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4 September 2013 0 Comments

Year of the Water Horse – 2014

Lunar New Year Houston 2014

As the wise Water Snake slithers back into its karmic Yin darkness, we sense a faint, but steady pounding of the earth beneath our feet as the old year wanes.  The Year of the Horse breaks through with the dawn of January 31, 2014.  This year, 4712 on the Chinese calendar, is the Year of the Green Wood Horse.  The Horse is a Yang creature- hopeful, optimistic and confident.  This Wood Horse Year will be filled with great energy and big dreams.  This Horse is ready to run free.

Jump on.  Center your balance.  Ride the Year of the Horse to success!

14 September 2012 0 Comments

The Mystery of the Year of the Snake – 2013

The Snake is wise. The Snake is unforgiving. Understand this to prepare for the Year of the Snake. The Snake is the most complex force in the 12-year zodiac cycle and its Year presents as “unsettled”, at best. While history tells us the Snake Year has never been tranquil, it can be well spent in reflection, planning and in contemplation of long-sought solutions.

The Snake Years’ reputation for turmoil and “sharp dealings” can always be traced to missteps and excesses rooted in the preceding Dragon Year. These celestial serpents are inextricably intertwined. Unprecedented calamity struck in our last Snake Year – the 9-11 terrorist attacks in 2001. Opinions differ as to root causes, but its beginnings belong to the Dragon Year reign of 2000.

These years are always intense. It should be no surprise. Yin must follow Yang for the universe to be in balance. The Dragon Yang, as the cycle’s most powerful positive force, must be balanced by the cycle’s most powerful negative force, the Snake Yin. “Positive” and “Negative” cycle forces cannot be construed in moral framework as good or bad. Like atoms in physics, the positive and negative forces simply are.

So, how to best meet the challenge of this Snake Year? Consider the Snake.

A most ancient mysterious creature, both feared and revered. By nature, the Snake is patient and watchful, cautious but inquisitive, cunning and secretive in its hiding place; and, is most at peace in calm, cool quietude. Evolved over hundreds of millions of years to understand it is both predator and prey, its Snake radar is always on. Its eyes ever open, insinuates an ever wakeful knowing, an omniscient awareness. This is crux of the Snake’s legendary wisdom, its embodiment of esoteric knowledge and spiritual discovery.

Left undisturbed, the Snake does not go out of its way to interfere in the world. It craves the stillness of peace. But, when threatened, this most lethal of predators strikes suddenly and viciously with a merciless vengeance. It is the Snake’s remorseless intention to destroy the threat. She takes no prisoners.

So what does this mean for mere mortals navigating best outcomes for the 2013 Year of the Water Snake?

First, take advantage of what is left of this Dragon Year. Review your plans and actions in anticipation of the unexpected. Hone your insights. Settle differences or conflicts, if you can.

As the Dragon exits and the Snake begins to uncoil, there may be a sense of being slightly out of balance. Feelings become more acute and senses are heightened.
The Snake offers the opportunity to “see” more, notice more, and exercise perceptive abilities to advantage our decision-making.

The Snake prepares us for shake-ups in old realities that open the way for forward movement, refreshed understanding and growth. As the Snake sheds its skin, we are invited to release old thinking that has blocked growth and progress. This is a year with the energy to inspire newfound ambition to achieve great things.

The Snake Year is ripe for steady progress for the pragmatic thinker. Reflect, ponder and plan. Tread lightly and be more cautious. While a better year for industry and commerce, the cunning secretive Snake does love its shady deals, shrewd business manipulations, political shenanigans and coups d’etat.

More careful focus and attention to detail in legal documents and contracts are called for this year. The devil will be in the details. Speculation or immoderate gambling is taboo in this year. The Snake seeks protection in the security of safe places. This is not a year to take risks.

The Snake is transcendental in its capacity for spiritual healing of the individual, as well as the community. It seeks peace through recalibration of the karmic balance, understanding the mistrust born of chaos in which the world finds itself.

But, there is good reason for hope for in this Water Snake Year.

The Metal Element ruled the calamitous 2000-2001 Dragon-Snake cycle. Inflexible Metal is tempered in its hardness, brittle and unbending. Metal is fiercely stubborn
in its will to fight on.

