Azure Dragon or Qing Long
Azure Dragon, also named Qing Long or Cang Long, is one of the Four Symbols in ancient Chinese Astrology.
It is revered as the Deity of the East, symbolizing the spring season and the wood element in the Five Element Theory.
Guarding the east section of the sky, the Azure Dragon is formed by seven constellations:
What does Azure Dragon of the East look like?
Azure Dragon of East looks like a long snake with two long horns covered by scales, wings, and claws, usually with azure, greenish, or bluish colors.
What powers does Azure Dragon of the East have?
Powers of Azure Dragon or Qing Long in Agriculture
In the past, the constellations of the Azure Dragon are perfect guides for agricultural activities.
When the first constellation of Azure Dragon, the Horn Constellation 角宿 or Wood Scaly Dragon 角木蛟, rises from the east in the sky at night, it represents the spring will come, and it's time to start planting.
In summer, seven constellations of the Azure Dragon would shine up in the sky when crops grow.
In the harvest autumn, they would gradually sink in the west and disappear in winter.
Therefore, the Azure Dragon is respected as the Deity of the East, represents the season spring, and wood from the Five Element Theory.
Turquoise Dragon Form Artifact of Ancient Erlitou Culture (about 1900 BC — 1500 BC), Photo from Yuhan.
Powers of Azure Dragon or Qing Long in Mythology
Azure Dragon of the East controls rain, thunder, wind, and clouds; sometimes, it is believed to be the ancestor of all dragons worldwide.
In some folklore and legends, the Four Symbols, including Azure Dragon or Qing Long, are creators of the whole universe.
What does the Azure Dragon represent and symbolize?
Azure Dragon or Qing Long has represented or symbolized:
Wood from the Five Element Theory
Life, Growth, Hope, and Vitality
Honor and Auspiciousness
Guardian and Power
What are other names of Azure Dragon?
Azure Dragon has had many names throughout history, especially after being apotheosized as the Deity of the East.
Qing Long 青龙
Cang Long 苍龙
Tian Yi 天一
Tai Yin 太阴
Tai Sui 太岁
Meng Zhang 孟章