2012 — Year of Water Dragon Outlook Ahead

A Year of Change, Direct Communication,  Deep Emotion and (It’s up to you:) Positive Outcomes

US Postal Stamp 2012 Year of the Dragon

“New Year’s Days” are a turning point toward a fresh start.  It is true, there are unseen but felt forces influencing us:  ‘We can feel a change a-comin’.”

Some years are like music to our souls, and others are music that makes us cringe.  We all experience and use the energies differently and you can discover how to use the cycles discovered by the Ancient civilizations to your advantage.

If you are apt to look to the weather forecast for any given day, you know that things change.   Just like a weather forecast, the cyclical predictions of what we can expect in a new year can help us prepare for our dance with the Cosmic energies in which we live.

There is a note: you are at the center of your Universe and have the ability to view information as beneficial.  Prediction of any sort is not finality–it is an optional outcome which we can choose to change by our action, attention or intention.


  • December 31 marks the end of the Gregorian Calendar year, and co-incidentally, the time when the “New Year Star” Sirius is at its pinnacle above the Earth’s Horizon.  This star gave the Egyptians important information regarding the flooding of the Nile, which impacted their economy.  Celebrate this New Beginning with visions of what you’d like to experience in 2012.
  • January 23, 2012 marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year.  This date, the second New Moon after the Winter Solstice, starts the Spring Festival also known as Chinese New Year.  The 2-week holiday takes advantage of the New Moon energy and the rushing force of Spring germinating deep under the soil.  Clean your home, clear the clutter, invite prosperity into your home with warm celebration with friends and family.
  • February 4, marks the “Solar” New Year: another shift in energy from a Nine Star Ki perspective, shifting the energies from one ‘song’ to another.

Chinese New Year 2012 

January 23, 2012 marked the beginning of the Chinese Year of the Water Dragon.   Dragon years bring prosperity, change and an intangible sense that something great is happening.  Whatever that means in your life, be sure to look deeper than first impressions to get the whole story before committing your time, money or (in this Presidential election year)  your vote.

In the East, Dragon energy is associated with benevolent life force, power, great luck, and support.  A symbol of the Emperor, the Dragon is ambitious, dominant, passionate, enthusiastic, kind and nourishing.  Dragon years bring energy that propel change and disruption, but not always for an unwanted outcome…when properly harnessed this energy creates new life, growth and spring like qualities.  Without awareness it will be easy to get out of control this year.    Dragon energy usually heralds change and good fortune but requires integrity in order to benefit well.

The Chinese Zodiac

For thousands of years, the Chinese have studied and qualified the cyclical nature of human affairs and packaged them in metaphorical terms for easy understanding.  The years follow a 12-year cycle of animals and their characteristics and a 60-year cycle of nuances attributed to earth’s elements of Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal.  Having taught elementary school, I saw an amazing general trend: children born in different years exhibited the best qualities attributed to this animal zodiac and it made me smile.  [Children born in 1992 were facile, joyful, social and clever – just like the Monkey; 1991, methodical, quiet and ingenious—just like the Goat, and so on.]

Legend of the Chinese Zodiac told beautifully for all ages.

The Chinese Zodiac is passed on through the folk tale of The Great RaceThe amusing and clever story is beautifully told in Cat and Rat by Ed Young and explains how the animals had  to get to a meeting called by the Jade Emperor.  To do so the animals had to cross a river.  The sequence of their arrival at the meeting would indicate their place in the calendar.  Rat, by being intelligent and cunning arrived first, followed by Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Snake and Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig, because he stopped to eat, arrived last.

The Year of the Water Dragon Expectations

In general we’ll find that this Year of the Water Dragon will be grand, exciting and hopeful.  Not trivial at all in their understanding of life and human nature, the Chinese warn that in the Year of the Dragon those grand fortunes can spiral out of control without proper research and attention to completion of one project at a time.   No matter how good things seem, the Water nature of this Dragon year will inspire us to step back, investigate further, and thoroughly evaluate to make smart decisions.

The need for harmony at all costs will be replaced by our desire to be clear and accurate with our agreements, verbal and contractural.  As water signifies what is deep, flowing, emotional and spiritual, we may find that we have a more emotional response to situations but we will also find ourselves wanting and needing to speak clearly, especially about the details of any endeavor.