The Water Element that rules this Dragon-Snake 2012-2013 cycle symbolizes wisdom, empathy and peacemaking. Persistent Water intuitively finds its way around obstacles and nurtures growth.

The Snake counsels balance in compromise as a path to peace. The wisdom of Water may find its way.

Glenda Joe
September 2012

Author’s note: This is an interpretation and analysis of the available information on the subject. Most of the culturally and referentially diverse research sources are available on the Internet.

5 October 2011 0 Comments

The Water Dragon Year – 2012

One of five distinctly formative Elements energizes each of the 12 zodiac creatures every 60 years. While the Dragon Year comes every 12 years, the Energy generated by these core Elements as Wood Dragon, Fire Dragon, Earth Dragon, Metal Dragon, or Water Dragon years will present different challenges. All Dragon Years are considered exceedingly powerful. But, as you might guess, a Fire Dragon Year brings different aspect impacts than a Water Dragon Year. For more on this, check out The Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes, by Lau.

The Energy of this Water Dragon Year will favor optimum expansion and growth, being less imperious and power-hungry than the other Dragons. This year favors the art of negotiation, progressive ideas with an eye to reinforcement of foundations for all we plan to build for the future. While Fire Dragons Years can be fiercely unforgiving and Metal Dragon Years may present as combative and intractable, the power of the Water Dragon Year is all about flowing over or around obstacles. At the same time, the Water element energy nourishes new beginnings, innovation and successful growth.

All five Dragon Years magnify both success and failure. They bring exceptional, unprecedented achievements, but disasters can be equally transcendent. Fire Dragon Years are said to be most disruptive to the balance and harmony of both Nature and Man.

Given the challenging conflation of current events, both natural and man-made, it is truly fortuitous that the Year of the Water Dragon is heralded for its serene, visionary intelligence. It is a Dragon Year that celebrates a balance of left-brain logic with right-brain creativity.

Water’s all-encompassing energy in this fearless Dragon Year will empower us to be far more cognizant of the needs of others; more socially and environmentally conscious; and, more civil in our discourse.

Water bestows a more peaceful energy in this Dragon Year. Use this power wisely in this Water Dragon Year for the good of all creatures and Mother Earth!

Like all Dragons, the Water Dragon is an innovative, fearless leader. But the Water Dragon is also far more sensitive to others’ needs, and is more likely to be progressive and diplomatic, as well as socially and environmentally conscious. Because Water bestows a more peaceful disposition, this Dragon will act wisely and intelligently, and unlike his fellow Dragons, is willing to set aside his ego for the good of all.

The Dragon is a creature of myth and legend. A symbol of good fortune and sign of intense power, the Oriental Dragon is regarded as a divine beast

They are your free thinkers, free spirits and risk takers. “Uninhibited” might as well be their middle name. They only follow the rules they find acceptable; they break those they don’t. Bureaucracy bores them.

China’s celestial dragon symbolizes potent and benevolent power. Dragons are ancient, majestic, wise, and intelligent, and Dragon years are considered particularly auspicious for new businesses, marriage and children. Dragon years also tend to boost individual fortunes and the world economy.

It’s also true, however, that all five of the Chinese Dragon years — Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water — tend to magnify both success and failure. So while they can mark huge achievement, disasters can be equally immense. The Year of the Fire Dragon (1917, 1976, and 2036) typically wreaks the most havoc.

However, the Year of the Water Dragon (1892, 1952 and 2012) is noted for its calm, visionary intelligence, and balance of right brain creativity with left brain logic.

What influence might the Water Dragon, which rules from January 23, 2012 to February 9, 2013, have on the powerful energies already anticipated at that time?

Like all Dragons, the Water Dragon is an innovative, fearless leader. But the Water Dragon is also far more sensitive to others’ needs, and is more likely to be progressive and diplomatic, as well as socially and environmentally conscious. Because Water bestows a more peaceful disposition, this Dragon will act wisely and intelligently, and unlike his fellow Dragons, is willing to set aside his ego for the good of all.

If you subscribe to the dawn-of-a-new-era theory of 2012, then it’s easy to see how the influence of the Water Dragon will increase the likelihood of success for progressive movements gaining momentum all across the globe. Energy conservation and green energy-producing technologies, curtailing Global Warming, challenges to multinational corporations, attention to world hunger and the renewed health of the oceans and sea creatures will all likely fare well.

