THE YEAR OF THE DRAGON
The Chinese calendar, commonly known as the Farmers’ Calendar, or the Hsia Calendar, is a fascinatingly accurate system, which not only records the passage of time, but is also a tool for fortune-telling. The famous traditional fortune-telling system – The Four Pillars of Destiny – is exactly referring to reading a person’s destiny from his birth data as presented in the Hsia calendar format. The unique feature of such calendar is that all information about time – year, month, day and hour are presented in terms of the five basic elements – metal, water, wood, fire and earth, which are believed to be the basic components of everything in the Universe. The relationship between the five elements accurately helps one predict what is to come by way of one’s fortunes and thus, one can by using this knowledge, multiply the good luck or minimize the bad luck in one’s life.
THE YEAR OF THE DRAGON
The Year of the Dragon, 2024, in the Hsia calendar, is symbolized by two Chinese characters – with Yang Wood sitting on top of Dragon which is Earth element. So it is a wood year on Heavenly Stem conquering Earth in Earthly branch According to the cycle of birth and destruction, which governs the inter-relationship between the elements, if the two elements are in the destructive cycle and have conquering relationship, then the year will have more conflict and less harmony.
The 2024 Yang Wood element represents a tree which has the character of being stubborn and sticking to principle. Yang Wood also represents the Head and the Leader. A yang wood person is often described as head strong and stubborn and not easy to compromise. With such tough character, people have tendency to stand up and fight for their principle and refuse to compromise. Hence creating more chance for confrontation and making any negotiation more difficult. Furthermore, in the 5 elements system, Wood is related to liver organ and angry mood. Hence there is strong tendency to fight. The Israel Palestine war broke out in October 2023 is reflecting such stubborn character and anger. Fortunately, the Yang Wood over Dragon configuration is not purely conquering relationship, the Dragon is considered as storage of water and such water element hidden in the Dragon can still support wood and can reverse the destructive relationship into supportive relationship. Hence there are still some chance for negotiation and making concessions to resolve conflicts after hard fight. The current on-going conflict between Russian and Ukraine and between USA and China, between Israel and Palestine…. will still see chance of making a peace plan at the end of the day.
Yang wood is the number one Heavenly stem, it represents the head and the powerful leader. It is a tough tree which is upright and refuses to bow. So Yang wood people is known to be most stubborn and hard to compromise. However, they are kind and reliable and honest. When under attack and under pressure, they will stand firm and fight and will not surrender or escape. As such they will receive the blow on the head. Hence some Yang wood people are known to have eccentric behavior. The famous examples include Professor John Nash who’s story was portrayed in he famous movie “ A Beautiful Mind”. He is Yang Wood person and has schizophrenic problem, yet he got the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1994. Another example is the famous singer Whitney Houston, she is super star but known to have erratic behavior at times. Also the famous author Virginia Wolf – she is lesbian and finally committed suicide by drowning herself in water.
A person born on a Yang Wood day often appears to be authoritative, powerful with leadership quality, firm but kind, However, they are stubborn and sticking to their principle and hard to surrender and compromise. They normally behave friendly, honest and kind and they are reliable and a person of integrity and principle. There are many examples of successful yang wood people and they are always leaders and giants in their respective fields of industries, and also many are successful businessmen and super stars. These people include Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Lee, Keanu Reeves, Sam Hui, Keifer Sutherland, Britney Spears, Kristen Stewart, Leon Lai, Jacky Cheung, Lionel Messi …..Some of the key personalities involved in the Israel Palestine conflict are Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, and Antony Blinken of USA – both happened to be born on a day of Yang Wood.
As Wood conquers Earth, so Earth represents Money to Wood people. Out of the 12 animals, each elements Water, Metal, Wood, Fire occupies 2 animals, but there are 4 Earth animals – Dragon, Dog, Ox and Goat. This means a Wood person will have double the chance of encountering Money than persons of other elements. As such, there are more successful wood businessmen. Typical examples are the Hong Kong Tycoon Mr. Li Ka-shing, Boss of Teslar - Elon Musk, Boss of Louis Vuitton – Bernard Arnault who become the richest man in the world in 2023.
