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Year Of The Dragon
Sources: Jeff Rense Sightings
The arrival of the
Year of the Dragon on Saturday should
have China and the world on
tenterhooks as astrologers warn it could bring
momentous or cataclysmic
"The year will be marked by huge events, especially
China," said Gu Changwen, a monk from Mount Wutai in the northern
province of Shanxi which is one of Buddhism's holiest shrines.
"It is an
auspicious year for the Chinese. The country
will continue to develop
and people will grow richer."
The dragon is considered the
most prestigious of the
12 signs of the horoscope and it can often fuel
a baby boom as couples
try to bring their child a life of luck.
But Gu warned:
"If he becomes angry it can lead
to huge flooding as he rules over
He said the rest of the world could also be in for some
changes as it leaves the Year of the Rabbit behind, refusing to rule
out new wars and natural disasters.
The Communist Party has tried
hard to eradicate superstition
during its 50 years in power, but
nevertheless belief in traditional astrology
remains deeply embedded in
Many Chinese have been preparing feverishly to celebrate
coming of the dragon, which this year will combine with metal -- one
the five elements in Chinese astrology along with wood, fire, water
withstanding China's one-child policy, millions of
Chinese are expected
to try to take advantage of the extreme good fortune
brought by the
dragon and the figure 2,000.
The Lunar New Year calendar has been observed in China
since time immemorial, and each year the calendar moves through a
sign of the zodiac -- repeating itself every 12
dragon is the only imaginary animal among the list
of 12 beasts called
on by Buddha to populate the earth. The cycle is rat,
rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog
"The dragon is the ultimate power. It can stand
up to any
of the animals because it contains the powers of several elements
the body of a snake, the scales of a fish, the feet of a rooster and
the horns of a stag," said the monk.
The year of the dragon has a
history of causing massive
upheavals in China.
"The dragon is the very
incarnation of China,"
said Gu, pointing out that the first
emperor Qin Shihuangdi (221-207 BC)
made the dragon a symbol of his
"Remember 1976," said amateur astrologer Diao
referring to the year 24 years ago when "three stars were
He was referring to three of the founders of the
revolution in China in 1949. Mao Zedong, Prime Minister Zhou
Marshal Zhu De all died in 1976.
The event triggered the fall of
the "Gang of Four"
in power in Beijing and the end of the
Maoist Cultural Revolution which
left between two and five million
In 1976 China was also hit by the massive earthquake
northern city of Tangshan which left at least 240,000 people dead.
events of 1976 ultimately brought to
power Deng Xiaoping, himself born
in a Year of the Dragon, and set the
country on the road towards free
Each year is heavy with risk for those under whose star
falls, and many Chinese wear a red belt during the year of their
to keep them attached to the earth and prevent their death.
China's number two,
parliamentary leader Li Peng, and
number three, Prime Minister Zhu
Rongji, are dragons born in 1928. The
political rivals would do well to
watch their step in the coming year.
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