Tag : 2012

  • A Little Something to Help You Make the Most of 2012

    Posted Jan 23rd, 2012 By in Blog With | No Comments 2012

    A Guest Post by Davina MacKail

    Between now and the full moon on February 7th is a great time to manifest your intentions for the year.

    It’s great to set your big goals and dreams in motion. But I’d like you to focus on something else as well. Something far more important to your daily flow of peace and joy and something that is far more likely to help you ultimately achieve your big dreams.

    That something is “What you LOVE to do“.

    It’s extraordinary how often we ignore this even when we think we’re actually doing it.  Often we’re so focussed on our big dream we forget our daily happiness.

    To connect with what you LOVE find a time when you’ll be undisturbed and sit with yourself.  Spend a few minutes just relaxing. Take a breath in above your head and exhale below your feet and repeat a few times.  Now with your non-dominant hand resting on your heart to remind you of where this information is coming from ask yourself “What do I really LOVE?” and keep asking yourself until you can tune in to that energy and get the flow going.

    Relax and allow time for this exercise.  If you’ve been really out of touch with yourself lately it’ll take a while for you to remember what you really love – not what you think you should love or achieve or have but what you REALLY LOVE deep down in your soul.

    To give you an idea, some of the things that I truly LOVE in life include;

    Walking in the woods

    Playing my drum

    My morning cappuchino especially if my husband goes to get it for me:)

    Afternoons curled up reading a novel

    Going to the cinema

    Catching up with good friends


    Hugging trees

    Dancing by myself

    Making up silly songs whilst driving

    Long, indulgent bubble baths…

    Once you unleash your soul there’ll be no stopping you!

    You’ll also discover that what your soul loves rarely costs much money – so this is a gift you can truly afford. Capture all your deep loves in a notebook and promise yourself that:-

    2012 will be the year you give yourself the pleasure of something you truly love every single day.

    I wish you all a truly joyful and courageous 2012

    Davina has a wealth of inspirational workshops lined up for 2012. For further details, please click HERE

  • Happy Chinese New Year of The Dragon!

    Posted Jan 23rd, 2012 By in Latest News With | No Comments New Dragonbanner

    Welcome to the Chinese New Year of
    The Black Water Dragon

    People born under the Dragon are Passionate, Brave and Self-Assured!

    Chinese New Year celebrations last 15 days; from the first day during a new moon – to the full moon on the 15th day. Each day holds a special significance that varies according to local traditions. It is a time when families get together and feast on specially prepared food.

    The Chinese New Year is a chance to leave the problems of the previous year behind. It is important to start the New Year fresh – so make sure that you clean your house and buy new clothes.

    In the West, the Dragon is seen as a fierce creature that breathes fire and destruction, but the Chinese Dragon is a benevolent animal that is revered as a protector against evil.

    There are a several legends as to how the animals were chosen for the Chinese zodiac – including this charming story…

    “Long ago, in China, the Jade Emperor decided there should be a way of measuring time. On his birthday he told the animals that there was to be a swimming race. The first twelve animals across the fast flowing river would be the winners and they would each have a year of the zodiac named after them.

    ‘Of course’ said the kind Ox. ‘Just climb on my back and I will take you across.’

    The Rat and the Cat quickly jumped up and were very excited when the Ox soon took the lead in the race. They had almost reached the other bank when the Rat pushed the Cat into the river leaving him to struggle in the water. Then just before the Ox was about to win the race the Rat leapt on his head and on to the bank to finish first!

    ‘Well done,’ said the Jade Emperor to the proud Rat. ‘The First Year of the zodiac will be named after you.’

    The poor Ox had been tricked into second place and the Second Year of the zodiac was named after him.

    Shortly after, the exhausted Tiger clawed his way to the river bank to claim third place. Swimming across the river had been an enormous struggle for him against the strong currents. The Emperor was so delighted with his efforts that he named the Third Year after him.

    Next to arrive was the Rabbit, who hadn’t swum across at all. He’d just hopped across on some stepping stones and then found a floating log which carried him to the shore.
    ‘I shall be very happy to call the Fourth Year after you,’ said the surprised Jade Emperor.

    Just then a kind Dragon swooped down to take fifth place.

    ‘Why didn’t you win the race, as you can fly as well as swim?’ the Jade Emperor asked.

    ‘I was held up because some people and animals needed water to drink so I needed to make some rain,’ the Dragon explained. ‘Then when I was nearly here I saw a poor little Rabbit on a log in the water and I blew a puff of wind so that the log would float to the river bank.’

    ‘Well that was very kind of you and now you are here you will have the Fifth Year of the zodiac named after you.’

    The next thing the Jade Emperor heard was the sound of the Horse’s hooves. Just as he was thinking the Horse would be the next animal to arrive, a sneaky Snake wriggled out from around one of the Horse’s hooves. The Horse was so surprised that he jumped backwards giving the Snake a chance to take the sixth place in the race. The poor Horse had to be satisfied with Seventh place.

    Not long afterwards a raft arrived carrying the Goat, the Monkey and the Rooster. They explained to the Emperor how they had shared the raft that the Rooster had found. The Goat and Monkey had cleared weeds and pushed the raft to the shore. The Emperor was very pleased that the animals had worked together. He said the Goat would be the Eighth zodiac animal, the Monkey the Ninth and the Rooster the Tenth.

    The next animal to finish was the Dog. ‘Why are you so late when you are one of the best swimmers?’ asked the Jade Emperor.

    ‘The water in the river was so clean that I had to have a bath on the way,’ explained the Dog.
    His reward was to have the Eleventh year named after him.

    Now there was one place left in the zodiac and the Emperor wondered when the last winner would come. He had nearly given up when he heard a grunt from the Boar.

