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What a year it has been, the Year of the Water Dragon!

A year with joys and sorrows and great accomplishments. And every day blessed by the steady benevolence of the Black Dragon.

"And when I breathed, my breath was lightning.".... Black Elk.

In celebration of this momentous day, I offer a few bits of Draconic wisdom from near and far:

“Dragons are…elemental, capable of commanding earth, wind, fire, and water. They fly across the face of the moon and dive deep beneath the seven seas. They are loyal, loving, elegant, musical, fierce, and wise. They are weyr builders and enchantment weavers. They know more about this world we share than we humans can hope to glean in a thousand lifetimes. They are wildness and mystery; bringers of death and symbols of eternal life.

This is the gestalt of the Dragon, as absolute and elegant as the Dragons themselves. Dragons are so much more than the simple collection of their parts. Such wonder deserves nothing less than appreciation and understanding in all its brilliantly monstrous complexity.”

…Shawn MacKENZIE, The Dragon Keeper’s Handbook


“People who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by dragons. From within.”

…Ursula K. LeGuin

“To have dragons one must have change; that is the first principle of dragon lore.”

…Loren Eiseley, The Night  Country

Dragon Dreams - c3rmen

Dragon Dreams – c3rmen

“Dragons are obscure, mysterious characters described only in broad terms, little more than foils to enhance a hero’s valor. Dragons though are much more than this. They are intelligent and educated creatures who lead enthralling lives.”

…H.G. Ciruelo Cabral

Confabulation of Dragons - Scott Gustafson

Confabulation of Dragons – Scott Gustafson

“I desired dragons with a profound desire.”

…J.R.R.Tolkien, On Fairy Stories


“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”

…Rainer Maria Rilke


“It is now the twenty-first century. By the grace of the Great Dragon, we have made it past the Dark Times and further than many thought possible. Out of the darkness, Dragons roar, reminding us we need them. Reminding us of their right to be. With horns charmed and scales ashimmer, they walk amongst us. They share our lives and lend mystery to the mundane. They fill the skies and sing in thunderous tones for all to hear: ‘We are Everywhere!’

Magic is again in the world. The future rolls out, a grass carpet beneath our feet.

But as we look forward, we must never forget the past. There will always be people who cling to what is safe and familiar, who look at Dragons and see only monsters to fear and slay. The fault, dear reader, is not in our Dragons but in ourselves.

It’s up to us to change. We did it before; we can do it again. It is up to us—Dragons and Dragon lovers alike—to keep the flames of magic, the songs of Dragons, alive.

Here, There Be Dragons, standing with us, alone in one place together. And when we are gone, a Dragon will be here still, shouting to the Universe: I am!”

The Dragon Keeper’s Handbook


So, happy YotD’s end. Twelve years and Dragon rule will return.

Until then, I’d love to hear how your year was Draconically impacted. Any sightings to report, of particularly Dragonish tales? All are welcome here at Dragonsnest!