Tag : Year of The Dragon

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

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

    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

    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

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