The typical representatives of famous yang wood characters are Bruce Lee and Elvis Presley. Both are international idols with innovative ideas and revolutionary style bringing big changes to the world. Both displayed amazing hard work and persistence upholding their unique style of music and martial art. . Jacky Cheung, Leon Lai, and Lionel Messi are superstars born on yang wood dragon day.
With the apparent stubborn and persistent character of yang wood, there is less chance to negotiate and compromise as people tend to stand firm and refuse to give up their principles. So there could be more chance of confrontation and conflict leading to disharmony and war. It will be harder to come to a satisfactory resolution. However, there are still some chance of restraint as the Wood over Dragon is not totally conquering relationship. There are wood, earth and water hidden inside the Dragon, and the wood and water are supportive to Wood. So there will be tough negotiations but both parties still able to come up with some kind of understanding and agreement at the end of the day. Such as making a peace deal between Russia and Ukraine, between China and USA, between Israel and Palestine…
The Chinese calendar is on 60 years cycle which means we have the same yang wood Dragon year 60 years ago in 1964. It was definitely not a peaceful year as it was at the peak of the Vietnam war with USA sending 5000 more military advisers to Vietnam in July. And in USA there were wide spread student movements and protests against the war, with the massive demonstration all over USA in May. In October there was the University of Berekey free speech movement involving over 3000 student activists. And also in October, Martin Luther King Jr. got the Nobel Peace Prize for leading non-violent resistance to end racial prejudice in the U.S.
On the same issue of racial prejudice, Nelson Mandela made his speech “I am prepared to die” in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa and he was sentenced to life imprisonment 12th June, 1964. In August, The International Olympic Committee banned South Africa from the Tokyo Olympics on the grounds that its teams are racially segregated. And in Europe there is war between Greece and Turkey over control of Cyprus…
Many has the misunderstanding that the Dragon is glamorous auspicious animal and will always bring good luck. To the contrary, Dragon and Dog in the 12 animal system is called the “Gate to Heaven and Hell” or the “Net of Heaven and Hell” – this is related to something like the Twilight zone where no Nobleman will present. As there is no nobleman to rescue us from danger, the Dragon and Dog are usually associate with disasters with heavy casualty causing many deaths. For example, famous disasters such as 911 terrorist attack on World Trade Center in 2001 and the South Asian Tsunami of 2004 December both happened in the morning hour of about 8 am, which is Dragon Hour and many people died in such incidents. Also the brutal attack on Israel happened in October 2023 which is month of Dog… So there is no advantage to have baby born under the Dragon sign. However, if the baby born in Dragon year also has a Dog in his Four Pillars, then both Dragon and Dog appear together in the Four Pillars is “Connecting Heaven and Hell” and the person will have Extra sensory perception or six sense which could be an advantage. We have observed many successful sportsman and athletes have both Dragon and Dog in their Four Pillars, this ability supports their fast response in playing the game. There are many examples – Bruce Lee, Jet Li, Jeremy Lin, Li Na, Maria Sharapova, Lionel Messi…..all have both Dragon and Dog in their Four Pillars. Even great innovators such as Steve Jobs and Robert Oppenheimer – the father of Atomic Bomb, have both Dragon and Dog which could be contributing factor to their great inventions. So for baby born in Dragon year, one good option is to choose a Dog month (October), or a Dog day or a Dog hour ( 7 to 9 pm).
As Dragon is powerful earth, earth disasters such as earthquake, landslide, avalanche. Collapse of building etc will also occur. As Wood standing on Dragon earth symbolizes a wooden stick penetrate into the ground and pierced a hole on the earth, so it means devastating earthquake may occur. The biggest earthquake ever recorded is the magnitude 9.2 earthquake which strike Alaska on 27/March, 1964, killed 125 people. Another mighty earthquake of scale 7.6 occurred in Tangshan, Hebei, China in the Dragon year of 1976, killed about 240,000 people. So Dragon year is not auspicious in Chinese history, the great leaders Chairman Mao ZeDong, Zhou Enlai, Zhu Du all passed away in 1976 year of fire Dragon. And the former Premier Li Keqiang also died in October, 2023 when the Dog month clashed against the coming Dragon year – “Advancement of the in-coming year”.