    ‘You took a long time to cross the river,’ said the Emperor to the Boar. ‘I was hungry and stopped to eat,’ explained the Boar. ‘After the meal I felt so tired that I fell asleep.’ ‘You have still done well,’ said the Jade Emperor. ‘The Last Year of the zodiac will be named after you.’

    As for the Cat who had been pushed into the water by the Rat – he finally crawled out of the water but was too late to have a year named after him. He felt very cross with the Rat and since then Cats have never been friends with Rats!”

    From that day to this the Chinese Zodiac has followed this cycle of years named after these twelve animals.


    To read more about what 2012 has in store for The Year of The Black Water Dragon, please click HERE

    If you would like to find out your Chinese zodiac sign, please click HERE

  • Enter The Dragon!

    Posted Jan 19th, 2012 By in Latest News With | No Comments BlackWaterDragon

    The Year of
    The Black Water Dragon

    The Year of The Black Water Dragon begins on January 23rd 2012 and continues until 9th February 2013.

    These special Water influenced years are notoriously erratic in their outcomes, but nevertheless are considered fortunate time periods.

    These Dragons indicate a transformational time for world events and important turning points for individuals – as well as a high degree of good luck. The calm perceptive nature of the Water Dragon will make it a good year that should also incorporate a few surprises.

    Dragon years in Chinese Astrology are usually noticeable times of change when they involve Dragons associated with the other elements of Earth, Metal, Wood or Fire.

    When, as in the case of the Year 2012, Water is the driving element influence, it still brings with it transformations – but they are calmer. This is because the Water Dragon has more patience than the other Chinese Dragons and is not so reckless in his decision making.

    He prefers to evaluate situations before taking action and his domination of the Year 2012 will introduce only essential important changes. These may be when you least expect them, but you can be assured that they will be beneficial in the long term. Adjustments in society structures and peoples world views and development are highlighted during a Water Dragon year.

    All years of The Dragon have a traditional association with new beginnings, happiness and good fortune – and 2012 is no exception!

    The Chinese consider Dragon years to be the best times to get married, have children or start a business. There are lots of positive energies for growth at work in 2012 courtesy of the Water Dragon’s influential progressive spirit.

    The Water element influencing this Dragon calms him long enough for him to emit his aura of positivity and direct it sensibly rather than recklessly. His influence will be concentrated in the right places and directed at those who will benefit the most from his lucky air of wisdom.

    In a Water Dragon led year everyone should be inspired to contemplate the grasping of new opportunities and directions that may present themselves in 2012.

    2012 promises to be a dynamic year with plenty of changes underway and the Water Dragon has a valuable message. He advises us to ensure we resolve old issues during this time and to aim to build strong new foundations.

    The first few months of the Year of the Water Dragon will appear to be quiet and quite uneventful. Once the Spring arrives in 2012 this Dragon’s influence will be at its peak as this is this mythical creature’s favorite season. We will be reminded of our weaknesses and how to be resourceful and adaptable when faced with difficult challenges.

    The period around May the 20th to the 18th of June will see the appearance of a Dragon Moon. This is when a Water Dragon’s perception is at its most intense and so creates a fortunate time to begin planning anything for the future. This short lunar period’s luck for initiating actions applies equally to society as a whole and to individuals.

    The Summer and Autumn of the 2012 Water Dragon year is predicted to be filled with a steady flow of additions, corrections and positive developments. This is as the Dragon prompts adjustments and improvements with a sway towards less dependence on artificial foods and materials.

    The remainder of 2012 is destined to be quieter giving a time of reflection to assess the first results of any changes.

    This quiet year end may have a couple of unexpected occurrences that although unanticipated, are forecast to improve our environment. Any ideas generated in this favorable timespan are likely to be groundbreaking and highly advantageous to mankind’s future.

    There are plenty of ways to take advantage of a Water Dragon’s reign on the year if we trust his intuitive vibes of optimistic fearless progression.

    His message of reassessing situations and determinedly moving forward will make 2012 a year to remember for the enrichment of knowledge and understanding in many areas of life.

    Article adapted from 2012 Chinese Year of Dragon

    ***A Limited Selection of Prints of The Black Water Dragon, signed by artist Bill Brouard, are available through Naked Dragon***

    Please email: namaste@nakeddragon.co.uk for further details of how to obtain your print

  • The Creative Healing Journey with Lucinda Drayton

    Posted Nov 6th, 2011 By in Spiritual Holidays & Retreats With | No Comments lucindadraytonbanner

    A Residential Retreat in Scotland

    Over my many years as a singer/songwriter, I have been constantly comforted and healed by the act and process of creation.

    Even in my darkest times, I have written songs and stories. And I have danced and meditated.

    This process has healed my soul and allowed the unconscious aspects of myself to be heard and seen.

    When did you stop telling stories, dancing, drawing or writing?
    When did you last sit in complete silence listening to the voice of your own heart?

    These are not airy-fairy pursuits to me; they are ways for me to stay awake, to stay connected and to stay loving.

    If you want to change; to stop pointing the finger of blame outwards.

    If you want to discover your own depths, your own power and hear your own heart-song, unaffected by the agendas, advice or directions of others…

    Then come and join us on this incredible retreat.

    Use the beauty of Lendrick Lodge and the Scottish mountains to aid the healing process.

    Be nourished by good food and the company of others committed to waking up.
    Relax in your down time – knowing that you are not alone

    Go home with new insight, understanding and an abundance of creative energy


    Lendrick Lodge
    FK17 8HR


    11th, 12th & 13th May 2012


    £250 - includes full board all meals and art materials

    To Book

    Please call: 0870 3500 557

    Due to the limited spaces/intimate nature of this retreat, we are unable to refund/transfer booking fee.

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    To read the story behind the creation of this creative arts retreat, please visit Lucinda’s blog HERE

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