Dragon energy can also bring out arrogance, aggressiveness, & violence.   In 2012, things will most likely seem ‘larger than life’ and ‘blown out of proportion.’  The best advice for a Water Dragon year: Respond don’t React. Take a breath and step back consult your gut feelings;  be clear and kind.

Dragon people, those born in the Year of the Dragon, (1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000 and 2012) are leaders:  innovative, enterprising, flexible, self-assured, brave, and passionate.  The other side of the coin is that their focus can lead them to seem conceited, tactless, and quick-tempered.

Some famous people born in the Year of the Dragon:  Reese Witherspoon,  John Lennon, Martin Luther King, Jr., Florence Nightingale, Susan B. Anthony, Sigmund Freud, Mae West, Sandra Bullock, Bruce Lee, Jose Conseco, Orlando Bloom, Keanu Reeves, Liam Neeson, Nicholas Cage, Gregory Peck, Raquel Welch.

If you’ve been to a Chinese restaurant, you probably know which year in which you were born but what you might not know is that the Chinese New Year doesn’t begin January 1 but instead begins at the second New Moon after the Winter Solstice.  If you were born in January or February, you may be a “different animal” thank you thought.  Check the internet for when Chinese New Year began in the year in which you were born.

Nine Star Ki 2012 – Japanese Perspective on Feng Shui Timing

2011 was a 7 Metal Year which means for most of us, it was a time we were focused on how things ‘looked’ and how we socialized and took time for ourselves.  It was a year that allowed us to challenge our own enjoyment of life.  It may have helped us evaluate how we have used our resources and how we plan to use them in the future.

2012 is a 6 Metal Year.  In a 6 Metal year we can reap great harvest afforded to us by our efforts and ability to be accountable, interested in community and global affairs.  It is the energy of Father, benevolent, dutiful, honorable and conditionally supportive.  The last 6 Metal year was in 2003…look back to review that year for yourself: what were the themes in your life in 2003?  Did you experience new beginnings?  Were you releasing what didn’t serve you?  Perhaps you were confronted with how well you were able to account for your involvement in the details of your life, your finances and community involvement?  Did you encounter a Mentor or become a Benefactor?   2012 will be similar in its tune but a bit softer.

Check out  at www.9starki.com   or email me for your personalized energy forecast and how to arrange your spaces to create harmony with those you love and work with.   (fawn@fawnchang.com)

Don’t be fooled: The Year of the Water Dragon can show you what lies beneath the surface, require direct communication and bring up a lot of emotion. Respond don’t React. Take a breath and time to step back to see if things aren’t initially larger than life.

Planning Ahead

How can you make necessary changes in these last few weeks of Rabbit energy to allow the change in your life to be beneficial?

  • Be clear, honest and ruthless with the questions you ask yourself and be proud that you are asking them.   “Am I on target with my heart’s desires?”  “Is there anything that I am living with that I need to release? (emotions, perceptions, expectations included)
  • It’s all good, release the ballast and plan your next glorious adventurous year.  What is on your Bucket List? (The list of things you want to do before you ‘kick the bucket’.)
  • Check out Miracles, by Stuart Wilde for a beautifully short version of how to’s for creating your own life’s miracles.
  • You don’t have to do it alone:  be sure to get professional advice if you have made less than the best decisions in the past and know you need to make plans that include your own best interest.  When you thrive, all those around you benefit.
  • Tend now to your own Water issues and energies:
  • Check your home’s plumbing,
  • Check ‘Water under Earth’ — keep an eye on gutter drains, etc.
  • Check your car’s engine,
  • Make sure your front door and all the doors to your home and office work perfectly.
  • Tend carefully to your body and emotions:
  • Support your kidneys and adrenal glands, bladder, reproductive organs, blood, spleen with plenty of rest, balanced work/life, pure water, limited alcohol and coffee
  • Allow emotions to be named and released.  Validate your ‘feelings’ if even to yourself.  Check out The Emotion Code, by Bradley Nelson.  I have experienced personally how emotions get stuffed into our cells and not released until we have the maturity or support to deal with the little and major traumas of life.  This works.
  • be sure that your career  is aligned with your true Life’s Purpose.

2012 is sure to be a powerful year, one in which we could easily discover the depths of love for ourselves, our families and friends and our world.  Be well and contact me if you would like help to make your life even more fun.