The dragon is a creature of myth and legend which symbolizes good fortune and is a sign of intense power. Eastern philosophy regards the Dragon as a master of authority as well as a deliverer of good fortune. It is for these reasons that people born in Dragon years are to be honored and respected.
Characteristics of a person born in the Year of the Dragon are said to include being brave, passionate, conceited, innovative, and flexible. There are five Chinese elements that separate the characteristics of the Dragon sign. They are Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth. 2012 is the Water Dragon. These dragons understand the art of patience and do not desire the spotlight the way other dragons do. Water has a calming effect on the fearless temperament of the Dragon and allows the Dragon to redirect its enthusiasm.