Chinese Dragon Meanings

Chinese Dragon Meanings


Chinese Dragon Symbol and
Asian Dragon Meanings

Ancient Chinese Dragons are ultimate symbols of cosmic Chi (energy). It is said to be the most potent symbol of good fortune in the Chinese pantheon of symbols. As one of the four creatures of the world's directions, the Dragon stands for new beginnings. The Dragon also has the power to release water to parched lands, and which in turn stands for abundance and relief. Continued success, high achievement, and prosperity are also listed among the Dragon's arsenal of good qualities, which rank it one of the most popular of Asian signs.

The Legend of The Nine Dragons

The mainland overlooking Hong Kong is called Kowloon, which means Nine Dragons. Legend states the mainland was named this by a Chinese Emperor who fled there after the Sung Dynasty. Originally, he named it after the eight hills predominantly located on the land. His servant observed that the Emperor should also be counted among the regal figures. Hence, the "Gau-lung" or Nine Dragons nomenclature was born.

Characteristics of the Nine Chinese Dragons

  • P'u-lao:
    Alerts one to danger, and serves as a protector. Often engraved on bells, sacred singing bowls, and gongs.

  • Ch'iu-niu:
    Creator of Yang energy through the use of ancient dragon music.

  • Pi-his:
    Provider of knowledge, luck and upholds the virtue of finer education.

  • Pa-hsia:
    Provider of strength and support when called upon during times of need.

  • Chao-feng:
    Guardian of the holy places, sacred lands, and holy temples.

  • Chih wen:
    Symbolizes the power of water over fire.

  • Suan-ni:
    Mighty protector and emblem against theft, loss or betrayal of any kind.

  • Yai-tzu:
    Protector and guardian against any physical harm.

  • Pi-kau:
    Defends again litigation, verbal disputes, or false accusations.

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Common Chinese Dragon Symbols and Their Meanings

Chinese Dragon Classic Chinese Dragon
The Dragon has always served me well as a symbol of self-confidence and courage. Dragons can make the heart beat stronger instill fire within, and may enable you to stand taller both physically and spiritually speaking.




Chinese Dragon with Tiger Dragon and Tiger
These two great forces of the universe reflect the primordial Yin and Yang of existence. To the Chinese, the tiger is the emblem of dignity, and courage. This, combined with the abundance, luck, and Yang energy of Chinese dragons - it's a luck combination that can't be beat. Read more on Chinese Tigers here.


Chinese Dragon With Clouds Dragon Riding Clouds
Clouds are symbols of celestial mobility because many gods and immortals used the cloud as a vehicle on which they traveled. The cloud is also considered a portent of good luck, carrying needed rains that enable the growth of abundant crops. When clouds are combined with auspicious Chinese dragons, it makes a perfect emblem to manifest positive effects in your life.


Chinese Dragon Chasing Pearl Dragon Encircling Pearl
The pearl is often depicted with Chinese dragons. The pearl is sometimes thought to represent the moon. In fact, one legend has it that some dragons have become infatuated with the moon, and have gone insane trying to steal it from the sky. Other tales depict the pearl as an egg placed beneath the dragon's neck or chin. The dragon is said to carry the egg away until it is ready to hatch. By far the most agreed upon tale is that the pearl represents the dragon's wisdom - hence the term: "pearls of wisdom."


Chinese Dragon and Phoenix Dragon with Phoenix Together, the dragon and phoenix symbolize Yin and Yang together: perfect balance. Standing alone, each symbol is hugely powerful. Together they represent a power- packed union of success, prosperity, friendship, love, and enlightenment. The union of these two highly symbolic creatures at wedding festivities suggests a match that is blessed with money and incredible luck. Furthermore, it denotes the beginning of a dynastic family with the dragon symbolizing the patriarch and they phoenix signifying the matriarch. (see phoenix on Alchemy Animal page)

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An Important Note About Signs, Symbols and Their Meanings

Signs and symbols cultivate their meanings according to culture, context, passage of time in society as well as mass societal opinion. What's cool and highly important is that signs and symbols earn their most powerful meanings from our own personal perspectives.

This website strives to provide you with the best, time-honored information when defining signs and symbols. However, in the final analysis, "Beauty (and symbolism) is in the eye of the beholder."

Having said that, it's in our best interest to invest the time to do personal research on symbolic events happing to us. This website is just one perspective in an ocean of variety and diversity in the realm of symbolism. So dive it! There is a whole universe of deeper meanings to explore! You can start your research by clicking on the links at the end or to the side of this page. Odds are good I've got a follow-up article about this symbolic topic. ;)

As always, thanks for your willingness to learn more about the language of symbolism. It's a language that is universal and everywhere. It's super-groovy to travel with you on your symbolic path, and maybe offer a little translation along the way. Thanks for reading and exploring!



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