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Year of the Dragon: Horoscope Predictions 2024 and Personality

Written by Cynthia Li Updated Feb. 5, 2024

Years of the Dragon include 2036, 2024, 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952... People born in Dragon years usually possess natural courage, tenacity, and intelligence, often displaying enthusiasm and confidence.

2024 is the Year of the Wood Dragon, beginning on February 10th, 2024 (Chinese New Year) and concluding on January 28th, 2025 (Chinese New Year's Eve).

In Chinese culture, the Dragon holds a significant place as an auspicious and extraordinary creature, unparalleled in talent and excellence. It symbolizes power, nobility, honor, luck, and success. 2024 is forecasted to bring about opportunities, changes, and challenges. If you're seeking a shift in your current lives, this year might offer a favorable chance.

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Chinese Zodiac Dragon Years

Year of the Dragon

The Dragon is the fifth animal sign in the Chinese zodiac cycle. If you were born in 2024, 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952, then your Chinese zodiac sign is Dragon.

The Chinese zodiac year is usually said to start from Chinese New Year, whose date ranges from late January to mid-February. Therefore, if you were born in January or February in one of the above years, you might be a Dragon, or possibly a Rabbit.

Dragon Years Dates Element
2024 February 10, 2024 – January 28, 2025 Wood Dragon
2012 January 23, 2012 – February 9, 2013 Water Dragon
2000 February 5, 2000 – January 23, 2001 Gold Dragon
1988 February 17, 1988 – February 5, 1989 Earth Dragon
1976 January 31, 1976 – February 17, 1977 Fire Dragon
1964 February 13, 1964 – February 1, 1965 Wood Dragon
1952 January 27, 1952 – February 13, 1953 Water Dragon
1940 February 8, 1940 – January 26, 1941 Gold Dragon

You can use our free Chinese zodiac sign calculator tool below to find your zodiac animal sign or see the table below.

Choose your date of birth and find out about your Chinese zodiac sign.

Zodiac Dragons' Personality: Confident, Intelligent...

Year of the Dragon

In Chinese culture, the dragons are majestic and powerful. They could lead the world due to their dominant nature and ambitious spirit. The emperors of ancient China often regarded themselves as the Dragon, the Son of Heaven.

Gifted with innate courage, tenacity, and intelligence, Dragons are usually enthusiastic and confident. They are not afraid of challenges, and willing to take risks. They strive to break away from traditional norms and pave the way for a brighter future.

Wood, Fire, Earth, Gold, and Water Dragons

In Chinese element theory, each zodiac sign is associated with one of five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, or Earth. So there are five types of Dragons, each with different characteristics. A person's characteristics are decided by their birth year's zodiac animal sign and element.

Element of Dragon Personality
Wood Dragon (1964, 2024) Introverted, less enthusiastic, and lacking in good relationships
Fire Dragon (1916, 1976) Smart and easygoing, agile and flexible
Earth Dragon (1928, 1988) Smart, ambitious, and hardworking
Gold Dragon (1940, 2000) Natural and straightforward, talent and desire to be seen
Water Dragon (1952, 2012) Persevering, farsighted, and vigorous
Wood Dragon
Fire Dragon
Earth Dragon
Gold Dragon
Water Dragon

12 Chinese Zodiac Signs' Horoscope and Lucky Color for 2024

According to the Chinese horoscope, the luckiest zodiac signs in 2024 are Monkeys, Roosters, and Pigs. Following closely behind are Tigers, Rabbits, Snakes, Monkeys, Roosters, and Dogs. If you're born in the Year of the Rat, Ox, Dragon, Horse, Goat, or Dog, you might need to brace yourself for various challenges and make more effort than in 2023 to achieve your goals..

Click a zodiac sign below to check out your general horoscope and lucky colors for 2024.

  • Rat
  • OX
  • Tiger
  • Rabbit
  • Dragon
  • Snake
  • Horse
  • Goat
  • Monkey
  • Rooster
  • Dog
  • Pig

Dragons' Horoscope and Lucky Color for 2024

2024 is Dragon people's benmingnian (本命年 běn mìng nián /bnn-ming-nyen/ 'origin of life year')

Dragons, in your 'birth year', you are believed to offend Tai Sui (/tie-sway/), the God of Age in Chinese mythology, and you may face certain restrictions and difficulties due to the clash with Tai Sui's energy. You're advised to be more careful about all aspects of your lives in 2024. It's better for you to pay special attention to competition in the workplace and remain diligent and dedicated, besides, take good care of your body.

