The Chinese New Year is symbolized by a new animal zodiac, determined by a 12-year cycle. Today starts the Year of the Dragon,  considered a very auspicious year. In ancient times the dragon was a symbol reserved for the Chinese emperor, and it is considered to be an extremely powerful sign. Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally lasts 15 days, from the first day (during a new moon) to the 15th day (a full moon). The Chinese like to align their actions with cosmic forces (astrology).

This year is considered lucky for marriage, babies and businesses. In Chinese culture, the Dragon is a symbol of good fortune and intense charismatic power.

This is a year when we may be able to achieve what seemed impossible before. Abundant good energy is available however, make sure you manage your energy wisely, so you don’t get exhausted.

It is also a good year to take financial risks as good returns are to be expected, especially so if you are born in the Year of the Dragon – 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000,  and 2012.

The People born in the Chinese Year of the Dragon (lucky me 🙂 are free spirited creatures who believe that rules and regulations are for other people. Naturally confident and very fearless, they are usually very successful.

They’re passionate in all they do and they do things to the best of the ability in a grand fashion. Unfortunately, this passion and enthusiasm can leave Dragons feeling exhausted and interestingly, unfulfilled.

Always one to lend a helping hand to those who need it, a Dragon’s pride can mean that they are often unwilling to ask for or accept help from others.

Millions of ethnic Chinese, Koreans and Vietnamese across Asia are ringing in the new year with fireworks, feasting and family reunions.

This is a good time of the year to do some cleansing. Take a three day detox using green juices, super foods or try the Master Cleanse. Have a detox bath with Epsom salts and your favorite essential oil. Visit a sauna or a mineral bath at your local spa.

From Beijing to Los Angeles to Sydney, people hoping for good luck in the Year Of The Dragon are visiting temples and lighting incense, cleaning house and setting off firecrackers, celebrating with banquets and watching street performances. Why don’t you create some luck for yourself and take part in some celebrations?