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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Dragons and the Dragon Boat Festival

Duanwu Festival, also known as Dragon Boat Festival and the Double Fifth, is a traditional and statutory holiday originating in China and associated with a number of East Asian and Southeast Asian societies.The festival occurs on the 5th day of the 5th month of the lunisolar Chinese calendar. This is the source of the alternative name of Double Fifth. The date varies from year to year on the Gregorian calendar in 2013, the date is today, June 12.

To the Chinese, dragons were not evil creatures, but helpful ones. They were said to bring rain and prosperity, rule all water, be healing, and chase away evil. Most people are familiar with the dragon images paraded during the Chinese New Year celebrations, but few understand that China had many other dragon festivals. Dragons are fascinating, but wily, creatures who have great power and magickal knowledge.

Boats decorated as dragons were sailed on rivers and lakes in the moonlight to entice the dragon-energies to come into the community. The people floated flowers on the waters to carry their messages to the dragons.

Dragons are wonderful supernatural beings. They have had bad experiences with human adults, though, and tend to be wary about making themselves known. If you are patient and persistent, you can entice dragons to be friends. The easiest to encounter are the guardian dragons, the "baby" of the species.

Personal guardian dragons come in various shapes and sizes, and are usually quite small in comparison with the adults. They come in all colors, pastel or light shades with belly scales of a multitude of hues. The little guardian dragons are almost always supervised by one or more adult dragons, which you may or may not see.

The little dragons are not as powerful as the larger ones, but they can help with protection, friendship, love, divination (such as tarot, runes, crystal reading) the development of psychic abilities, dancing, music, and general rituals. Their most important task, however, is protection of you, your family, and your home. They are more or less astral watch-dogs.

These little personal dragons are the most friendly of their species and the most fun=-loving. They enjoy impromptu rituals that include dancing, singing, and fun in general. They like ginger and sweet smelling or spicy incenses. They are likely to hang over your shoulder while you read cards or look into a crystal. If you have trouble visualizing your dragons, try putting a piece of crystal to your third eye on your forehead.

If you want to make friends with your guardian dragons, and let them know you are aware of their existence,do this simple welcoming ritual. Burn a candle, any color except black; this color is predominantly that of the huge Chaos Dragons. Burn a spicy or sweet incense. Set out a few crystals to draw their attention. then chant:

Little dragons, rainbow bright
Good friends of this family,
Send good wishes to us all.
Join our rituals merrily.
Protect us through each day and night,
While awake or while asleep.
Through your love and vigilance
Do this family safely keep.

From: Moon Magick

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