THE DRAGON MAN


His physicality

  • One can easily recognize a male Dragon by his haughty, aristocratic demeanour – he has got class! He is generally tall, erect, slender, with a good set of muscles and powerful shoulders. His overall appearance is in the tradition of Cary Grant, a representative of men born under this sign. He has a lithe, feline, deliberately steady gait. He walks slowly, moves slowly, never seeming to be in a hurry – a kind of intentional nonchalance that suggests both self-assurance and self-sufficiency. He can also be recognized by his thick, gorgeous head of hair which, depending on the race, is either flamingly fair or ebony-like dark.
  • His features are regular, his nose high and straight, his forehead slightly receding, his eyes elongated in the form of almonds. His chin is almost always cut through by a vertical or horizontal furrow. When he speaks or laughs, those who surround him cannot help noticing his ringing voice and healthy, dazzling teeth. There is a malicious, though tender, expression in these eyes bordered with long eyelashes. But his gaze can be more or less lively according to the degree of his myopia, a traditional weakness among Dragons. His grin has an irresistible charm.
  • Physically, the native is in all appearance as fit as a fiddle, brimming over with energy and vitality. Enjoying great recuperative powers, he has an outstanding capacity for work and thereby tends to exhaust his collaborators by demanding too much of them. Despite his feverish activity, he rarely feels the need to let up from time to time. In any case, idleness is to him the worst possible punishment.
  • But this man, who is inhabited by boundless enthusiasm, suffers from a variety of health troubles which, if not properly handled, may degenerate into serious handicaps and hamper his full enjoyment of life. In the first place, he must keep a close watch over his heart. Whether he wants or not to admit it, this organ in unable to bear all the strains he intends to impose on it. The danger of infarction is very real in his case, and it is in his interest to take it into due consideration. He must also try by all means to preserve his sleep which, even under normal circumstances, tends to deteriorate with the years and gradually but surely lower the level of his resistance.
  • His back is a delicate part of his body. Some form of lumbago seems inevitable. Displaced discs and other vertebral abnormalities can jeopardize the structural and functional integrity of his nervous system, giving rise to vertigo, general discomfort, and pains in his sciatic nerves. A surgical intervention may prove necessary and, in any case, a chiropractic treatment is highly advisable.
  • Some of his physical liabilities clearly have their origins in his psychological make-up. He is more anxious than he is ready to acknowledge himself to be, especially if he is burdened with important responsibilities. He is afraid to fail whereas failure is something he is least prepared to envision, let alone to accept. His anxieties put too heavy a stress on his vegetative system. His extreme narcissism, coupled with his unconditional megalomania, subjects him to constant pressure, forcing him to bite more than he can chew and to dissipate his forces unwisely. Not rarely are his most serious ailments purely psychosomatic since they cannot be accounted for by any physical dysfunction or organic deficiency.
  • It is vital that he learn to exercise a judicious control over the use of his energies. He should never overplay his hand, whatever the work load, or allow himself to be devoured by worries and concerns. Sufficient rest, or at least a sound alternation of his various activities, must be high on the list of his priorities. Yoga and Oriental martial arts are profitable to him insofar as these techniques can help him relax and gain self-control. Open-air exercises, such as golf, can also greatly benefit him. Above all, he should never lose sight of the fact that what is the most detrimental to his health is his very refusal to accept his limitations.
  • Concerning his diet, he must give his preference to foods that are liable to stimulate his circulation – shellfish, offal, algae, citrus fruits, and so on. On the contrary, he must be careful not to overindulge in meat, alcohol, tobacco, tea, or coffee – in short, anything that may increase his blood pressure. He naturally likes fruit juices, especially apple and grape juices, rich in vitamins and minerals: This is a good habit to keep. Dried fruits such as dates, raisins, khakis  bananas, plums, and figs, are apt to supply him with important amounts of natural sugar, an energy-giving element his usually overworked organism badly needs. Since he often gets wrought up and, as a consequence, loses interest in food, spices and condiments are recommended to arouse and maintain his appetite, on condition that they be used moderately. Finally, it is good for him to know that carrots and whortle berries are beneficial to eyesight while garlic combats hypertension.