The Dragon is grave or storage of water, and the Dragon encounters Monkey and Rat will generate massive amount of water. Hence there is chance of water disaster during the Dragon year. The famous water disasters in history such as the Titanic disaster in 1812 and the South Asia tsunami in 2004 both have Dragon involved. Also back in 1964 – Wood Dragon year 60 years ago, in December, there was the famous Christmas flood in the USA affecting Pacific Northwest and Northen California resulted in 19 deaths and serious damage to buildings, bridges and roads. In February, there is serious collision between an Australian aircraft carrier and a Destroyer off New South Wales killing 82 sailors.
As Yang wood standing on the Dragon has the image of wood penetrating a hole on the ground, it could symbolize objects falling from Heaven causing damage on earth. So there may be chance of more comets and asteroids falling on earth this year. The first recognition of cosmic microwave background radiation as a detectable phenomenon happened in Spring of 1964 which is also yang wood over Dragon year.
2024 year of Wood over Earth, inside the Dragon earth, there are Earth, Water, and Wood but no fire element. pure spring wood element. As such the year 2024 is still lacking the Fire element which is the driving force behind economic activities. Fire is symbol of happiness and positive energy in Chinese 5 element system, fire element is necessary to stimulate optimism and confidence. When fire is totally absent, there will be less incentive and less drive for investment activities. These may lead to pessimism in the economy and set back in the stock market. The opposite of Fire is Water, as fire is happiness, Water is fear. Hence the biggest fear is 2020 – the year of Metal Rat when the whole world is under the fear of COVID-19. Since then, the water element is diminishing and the world is recovering from fear of pandemic and global travelling resumed in 2023. However, 2024 Dragon year is considered as grave and storage of water. So the fear element of Water is still with us until it totally disappear in 2025 – the year of Snake. With the absence of Fire and presence of storage of water, the economic recovery which we experienced in 2023 may slow down before the real fire element returns in 2025 year of Snake. It will not be surprising that a more significant setback in stock market may appear in the autumn and winter season of 2024.
The Dragon is considered a “Star of Arts” which will stimulate entertainment, art, beauty and other academic cultural business. It is also a “Lonely star” leading to isolation and frustration in human relationship. With Yang wood being a stubborn character on top of the Dragon, there will be more discontent and anti-social feeling which may lead to eccentric behavior, mental problem. The other negative aspect of the Dragon is “absence of nobleman” and “self penalty”, all these unpleasant aspects may bring rebellious actions, hatred, and brutal fighting and killings. So it is necessary to pay attention to mental health and good to promote relaxation exercises such as Tai chi, yoga, meditation. And it is good to be patient and take compromising and conservative attitude in solving problems.
The Chinese calendar goes in 60 year cycle, 60 years ago in 1964, it is the same Yang Wood over the Dragon year. In June, there was Cologne school massacre happened in West Germany, the killer used a flamethrower to kill 10 teachers and students and this is perhaps the first school massacre in recent history. In July there was race riots in Singapore between ethnic Chinese and Malays. And in August a Rolling Stone concert in the Netherlands got out of control resulted in a riot. Also on 24/5/64 there is riot after football match in Lima, Peru, 319 were killed and 500 were injured.
Air travel is a business of the fire element. As fire is totally absent in 2024, this may be a factor contributing to air traffic disasters. Back in 1964, there were serious air crashes. On 7/5 a Pacific Air Lines plane crashed in California killed all 44 passengers on board. Northwest Airlines Flight 705 crashed in Florida killing 43 people.
In the system of Four Pillars of Destiny, the Dragon is in clash against the Dog and in penalty relationship with the Dargon. The clash is between two earth elements so it will activate the earth and bring earth disasters such as earthquake, landslide, collapse of building…etc. It will also bring more accidents on the road which is also earth element. Earth in the human body is related to stomach, pancreas, cells and muscle. As such, for people who are having Dragon or Dog in their Four Pillars, it is easier to suffer from stomach problem, indigestion, diabetes, and even cancer. The Yang wood on top also symbolize the head. So there will also be more headache problems and mental health problem.
