As humans we look to the seasons of our world and to the universe to help us understand the nature of change in our world, which, in turn, helps us understand the nature of ourselves. The classical statement, “As above, so below” teaches us to see that everything in this world is a reflection, and by studying the reflection we can see it revealed within us.
In the Daoist tradition, the dragon is the symbol of spring’s explosive energy. The dragon is the mystical being of change and is connected to the wood element which is connected to sinews, strength and anger. In many cultures the Vernal Equinox is the beginning of spring, but in Daoist schools, spring begins much earlier (in February) and the peak energy hits at the point the earth is half-way on its journey back toward the sun (when the days and nights are of equal length).
It is the Year of the Dog and that means we are on the brink of change from within. In the Daoist zodiac, the dog is an honorable member of the pack, a hunter and warrior, nurturer and scout. The Dog represents interdependence and the recognition of the whole. Its power lies in the understanding of oneself within the group.
This is more important than ever before in our lives, especially if you live in an urban center, but in this age of technology it’s still very difficult to stay connected to the quiet measured movement of our energy and the world around us when we are so used to getting big prompts from our devices every few moments.