All About Chinese Zodiac Sign: Dragon
The Chinese Zodiac is just as old as the Western, but it is different in several ways. There are still twelve signs, but they are a year in length, rather than a month. The Chinese zodiac sign Dragon is the fifth sign, and its zodiac years are 1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, and 2024.
The five Chinese elements, rather than the Western four, are used for each sign in general and per sign’s year, creating a five-time cycle. The Dragon’s fixed element is wood. Lastly, compass directions are also part of the Chinese zodiac system, as there are lucky directions associated with each sign. The best directions for the Dragon are North, East, and South. There are lucky numbers (1, 6, 7), colors (Silver & Gold), and flowers (Dragon Flowers, Bleeding Heart) too.
Dragon Personality Traits: General
Of all the signs of this zodiac, the Chinese view the Dragon sign to be the luckiest. This sign’s representation, the Dragon, is the only legendary creature of the zodiac, and the dragon itself is revered in China. Dragons are hot-tempered visionaries, destined for greatness. They have immense imaginations, but they are not mere daydreamers. Those fantasies are put to practical use. Chinese sign Dragons fiercely defend their visions of the future and have little patience for failure (other’s or uniquely their own).
Dragon Zodiac: Positive Traits
The Dragon astrology sign possesses a certain presence that they carry with them no matter where they go. People notice when they enter a room. Most of the time, Dragons use this power to accomplish great things. They are determined perfectionists with themselves, and it pays off. When they are happy, they are gracious, kind, and benevolent. Most people will not forget their first interaction with a Dragon person.
Dragon Zodiac: Negative Traits
With power and influence can come pride, and Dragons have this in spades. If someone makes the mistake of questioning a Chinese Dragon sign’s motives, methods, or manners, things will get ugly very fast. This Chinese sign is not known for its patience or good temper. No one wants to be the target of a Dragon’s wrath. Fortunately, that anger doesn’t last forever, but it is gruesome. Lastly, Dragons do not handle being ordered around by others, even by superiors or romantic partners. It all goes back to their pride.
Types of Dragon Based on Chinese Five Elements
Metal Dragon (1940, 2000):
While Metal Dragons aren’t as aggressive as Fire Dragons, they are uncompromising of all the Dragons. They are confident of their position in life, on events, and on others. These Dragon people are the least amenable to the opinions or views of others. What they say goes. The strange thing is, through the strength of their will and charisma, they can gather loyal cohorts. Metal Dragons will march toward their singular goal, with or without help.
Advice: Take into account the humanity of others. They have thoughts and feelings of their own, and those may not line up with yours, but they are still legitimate. If you learn diplomacy skills, you will accomplish more, faster.
Water Dragon (1952, 2013):
The Water Dragon sign is separate from all the other Dragons. This Dragon is calm, meditative, and wise. They understand that there is a time for everything, including an opportunity to speak and a chance to be silent. Their ability to think before speaking makes them much better at working and living with others. They are more likely to have close, trusted friends. While they are as passionate as the other Dragons, they are more methodical about how to achieve their goals.
Advice: You aren’t afraid to listen to others for opinion, which is good, but you try too hard to be all things to all people. Don’t overextend yourself beyond your abilities, as comprehensive as they are.
Wood Dragon (1904, 1964):
The Chinese Wood Dragon has luck and kindness on its side. They have an ego as big as any Dragon, but Wood Dragons avoid conflict and prefer peace with others instead. At the same time, very often they do not take into consideration the opinions of others. Their most significant asset comes from their endless inquisitiveness. A questioning mind, paired with a Dragon’s drive make them the great inventors and visionaries of society.
Advice: Before you surge ahead with your visions, take the time to listen to others. Wisdom may be found in the most unlikely places.
Fire Dragon (1916, 1976):
The Fire Dragon is the most aggressive and fierce of all the Dragons. Their tempers are legendary. If Dragons do not control them, others learn to fear and loathe them, but if Dragons do learn to temper them, then they become influential leaders. In fact, the fiery Dragons can create great misery for themselves as well as others through their seething emotions in general, even if they don’t lose their tempers. It isn’t all bad, however; there is a charismatic and philanthropic side that keeps them from being unrelatable.
