The dragon is probably one of the most permeating and legendary creatures in history, typically with serpentine or reptilian traits, that is featured in the myths of many cultures.
There are two distinct cultural traditions of dragons. The European dragon, derived from European folk traditions and ultimately related to Greek and Middle Eastern mythologies and the Chinese dragon, with counterparts in Japan, Korea and other East Asian countries.
The two traditions may have evolved separately, but have influenced each other to a certain extent, particularly with the cross-cultural contact of recent centuries.
The English word “dragon” derives from the Greek “drakon”, meaning serpent of huge size or watersnake. They are archetypes of power, sovereignty, strength, wisdom and nobility. The dragon’s features and abilities have changed throughout the years due to cross-cultural stories.
They have been known for their keen eyesight, making them guardians of treasures or keepers of secrets. The fire breathing dragon was seen as a force to be reckoned with. His green color would often associate him with greed, while the flaming red dragon would become the emblem of Wales.
Saint George of England overpowered the dragon in a symbolic act of freedom and oppression, while the word “dragon” in China and Japan was synonymous with The Emperor.
It is the dragon as Satan (serpent), who is defeated by Archangel Michael. He has also found his place in the celestial heavens as the fifth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, where he also equates to Leo the Lion in the Western Zodiac.
Dragons personalities in the Chinese Zodiac tend to be popular individuals who are always full of life and enthusiasm with a reputation for being fun-loving. Usually very healthy and energetic, full of vitality and enthusiasm, the Dragon is a popular individual even with the reputation of being foolish and a “big mouth” at times. They are intelligent, gifted, and a perfectionist but these qualities make them unduly demanding on others.
However, their nature pushes them to be short tempered and stubborn from time to time. The Dragon person is magnanimous, vigorous, strong, self-assured, proud, direct, eager, zealous, fiery, passionate, decisive, pioneering, ambitious, generous, loyal, idealistic. They can also sometimes be arrogant, demanding, eccentric, dogmatic, over-bearing, impetuous, brash. The Dragon person needs a mission or goal in life, and they will rely on their strength and confidence to achieve it.
The Celtic Dragon was a gatekeeper to other worlds and guardian to the secrets and treasures of the universe. They were often depicted side by side with the Celtic Gods. As creatures that protect the Earth and all living things, Celtic dragons are considered the most powerful of all the Celtic symbols. They are used as a symbol of power and wisdom among leaders. Dragons are seen on many coat of arms and on the Welsh flag.
In Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece, “Through the Looking Glass”, the Jabberwock is a character from the novel and appears within the poem “Jabberwocky” that Alice reads during the first chapter.
In “Game of Thrones”, The last surviving dragons in the world were possessed by House Targaryen, who used them to conquer and unify the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros three hundred years before the War of the Five Kings. The Targaryen dragons eventually died out about a century and a half later, however, after which, the species was considered to be extinct throughout the world. At the same time that the War of the Five Kings began in Westeros, Daenerys Targaryen – last scion of the deposed House Targaryen – miraculously hatched new dragons from their eggs, and for the first time in generations, filling the skies of the world with the music of dragons once again.
A Brief History of Dragons
* This fantastical creature gets his name from the Greek word meaning “snake”~~
* They are the world-wide symbol of power, strength, sovereignty and spirituality.
* They are known as overseers ~ guardians of treasure and keepers of secrets!
* As overseers, they are granted with the abilities of clairvoyance and wisdom.
* In Japan, they are objects of royalty, while in China, they are a powerful zodiac sign!
* In Britain, the red dragon was a vision to King Arthur, and became the emblem of Wales.
* The Englishman, Sir George was given sainthood for slaying the dragon.
* Archangel Michael is most famous for slaying his brother, Lucifer, the fiery dragon!
Virtues: Strength, Confidence
Nature: Yang Energy
Trine: 1st Trine
Hour: 7am – 9am
Outer Persona: Your Birth Year
Inner Persona: Your Birth Month
Secret Persona: Your Time of Birth
Compatibility: Rat, Snake, Monkey and Rooster
Lucky Numbers: 3, 4, 5, 6, 15, 21, 34, 35, 36 and 45.