As there is total absence of fire element this year, we also have to be careful about sickness related to the heart and the brain or nerve system. Yang wood is the head, the brain and it also represents growth and motion activities. When yang wood is under attack, if it is your important element, it may cause head ache , mental problem or motion sickness such as Parkinson. Wood is related to liver which in turn affects our eye sight, hair and moles. Examples are Professor John Nash who is Nobel prize winner and suffered from schizophrenic problem, and Michael J. Fox who suffered from Parkinson sicknesses as his Yang wood is under attack by yang metal.
weak Yang wood born in summer is dry wood and will easily lose hair and get bald headed, on the other hand, Yang wood born in winter is “cold wood needs the warmth of the sun”, without the warmth of fire element, their hair will turn white color. As such, to keep hair healthy, summer wood people needs to take water supplements such as Omega 3 oil, and winter born wood people needs to take fire supplements such as COQ10.
So in 2024, people who have Dragon in their Four Pillars will offend the year and have penalty relationship against the year. For people who have Dog in their Four Pillars will be in clash against the Tai Sui. Such clash will bring changes and movement and sometimes accidents. All these people need to carry pendant of the Rooster to reduce the clash or penalty. As the Rooster will combine with the Dragon and will help to attract away the hostile Dragon so as to reduce the intensity of clash or penalty. Famous Dog people under clash against the Dragon are Kate Middleton, Prince Williams, Madonna, George Bush, Donald Trump, Barry Gibb, Sylvester Stallone…
Others like Bill Gates, Tiger Woods, Eric Clapton, Justin Beiber, Will Smith, Arnold Schwarzenegger …they are born on a Dog day. The clash between Dragon year and Dog day are equally serious as the day animal is called “House of Spouse” and such clash will cause trouble in relationship area. Such people should carry pendant of Rooster and should refrain from vigorous sports or risky business during 2024.
People born in Dragon year or Dragon day are also not favorable in 2024 as they are in self penalty with Dragon year or offending the Tai Sui. Famous people born in Dragon year include Li Ka Shing, Putin, Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Nicolas Cage, Jeff Bezos, Kamala Harris, Boris Johnson….. The people born on a Dragon day will also have penalty or punishment at their House of Spouse, which will affect marriage and relationship area. Examples of such people include the South Korean Prime Minister Yoon Suk Yeol, the Argentina football star Lionel Messei, tennis star Li Na, the boss of Bytedance Zhang Yiming, Syrian President Bashar al Assad….To minimize the negative effect of such penalty, it is necessary to carry pendant of Rooster to attract the Dragon away.
In the five elements system, fire is happiness and optimism which prevailed in the previous years of fire from 2013 to 2017. However when the year of Dog 2018 arrived, the fire enters the grave hence it brings pessimism and caused setback in the economic atmosphere. The Pig year 2019 represents the termination of fire element and the return of water element which symbolizes fear. Hence the world economy is very much affected by the Trade war talks between USA and China which generated a lot of uncertainty for investors. Coming to the year of the Rat 2020, it is the most powerful water element and fire is totally absent. Such fearful water element brought the global disaster of COVID-19 which cast the dark shadow of fear all over the world. These water effect continues and lasting into 2024 as the Dragon is storage of water and is the final water influence before fire returns in Snake year in 2025. So it is the last year of the water cycle. The Wood Dragon will still bring some optimism during the spring and summer season with wood and fire effect but the atmosphere will turn dull and grey in autumn and winter before the boom coming in 2025.. . Hence some positive optimism returned in first half of 2024 and the powerful wood and fire will generate optimism and recovery to the economy with international travelling and entertainment and prosperity resumed in many sectors. By August when autumn season arrives, the fire and wood elements are getting weak and the economy experience slow down again. But as fire will return in 2025 bringing economic boom, the setback is temporary and will soon be over towards spring season of Snake year.
