Thank you, Pippa, for inviting me to the blog to talk dragons!
If you're fascinated by dragon lore, as I am, then you know there are many different types of dragons from all over the world. As a practitioner of Okinawan martial arts, I enjoy learning about Asian dragon lore.
Before I share some fun facts about Chinese dragons today, let me pour you all a steaming cup of Golden Dragon yellow tea from China. The tea is called yellow not only because of its bright golden infusion color, but also, due to the tea’s rarity, it is associated with the imperial yellow worn exclusively by emperors for centuries.
Did you know the dragon is the most powerful and majestic creature in Chinese folklore?
Traditionally Chinese dragons symbolize power, strength, and good fortune. It’s no wonder the symbol for the Emperor of China was a five-clawed dragon!
Many Chinese dragons are depicted with a pearl either in its claw, mouth, or under its chin. Though I have read different meanings for this, the one I see most often states the pearl represents the dragon’s wisdom. Hmm…could this be where the pearls of wisdom expression comes from?
A dragon and phoenix together are the symbol of everlasting love and marital happiness. Since the phoenix is the perfect yin (female) counterpart to the yang (male) dragon, the pairing of these two creatures represents a union of love, friendship, success, prosperity, enlightenment, balance, and harmony.
Many times the dragon and phoenix are depicted in a circular dance, which resembles the yin yang symbol. Knowing that the union of these two creatures is a symbol for marital happiness, I wore a dragon and phoenix print dress to two of my cousins’ weddings (both couples are still married). :)
In Beauty and the Curse (my fairytale novella co-written with Cathy Tully), the hero, Chase Singleton, owns a pet Chinese water dragon. When he learns that Anabel Charming has a dragon named Jinxy, Chase is excited to see what kind of lizard it is. Having met Anabel, it’s sure to be something exotic like a Komodo dragon. So how will this magic non-believer react when he comes face-to-face with Jinxy…Anabel’s ten pound, purple, fire-breathing guardian?
BEAUTY AND THE CURSE (an adult fairytale)
Cursed by a jealous witch, wealthy recluse Anabel Charming is destined to grow uglier with each passing year. Only by having sex before her twenty-first birthday on Halloween can this virgin’s spell be broken. Yet no man will agree to sleep with the humpbacked, pockmarked, one-leg-shorter-than-the-other Freak of Park Avenue.
When handsome Chase Singleton shows up on a quest to retrieve his grandmother’s long-lost talisman, which Anabel now possesses, Anabel is willing to give up the jewel . . . if Chase agrees to break her curse. With only two days left before her chance at a normal life is lost forever, Anabel and Chase discover the reality of beauty, the power of sexual healing, and the meaning of true love.
What kind of dragon or dragon lore is your favorite? Do you own a real dragon or lizard? What do you think Chase will do when he meets Jinxy? Leave a comment; I'd love to talk with you!
K.M. Fawcett is an SFR Galaxy Award recipient for Captive book 1 in her thrilling sci-fi romance series, The Survival Race. She enjoys stories filled with adventure and strong, kick-butt heroes and heroines. Ranked 4th degree black belt in Isshinryu Karate and 3rd degree in RyuKonKai (Okinawan weapons), K.M. and her husband own a karate dojo in NJ. When not writing sci-fi & paranormal romances or working out at the dojo, K.M. is driving her children to drum lessons and ballet classes. Please visit her on Facebook, Twitter, and at www.kmfawcett.com to be the first to hear about her new books or to find out if she accidentally drops off her ballerina at drum lessons.