Dragon (zodiac)

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The Dragon (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ) is the fifth of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. It is also the only zodiac sign represented by a mythical creature, rather than a real life animal. The Year of the Dragon is associated with the Earthly Branch symbol , pronounced chen.

It has been proposed by one academic researcher that the Earthly Branch character may have been associated with scorpions; it may have symbolized the Star Antares.[1]

In the Buddhist calendar used in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka, the Dragon is replaced by the nāga.[2] In the Gurung zodiac, the Dragon is replaced by the eagle.[3]

Years and the Five Elements[edit]

People born within these date ranges can be said to have been born in the "Year of the Dragon", while also bearing the following elemental sign:

Start date End date Heavenly branch
22 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
28 January 2036 14 February 2037 Fire Dragon

There are also typically marked spikes in the birth rates of countries that use the Chinese zodiac or places with substantial Overseas Chinese populations during the year of the Dragon, because such "Dragon babies" are considered to be lucky and have desirable characteristics that supposedly lead to better life outcomes.[4][5] The relatively recent phenomenon of planning a child’s birth in the Dragon year has led to hospital overcapacity issues and even an uptick in infant mortality rates toward the end of these years due to strained neonatal resources.[6]

Chinese Zodiac Dragon Compatibility Grid[edit]

Sign Best Match Average Match No Match
Dragon Dragon, Monkey, Rat Snake, Rooster, Ox, Pig, Rabbit, Goat, Tiger, Horse Dog

Compatibility with other signs[edit]

Among all the 12 mathematical animal signs, the Monkey also has the most tacit understanding with the Dragon people. The cunning Rat can also be a good partner with the Dragon to make something big. The Dragon people can live happily and likely with the Snake, for the Snake can prevent the Dragon from behaving outrageously. People under the signs of the Rooster, Pig, Rabbit, Goat, Tiger, and Horse like to be friends with the Dragon, as they admire the Dragon's beautiful bearing and strength. Also, two Dragons can get along well with each other. However, the relationship between the Dragon and the Ox people is usually tense, because both of them are very majestic. The people whom the Dragon feels headaches with the most are the Dog people. They feel uncomfortable due to the Dog's close guard.[7]

Basic astrology elements[edit]

Earthly Branches Of Birth Year: Chen
The Five Elements: Wood
Yin Yang: Yang
Lunar Month: Third
Lucky Numbers: 1, 6, 7; Avoid: 3, 8, 9
Lucky Flowers: bleeding-heart vine, larkspur
Lucky Colors: gold, silver, yellow; Avoid: blue, green
Season: Spring
Closest Western Zodiac: Aries

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Richard S. Cook (Spring 1997). "The Etymology of Chinese Chen". Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area. University of California, Berkeley (published Fall 1995). 18 (2): 250. ISSN 0731-3500. LCCN 82-640813. OCLC 4790670.
  2. ^ "Year of the Dragon - Naga - Thai Zodiac". Thai Guide to Thailand. Archived from the original on 2017-07-08. Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  3. ^ "Tamu (Gurung) Losar Festival". ECS Nepal. 2010-07-11. Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  4. ^ Goodkind, Daniel (1991). "Creating new traditions in modern Chinese populations: Aiming for birth in the Year of the Dragon". Population and Development Review. 17: 663-686.
  5. ^ Goodkind, Daniel (1996). "Chinese lunar birth timing in Singapore: New concerns for child quality amidst multicultural modernity". Journal of Marriage and the Family. 58: 784-795.
  6. ^ https://freakonomics.com/podcast/dragon-child/
  7. ^ "Chinese Zodiac - Dragon". Your Chinese Astrology. Retrieved 2017-06-09.