Advice: Before you react, think. Before you act, think. Before you lose your temper, think. You are too influential to let your words and actions fly because they will not go without consequence.
Earth Dragon (1928, 1988):
Earth Dragons are more internally focused than the other Dragons. The focus of their greatness is self-improvement and more pragmatic goals. They aren’t as fanciful as others, yet they are just as creative. These Dragons are very centered throughout their lives and have even temperaments. It isn’t surprising then that they are well-liked by nearly everyone. Like all Dragons, they experience success in life. They tend to generate wealth, donate it to worthy charitable causes, and spend it on themselves with abandon.
Advice: You are disciplined in most areas of your life. This self-control needs to extend to your finances. If you don’t reign in your spending, it won’t matter how much money you make; you will always need more.
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon in Love
Chinese Dragon sign, even when in love, are not exactly gentle. They are fierce. That is just their nature. They focus on their destinies, their desires, and their designs on shaping the world. If you wish to tag along with a Dragon soulmate, be assured, it will never be dull. You will experience his or her extreme highs and lows. Be prepared to massage the Dragon’s ego when things don’t entirely go as planned. A Dragon in love is never down for long, but when he or she is, it isn’t pretty. Dragons need a cheerleader in a partner. They will show you their vulnerability; something they will show no one else. Take this as a compliment, as this means that they trust you a great deal, and that isn’t easy for them.
In fact, because Dragons are charismatic, it isn’t unusual for them to be enveloped by devotees. They often have their pick of eager people wanting to hitch their wagon to a star. If you do catch your Dragon’s eye and manage to keep it, that means he or she sees something special in you. Dragon men and Dragon women are drawn to power and make a great half of a power couple. If that appeals to you, then by all means, jump in and buckle your seat-belt! Just be sure not to wrap your self-worth in the Dragon’s approval. Dragons can be so overbearing and have such prominent personalities, which unless you can match it, you do run the risk of losing yourself along the way.
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon Man Personality
Chinese Dragon men are spirited, egocentric, and active to say the least. It isn’t easy to get past their protective front. They set themselves up this way on purpose. Appearance is everything. Success is everything. No one may see any of his weaknesses. Especially when they are young and untested, Dragon males can be a tad bit insecure on the inside, which only feeds their bravado.
With age and experience, they mature into much more exciting and robust men. Once you do make it past the protective shield, you will find that when on their own, Dragon men actually can learn to be somewhat peaceful, if not relaxed. This is the prime example of an “alpha male.” He knows what he wants, he wants dominance, and with some patience, he can learn to share some of that with you.
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon Woman Personality
Dragon females are every bit as driven and dynamic as their male counterparts. They have a difficult time understanding the wants and needs of others too. The kind of partner that appeals to them is someone who will not challenge her authority, as she, also, prefers dominance. Her fiery bravado and endless energy make her successful in most areas of life, but interpersonal relationships are something she must work at. With some diplomacy on the part of her partner, the Dragon woman may agree to some understandings, and the relationship can be fun. It will never be boring, however.
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon Love Compatibility
Dragons are best matches with the Chinese Rat, Pig, and Rabbit. Rats make the best match because the Rat is content to let the Dragon take the reins, and the Dragon appreciates the Rat’s self-sufficiency and ability to balance the books. The Dragon would be wise to listen to this partner’s wisdom and discretion before charging ahead.
The second best match is the Dragon Pig compatibility. As long as the Dragon remembers to work on his or her overbearing nature and remembers to be kind to the Pig, the Pig will happily follow along with the Dragon. The Pig’s disposition is patient and nurturing. They are willing to encourage the Dragon’s over-sized dreams.
The next best match is the Dragon Rabbit compatibility. While their personalities are nearly opposites, if they come to an understanding about this, they may be pleased indeed. The Rabbit loves to create a peaceful oasis at home, while the Dragon likes to go out and make it big. They can be excellent sources of support for each other, offering comfort or confidence boosts when needed.
The absolute worst Chinese zodiac match is the Dragon Dragon compatibility. They will continuously battle for dominance, whose dreams and goals to pursue, and even who does the housework. Unless they can work out these fundamental issues, there will be no peace. If they can, there will still be spates of temper, but a shared goal can make them a formidable team.
