Dragon (zodiac)

The Dragon (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ) is one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Dragon is associated with the Earthly Branch symbol , pronounced chen.

It has been proposed by one academic researcher that the Earthly Branch character may have been associated with scorpions; it may have symbolized the star Antares.[1]

Years and the Five Elements

People born within these date ranges can be said to have been born in the "Year of the Dragon", while also bearing the following elemental sign:

The Water Dragon lantern festival.
Start date End date Heavenly branch
22 January 1928 9 February 1929 Earth Dragon
8 February 1940 26 January 1941 Metal Dragon
27 January 1952 13 February 1953 Water Dragon
13 February 1964 1 February 1965 Wood Dragon
31 January 1976 17 February 1977 Fire Dragon
17 February 1988 5 February 1989 Earth Dragon
5 February 2000 23 January 2001 Metal Dragon
23 January 2012 9 February 2013 Water Dragon
10 February 2024 28 January 2025 Wood Dragon
28 January 2036 14 February 2037 Fire Dragon

There are typically spikes in the birth rates of countries that use the Chinese zodiac during a Year of the Dragon, because such "Dragon babies" are considered to be lucky and have desirable characteristics.

Chinese Zodiac Monkey

Sign Best Match Average No Match
Dragon Rooster, Rat & Monkey Snake, Pig, Tiger, Goat Dog, Ox & Dragon

Basic astrology elements

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: Chen
The Five Elements: Earth (Tu)
Yin Yang: Yang
Lunar Month: Third
Lucky Numbers: 1, 6, 7; Avoid: 3, 8, 9
Lucky Flowers: bleeding heart vine, larkspur
Lucky Colors: golden, silver, hoary; Avoid red, green, purple, black


The Dragon
Fixed Element/Energy Hours ruled Positive traits Negative traits Health risks
Earth/Yang 07:00 – 08:59 am Magnanimous, stately, vigorous, strong, self-assured, proud, noble, direct, dignified, passionate Tactless, arrogant, imperious, tyrannical, demanding, rebellious, intolerant, dogmatic, violent, impetuous, inhumane, cruel Prone to bouts of extreme temper and stress, migraines, hypertension and heart related issues, diabetes, malignant narcissism, antisocial personality disorder, domestic violence

Compatibility with other zodiac signs[2]

Among all the 12 animal signs, the Monkey has the most tacit understanding with the Dragon people. The cunning Rat can be good partner with the Dragon to make something big. The Dragon people can live happily with the Snake, for the Snake can prevent the Dragon from behaving outrageously. People under the signs of the Tiger, Rooster, Horse, Goat, Rabbit and Pig like to be friends with the Dragon, as they admire the Dragon's beautiful bearing and strength. Also, two Dragons can get along well with each other. However, the relationship between the Dragon and the Ox people are usually tense, because both of them are very majestic. The people that the Dragon feels headaches with the most is the Dog. They feel uncomfortable due to the Dog people's close guard.

See also


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