Appreciating Dragons

I don’t remember when or why I first became fascinated by Asian dragons, but it was a long time ago. It was before a friend did my Chinese astrology chart and discovered I’m a Dragon.

The dragon is the only creature among the twelve signs that is not an actual animal. A dragon is an hybrid creature that has the physical characteristics of other animals. It is revered as a symbol of long life and good fortune. Some people believe that displaying dragon symbols attracts blessings and repels bad luck.

European dragons are placed in different roles–usually inauspicious ones. Oddly enough European dragons are used to represent authority and nobility. They are sometimes used on military and heraldry insignia. The dragons were more important in pre-Christian Europe.

It’s interesting that dragons are a part of the cultures around the globe. For instance, Toltecs, Hurons, Paiutes, and famously, Aztecs admire some sort of dragon. There are even mythological serpent-like figures in Aboriginal Australian cultures.

It’s not known how and why the dragon is an almost universal symbol. Aside from the Komodo Dragon of Indonesia, the Monitor Lizard, crocodiles, and alligators, there are no true dragon-like creatures on Earth. Some people posit that early people discovered dinosaur relics then imagined that the bones were the remains of dragons. It’s safe to say that dragon-lore is very ancient. It’s interesting to note that one of the most beautiful, graceful insects is named the dragonfly.

Among the plants with dragon in the name is the dragon tree that originated in Madagascar and is popular with some gardeners. A type of fruit called dragon fruit is a special treat. There’s a plant resin called dragon’s blood. A very popular flower is the snapdragon.

Dragons seem to also be a fascination for Elon Musk. He named his Space X reusable cargo spacecraft vehicles “Dragon”. Last spring Musk announced that he wants to create a cyborg dragon. This is puzzling because Musk was born in the Chinese Zodiac Year of the Boar–1971. (By the way, February 5th of this year is the beginning of another Year of the Boar.) Musk’s apparent fascination with dragons is seemingly unrelated to Chinese Astrology.

Anyway, I have several dragon icons around my little house. A few were gifts; I also bought a few. These dragons are not used as Feng Shui icons. It’s just pleasant having dragons in the home environment. There are even a couple of dragon-themed neckties hanging in the closet.

My favorite is a phosphorescent Chinese dragon that is displayed bedside near the nightstand. One of my bedtime rituals is to charge the dragon with a flashlight before slipping into bed. It’s a quirky, yet harmless habit. It is comforting to see the dragon glowing in the dark room after switching off the lamp.

Ciao
The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes the avant garde artist Yoko Ono. “I’m kind of honored to be a dragon lady. The dragon is a very powerful, mythical animal.”

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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1 Response to Appreciating Dragons

  1. Nice informational and conclusive share.❤🍵

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