In Traditional Chinese medicine, wood element represents the liver. It is also responsible for growth and activities and motion of our limbs. Yang wood also represents Tiger which is the travelling star for people born in the year or day of Dragon, Monkey and Rat. So there is tendency for people to be more keen to travel, move around and do exercise and sports. The Dragon is wet earth element containing water and wood. However, such water hidden in the Dragon is weak, so it is still necessary to take supplements such as Omega 3 oil to support the water aspects. As fire element is totally absent, we also need to replenish fire element to enhance blood circulation. So it is also good to take fire supplements such as COQ10 to support energy and blood. As earth Dragon will have self penalty affecting our cells, there is also danger of cancer which requires taking more anti oxidants to regulate our earth element to prevent cancer.
The wood earth element of 2024 is expected to bring prosperity to metal industries and wood industries; this is because metal conquers wood, so the wood element is a symbol of money to the metal industry, which includes banking, high tech, car, machinery, engineering, beauty and skin care….. The second best industries could be wood, as wood conquers earth, so the earth Dragon means money to the wood industry. Wood industries are media, fashion, environment, herbal medicine…. Water industry sees wood as productivity, so water industries will also benefited from the growth and movement nature of wood. Water industries are communication, transport and shipping. Fire industry – such as restaurant, entertainment, finance, energy, power generating, sees earth as productivity, so this area will also be active. Earth element sees Dragon as serious competition, Earth industries are property, mining, insurance, high tech software. So water industry is not making money in Dragon year as there is total absence of fire which is their money. .
In summary, the industries that will perform better in the year of the Dragon will be industries related to Metal element and Wood element. Metal industries are banking, machinery, engineering, car , beauty and skin care….. Wood industries are media, fashion, plants and environment….The other industries of earth, water and fire are into not so prosperous year in 2024.
With the arrival of “Age of 9” in 2024, there are more attention on the development of metaverse business which includes cryptocurrency and NFT…such activities are of speculative nature and the market behavior is similar to the stock market. As such, its price level also fluctuates with confidence like the stock market. Therefore, fire element is essential for its prosperity. As fire is totally absent in 2024, the enthusiasm to invest in metaverse business and cryptocurrency may be cooling down towards second half of 2024 like the stock market.
In general, the Yang Wood Dragon year, with yang wood on top and earth Dragon below, is symbol of creativity and growth but also resistance and sticking to principle. And the atmosphere will be confrontation and hard to compromise. However, as the impact of COVID-19 pandemic brought about by the massive water elements of 2020 and 2021 are receding and the world is turning back to normal life, and the fire year is coming near, there will be more joyful sentiments bringing back entertainment and travelling, wedding celebration, musical concerts, business and cultural events….etc. There are still international tension and social unrest as people are in confrontation mood and more desire to make changes.
The animal sign which is most unfavorable is the Dog which is in direct clash against the Dragon. Such clashes will usually bring about turbulence, movements, accident or changes... People born in the year of the Dog will anticipate more travelling, or movement sch as changing job or moving house. As Dragon and Dog are both earth elements, the clash will also trigger earth disasters such as earthquake, avalanche, landslide and mountain accidents. So for people having such Dog and Dragon clash in their Four Pillars, it is good to refrain from travelling to desert area or climbing the mountain. It is also good to beware of traffic accidents as the road is also earth element. It is necessary to carry the pendant of a Rooster as protection to attract the Dragon away. For people who are under clash with the year, it is ok to travel more, making changes such as moving house, or change job.
However, for people born in the year of the Dog, it is recommended not to travel directly towards the direction of the Grand Duke, which is Southeast direction. . The other animal’s signs facing unfavorable positions is the Dragon which is offending the Grand Duke as well as self penalty relationship with the Dragon. It is also good to carry pendant of Rooster to reduce any negative influence. Self penalty between two Dragons will affect people who have Dragon in their Four Pillars. Penalties will usually bring disharmony, irritation, worries and frustrations, as well as sickness related to earth element, which can be stomach, diabetes, even cancer. As Dragon and Dog are the “Gate to Heaven and Hell”, there is no nobleman in these 2 animals so there will be more casualties during such years. It is also good to carry pendant of Rooster as protection to minimize the negative effect.
