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When the dragon takes flight as a new element

By Haydn James Fogel | China Daily | Updated: 2024-01-18 06:13

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The five elements of the Chinese zodiac (wood, fire, earth, metal and water) combine with the 12 animals to create a 60-year cycle. Feb 10 begins a year for the Wood Dragon. What does the year have in store for you?

The Wood Dragon symbolizes vitality and promise, ushering in a year when growth and benevolence intertwine. It is a year for working to understand someone you disagree with and extending a hand to build something new together. The dragon represents strength, charisma and leadership, so if you want to embody the creature this year, aim to be the impetus for bridging gaps and building roads.

This may be a year to catch up with an estranged sibling, apologize for whatever you did that made your college roommate stop speaking to you or get to know someone with opposing political philosophies. As you develop in these directions, keep the ideas of leadership and new beginnings at the forefront of your mind.

Combining the wood element and the dragon, we find the promise of exploration, creativity, adaptability and spirited progress. The dragon is a call to adventure — to set off on a risky path, hoping to find great rewards.

With the energy of the Wood Dragon, it's a great year to embrace creativity. Don't be afraid to infuse your work, relationships or hobbies with your unique touch. The dragon is not timid about sharing its ideas, nor should you be. Allow your imagination to soar, explore new avenues and push the boundaries of your conventional thinking.

While you're at it, keep your eyes open for opportunities. The dragon is prone to adventure, and the outcomes can often be brighter when imbued with wood. If you trust your instincts, especially your creativity, your courage will pay off handsomely.

Leading is natural to the dragon, who possesses innate courage, tenacity and intelligence.

Dragons are often connected with emperors, and are born rulers. Rather than waiting sharp-eyed for the perfect opportunity, this is an excellent year to create your opportunities. An emperor cannot wait for a mountain to move; he must carry it himself.

As you go about conquering the world this year, maintain balance and adaptability. The Wood Dragon thrives in equilibrium, harmonizing work, leisure, ambition and relaxation. They may be prone to work hard and play harder, but a proper balance will ensure you don't burn out before completing your new project.

Dragons possess abundant charisma. Channel the dragon to foster your relationships this year. Have more one-on-one lunches with friends or colleagues and allow your authentic charm to shine. Your social circle will support you and open doors to new possibilities.

Wood Dragons are signs of spring and rebirth, which is why this is a year for exciting adventures.

Achievements will follow if you are brave enough to be determined, as a dragon would be. A dragon delights in celebrating accomplishments. Take time after you've accomplished something to look at your work and admire it. Perhaps you can even share that joy with your inner circle.

Don't forget to celebrate theirs as well.

The dragon is auspicious — a sign of good fortune. As you embody the Wood Dragon this year, remember that the universe has given you abundant opportunities for growth and fulfillment. This is your year; if you can embrace it with open arms, you will find exciting changes just around the corner.

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