A Wood Horse and a Water Rat living in a Water Dragon year

The dragon, as seen in the East, is associated with the divine. As seen from the West, the dragon is hunted and slain or driven from existence.
How interesting.
But I'm not about to launch into some soliloquy about the East vs the West. Nor do I want to speak of China or Chinese thought, economics, philosophy or politics. I am after all, no Jacob Needleman for God's sake!
In ten days the Chinese New year will begin on January 23 and will come to its close on February 9 2013.  It should be an interesting if not a very revealing year.