The animals combining with the Dragon year is the Rooster, the Monkey and the Rat.. These animals are into a year of harmony. However, such animal astrology is not totally reliable as the system is not recognized as a formal type of fortune-telling. For more reliable assessment of one’s fortune in the year of the Dragon, it is recommended that one checks the full Four Pillars of Destiny, which requires full birth data information of the Year, Month, Day and Hour of birth. As the animal signs can appear in all four pillars in a person’s birth data, the clash and penalty relationship with the Dragon will not only cause impact on people born in the year of Dragon and Dog. Such clash and penalties can also impact anyone who has such animals in the birth month, or day or hour.
Some examples of famous people born in the year of the Dragon and offending the Grand Duke t in 2024 are Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Nicolas Cage, Jeff Bezos, Boris Johnson, Kamala Harris, Li Ka Shing, Putin……. There are people born in the year of Dog so they are in clash against the Dragon year, these people include Prince Williams, Kate Middleton, Madonna, Matt Damon, Donald Trump, Sylvester Stallone, George Bush, Bill Clinton, Stephen Spielberg….. .There are people not born in year of Dog nor Dragon but they are born in a day of Dog or Dragon, they will also face a challenging year especially in relationship aspect. Some examples of these people are Tiger Woods, Will Smith, Keith Richards, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Gates who are born on Dog day, also Lionel Messei, Yoon Suk Yeol, Li Na, Bashar al Assad….. The clash or penalty against the Day Pillar will usually cause movement or conflict in the family or human relationship area, especially in the relationship with the spouse or opposite sex.
People who have yang metal in their birth year or day will be under clash against the yang wood in 2024. These may cause problem with limbs, skin or head or hair.
Feng Shui energies also change from year to year. Therefore, it is necessary to watch out for the re-allocation of good and bad energies at the beginning of each year, so that we can take necessary precautions if some bad energy happens to arrive at important locations of our residence or offices. In the year of the Dragon, the bad energy called “Five Yellow” – symbolizing obstacles and misfortune, arrives at the west. It is recommended that one hangs a metal wind chime in the West of the house, to dissolve this bad energy. The worst months will be in April, July and January 2025. Another bad star number 2, symbolizing sickness, will arrive in the Southeast in 2024. The traditional method to dissolve this 2 is to hang a string of six metal coins in the affected area in the Southeast of the house. The Grand Duke this year is in the Southeast, hence it is not favorable to “move earth” or make substantial construction work in this direction. It is also not recommended for one to sit with back against South as you will be sitting against the unfavorable energy called “Three Shars” or “Three Killings”. The Northwest is the “Crash position” against the Grand Duke which is also not good to sit. The bad star 3 is a star of conflict and robbery. This is present in the centre. It is necessary to put a piece of red paper in this position to minimize such bad influence. Also the bad star 7, representing scandals is in the South, the traditional solution for this bad star 7 is to place 3 piece of bamboo plant grown in clear glass vase of water in the South location.
The year 2024 could be significant year as there are ancient prophecy predicting there will be big changes in China when the “Black Rabbit enters Green Dragon’s Den”. This is written in the mystery prophecy book of the Tang Dynasty – “Pushing Back Pictures”. And 2023 is Water Rabbit year which is the “Black Rabbit” as water is black color. 2024 is wood dragon year which is the Green Dragon. So some significant event will happen in China between 2023 and 2024. Also ancient Chinese scholars believe in the saying of “Red Goat disaster” – years of Fire Horse and Fire Goat bringing disaster and turbulence. The Red Horse year and Red Goat year will be fire horse and fire goat years 2026 and 2027. Back in the year 1126 a year of Red Horse, the Sung Dynasty was invaded by Jin and the Sung Emperors were captured and held hostage by barbarians. Also 1966 the year of Red Horse was the beginning of Cultural Revolution…. Also in feng shui, 2023 is the last year of “Age of 8” and from 2024 Feb. 4, the world will enter a new 20 year period called “Age of 9”. This is big energy shift bringing considerable change in prosperous locations and social economic and cultural tendencies.