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 (辰) 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 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.

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

Recent years of the Dragon are: 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024

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).

See the table below for the full details of each year.

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

Element Year Fortune
Wood 1964 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 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.

Compatibility

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 Dog (2018)

The Dragon and the Dog are the least compatible. The year of the Dog is unlucky for Dragons as well.

It will be a year of challenges and tests. But no matter what happens, they should not give up on their goals. Do not act brashly and wait for the most perfect timing to come.

Dragons can also use this year to make some changes. Break out of routines, be innovative and try some new things.

Career

The work environment is complex and fickle. Dragons may feel extreme pressure in their careers.

They must keep in mind that some risks should not be taken and some opportunities should be let go. Once in a tricky situation, it’ll be difficult to get out.

The fortune of wealth is not very positive either. There might be significant loss of wealth. For those who have never been one to budget, this is a good year to start.

Successful months are: Lunar January (Feb 16-March 16), March (April 16-May 14), and August (Sept 30-Oct 8). Take advantage of the better luck, but go slowly. It might not be time to expect immediate results.

The months with most work obstacles are: Lunar April (May 15-June 13) and September (Oct 9-Nov 7). Be very careful with decision making during these months.

Education

Feelings toward education will have constant ups and downs this year. Dragons should take a breath and settle down. Otherwise grades will slip badly and be hard to recover.

Bad health with regular colds will be a distraction from studying. Be sure to maintain regular exercise, diet and sleep cycle.

Health

2018 is not the healthiest year for Dragons. They will constantly be suffering from various illnesses. Although nothing threatening, neglect will worsen them horribly.

In regards to safety, Dragons must be careful of falling. Men are especially at a high risk. Avoid activities such as mountain climbing and visiting other high altitudes.

In August, traffic safety is another concern.

Healthy months are: Lunar October (Nov 8-Dec 6) and November (Dec 7-Jan 5, 2019).

Months where Dragons must be careful with their health are: Lunar March (April 16-May 14).

Relationships

Relationships will be complicated for Dragons this year. It is ever changing and hard to grasp. Dragons will find it unusually hard to interact with others. They have so much stress and yet no one to confide into.

It's hard to find the right person this year. Progress will be slow, but any impatience will end the relationship. Dragons should remember that it all comes down to fate. They must not force themselves onto others.

The sweet months are: Lunar February (March 17-April 15), May (June 14-July 12) and September (Oct 9-Nov 7).

Months where relationship problems will easily occur are: Lunar July (August 11-Sept 9) and December (Jan 6-Feb 4, 2019). Communication is the key to maintaining a relationship.

Lifestyle

The directions of fortune and wealth for Dragons this year are southeast, northeast and north. It would be the best to put the bed, worktable and sofa in these positions of the room.

To avoid bad luck, do not put important furniture in the southwest and northwest.

Lucky numbers that will open the road to wealth are 3 and 6.

The lucky colors in 2018 are orange, yellow and white. Decorating the home or wearing these colors will help greatly with changing luck for the better. Colors to avoid are blue and green.

Overall, 2018 is not a very lucky year for Dragons. But there’s no need to worry!