The Dragon

Dragons are the darlings of fortune in Chinese astrology!
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Chinese animal zodiac sign Dragon
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The Dragon (辰) symbolizes strength, wealth and good fortune. Dragons receive lots of blessings from the spirit world, which promises them prosperity.

The Dragon is full of sincerity and cordiality – this zodiac animal is equipped with compassion and will help out whenever needed. They feel a sense of responsibility to serve the common good and for this reason, they may be very interested in the welfare of the general public. No task is too difficult for them, nor any barrier too high. The Dragon is highly empathetic and willing to assist.

Chinese horoscope Dragon | photo: (c) Алексей Торбеев -


Photo: © Алексей Торбеев -

Dragons communicate their point of view openly and frankly, without diminishing their delivery. They don't ambush; they attack directly.

Dragons are natural leaders

Dragons have high aspirations, especially when it comes to career. They bring a lot of energy and passion into their work as well as into their private life.

Dragons do not like to submit to authority. They tend to dominate with impatience and dogmatism, and they seize every opportunity they can to stay in control. Dragons are very concerned with fairness and playing by the rules, though at the same time, they love to spoil their loved ones with gifts and affection. 

Even when they are single, Dragons spend most of their time in the company of others. People born under this sign are highly attractive and in great demand. Overall, they are very open-minded, intuitive and affectionate.



Great match :
Monkey, Rat

Good match:
Snake, Goat, Rooster, Pig, Ox

Decent match:
Tiger, Rabbit, Horse, Dragon

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The Five Elements of the Dragon

Earth Dragon

Those born in earth years are intelligent and responsible, and can be more on the traditional side. They have lots of common sense and avoid situations that are too risky or adventurous. They are highly practical and logical.

Chinese horoscope - Earth - Dragon | photo: (c) Raisa Kanareva -


Photo: © Raisa Kanareva -

The Earth Dragon  embodies more a patient and restrained character in comparison to the types of Dragons. They are pragmatic and consistent.

Fire Dragon

This element is passionate, ambitious and fiercely competitive. Those born in fire years are often strong and confident, but they can also be impatient. They are able to defy the odds, but sometimes need to keep their ego in check, as their dominant personality is not always welcome. They tend to gravitate toward improvement and innovation. When it comes to career, fire-born individuals show tremendous leadership potential.

Chinese horoscope - Fire -Dragon | photo: (c) Margarita Vasyukova -
Photo: © Margarita Vasyukova -

The Fire Dragon  is thirsty for power. Their intense ardor makes them very influential and inspiring. Fire Dragons are authoritative and eager, though sometimes they behave without regard for the consequences.


Wood Dragon

This breed prefers to feel the ground beneath their feet. Those born in wood years have lots of conviction and certainty. They gain material and non-material goods in an ethical manner - their efforts are lucrative but also sustainable. They are open-minded toward development and improvement, and they present their ideas with persuasion and assertion.

Chinese horoscope - Wood - Dragon | photo: (c) Gaschwald -


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The Wood Dragon is easily inspired and hungry for knowledge – it likes to be immersed in unfamiliar territory. Though it can be a bit egocentric at times, this type can still easily empathize with others.

Water Dragon

Water is adaptable to change (unlike metal, for example, which shows more resistance). Variability, flexibility and interdependence are core qualities of this element. Water makes for an inquisitive mind that enjoys learning and mental stimulation. Those born in water years are sensitive and communicative, as they have a strong sense of intuition. They tend to have a more passive approach and can sometimes get tired easily.

Chinese horoscope - Water - Dragon | photo: (c) jozefklopacka -


Photo: © jozefklopacka -

 are less egocentric and dominant than the other types of Dragons – they make smooth transitions when figuring out plans and making decisions. Their flexible and canny nature makes them more adaptable to change. Still, this type has lots of energy, confidence and assertiveness.

Metal Dragon

Those who were born in metal years are strong, firm and principled. They stay calm and in control when others are upset, as they are able to handle challenging situations. They are obstinate and ambitious - metal personalities aren't afraid to use their imagination, but they are also very goal-oriented. 

Chinese horoscope - Metal - Dragon | photo: (c) drgraphe -
Photo: © drgraphe -

Metal Dragons bring lots of energy and drive into their career and private life due to their strong will. This sign is courageous, keen, ambitious and passionate, though sometimes they can take themselves too seriously. Overall, Metal Dragons are sincere and open minded.



Hours ruled by the Dragon:
7 am – 9 am

Cardinal direction: east, southeast

Season: spring

Month:  April

Element:  wood

Zodiac sign : Aries

Positive traits : cordial, loyal, attractive, appealing, affectionate, goal-orientated, sincere

Negative traits:  impatient, dogmatic, rebellious, overbearing, selfish

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