The Tales of 'Year of the Dragon'

by Michelle Li

Even though we’re well into 2024, we’re only just about to begin the Year of Dragon. This new cycle Year of Dragon begins this year on 10th February and ends in 2025 on the 28th January. The Dragon is just the fifth out of twelve zodiac signs in East Asia and unlike in the Western culture, the twelve animals are a little bit different. 


What we call the twelve ‘Earthly Branches’, each animal represents a god in the following order - rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. These twelve gods are the protector of the year which is why each year gives you a different representative animal! It’s also why the zodiac signs operate on a twelve-year cycle.

Way before when blood types, MBTI and trendy personality tests became a thing in Korea, people would ask you, “what’s your zodiac animal?”. It is said that just on your zodiac animal alone, one would be able to predict your future and also get to know your personality traits. If you were super knowledgeable, you could even guess a person’s zodiac animal just by their looks.


If you are born in the year 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000 or 2012, this is your year! Since 2012, the zodiac animals have completed yet another twelve-year cycle. We’ve finally landed in 2024, bringing us another Year of the Dragon. Here is everything you need to know about this zodiac animal 🐲👇🏻

Since it’s 2024, we’re spotlighting those born in the Year of the Dragon. Among the twelve zodiac animals, the Dragon actually appears as one of the four patron saints in the Goguryeo Dysnaty, along with the White Tiger, Red Phoenix and Black Tortoise. There’s a reason why though; Dragons are courageous, ambitious, charismatic with strong leadership skills and full of good fortune. Such qualities will allow you to be destined for success, filled with achievements and recognition in both your personal and professional life. But it’s said you have to be wary about these personality traits. You can also become easily irritated but also get easily excited. Because they know very well what they like and dislike, others may think they’re quite stubborn. Year of Dragons can also be somewhat temperamental too.

The Korea Times
If I’m really getting specific, there are also five different elemental signs linked to each zodiac animal - wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. This again, also depends on the year you’re born. For example, in 2012 it was the ‘Water Dragon’ and this year, we’re moving onto the ‘Wood Dragon’, symbolised by the colour blue 🩵 So if you think, ‘how could so many people fit only into just these traits of the dragon’, well, the combination of the animal sign and element creates a 60-year cycle. This creates a more intricate and unique understanding of an individual.

For you Dragons in 2024, this is the year to unleash your creativity and embrace all the new ideas you have. But always remember to stay down-to-earth and avoid being too arrogant. Though, your relationships may be challenging, your career and money-wise, you’re in for success and it’s going to be full of prosperity! I hope our Beauties have the best year yet xx

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