It’s my year! The year of the Dragon.

One of the dragons from The Nine Dragons handscroll (九龙图/九龍圖), painted by the Song-Dynasty Chinese artist Chen Rong (陈容/陳容) in 1244 CE. Ink and some red on paper. The entire scroll is 46.3 x 1096.4 cm. Located in the Museum of Fine Art – Boston, USA.

The Year of the Dragon is a lucky year for those who believe in the Chinese zodiac, and 23 January 2012 marks the start of the year of the Water Dragon.

Because I was born in the year of the Earth Dragon I decided to do some research via the internet to see if 2012 is meant to be a special year for me and what traits are associated with this sign. See what I discovered below the jump!


“Occupying the 5th position in the Chinese Zodiac, the Dragon is the mightiest of the signs. Dragons symbolize such character traits as dominance and ambition. Dragons prefer to live by their own rules and if left on their own, are usually successful. They’re driven, unafraid of challenges, and willing to take risks. They’re passionate in all they do and they do things in grand fashion. Unfortunately, this passion and enthusiasm can leave Dragons feeling exhausted and interestingly, unfulfilled.

“While Dragons frequently help others, rarely will they ask for help. Others are attracted to Dragons, especially their colorful personalities, but deep down, Dragons prefer to be alone. Perhaps that is because they’re most successful when working alone. Their preference to be alone can come across as arrogance or conceitedness, but these qualities aren’t applicable. Dragons have tempers that can flare fast!”

– chinesezodiac.com

Love and relationships

“People love Dragons so much because they are generous, charismatic, irresistible, and so brave that standing beside them banishes fear. They generate excitement and turn heads anywhere they go. They are free-spirited and impulsive and can help others achieve their dreams. Others love to be around Dragons because they have a way of making people feel better. Dragons are quick to fall in love, but do not surrender their independence easily leaving most of them to live life by themselves. Yet, an smart, witty, and funny companion may intrigue the Dragon long enough to make him want to get married. And once the Dragon becomes committed, he is unlikely to ever leave.”

“It takes someone with thick skin who is easygoing to be a Dragon’s partner, because, despite their sentimental characters, they can be moody, and insensitive. Many people will want to run when the Dragon’s temper is provoked. Chinese horoscopes are very specific about which partnerships have the potential to be successful in love and in business. Yet, though destiny can point us in the right direction, we must still make all efforts to maintain loving relationships.”

– usbridalguide.com

2012 at a glance

“The Year Of The Dragon is excellent for Dragon people. It’s a time in which to make a real effort to realize your goals. The tide of the cosmos is behind you. There will be irritations, but nothing you can’t handle if you use your wit instead of your temper. Whatever field of life you walk, express yourself.”

– PatrickRundell.com

Other cool stuff

John Lennon was born in the Year of the Dragon

Sufjan Stevens created a song about it:


Which sign are you, and do you believe in the zodiac?

2 thoughts on “It’s my year! The year of the Dragon.

  1. i LOVE this blog (and Chinese new year). I hope no one is wanting to ‘run when the Dragon’s temper is provoked’, but other than that seems like you’re in for a great year…


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