Wood): Magnanimous, stately, vigorous, strong, self-assured, proud, noble, direct, dignified, eccentric, intellectual, fiery, passionate, decisive, pioneering, artistic, generous, loyal. Can be tactless, arrogant, imperious, tyrannical, demanding, intolerant, dogmatic, violent, impetuous, brash.
This description of me - is, as I write with both dignity and strength - bang on (and who knows if that is the chicken or the egg on that one). Ah well...
The other part of this Year of the Dragon shenigans that I love is that my MOTHER is also born in the year of the Dragon and so was my paternal grandfather. And my father loves dragons - good thing too, because he ended up with two of them.
Happy New Year! Cheers to Dragons and Dragon Doings!