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Happy New Year of the Water Dragon!

January 23rd, 2012

The Chinese New Year is symbolized by a new animal zodiac, determined by a 12-year cycle. Chinese New Year 2012 begins TODAY!

Monday, Jan. 23, 2012 will usher in the Year of the Water Dragon.

Unlike the monster that gets slayed in Western literature, the Chinese Dragon is a symbol of good fortune and intense power in Eastern culture. In Chinese tradition, the Dragon is regarded as a divine beast and is said to embody passion, ambition, and independence.

According to Sung dynasty manuscripts, the Dragon is described as having the “head of an ox or donkey, eyes of a shrimp, horns of a deer, body of a serpent covered with fish scales, and a feet of a phoenix,” and it usually clutches a pearl, meant to symbolize its supernatural powers.

If this year is to bring us good fortune and success, remember that “The first wealth is health” (Ralph Waldo Emerson).

Invest in your health for a fortunate and prosperous life!