What Those Born Under the Dragon Sign Are Like

January 18, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
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In this file photo, dragon dancers greet crowds at Union Square Park in New York City. (Tim McDevitt/The Epoch Times)

Occupying the fifth position in the Chinese zodiac, the dragon is the free spirit of the zodiac. People born in the year of the dragon are often innovative, creative, proud, brave, passionate, and quick-tempered.

These energetic and beautiful creatures are confident and fearless in the face of challenge. As unique as they are, conforming cannot be found in a dragon’s code of conduct—to them, rules and regulations are made for other people. Nevertheless, their generous personalities can often give them the ability to attract a lot of friends, though their arrogance causes them not to make close bonds with others.

Those born in the year of the dragon tend to share certain characteristics and personalities. Following are some of their features—as further sorted into the five elements—according to Chinese astrologists:

Metal Dragon (born in 1940 and 2000)

Metal dragons are powerful, truthful, and courageous. Metal dragons succeed through determination. They can often calm others through their forceful personalities. Metal dragons like to seek action and to lead, and tend to make others want to follow them. Things are never better for them than when they are defending a thought or belief in which they have complete faith. However, they do not like to compromise when needed.

Water Dragon (born in 1952 and 2012)

Water has a calming effect on the dragon’s usual fearless temperament. Water allows the dragon to redirect its enthusiasm. Unlike the other dragons that desire to get the spotlight, these dragons are better equipped to take a step back to reevaluate situations. Therefore, they make smart decisions and are able to see eye-to-eye with other people. However, their actions can go wrong if they do not analyze enough or if they do not finish one project before starting another.

Earth Dragon (born in 1928 and 1988)

Earth dragons make great leaders because they are practical, levelheaded, and demonstrate a knack for organizing. They still have the need to be admired, but they are friendly and supportive. The earth element adds a greater portion of self-control to the dragon’s personality. Usually, the earth dragon is deserving of the respect he or she desires. They will work diligently to complete their life goals. These dragons take their lives and romantic responsibilities quite seriously.

Wood Dragon (born in 1904 and 1964)

Wood dragons enjoy talking about original ideas and are open to other points of view. Wood has a modifying influence and brings creativity to this sign. They are innovative, imaginative, practical, and appreciate art in each of its forms. Generally less pretentious than other dragons, wood dragons have an ability to get along with other people. They have the essentials to build a prosperous and happy life for themselves. However, they can become too outspoken and at times a bit pushy.

Fire Dragon (born in 1916 and 1976)

The fire dragons are energetic and powerful, but they can move from calm and collected to combustible in a matter of seconds. In some ways, a fire dragon can be another fire dragon’s worst enemy. They also suffer from recklessness and quick tempers. Yet, when they do keep their temper and emotions under control, they emanate a commanding influence on other people.

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