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The Dragon is the fifth of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals. Each year has an animal sign according to a 12-year cycle. Years of the Dragon include 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, and 2024.
People born in a year of the Dragon are called “Dragons” in China. If you were born in 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, or 2012, then you’re a Dragon.
However, Dragon years are generally dated by the Chinese lunar calendar (starting on Chinese New Year), so if you were born in January or February, use the tool on the right to check whether you’re a Dragon.
Choose your date of birth and find out about your Chinese zodiac sign.
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.
It is theorized that a person's characteristics are decided by their birth year's zodiac animal sign and element. So there are five types of Dragons, each with different characteristics:
|Type of Dragon||Year of Birth||Characteristics|
|Wood Dragon||...1904, 1964…||Introverted, less enthusiastic, and lacking in good relationships|
|Fire Dragon||…1916, 1976…||Smart, unreliable, and easygoing|
|Earth Dragon||…1928, 1988…||Smart, ambitious, and hardworking|
|Gold Dragon||…1940, 2000…||Natural and straightforward, unpredictable with continually changing emotions|
|Water Dragon||…1952, 2012…||Persevering, farsighted, and vigorous|
|Famous Dragon||Birth Date||Element|
|Jesus Christ||fall of 5 BC?||an Earth Dragon?|
|Abraham Lincoln||February 12, 1809||an Earth Dragon|
|Charles Darwin||12 February 1809||an Earth Dragon|
|Florence Nightingale||12 May 1820||a Gold Dragon|
|Sigmund Freud||6 May 1856||a FireDragon|
|Martin Luther King||15 January 1929||an Earth Dragon|
|Bruce Lee||November 27, 1940||a Gold Dragon|
|John Lennon||9 October 1940||a Gold Dragon|
|Pele||23 October 1940||a Gold Dragon|
|Vladimir Putin||7 October 1952||a Water Dragon|
According to Chinese tradition, when the year of your birth sign comes around it is believed to be bad luck. It is called one’s Ben Ming Nian (本命年 běnmìngnián /bnn-ming-nyen/ ‘origin (of) life year’).
The Ben Ming Nian is a whole year of bad luck. Generally all aspects of your life, including love, health, career and finance, will not go well. Therefore “Dragons” should be more careful in years of the Dragon. Read more on How to Be Lucky in Your Ben Ming Nian.
The next Dragon Year is 2024. It starts on Chinese New Year (February 10, 2024). Those born in January or February should take particular note of when Chinese New Year falls to confirm their birth sign.
Among Chinese zodiac animals, the Dragon is the sole imaginary animal. The Dragon is the most vital and powerful beast in the Chinese zodiac, although with an infamous reputation for being a hothead and possessing a sharp tongue. In ancient times, people thought that Dragons could control everything in the world with their character traits of dominance and ambition.
Gifted with innate courage, tenacity and intelligence, dragons are enthusiastic and confident. They are not afraid of challenges, and willing to take risks.
However, the dragon is sometimes regarded as aggressive, and angry dragons are not open to criticism. They don't consider themselves irritating and arrogant. Instead of following tradition, they strive for a smooth future.
Taking the hardworking nature of Dragons into consideration, they are healthy in general. They may be stressed and suffer from periodic tension, for they like to embrace challenges and take risks.
Older people born in a Dragon year should pay more attention to the liver and gall bladder, blood, intestines, and stomach, while middle-aged and young Dragons should take care of their skin.
Yoga or taking a walk is an effective way to keep healthy, as these activities can be good for the mind as well as the bodies of Dragons.
Dragons like to embrace challenges and take risks. Jobs that allow them to test themselves are good choices. Some good careers include: journalist, teacher, inventor, manager, computer analyst, lawyer, engineer, architect, broker, and sales person.
In the search for the ideal partner, dragons might find themselves often hesitating to move forward in a relationship and/or unwilling to make a permanent commitment. When they do, however, it is their intention for it to last. Dragons are likely to have a warm, giving personality. They can be very generous to their loved ones.
The overall fortune trend for those born in a year of the Dragon is disturbingly rocky in 2018. However, with lots of hard work and being careful, Dragons can still navigate 2018 successfully. They will need all their innate tenacity and courage facing challenges.
It’s not a good year for Dragons in 2018 regarding finances.
Dragons, you will have to do a lot of legwork for your investments to get ahead.
Dragons, it’s likely that you will be subject to losses in school or in further study. You also risk losing out financially when it comes to breaking rules, such as traffic rules, and if you put yourself in dangerous situations.
In 2018, Dragons won't have much luck in their careers. They will need to be busy running around and will have to do many things by themselves, which will be tough.
What’s more, Dragons, you will need to work hard or spend a lot of time studying. You may need to study further to get new qualifications. You are also likely to conflict with your boss.
In summary, Dragons, you have little chance to get promoted, and you need to be careful of losing benefits due to impulsive behavior. It's recommended that you calm down and visit places like parks or forests to adjust your attitude and mind.
In 2018, Dragon lovers will be in conflict with their partners because of their impulsiveness.
The worst situation Dragons may meet is a break up and ending of a relationship. Even though, Dragons, you may not end up in this position, male Dragons will easily get into financial strife, and female Dragons will encounter numerous relational problems.
For married Dragons, you need to pay attention to your spouse’s safety. Don’t be too hot-headed in trying to avoid trouble.
You are suggested to take a relaxing walk around a park or lakeside to adjust your attitude and mind.
Dragons don't have a very good health forecast for 2018.
If you’re a Dragon, your liver or gall bladder is prone to trouble. It might even be caused by a traffic accident or another type of injury. You will often be upset and put under a lot of pressure. You may also experience problems with your stomach in 2018.
You are recommended to have your health checked regularly. Don’t take any risks, such as climbing a mountain or exploring underground. Instead, go for a walk in a park or by a lakeside to adjust your mind and attitude.
Each animal sign has its unique characteristics. Love compatibility within Chinese zodiac animals takes into account the characteristics of each animal. Only those whose characteristics match each other well can be good partners. See below the compatibility of the Dragon with other animals.