Chinese Zodiac

Year of the Dragon

The Dragon is the fifth of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. Everyone expected the powerful Dragon to arrive early on. However, he came after Rat, Ox, Tiger and Rabbit. When asked why he was so late, Dragon said that on the way, he saw a village suffering from drought. He had to stop and create rain for them. The Jade Emperor was happy when he heard of this noble deed and gave him the fifth position.

The Dragon is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支 / dì zhī) chén () and the hours 7–9 in the morning. In the terms of yin and yang (阴阳 / yīn yáng), the Dragon is yang.

Dragons are the most revered animal in Chinese culture. They call themselves the descendants of the dragon. In the past, emperors were seen as the reincarnation of dragons.

Dragons are strong and independent figures, but they yearn for support and love.

Recent years of the Dragon are: 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024

Paired with the Celestial Stems (天干—Tiān gān), there is a 60-year calendrical cycle. Although chén is associated with earth, the years also cycle through the five elements of nature (五行—wǔ xíng).

See the table below for the full details of each year.

Year Celestial Stem Earthly Branch Zodiac Element Yin Yang
1928 Chén Dragon Earth Yang
1940 gēng Chén Dragon Metal Yang
1952 rén Chén Dragon Water Yang
1964 jiǎ Chén Dragon Wood Yang
1976 bǐng Chén Dragon Fire Yang
1988 Chén Dragon Earth Yang
2000 gēng Chén Dragon Metal Yang
2012 rén Chén Dragon Water Yang
2024 jiǎ Chén Dragon Wood Yang

Personality and characteristics

Element Year Fortune
Wood 1964, 2024 These Dragons live a quiet life with surpluses. If entrepreneurs, their businesses are successful. However, their family and friends are not as dependable.
Fire 1976, 2036 These Dragons are intelligent and social. They have a breakthrough in the middle years and enjoy prosperous later in life.
Earth 1928, 1988 These Dragons are positive and cheerful. They do not fear enemies and do not bully the weak. They surround themselves with supportive people and create loving families.
Metal 1940, 2000 These Dragons are kindhearted but speak bluntly. Talented and strategic, they enjoy success and wealth.
Water 1952, 2012 These Dragons work hard throughout life and gain reputation and fame. They sometimes overthink and worry, but will smoothly pass through the decades.

Men born in the Dragon year are steadfast in their beliefs. They will never slack off on responsibilities nor be unnecessarily suspicious. People rarely lose trust in these honest men.

They don’t waste money, but also don’t pay much attention to it. Adventurous entrepreneurs at heart, they dream of shooting to fame. Sometimes their efforts go to waste though. Still, their lives revolve around work.

These men are completely fine alone. They either marry at a young age or remain as a bachelor. For significant others, they need someone that can help and support his career.

Women born in the Dragon year are mesmerizing and strong. If you underestimate them, they will stand up and defeat you.

They are serious in what they do and have high self-esteems. The only thing they require of others is respect. Feminism and gender equality are important to them.

Many forgo marriage to focus on their career. But if they do choose to marry, they also make great wives. Often, they only go to the extremes and should take the time to consider a balanced mix.

Compatibility

Most compatible with Dragon: Rooster, Monkey, Rat

Dragons are most compatible with Roosters. The Rooster will look up to the Dragon and provide genuine support during hardships.

Both Monkeys and Dragons are creative and innovative. But once together, be sure the Monkey doesn’t do any small tricks.

The Rat’s humor and reliability are what attracts the stubborn Dragon. The different personalities complement each other.

Least compatible with Dragon: Dog, Rabbit, Dragon

Dragons and Dogs have clashing personalities and are least compatible. Neither trusts nor understands the other.

Rabbits have some similar interests as Dragons, but they can only tolerate each other to a certain extent.

Dragons aren’t compatible with themselves each other. Both independent and stubborn, they’ll clash and it’s hard to maintain a peaceful relationship.

