Chinese New Year (on January 23, 2012) has ushered in the Year of the Dragon. It will last till February 9, 2013 on the Western calendar.
In Asian culture, Dragon years are highly auspicious. Children born in dragon years are thought to be confident, creative, prosperous and outgoing. Some Chinese couples even wait to have children until a dragon year, so their child will benefit from the good energy, or chi.
There are four different kinds of dragons: water dragons, air dragons, earth dragons, and fire dragons. Each represents a different variation on dragon energy. We are now in the Year of the Water Dragon. According to Wikipedia,
In Chinese Taoist thought, water is representative of intelligence and wisdom, flexibility, softness and pliancy; however, an over-abundance of the element is said to cause difficulty in choosing something and sticking to it. In the same way, Water can be fluid and weak, but can also wield great power when it floods and overwhelms the land….The negative emotion associated with water is fear/anxiety, while the positive emotion is calmness.
Those born in a water dragon year are thought to be charming and adaptable, but their weakness is that they can also be wishy-washy. Well, nobody’s perfect.
Here is a list of dragon years (and western date ranges) and their elements from Wikipedia:
- 16 February 1904 – 3 February 1905: Wood Dragon
- 3 February 1916 – 22 January 1917: Fire Dragon
- 23 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
Were you born in a dragon year? If so, which kind of dragon are you? Leave a comment and let us know.