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Chinese New Year 2012: Top 10 Resolutions for a Great Start


Chinese New Year 2012 Top 10 Resolutions

Chinese New Year 2012, a 15-day annual celebration that coincides with the first New Moon of the year, begins on Monday, January 23rd.   It is an auspicious time of year, and when it is observed correctly, it ushers in a year’s worth of good luck and abundance.

There are a great many traditions associated with the Chinese New Year 2012, too many for me to list here.  So, I will attempt to highlight the ones that are most likely to capture your imagination, delight your soul and spin you into prosperity receiving action.


Chinese New Year 2012 Resolutions

Top 10 Resolutions of Chinese New Year 2012

1.  Do Bloom on Chinese New Year’s Day.  It is believe that should one of your plants blooms on New Year’s Day, a prosperous year will follow.  Some of you may have pretty little gardens (or big gardens), which may have, as luck would have it, plants that are about to bloom.  If you are like me and gardenless and plant-less, you might want to hit the nursery/flower store for a plant that is guaranteed to bloom on time!   (It is on my MUST do today list of things to do!)  Especially auspicious flowers include bulbs, such as daffodils and hyacinths.  For an extra boost of blooming prosperity, combine the bulbs with pussy willow.

2. Do Not Cook on Chinese New Year’s Day.  In this house, one might say, what makes this day different than any other?  It’s not like I’ve got all four burners on high.  Still, on New Year’s Day, I will make a conscious decision NOT to cook.It is believed that sharp objects such as knives and scissors bring bad luck.  Cooking and possibly cutting things or chopping things may ‘cut off’ the flow of good luck.  Eat out!  All three meals, by the way, just in case your mind is ‘stuck’ into dinner mode.

3. Do Drink Orange Juice.  Orange represents gold.  Need I say more?  Bring on the goblets!

4.  Do Not Sweep on Chinese New Year’s Day.  Best to clean a way days before the New Year.  If you wait until New Year’s Day to clean, it is believed that you will ‘sweep away the good luck.’  On the other side of the vacuum, it is said that the god of luck steers clear of dirty houses.

5.  Do Wear New Clothes.  New clothing represents the ‘new’ that you are calling into, allowing into your life.  For a boost of extra energy, make it red.

6.  Do Not Swear, Curse or Express Excessive Amounts of Negative Energy.   Remember, we are ushering in prosperity and good luck, which are positive in energy, so there’s no need to test it by tossing blocks of negativity in its path.

7.  Do Shelve Anger and Worry.  The Chinese New Year is a day of celebration. Imagine putting all your upset in a box and shelving it.  Feels good, doesn’t it?

8.  Do Not Tune Into the News.  In other words, turn the TV off and do not read the headlines of the newspapers.

9.  Do Read and/or Listen to Any and All Things Happy.   There are many happy happenings on & off the net.

10.  Do Write Three Wishes.  They say that 75% of what we write down happens, so write out three wishes, affix them to a tree so that they can blow in the wind, much like Tibetan Prayer Flags.

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Chinese New Year 2012: Celebrate Year of the Dragon

Chinese New Year 2012

Chinese New Year 2012 (中国新年2012)

Chinese New Year 2012

Chinese New Year 2012

Chinese New Year 2012 falls on January 23rd of this year. Chinese New Year 2012 is a time to welcome longevity, wealth and prosperity and to eliminate any negative chi from the past. This fourteen day celebration is very symbolic, and has many important do’s and dont’s.

Year of the Dragon 2012 (龙2012年的年份)

In Chinese tradition, each year is dedicated to a specific animal. The Dragon, Horse, Monkey, Rat, Boar, Rabbit, Dog, Rooster, Ox, Tiger, Snake, and Ram are the twelve animals that are part of this tradition. In Chinese New Year 2012, the Dragon is welcomed back after the 2011 year of the Rabbit. Each of these animals are thought to bestow their characteristics to the people born in their year.

Chinese Zodiac Signs 2012

Chinese Zodiac Signs 2012

While the Year of the Rabbit was characterized by calm and tranquility, the Year of the Dragon 2012 will be marked by excitement, unpredictability, exhilaration and intensity. The Rabbit imbues people with a sense of cautious optimism, but people respond to the spirit of the Dragon with energy, vitality and unbridled enthusiasm, often throwing all caution to the wind – which can be an unwise move: The Dragon is all about drama but if you take unnecessary risks, you may find yourself starring in your own personal tragedy.

The Dragon’s Personality in this Year of the Dragon 2012

People born under the Dragon are passionate, brave and self-assured. At their best they are pioneering spirits; at their worst, they epitomize the old adage: Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. Dragons are generous with their resources, a tendency that at its most negative can reflect a foolhardy attitude towards money. But Dragons in general are blessed with good fortune. They are smart, enterprising and have a wicked sense of humor. They have a natural flair for fashion and are the people to consult if you want to catch up on the latest trends.

This Chinese New Year 2012 ushers in the Water Dragon. Water exerts a calming influence on the Dragon’s innate fire. Water Dragons are more open to other people’s opinions than other Dragons which gives them the ability to channel their personal charisma into real leadership qualities.

Famous celebrities born in under the Dragon include John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Al Pacino, Marlene Dietrich and Matt Dillon. The Dragon’s lucky color is yellow.

The Year of the Dragon 2012 and Love

Dragons are passionate. They fall in love quickly – and out of love just as quickly. Their charisma and charm is an immense draw to people of the opposite sex whose attention and admiration they crave. Though they have a tendency to treat love like a game, they can settle down when they meet the right partner, someone who’s strong enough not to be bowled over by the Dragon’s flamboyant, independent and stubborn personality.

The Dragon’s ideal partners are the Rat, the Monkey, and the Rooster: The Rat is practical, observant and resourceful, able to help the Dragon when extravagant promises have backed the Dragon into a corner. The Monkey is just as popular as the Dragon, curious, intellectual and fun-loving, one of the few personalities the Dragon doesn’t mind sharing the spotlight with. The Rooster can give the Dragon a run for the money on the fashion-forward front; attractive, well-groomed, fiercely loyal and committed to honesty, the Rooster serves as the Dragon’s reality check, keeping the Dragon from making promises that he or she can’t keep.

The Year of the Dragon 2012 and Wealth

Dragon years are lucky for anyone thinking of starting a business or initiating a new project of any sort because money is easier to come by for everyone, whether it’s earned, borrowed or received as a gift. Consequently we can expect the economic downturn to ease up a bit in the coming year. Fortunes can be made but they can also be lost: Keep in mind like all good things, the Year of the Dragon 2012 will come to an end and you will be held accountable for unreasonable extravagances.

Dragons do well in professions that give them the ability to function somewhat autonomously. They make excellent sales people, publicists, political campaigners, lawyers, real estate brokers, actors and politicians.

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