Year Of The Dragon

Did you know that the Chinese Zodiac follows another pattern than the famous 12 year cycle? It also follows a 10-year cycle, divided into yin and yang, and within those 2 categories, the 5 elements of fire, water, earth, wood, and metal. 2012, being the year of the Dragon, is a great occasion to explore the nuts and bolts of Chinese Astrology. In this article, let’s explore the effects of the elements on the Dragon.

For mostly all sign, there are 5 sub-signs, each dedicated to the 5 elements. For the Dragon, these elements affect the sign in the following ways:

The Water Dragon: Water calms the Dragon’s naturally ferocious demeanor. They tend to have patience and tact, and are able to relate to people on their own level. A Water Dragon is humble and tends not to crave the spotlight, but rather work behind the scenes, working on various projects and helping them come to fruition. However, because of their easy going nature, they may make mistakes when it comes to juggling projects.

The Fire Dragon: The most ireful of all the signs, the Fire Dragon, is the natural hothead, the undeterrable moral compass. This is a dragon-squared and has all the fury of the great beast and when pushed, they are prone to combustible tantrums. They are a powerful ally, for any cause. And if this sign is able to keep its natural volatility under control, this Dragon can be a formidable presence and a great leader.

The Earth Dragon: The Earth is ground to all signs, and commutes a natural balance to the Dragon. Although there is still the need to be feared and admired they are kind, agreeable, and sociable. These Dragons have the most self-control and discipline and are usually the ones truly deserving of respect. These Dragons tend to be great producers, and have a knack for organizing. They also apply their level-headed nature to their romantic life.

The Wood Dragon: Wood is the natural growth force, and these Dragons tend to be the most creative and vivacious. These Dragons tend to be open-minded and liberal in their views. They are also well-liked, and usually have a prosperous, happy life. If they have any fault, it is that they are often too eager to quell conflict and sometimes as a result, end up contributing to the melee.

The Metal Dragon: Metal Dragons have an unparalleled strength of spirit. Above all, the Metal sign places passion and determination before everything. Anything the a Metal Dragon accomplishes, is first and foremost, accomplished through sheer strength of will. Thus, they make great leaders, but even with no support, they will gladly champion a cause, single-handed.

Hope you enjoyed reading about the different elements and their effect on the Dragon. Interesting to note, is that since the Dragon sign always falls on an “even” year in the western calendar, it is always a Yang sign, and is thus characterized by male energy, heat, light, and fullness.


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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