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Year of the Dragon
January 23, 2012, 8:51 am
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Year of the Dragon Stamp

Happy Lunar New Year! The Year of the Dragon begins on January 23, 2012, and ends on February 9, 2013.

I love this series of Lunar New Year stamps, and this year’s is no exception. A beautiful paper-cut design combined with grass-style calligraphy and gorgeous color. Doesn’t it just make you want to write letters all year?

Water Dragon

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This is the year of the water dragon. There are 5 elements and 12 animals in the cycle of the Chinese Zodiac, the dragon being the only one that is mythical. By tradition, dragons are not feared, but are considered magical or divine — especially at this time of renewed hope for the future.

The Lunar New Year is traditionally celebrated with LUCK being the center of attention. Lucky foods such as kumquats are eaten and given as gifts. Lanterns, colored red for luck, are hung in rows. And teams of skilled puppeteers manipulate giant dragon figures to dance in parades and at parties. The Year of the Dragon is considered to be the luckiest of all!



Year of the Rabbit!
February 3, 2011, 7:57 am
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According to the Chinese Zodiac, the Year of the Golden Rabbit, begins today February 3, 2011 and ends on January 22, 2012.  The Rabbit is the fourth sign of the Chinese Zodiac.

According to Chinese tradition, the Rabbit brings a year in which you can catch your breath and calm your nerves.  I like the sound of that! To gain the greatest benefits from this time, focus on home, family, security, diplomacy, and your relationships with women and children. Make it a goal to create a safe, peaceful lifestyle. I couldn’t have written a better New Year resolution myself.

The Rabbit is the symbol of the Moon, while the Peacock is the symbol of the Sun, and that together, these two animal signs signify the start of day and night, represent the Yin and Yang of life.  It is said that in the Year of the Rabbit, the wish-granting aspect of the Sun and the Moon combined is multiplied.  The Moon is YIN and this is the Yin of Heaven, signifying magic.  On each of the Full Moon nights of this year, it is advised that you go out into your garden to gaze into the Full Moon and visualize Moon glow flowing into you, filling your whole body with bright white light and granting you fearlessness, love and courage.  This will not only strengthen your inner Chi energy, it will also bring wisdom into your life.

Always curious about other cultures traditions, I am especially intrigued by the Chinese New Year this year as I was born a Wood Rabbit, and my mom is the Metal Rabbit – so this really is her year! We are supposed to be creative and wildly ambitious. I’ll take it. For the past four years, I have been excited to visit the Post Office around this time to see what the Lunar New Year stamps will look like. I like being on the forefront of most postage stamp releases, really. The art depicts kumquats, which are apparently eaten for luck and given as special gifts during the new year celebration.

So, Since the year symbolizes diplomacy and is a good year for negotiations, maybe we should all write some letters of hope, of worldly wishes and a more peaceful lifestyle and send them on a full moon – it will change the world! Is that wildly ambitious?



{ Year of the Earth Ox }
January 26, 2009, 7:17 am
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earthOx

Happy New Year, Again! Today marks the Chinese Lunar New Year and I am celebrating by buying new stamps. Looks like we’ll get a new Lunar New Year stamp from the USPS every year through 2019 – yay! I hope you’ll join me in writing more letters this year. Don’t let this lost art die!

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Those born in the year of the Ox (1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009) are thought to be methodical, dependable, hardworking, patient and ethical. Once Oxen set a goal, they rarely relent until the objective is attained, and they will not take action without carefully planning every detail in advance. Ox can make a dependable friend or mate.  However, don’t be offended if they bluntly point out your flaws, it is merely their way of expressing their concern for you.

According to Taoist astrology, the year of the Ox is time for hard work. Success is attained through diligent hard work and conscientious effort. Begin by putting your affairs in order, especially your home. Tried and true methods will most likely yield results. Wild, new concepts may not be well received (they are better saved for the following Tiger year). Those who are determined and disciplined in their efforts will be rewarded with a bountiful harvest!

For your personal outlook this year, you can follow this link, I am the year of the Rabbit – looking good for my love life!




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