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

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.

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).

Recent years of the Dragon

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

Elements and fortunes

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.


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.


Dragons in the Year of the Tiger (2022)

The overall fortune of Dragons as they enter the Year of the Tiger in 2022 is not very optimistic. Although Dragons are not Fan Tai Sui this year, there are aspects that will prevent them from receiving many blessings over all. For better luck, work extra hard this year in everything you do, because not advancing in the year of 2022 will mean a certain retreat for Dragons, which they will find unbearable.

Love and Relationships in 2022

Dragons’ love life will be less than ideal in 2022. Dragons may not find themselves very interested in love or affection from others and may fall into a state of despondency. Whether married or in a long-term relationship, Dragons are likely to feel dissatisfied in 2022 due to the neglect of their partner, which will lead to some discord at home.

Dragons are advised to lean more on their family and friends this year to improve their mood, and try not to demand a satisfaction of their every emotional need from their partner. At the same time, show that you care about your partner’s feelings, too, which is really all that is necessary for a less stormy year.

For singles, 2022 is not a great year to meet anyone new. In fact, you may end the year having met fewer people than you would usually. Even so, try not to act withdrawn or disinterested—that attitude will certainly not help your luck in romance. Just like married people, singles are advised to stay close with friends and family to help themselves stay positive and treat them with love and care as well. With others’ good will, you will find everything you do goes more smoothly, including love.

Career in 2022

Dragons’ career aspects will be mixed in 2022. Dragons in the corporate world may find themselves the recipient of many opportunities this year, although they may also have to watch out for sabotage from unexpected quarters. Whether Dragons can succeed in grasping those opportunities and ward off people with less than honorable intentions will depend on how they have treated those they work with in previous years.

Some Dragons may find themselves more interested in art and creative pursuits—in this they will have divine inspiration to create better work than ever before. Entrepreneurs will have some luck this year and find many people willing to help in 2022. Remember their generosity and pay them back with other favors in the future: karma can be everyone’s friend.

Wealth in 2022

Dragons’ fortune in wealth will be average in 2022. For most of the year, Dragons will have to work very hard for their income, with little prospect of side income or supplemental income from investment. Later on in the year, this prospect will improve, but Dragons are advised to be prudent in the year of 2022 because a rushed investment will almost certainly lead to a complete depletion of their fund. For those in sales, your luck this year will deteriorate unless you find some way to innovate. An outdated business model will never again work going forward.

Education in 2022

Dragons will find their ability and efficiency to learn greatly improved in 2022, so their academic status this year will probably not be too bad. However, some Dragons still in school may encounter isolation and exclusion from their classmates due to their bad temper, which could cause their social relationships to deteriorate. This stress outside class may prove detrimental to academic performance. To this end, Dragons should learn to be more positive about others around them. Respect and be kind to teachers and classmates and treat others with a positive energy. It will benefit their own development in the future.

Health in 2022

Dragons’ health will be unstable in 2022. Some may suffer psychological or physical trauma to varying degrees. Live with caution to guard your physical well-being. Carelessness under the celestial aspect in 2022 could lead to accidents for Dragon. There are precautions to take, such as obeying traffic laws and not driving under the influence of alcohol.

Dragons will have enough to worry about without being reckless themselves. Psychologically, to have a healthier frame of mind, Dragons are advised to learn to adjust their mentality to a more positive state without isolating themselves due to fear—that may well lead to depression if they are not careful.

Dragons in the Year of the Rat (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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.