Lucky things for Dragons

  • Colors: gold, silver, gray
  • Numbers: 1, 6, 7
  • Mineral: rose quartz
  • Directions of auspiciousness: southwest
  • Directions of wealth: northwest, north
  • Directions of love: west

Unlucky things

  • Colors: white
  • Numbers: 4, 9

Careers fit for Dragons

People born in the year of the Dragon have quick paced thinking. They excel at activities that most find mentally exhausting. Because of this, they are suitable for engaging careers. Some fields include the arts, politics and education.

They might feel insecure and indecisive when working alone. Instead, they’re better able to unleash their potential in a team. Dragons are great at planning and coming up with ideas. But they need someone else to help with the miscellaneous details.

Dragons are fighters. This is the foundation for success, but can also hinder personal development. Dragons must remember to be more low-key and create lasting relationships.

Health and lifestyle

Dragons have a healthy appearance and truly are healthy as well.

They don’t usually get sick, but when they do, it becomes very serious. This is because they are too busy with work to pay attention to their health. They might also think it’s no big deal and brush it off. Due to this, minor colds can turn into much more serious illnesses.

Areas of concern are the circulatory, urinary and digestive systems.

Most Dragons have stressful careers and are overly sensitive to small details. They can become fatigued, but also suffer from insomnia. Disturbances in social and family relations will heavily affect their mental health.

For better health, Dragons must remember to keep calm and relaxed. Don’t overthink and obsess over small problems. Instead, Dragons should take some time out for themselves. Exercise in nature will help with physical and emotional fatigue.

Horoscope

Dragons in the Year of the Ox (2021)

The Dragon and the Ox are not always on good terms. In 2021, the Dragon will clash with Tai Sui. The year will be full of ups and downs, and it is up to the Dragon to adapt to these situations.

Because you will be subject to Tai Sui’s influence, you are likely to run into problems in both your professional and personal life. You should also watch out for your health, as several inauspicious stars could bring you bad luck.

Career

Due to the clash with Tai Sui, Dragons will not have a spectacular year in terms of career advancement. You will feel a lack of motivation and appear low-spirited at times. As the year progresses, trouble and turmoil will be lurking just around the corner.

You will tend to focus on the big picture, and forget the fundamentals. This trait of yours is likely to annoy your colleagues, who may view you as pretentious, and your reputation may suffer.

Exercise caution in your relationships with your superiors; they may view your actions as rebellious. Remember, this is not the time to butt heads with others.

Keep your head low, and look out for the opportune time to leap forward. Despite the strong storms surrounding Dragons this year, you will come out stronger in your professional field if you can manage to pull through.

In the Year of the Ox, the Dragon (which has connections to metal) will have good luck with money. However, the clash with Tai Sui will suppress your wealth to a certain degree at the same time.

Be conservative with your expenses. Focus on the most important things in your life, and bigger investments will come later when you have a steady flow of income. You might be framed by villains while seeking wealth this year. If you pay more attention to your finances and remain tactful, your financial life may turn out to be quite successful.

Lucky Months: January, March, and May

Unlucky Months: June, July, and October

Education

As Dragons are ambitious individuals, you no doubt have high expectations for yourself. Though you will be affected by Tai Sui this year, there will be no major impacts on your educational achievement.

Many of you may start a new chapter of your studies this year such as attending a new class or starting a new major. You may encounter hardships that will hurt your morale, but don’t give up.

With the help of your friends and mentors, you will soon find your studies back on track. You may realize that you need to put in more energy to stay afloat in your studies this year. Remember: confidence and perseverance are key.

Relationship

Dragons will face some challenges in your love life this year. Most Dragons will prioritize their career over love and marriage, and stresses from the workplace may seep into your relationships.

You will quarrel with your partner more often because of your mood swings, and you may even reject intimacy and connection, making you unwilling to communicate with each other. If you are patient with your emotions, this difficult time will soon pass.

Though single Dragons may find people you are interested in this year, you may not have much luck with romance. Your interests are less likely to be returned, and you might end up with unrequited feelings. Try not to overthink things, and give your potential partner their own time and freedom. Be warned: too much smothering may harm your future romances as well.

Health

The Dragon’s health will be affected by Tai Sui in 2021. You are more likely to become ill, experience accidents, and sustain injuries. It is in your best interest to try and stay away from dangers this year.