If your expectations tend more toward disaster, then you might expect tsunamis, hurricanes, monsoons and other weather extremes to be in the headlines.

But of all the Dragon years, the 2012 Water Dragon is most likely to bestow the Chinese Five Blessings of harmony, virtue, riches, fulfillment and longevity, adding even more weight to the growing belief that 2012 will be about breakthroughs, not disasters.

It is said the celestials endowed the mythic Dragon to soar the highest mountain peaks and dive the deepest ocean depths.

The origin of the Chinese dragon is not certain. The presence of dragon in Chinese culture can dates back several thousands of years with the discovery of a dragon statue dating back to the fifth millennium BC from the Yangshao culture in Henan in 1987,[5] and jade badges of rank in coiled form have been excavated from the Hongshan culture circa 4700-2900 BC.[6]

10 December 2010 0 Comments

Year of the Rabbit – 2011

Greetings, LNYH Fans!

Bring the whole family to celebrate the New Year with 100 Lions & Dragons and a million Lucky Red Firecrackers!

New Show for 2011!

Terrific singers with The Rising Sun band will entertain with our favorite Vietnamese music for our Saturday, Feb. 12th, evening show from 7 pm – 10 pm at Viet Hoa Center. Party dancing and sing-alongs, delectable edibles and luscious libations will cap off a great day of celebration for the New Year!

Making It Happen!

Because Lunar New Year Houston is a FREE Event, our very best news is always about the generous support we receive from all sorts of wonderful folks.

The Brown Foundation has been a long-time supporter of Asian cultural programs and they have awarded a generous grant for Lunar New Year Houston 2011 for $5,000!  Thank you, Brown Foundation!

Borden’s Milk Products have generously contributed in-kind product support for 2011!  Yeah!  School Milk & School Juice!

The International Management District has awarded in-kind support for traffic control & security!  We are so grateful for IMD support!

The Texas Lottery is a 2011 Sponsor!  Games galore for Good Fortune in the Lucky Rabbit Year!

Kid Stuff!

2011 is our first year for LNYH KidZone activities.  If we secure enough KidZone sponsorships, LNYH will have Pony Rides, a Petting Zoo with Bunnies, 17′ Super Slide and the inflated Mission to Mars!  The Kids really need their own activities at LNYH.  Please share any ideas you may have for KidZone Sponsors!

As is our tradition, our Venue Host Viet Hoa International Foods will present Lucky Red Envelopes to the first 500 children under 5 years-old each day of the event.

Get Involved!

Visit for info for Volunteers,
Vendors, Feed the Lions Contributors and Sponsors!

More soon!

Glenda Joe

9 December 2010 0 Comments

Year of the Rabbit and the Cat

We welcomed this tranquil year after the ferocious challenges of the Tiger Year. This congenial year bestows good taste and refinement, diplomacy and compromise.  This temperate Rabbit year moves us to act with discretion and exercise the fine art of persuasion.

Year of the Rabbit

We welcomed this tranquil year after the ferocious challenges of the Tiger Year. This congenial year bestows good taste and refinement, diplomacy and compromise. This temperate Rabbit year moves us to act with discretion and exercise the fine art of persuasion.

The Rabbit Year is so fortunate; it tends to spoil us with too much comfort. Beware the desire for excessive self-indulgence. The Rabbit’s unhurried and carefree pace may lull us too long in deferring difficult or unpleasant tasks. But, money in this year will come more easily and there will be more time for leisure. The fortunate Rabbit brings a Happy Year.

What is the Year of the Cat?

In the Vietnamese Zodiac, the Year of the Rabbit is the Year of the Cat! It has been thus for almost 2,700 years!

In the related Vietnamese Zodiac, the Cat may take the place of the Rabbit because the Chinese symbol 卯 for the Rabbit sounds like (mão, mẫu, méo, mẹo, mẻo); the word “mẹo” is cat in Vietnamese. Therefore, Cat may have been translated from Chinese to Vietnamese as fourth zodiac sign instead of Rabbit. Some scholars surmise that the cat was simply a more familiar animal than the rabbit in 600 B.C. in Vietnam.

Where is the Cat in the Chinese Zodiac?

That the Cat was left out of the Chinese Zodiac is the stuff of early legend. There are several versions of the legend and they all include the crafty Rat!

Glenda Joe
September 28, 2011