A new year can be a time of reflection and refined direction. Stanislawa looks to the Chinese calendar and cultural symbolism to inspire a positive perspective.
Strength, grace, and willpower of the horse, and the strength, power, and good fortune of the dragon are combined here in this new year’s illustration of peace.
The year of the horse ends in early February 2015. It is the ram, a symbol of power, drive, energy, fearlessness and initiative that gives personality to the next full year.
Stanislawa is drawn to Chinese culture’s awareness and close connection to nature.
Water and birds have several characteristics. The water element can give balance, rejuvenation and be nurturing. Bird varieties represent ideas of freedom, transformation, love and peace.
Different types of fish can represent abundance, good fortune, and renewal. The orchid’s exotic beauty symbolizes perfection, love, fertility, and abundance; and the calla lily can be purity, faith and devotion.
[sources include: flowersofchina.com/blog/, en.wikipedia.org/, whats-your-sign.com/, chinese-astrology.co.uk/, innerjourneyseminars.com, and www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/Chinese_Customs/animals_symbolism.]