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The Tail of the Dragon

The Dragon has shown you her tail

Your words she finds stagnant and stale

Your story must end

It’s time to suspend

Conclude what is done and set sail.

Favorable For: Completion, Endings, Destruction

Unfavorable For: Reconciliation, Beginnings, New Ventures

Associations: South Node of the Moon, Sagittarius

Elements: Fire

The Dragon is a powerful creature found in mythology and folklore around the world; in both Eastern and Western traditions. Dragons are depicted as having many facets. In some tales they must be vanquished, and in other tales they offer priceless wisdom. They can be crafty and materialistic or animalistic and terrifying! Some folklore denotes that a particular scale color determines their attributes. However, I would use caution regardless of their beauty. Dragons are elementals. Water is absolutely necessary for life, and often it is associated with healing and calmness. Water, though, is also a hurricane which will drown you without remorse. So too, is the nature of dragons. They are both ferocious and compassionate, sometimes at the simultaneously.

If you encounter a Dragon and it turns it’s back on you, at best she is telling you that she does not consider you a threat; at worst, she has lost all interest in you. If you are not even worth eating, that is very bad indeed. But her distaste is likely an omen that you are repeating unappetizing patterns. Take her slight as an opportunity, now is the time to analyze what unhelpful practices you are still repeating despite your best intentions. You may say that you want adventure and possibility, but the Dragon is indicating that instead of getting up and braving facing a new day and new opportunities; you haven’t even left your bed. You are cowering under a blanket of comfort. You may be warm, but in your comfort, you are suffocating yourself.

Comfort has a purpose. It can be healing and protective. It can even be fun and entertaining. There is a certain satisfaction in knowing the ending to a story. It can be delicious to gather around the fire and squeal in delight as your favorite characters embark on their same adventures. But when the story is your own, and you compulsively seek out the same type of people to cast in the role of the villain to thwart your disorganized hero (you, incidentally), there isn’t anything to be gained by knowing how the story ends. While the compulsion is still satisfying and comfortable, it is neither healing nor protective. When you fight that same satisfaction entwined with that rutted road, that is when the Dragon may find you more interesting. But there is risk in that, isn’t there? Will she impart to you her secret knowledge? Bequeath to you treasure? Or will she eat you? In order to feel fully alive, you will have to brave that unknown.

The best oft repeated stories uncover new gems of wisdom at each telling. The difference between an unhealthy pattern and a great story is the message. The past is a wealth of knowledge. Instead of following the course of your story with blind compulsion, look for the lesson. Bring the gifts of the past into your present.

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