Dating a Dragon Man/Woman
It should come as no surprise that the Dragon sexually needs to make the first moves. If you ask them out first on a date, Chinese Dragons may dismiss you as yet another admirer. At the same time, there is no need to be entirely passive. Get to know their inner circle, what they find valuable, and start asking them questions about it. There’s nothing like showing interest in their hopes and dreams to stoke a Dragon’s ego! Be assured; dates will be anything other than mundane matters.
When it comes to the bedroom, many Chinese sign Dragons may find themselves a tad bit overconfident. Just be careful not to the point that out, unless your Dragon displays a sense of humor and ability to laugh at themselves. It may take time, but with effort, you can help the Dragon get over a self-centered approach to lovemaking. If you do, be prepared for fireworks!
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon Child
Dragon children, according to Chinese astrologers, are born with some “divine spark.” Theirs is a purpose-driven life, which means they take an extreme view of everything; big and small. Every victory is celebrated, and every defeat (or mistake) is bewailed. No one is harder on Dragon kids than themselves when they have done something wrong. No one is a better cheerleader for Dragon children than themselves. They often take it upon themselves to defend the weak against the playground bullies, and that continues through life.
Unfortunately, all this power and prowess can and does go to their heads as well. Parents need to be on the lookout for signs their little Dragon child is becoming a bully himself. Dragons need direction from parents for their passions, or else they can exhaust themselves or take their visions of the future too far. There is also one thing Parents should try not to do, and that is tease their Dragons. These great dreamers will take it to heart and likely never forgive you.
Dragon Zodiac: Health
Because those born in the year of the Dragon are always on the go, it is very likely that stress builds up, causing stress-related illnesses. Taking long walks, meditation or yoga are all excellent ways to deal with everyday stress and boost your mental health as well.
Dragon Zodiac: Career
More significant than life; that describes a Chinese Dragon animal sign. What about careers? Frankly, it doesn’t matter so much the field as the position a Dragon plays in the area. Dragons know they are destined for great things. They are dreamers, yes, but those dreams hatch brilliant plans, more often than not. If their administrators are paying attention, then the Dragon will quickly climb the ranks. If they do not pay attention, their Dragon will move on with no regrets.
The funny thing is Dragons nearly always end up at the top of their chosen profession. Their power, charisma, and self-regard make them excellent candidates for politics. Their imaginations make them great in almost any area of the arts. As long as they are free to express themselves and exert their influence freely, they thrive.
Dragon Zodiac: Travel Tips
Adventure and imagination fuel your mind, body, and spirit. Chances are, you have done well for yourself, you can afford a large-scale vacation to boot! It won’t do just to visit a city at any given time; you must have a unique experience, Dragon. Try going to Venice during their Masquerade, or Rio de Janeiro during Carnival. For an outdoor expedition to remember, try adding your name to the list of people who have scaled Mt. Everest (or a smaller, safer mountain to start). Use your active imagination to dream up a set in the world where most tourists overlook, and there you go!
Dragon Zodiac: Fashion
Dragon fashion is as daring and assertive as the people who fall under this sign. You enjoy being the center of attention, and you dress the part. Trying new designs is right up your alley, and your friends will follow your lead. Your lucky colors are silver and gold, but you don’t shy away from bright colors as well. Bold shapes and statement pieces are the foundation of your wardrobe whether you are male or female. Your statement piece may be modern, postmodern, or even old-fashioned. As long as it is unique and stands out, you will wear it.
Famous Dragon Personalities
- Michelle Obama
- Alicia Silverstone
- Steven Colbert
- Sigmund Feud
- Rihanna, Ronaldo
- Benedict Cumberbatch
- Adele. Blake Sheldon
- Bruce Lee
- Jimmy Choo
- Ja Rule
- Emma Stone
- Kevin Durant
- Reese Witherspoon
- Floyd Mayweather
- Rupert Grint
- Gabriel Iglesias
- Sharon Osborne
- Tim Duncan
- Barry Bonds
- Fred Savage
- Keanu Reeves
- Courtney Love
- Russell Crowe
- Sarah Palin
- Cece Winans
- Andy Warhol
- Liam Neeson
- John Lennon
- Jeff Goldblum