Quote for today
The xué dragon
The characteristics of the Chinese dragon epitomise xué's belief that every individual has the ability to achieve excellence in all that they do through reflection and learning.
Unlike in the West, where dragons are usually seen as malevolent and worthy of being slain, the Eastern dragon is revered as a symbol of power who brings great blessings and wisdom. The Chinese dragon, in particular, represents excellence, intelligence, boldness and perseverance. A spirit of change and transformation, overcoming obstacles until success is achieved.
The xué dragon, so-called because of it's position as a focal point at The Lodge, serves as a continual reminder of the power and resolve present within the individual which, when released, will help them shape their future and reach their personal goals.
The most powerful generalised type of Chinese dragon is the horned dragon, or lung.
The xué lung, like all Chinese dragons, is energetic, determined, optimistic, decisive and ambitious. Made up of 9 animal entities, each with different characteristics, the dragon is a guardian of treasure – the Pearl of Potential. Metaphorically this can be seen as an inner treasure which the seeker can find when they conquer their own fears and move on to achieve their goals.
Ancient symbolism often portrays dragons in a similar manner to how we visualise spiralling human DNA, inter-twined and representing a path to greater enlightenment.
The Nine Entities (parts) of a Chinese Dragon
The number 9 occurs often in Chinese culture as it is considered extremely lucky
Stag or deer
Hare or rabbit
Serpent or iguana
Clam or frog
As the emblems of Emperors, dragons and dragon legends have permeated Chinese folklore since the ancient civilization and have continued to shape Chinese culture up to the present day. The dragon's benevolence signifies greatness, goodness and blessings.