Into the Dragon’s Den

When anyone comes up with an invention, the next step is to find someone to give them the financial backing that they can’t supply themselves. To do this, they must have a tangible product for the person or company they are approaching to get a proper feel for. The idea needs to be well thought through in its practicality and monetary feasibility. The inventor needs to have done thorough, provable research to show that there is a niche in the market that this particular product would fill, that it would make a profit.

This type of negotiations have gone on since the beginning of time. Now, however, during our times of economical strain, it has become harder to get people with money to back something that may or may not work. That may or may not prove to be profitable. However, it is still possible and the occurrence of the Dragon’s Den TV programme has got many would-be budding inventors at their desks scribbling away with their plans.

The whole Dragon’s Den format comes from Japan, where it is owned by Sony. Celebrities or high profile company owners that are looking for new investment opportunities sit on a panel and have a designated amount of money in mind that they would like to sink into a new venture.

Trawled in front of them are average Joe’s who are allocated a timed slot to pitch their idea to the dragons and convince them that this is the one deal they cannot afford to miss out on. This is not for the faint hearted. The ones with the money in the Dragons Den are confident and adept at business. They know all the right questions to ask and if you’re not on top of your game and knowing it inside out they will eat you for breakfast.

Those who truly believe in their product, who have fully researched their market, who know their target customers and have the confidence to put this across simply whilst still giving the dragons something they can see or feel, will give them a much better prospect of gaining the backing that they require.

For those that enter the Dragon’s Den trembling with fear, stuttering with nerves and unsure of themselves will come across as unsure of their product. They will be chewed up and spat out in no time by the dragons themselves.

Contestants that have managed to secure finances from the Dragons Den are those that know their product well but do not appear too pushy or cocky. They pitch their idea and hopefully the product will sell itself. Once they have satisfied any doubts the dragons may have and fully sold their product to the best of their ability, then the dragons need to decide whether they want to invest or not.

Negotiations take place. If a dragon would like to invest but is unsure of the products feasibility, they can offer a reduced amount to what the contestant is asking for. While this may be difficult for the person that needs the money, reputation goes a long way and that is what the dragons bring with them, reputation and influence that might just make them successful in their venture.

So what does the dragon get from all this? Well, during negotiations, they can also bargain. The inventor will suggest a reward, usually a stake in the business venture or a cut of the profits, depending on the amount invested. The dragon will then attempt to bring this nearer what he sees as a good deal and eventually an agreement will be reached. One happy inventor, one happy dragon.

How to Incorporate the Feng Shui Dragon in Your Home Decorating

The Feng Shui dragon is one of the most auspicious of all ancient Chinese symbols. It is not only one of the most powerful of the Feng Shui cures but is the embodiment of yang, the strong masculine energy.

The Feng Shui dragon is best known as the traditional cure for wealth and prosperity. If you consult the Bagua, the Feng Shui energy map, you will learn that the financial area of your home is in the southeast.

According to Chinese astrology, the wealth star changes every year. For 2009, southeast is the luckiest sector, with star 8 as the wealth star. Fire colors are recommended in 2009 to decorate your home office. A golden dragon here is the penultimate prosperity cure. If your southeast area is missing or incomplete, you can use a mirror to balance out the space. Chinese coins can also bring good fortune.

Traditionally dragons were believe to be able to control the climate. Wind, clouds and rain, all beyond our control, were thought to be controlled by dragons. This makes the Feng Shui dragon a powerful symbol for agricultural businesses and those businesses that rely on the weather.

Because the dragon is the embodiment of male energy and success, it makes a great housewarming or business gift for the man in your life. Selecting a dragon with a pearl or crystal in its claw symbolizes power, good fortune and a wealth of opportunities.

To strengthen the love and marriage area of your home, consult your Bagua, then be sure to pair the Dragon with the Phoenix. This pairing is the ultimate symbol for marital bliss.

Dragons also symbolize the number 9, the number of luck and good fortune in Chinese tradition… Having a dragon with the number 9 is a good way to bring good luck to those who possess it. Don’t be tempted to place 9 dragons in your home for extra luck, the maximum number of dragons recommended is five.

The dragon carries a strong energy of activity and creativity, so avoid using in low energy areas like the bathroom or garage. Place the dragon around eye level, and not too much higher, and always treat the dragon with respect. Don’t stick it in a closet! Place him in an open space, facing towards the center of the home, but not against a wall or corner. If there is a pearl or crystal in its claw, never face them towards a door or window.

Placed with honor, the Feng Shui dragon can bring success to many areas of your life, and allow you to harness the power of the dragon!

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Yang Water Dragon 2012-13 – Fortunes of the 12-Animal Signs

The Chinese Calendar’s current 12-Year 12-Animal Cycle runs from 2008-20, as follows:

2008 Rat, 2009 Ox, 2010 Tiger, 2011 Rabbit/Hare, 2012 Dragon, 2013 Snake, 2014 Horse, 2015 Sheep, 2016 Monkey, 2017 Rooster/Chicken, 2018 Dog, 2019-20 Pig.

Earlier Dragon Years

2012-13 is a Yang Water Dragon-Year. Previous Dragon-Year/’Lung Nien’ was Yin Metal Dragon-Year 2000, Millennium Year!. Some of you may remember the celebrations, awards, excitement and ‘buzz’ accompanying our Vibrant Visitor then. Yang Metal Dragon Year 1988, however, saw the mid-air explosion of Pan Am Flight 103, the ‘Lockerbie Bombing’, whose repercussions are still evolving.