In 2024, red and purple are predicted to bring luck or avoid trouble for Dragons. You may dress in red or purple to invoke this luck, including outer clothing, bags, shoes, underwear, and even socks. Additionally, red/purple colored-glaze auspicious decorations are considered good for promoting financial fortunes.

If you want to wear accessories in 2024, you are suggested to avoid choosing the shapes of zodiac animals in opposition to the Dragon, i.e. Rabbit, Dog, and Dragon.

Lucky color for 2024: yellow, red

Read more on How to Make Good Luck in Your Zodiac Year (Benmingnian) Easily.

Lucky Things for People Born in the Year of the Dragon

Lucky Things for the Dragons

Things that will bring Dragons luck:

  • Lucky numbers: 1, 6 and 7
  • Lucky days: the 1st and 16th of any Chinese lunar calendar month
  • Lucky colors: gold, silver, grayish white
  • Lucky flowers: bleeding-heart glory bower, dragon flowers
  • Lucky direction: east, north, south
  • Lucky months: the 3rd, 4th, and 7th Chinese lunar months.

Things that Dragons should avoid:

  • Unlucky colors: blue, green
  • Unlucky numbers: 3 and 8
  • Unlucky direction: northwest
  • Unlucky months: the 5th and 6th Chinese lunar months

Dragons' Love Compatibility: Is She/He Compatible with You?

The Dragon's Love Compatibility

Each zodiac sign has its unique characteristics. Love compatibility according to the Chinese zodiac 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 signs.

  • Best with: Rat, Monkey, or Rooster
  • Worst with: Dog

Want to know if she/he is compatible with you? Use our zodiac love compatibility calculator below. Or you can check the 12 Chinese zodiac signs' love compatibility in detail.

Chinese Zodiac Compatibility Calculator

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What're the Best-Suited Careers for 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, teacher, lawyer, engineer, architect, broker and sales person.

Famous Dragon Year People:

  • Charles Darwin: born on February 12, 1809, an Earth Dragon
  • Bruce Lee: born on November 27, 1940, a Gold Dragon
  • John Lennon: born on October 9, 1940, a Gold Dragon
  • Vladimir Putin: born on October 7, 1952, a Water Dragon

Why is the Dragon an Auspicious Sign in China?

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Different from in Western culture, a Dragon in Chinese culture is a mythical, auspicious, and supreme being/creature. In Chinese mythology, Dragons have great power to control wind and rain, soar through the skies, and turn over rivers and seas, as well as bringing prosperity to the world.

Being a believed benefit to farming in an agricultural society, dragons are considered mighty mascots, communicating between heaven, earth, and humans to bring good weather and hence plentiful harvests and/or a boom in wealth.

Therefore, in ancient times, emperors were regarded as real dragons and the sons of Heaven, and Chinese people were assumed to the descendants of dragons. To worship dragons' dignity and divinity, China's ancients put the Dragon in the Chinese zodiac, and it has long been the most popular zodiac animal in China. Many Chinese couples choose to have a baby in a year of the Dragon.

Is Year of the Dragon 2024 Good for Having a Baby?

According to Chinese astrology, 2024 is a Wood Dragon Year. Wood indicates calmness, loyalty, and reliability and Dragons endowed with prominent abilities and revolutionary ideas.

Such features incline Wood Dragons towards a successful life. Even though stubbornness and a little arrogance are innate with Dragons, these negative traits, sometimes, may be the key to achieving their goals.

If you plan to give birth in the next year of the Dragon, it would be a good decision, as Chinese astrology predicts you would have a lucky baby with a good character in 2024.

Why Is the Dragon Ranked Fifth in the Chinese Zodiac?

The video below unveils the secret .

According to one of many myths, the Jade Emperor held a race and decreed that the order of the animals in the Chinese zodiac would be decided by who crossed the finish line in the first 12 places. It would seem a matter of common sense that the mighty Dragon would be deserving of first place, however he did not achieve this. He came after the Rabbit, Tiger, Ox, and Rat. Why was this?...

When Dragon was on his way to the finish line, he found a village suffering from a very serious drought — even its plants and crops did not grow, and a great number of people were in famine. So, he flew across the clouds and opened his mouth to make rain and solved their hardship.

Dragon continued on in the race, but after a while, he saw another village threatened by a flood. He stopped without hesitation and opened his mouth to absorb the water. His efforts and powers moved the flood waters to the sea, and the disaster at the village was averted.

As Dragon hurried on his way towards the race's end, he saw that Rabbit was being chased by a wolf. In order to deal with the wolf and save Rabbit, he let Rabbit go on ahead. So, by generously helping those he met on the way, as is always his nature, Dragon came in after Rabbit in the zodiac race.

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