The Chinese New Year officially starts February 10, 2024 and is the Year of the Dragon. Each Dragon year has one of five elements associated with it. 2024 is the Year of the Wood Dragon. Dragon is the 5th animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac signs, coming after the Rabbit and before the Snake. Among the Chinese zodiac animals, the dragon is the sole imaginary animal. The Chinese dragon is the most vital and powerful beast in the Chinese zodiac, although Dragons have an infamous reputation for being a hothead and possessing a sharp tongue. In ancient times, people thought that Dragons were best suited to be leaders of the world with their character traits of dominance and ambition. Dragons present themselves as magnificent, yet benevolent rulers who are confident, generous, idealistic, and ambitious. In Chinese culture, these mythical creatures are in a class of their own, regarded as the givers of abundance and longevity.
The Dragon is powerful, energetic, goal-oriented yet idealistic and romantic. They know exactly who they are and possess the keenest sense of self among the 12 zodiacs of Chinese astrology. Dragon’s confidence is neither false nor empty, as they hold lofty ideals they are striving toward— usually for the benefit of their community instead of themselves. They are independent thinkers who will never yield their highest conviction.
In Chinese element theory, each zodiac sign is associated with one of five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, or Earth, which means that a Wood Dragon, for example, comes once in a 60-year cycle.
Dragons have integrity and scorn any hypocritical or dishonorable behavior. They have a self-respecting pride that is matched by their wisdom, generosity, vigor, and talent. They are full of energy and can attract followers with their charisma.
Dragon people are usually courageous and fearless leaders who will never back down from a challenge. This enterprising spirit, coupled with their innate talent, will, without a doubt, make Dragons the movers and shakers of this world.
On the flip side of Dragons’ confidence and courage, they can also be seen as domineering, temperamental, and self-centered. Dragons believe themselves to always know best.
On the social side, while they may not care to invest in relationships, Dragons cannot stay alone for too long without feeling desolate. Once they find that special someone, Dragons will guard that person as their treasure and never let them go.
Dragon Relationship Chart:
- Lucky numbers: 6, 8
- Lucky colors: Cyan Blue, Purple
- Lucky directions: West, Northeast
- Lucky flowers: Bamboo, Cyclamen
- Unlucky numbers: 4, 9
- Unlucky colors: Black, Red
- Unlucky directions: East, Northwest