Year Of The Dragon

Is the Year of The Dog (2018-19) your Chinese Animal Sign? Your birth year, the Eleventh Sign of the Chinese Zodiac, faithful and respected dog? Are you 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72 (and so-on in 12-year increments) between 17th February 2018 and 6th February 2019? (Dog Year’s end)? Do partners, friends, relatives or colleagues, parents or children fall into this category? If the answer is ‘yes’ this article is for you.

The Dog

Years of the DOG:

1910 Metal; 1922 Water; 1934 Wood; 1946 Fire; 1958 Earth; 1970 Metal; 1982 Water; 1994 Wood; 2006 Fire; 2018 Metal

Famous Dogs Include:

Naomi Campbell, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Madonna, George W. Bush, Sharon Stone, Sylvester Stallone, Andre Agassi, Claudia Schiffer, Mariah Carey, Winston Churchill, Bill Clinton and Prince William.


Honest, faithful and sincere, Dogs are also helpful, caring individuals, with good listening skills, willing to stand up for the rights of others. Dogs prefer direct action to polite socialisation and consequently can appear stubborn or obstinate, at times.

Sometimes temperamental, prone to mood swings and emotional Dogs would benefit from being more rational and assertive. Intelligent and perceptive, Dogs make loyal and perceptive friends.

Ideal Dog Careers and Occupations Include:

Law Enforcement, Civil Service, Law, Education, Politics, Security, Social Work and Civil Service.


In relationship terms, Dogs are most compatible with those born under the Signs of the Horse, Tiger and Rabbit and least compatible with Dragons and Roosters.

The Dog in Dragon Year

Make no bones about it, there may be hard times ahead towards the end of the year. Use Spring and Summer’s surplus to even things out, in anticipation. Financial prospects are poor towards the end of the year–avoid gambling and speculation throughout.

Tolerance and patience will be necessary on the romance and relationships front if things are to work out well.

The Chinese Calendar

The Yellow Emperor, Huang Di (circa 2,690-2,590 BC) is credited with creation of the Chinese Calendar in its current form, although it is certain it was in use long before this. Yin/Yang and 5 Elements Theories, fundamentally affecting the way his Calendar operates are also credited to the Yellow Emperor and exert powerful influences on events to this day.

Dragon Year 2012-13 is Year 4,710 by this Calendar, which is also used by many other countries of S. E. Asia. The Chinese who also (not surprisingly) invented History as a Subject for study, have the longest written and consistent, chronological record of events on the Planet (one from which we can learn lots!).

Tuning in to Dragon Year Energies in 2012-13

‘Knowing the Dragon’ might help us through this period during 2012-13. Years, like Dragon Year beginning Jan 23rd 2012, are usually auspicious for those ‘in-tune’ with their Energies. Life at loggerheads with these energies, conversely, may be difficult, fractious and frustrating during this period. To attune to Dragon Year Energies requires increased ‘Lung-learning’ (plus Year Element Water-wisdom) in advance.

Lung, the Dragon, can be the human who does Kung Fu (a perennial Chinese pre-occupation). These fly (as in jumping-flying kicks) via will-power. Bruce Lee (born, incidentally in Dragon Year 1952) in ‘Enter the Dragon’ and the heroes/heroines of hundreds of Kung Fu Films are also the Dragons referred to.

The Chinese Dragon symbolises Humanity in its key place within the Animal Kingdom, which the Chinese Zodiac represents. Thus it doesn’t have any wings, these are unnecessary to fly whilst Kung Fu is around. The Western Dragon owes its features to reasons entirely unconnected with China and more related to superstition.

About Dragon Mystic

I fell in love with dragons when I read Tea With the Black Dragon, and never looked back. Not the clunky winged Medieval dragons that ate cows, the graceful Asian dragons that could fly without wings. Later I discovered the elegant Welsh dragons, red and white, as described by R.J. Stewart in his books on the historical Merlin.
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