Gold, Earth, Fire, Water, and Wood Dragon

Written by Sally Guo Updated Dec. 22, 2022

In Chinese culture, the dragon is powerful and sacred. It has been a symbol of the emperor since ancient times. Are dragon people born with a personality like their zodiac sign – dragon? Let’s read this article and see the different personalities of people born in dragon years with different elements.

Five Elements of the Chinese Zodiac Dragon

There are five types of dragons: gold dragons, earth dragons, fire dragons, water dragons, and wood dragons. The Chinese zodiac dragon years come every 12 years as a cycle. The dragon year with specific elements comes once in a 60-year cycle.

For example, 2024 is the Year of the Wood Dragon. The last wood dragon year is 1964. Here are the recent dragon years.

Dragon Years Birth Dates Types of Dragon
2024 10 Feb 2024 to 28 Jan 2025 Wood Dragon
2012 23 Jan 2012 to 9 Feb 2013 Water Dragon
2000 5 Feb 2000 to 23 Jan 2001 Gold Dragon
1988 17 Feb 1988 to 5 Feb 1989 Earth Dragon
1976 31 Jan 1976 to 17 Feb 1977 Fire Dragon
1964 13 Feb 1964 to 1 Feb 1965 Wood Dragon
1952 27 Jan 1952 to 13 Feb 1953 Water Dragon
1940 8 Feb 1940 to 26 Jan 1941 Gold Dragon

Gold Dragon

Birth Years: 2000, 1940

People born in the year of the dragon associated with the gold/metal element is the gold dragon.

Gold Dragon’s Personality

Gold dragons are frank and kind. They are not deep and complex people. They always speak without pretension. Thanks to this good quality, dragon people with the gold element get along with friends in harmony, and they also treat their parents with filial respect. Finally, the gold dragon people would gain both fame and wealth in their old age.

However, when gold dragons are young, they are emotional people who lack persistence when getting in trouble. Gold dragons tend to allow their temperament to get the better of them when they are in a dilemma.

Gold Dragon’s Fortune

Gold dragons have very good luck with wealth. They have great insight into investment and get a lot of opportunities to make a fortune. But gold dragons should not be greedy. They can succeed in business if they can control their emotions better.

Gold dragon is open-minded and creative. Their amorous nature may affect their marriage and family. Thus, gold dragons need to pay special attention to their romantic relationship and be responsible people.

Earth Dragon

Birth Years: 1988, 1928

If you were born in the dragon year with the earth element, like 1988, then your Chinese zodiac sign is an earth dragon. The next earth dragon year is 2048. 

Earth Dragon’s Personality

Earth Dragons are aggressive, but they also care about others. They would like to think twice before acting. They know how to take advantage of their power and always pursue their goals in a persistent way.

People born in the earth dragon years are fit to be leaders. They are not greedy and have a long-term vision. Their subordinates are loyal to them.

Earth Dragon’s Fortune

Earth dragons have a positive view of money. They never waste money. Before starting a plan, they will consider the overall situation. People born in earth dragon years will meet many troubles when they start their managerial career, but they would win convincing at last.

In the relationship, the female earth dragons are good at managing the household. Male earth dragons have an over-strong sense of self-protection, which may cause a conflict with family and friends. In this case, it is better for them to be more relaxed and improve their communication.

Fire Dragon

Birth Years: 1976, 1916

1976 and 1916 are the year of the fire dragon. A fire dragon year comes every 60 years. The next fire dragon year will be 2036.

Fire Dragon’s Personality

Thanks to their superior wisdom and a good sense of humor, people born in the year of the fire dragon are popular with friends and colleagues. They are generous and gentle to the opposite sex. They are easy to get along with.

However, fire dragons do not always stick to the principle. Dating a fire dragon, you will feel comfortable. But when you decide to go a step further in the relationship, you may find they are hesitant to make a decision.

Fire Dragon’s Fortune

Fire dragons have very good fortune in their career. Some of them will start their own business in college, and they will get rich when they are young. When it comes to the relationship issue, it is not hard for fire dragons to fall in love. They will have several short-term relationships before getting married.

Finally, fire dragon people have enough money to live in comfort and enjoy their family life in their old age.

Water Dragon

Birth Years: 2012, 1952

People born in the year of the dragon associated with the water element is the water dragon.

Water Dragon’s Personality

Water dragons are positive and have great ambitions. They always make a good first impression on people. They are always level-headed with both feet on the ground and they pay attention to details.

People born in the water dragon year make friends all around the world. Being responsible, they get along well with many people and be helped by several benefactors.

Water Dragon’s Fortune

Water dragons’ horoscope in career and love is getting better from youth to middle age. Male water dragons will marry good wives. Their careers will be very good after getting married.

Sometimes water dragons are penny-wise and pound-foolish. It is better for water dragons to set store by overall interests.

Wood Dragon

Birth Years: 1964, 1904

Wood dragons are those who were born in the dragon year associated with the wood element. 2024 would be the year of the wood dragon.

Wood Dragon’s Personality

Wood dragon people are not very given to emotional displays. Though they are introverted, they are talented and are good at reasoning. They don’t like to make friends but they are eager for knowledge. Wood dragons are doers with a spirit of working in earnest, they like challenges, but don’t like to be in the limelight.

Wood Dragon’s Fortune

Although wood dragons don’t like to communicate with others, they are charming. Usually, many admirers run after them and they likely get married early. This is not a bad thing for them. On the opposite, they take great advantage of their career from their early marriage.

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