As an ambitious individual, the stresses of proving yourself in the workplace will end up interfering with your health. Find a way to take care of your health while at the same time going for what you want to achieve in life. Be prepared to handle some depressive episodes as well.

Spiritual pursuits and meditation will bring you peace of mind. Prevention is better than the cure—see your doctor if you are not feeling well.

Lifestyle

The year ahead will be quite a challenging one for the Dragon. You will need to be strong and brave to make it through your rainy days. This year will prove that nothing good comes easy in life, and you should learn to work even harder to achieve your goals.

No matter how frustrated you feel, this is not the time to ignore the routines you have created. You should continue to form good habits, remain calm, and wait for opportunities to manifest in your life.

At the same time, be mindful of your personal and professional relationships. Empathy and communication will become particularly important for the Dragon, so do your best to surround yourself with healthy and supportive people.

Dragons in the Year of the Rat (2020)

Revered in Chinese culture, the Dragon will do well in the Year of the Rat. With luck on your side, 2020 should be smooth sailing. Your focus should be career-centered as the Dragon’s horoscope suggests. If you play to your talents, you will succeed. Work will consume you, and therefore, relationships will slip to the sidelines. Spending time alone will be good for personal growth in all areas—prioritize yourself!

Career

Strong and independent, Dragons will do well in their careers in the Year of the Rat. Because the Rat and the Dragon are most compatible, success will be yours for the taking. A promotion might be just around the corner, so keep up the good work and show off your talents. Now is the time to act on any new ideas for your career. A small business plan could turn into a profitable corporation.

Even though you are very capable of achieving your goals solo, teamwork is essential. Working well with your superiors and colleagues will undoubtedly help your business ventures succeed. Just be wary of your intensity in relationships at the office. It might be a turn off to others and will sway them in the opposite direction of your goals.

Lucky Months: February, July, August, and November.

Unlucky Months: April, May, September, and December.

Education

The stars are on your side this year. Look forward to the year of the Rat with its many blessings. As motivated students and eager planners, Dragon’s educational studies will be a breeze. If you can keep your eye on the ball for the entirety of the year, you will do well. Everything else will fall into place. However, be mindful of your temperament; your headstrong attitude may scare people off. Tone yourself down in conversations with friends and discussions in lectures, and practice being a good listener. You might even end up leading others in a study group or debate class.

Health

Dragons are blessed with excellent health, both mentally and physically. They can push their limits and do more than the average individual. However, sickness does not escape the Dragon. Just like the other zodiacs, they are susceptible to colds and minor illnesses. Although it is rarer to come down with something, when it does happen, it hits hard. Instead of pushing through like normal, address the symptoms when they first show up. Use essential oils and preemptive medicines to ward off sickness. Be mindful of circulatory and digestive issues throughout the year.

As highly motivated workers, it’s challenging to slow down and take personal time. Because Dragons continually go above and beyond in the workplace, they can face exhaustion easily. Learn how to pace yourself in stressful situations to avoid burning out.

Relationships

Independence will suit you well for the year. Relationships will not be the focus for 2020. Although this might seem like a negative forecast, it is not. There is always time to be self-centered and introspective. You might learn something new about yourself. Use this year to explore new things outside of relationships. A pottery class, yoga, lifting—just about anything works. If you’re lucky, you might even find someone who suits you in these experiences. If you do end up in a relationship for the year, enjoy time apart. Independence is an essential part of a healthy relationship.

For married Dragons life will be smooth if you can put in the time and effort. Stubbornness might get in the way of your overall relationship satisfaction. Tread lightly during heavy conversations. If you need to cool off, take some space to regroup your thoughts, and start over. Being able to communicate is a significant factor in a happy marriage.

Lifestyle

The Rat will be a year of good fortune for the Dragon. The relationship between the Rat and the Dragon will multiply success. Of all the forecasts, your career will benefit the most. Work hard to accomplish your goals, but don’t push yourself past the breaking point or you may end up in bed for weeks. Focusing on yourself in all aspects, from health to relationships, will be best. Enjoy this lucky year!