Dragon Year Details!

My greatly esteemed teacher, Grandmaster Yap Leong (‘Leong’ is Cantonese for ‘Lung’/Dragon) says China, the Great Dragon, is always active and full of surprises in Dragon Years. So watch out for these, they are usually pleasant ones! The maxim runs:’The Dragon (China) changes shape quickly, taking those unprepared by surprise!’ Anyway, the Chinese will be here in the U.K. for the Olympics.

Thus, Dragon Years are usually volatile visitors! Personally, it may seem like your good and bad traits are magnified. Issues may swing to-and-fro and so caution is required to avoid being carried-away by events’ However, the Dragon, associated with ‘Spirit’, is an auspicious Year for those Martial Artists and others ‘attuned’ to its energies. Idealism and flexibility may prove useful qualities over the period.

Yang Water (the Year Element) symbolises Wealth (consider Current Accounts, cash-flow,’floatation’, liquidity) and also Communication (word-flow, stream of consciousness, rivers of words).’Big’ Water representatives include: Oceans, Seas; the Yangtze River (aka the ‘Chang Jiang’ or ‘Long River’) the world’s biggest, and Multi-national Communications Businesses,. These could all be classified under ‘Big Water’, so watch out for developments in related fields(1).

Fortunes of the 12-Animals for Yang Water Dragon Year 2012-13

Dragon Year Fortunes 2012-13

Dragon in Dragon Year

This should be a good year overall, especially if arguments are avoided. Control your money-making urges and good prospects should manifest on the career and financial fronts.

Spring and Autumn are your best times this year-your summer may prove disappointing. December requires extra vigilance regarding your home and possessions.

Rat in Dragon Year

There are excellent career and financial prospects for Rats this year. Rats born in 1960 should prove particularly fortunate during this period in most of their endeavours.

Those Rats in employment may enjoy a change of scene. There is a strong possibility of a meaningful relationship developing around November/December time.

Ox in The Dragon Year

Ox feet should remain firmly planted on the ground this year and a degree of caution exercised throughout. Swinging this-way- and-that and with potential ups-and-downs also, Ox finances need careful managing, and all contracts should be meticulously scrutinised before signing.

Caution is also the keyword in relationship terms this year for both married and single Oxen.

Tiger in the Dragon Year

Avoid lending-out money or underwriting the financial transactions of others and this could be a good year, financially and overall.

If arguments and disputes arise from romantic entanglements, Tigers may need to demonstrate self-control this year. Overwork (1960 Tigers especially) and domestic accidents are ongoing concerns throughout the year.

Rabbit in Dragon Year

Rabbits can expect good news from within the family. Rising income and expenditure accompany each other-saving is a good idea this year.

Mood-swings may occur from time-to-time, positive thinking may moderate negative influences. Spring and Summer are your best times of Year, but watch out for unnecessary expenditure in Winter.

Snake in Dragon Year

You may find obstacles in your path this year that thwart your chances of success and hold you back in certain fields, particularly on the work front.

In terms of love and romance, however, this could prove a fortunate year indeed. Sickness or injury could occur in Spring or early Summer.

Horse in the Dragon Year

To prevent this year being a disappointing one, be assertive. Avoid excess, act decisively but also rationally as the occasion demands.

Spring and Summer are your best times this year-make the most of them and prepare for the Autumn and Winter when your luck may not be as good.

Goat/Sheep in Dragon Year

Be patient as conflicts and reverses may thwart this year’s plans-legal and occupational set-backs, especially. Control your temper, be diplomatic and think before speaking. As Goats’ Financial prospects are poor this year, avoid gambling and speculation. and practice relaxation.

This is not a good year for Goat romance, rather you should practice positive-thinking and be creative.

Monkey in Dragon Year

Certain difficulties will arise for the ‘Great Sage'(1) this year but Monkey ‘Magic’ i.e. ‘Luck’ should be enough to cope. Avoid greed and speculation (especially in Summer and Autumn) and financial mishaps can be prevented.

Romance, for Monkey Males this year is a non-starter conversely, for Female Monkeys it’s an auspicious and promising time indeed.

Rooster/Chicken in Dragon Year

This is a fortunate year for Roosters/Chickens on the health, finance and occupational fronts. Take especial care in decision-making in Autumn and Winter and you may avoid losing money.

A year of difficulties, where romance is concerned, don’t go overboard in relationships as these will typically be short-term.

Dog in Dragon Year

Make no bones about it, there may be hard times ahead towards the end of the year. Use Spring and Summer’s surplus to even things out, in anticipation. Poor financial prospects towards the end of the year-avoid gambling and speculation throughout.

Tolerance and patience will be necessary for Dogs this Year on the romance and relationships front.

Pig in Dragon Year

Promising ‘Piggy Bank’ period! Pig ventures should prosper in the forthcoming year, although those of a speculative nature should be avoided.

Events should progress smoothly for Pigs this year, particularly where romance and relationships are indicated.

Notes

(1) ‘Chinese Qigong: 5 Elements, Pentagram and Pentagon Originals!’ analyses their dynamic interaction with the 12-Animals of the ‘Ghanzi’ Cycle.