His psychology

  • I, me, and my are the words the Dragon male utters with gusto every time he opens his mouth to speak. If they recur with such exasperating regularity, it is because this man is obsessively concerned with projecting a glorious image of himself. While not an egoist, he is unmistakably an egotist in every sense of the term.
  • Discretion and self-effacement are by no means a part of the native’s personality. On the contrary, self-conceit and self-sufficiency are conspicuously to the fore of his psychological texture. Whatever the circumstances, he always seeks to be where the limelight falls – literally and figuratively – even though this may require unfairness on his part. It is impossible for him to resign himself to taking a back-seat or being second to anyone in any field, for he has an excessively high opinion of his own talents. In order to keep his ego afloat on a permanent basis, he does not hesitate to resort to boastfulness, displaying his real exploits as well as imaginary feats with a zealot’s conviction. He may become as vindictive, spiteful, and tyrannical as anyone can be when his self-esteem is hurt.
  • This man is frequently blinded by false pride and consequently often shows himself insufferably arrogant. Always inclined to overestimate his own value, he is unable to accept criticism or contradiction. He consciously adopts a dogmatic stance and stubbornly rejects the opinions of those who do not agree with him. It is extremely hard for him to acknowledge his shortcomings and apologize when he is in the wrong. His sense of self-importance and superiority entails his contempt for others which he does not even bother to conceal. When he addresses somebody, it is generally from a dominant position that he does so. With such provocative haughtiness, there is no wonder why he does not find it easy to make or keep friends, and to forestall other people’s ill feelings or downright hostility toward him.
  • There exists no limit to this type’s narcissism. He does not waste his time on anything short of success or what he believes to be success. He always expects to be acknowledged as the unchallenged leader, even when he perfectly knows he hardly deserves it. Constantly on the lookout for the attention, approval, and admiration of others, he needs a public at all times and never resists his desire to make a spectacle of himself. His tendency to be ridiculously vulnerable to flattery constitutes his nastiest weakness. But for all his professed assurance and show of arrogant bravado, he is in reality awfully self-conscious and shy, for he perpetually fears to make faux pas, fall short of his self-imposed standards, appear under an unfavourable light, or be appreciated below his expectations.
  • Snobbishness is inscribed in big letters on the list of his drawbacks. Easily impressed by wealth, prestige, rank, and splendour  he chooses his friends and associates only among those who enjoy such privileges, disdaining people of modest condition. Marrying up the social ladder is an idea he entertains fondly. With an exaggerated sense for the full comforts of life, he sometimes meets ruin in trying to acquire them.
  • Among the Dragon male’s other character traits, mention must be made of his irascible temperament. He can explode with anger at the slightest provocation and when one is least expecting it. His outbursts frequently make him commit violent, though never criminal, acts which he will secretly – not publicly – regret when his steam is off. During his fits of boil he really recalls his symbolic animal – a Dragon belching out long flames. One would be prudent in such moments to avoid him and keep precious or fragile objects out of his reach. But his fury will fade away exactly as it came – rapidly, unexpectedly – without leaving any shade of rancour in its trail.
  • It would be unjust to take this man for a heartless, perverted person, more concerned about his own glory than about anything else. He may benefit indulgence once his motives are well understood. If he lacks modesty to such an obnoxious degree, it is because he naturally believes himself to be superior to everyone else in any context and tries to prove it to himself as well as to the rest of the world. His inborn authority, ascendancy over others, and personal charisma are real enough and naturally get him into a position of command. Although full of himself, he is ready to take the wisdom of elderly people into due consideration. Much of his arrogance, it must be pointed out, stems from his innermost doubt of his abilities – doubt which he is hardly ever conscious of. Finally, his irascibility is probably nothing else than his way to react to anxiety – for all his outward display of confidence and strength, he does feel miserable at heart more often than he is prepared to recognize.
  • In fact, the Dragon male is one of the trickiest characters to size up and analyse  Just like the legendary animal, he is not always what he seems and often proves to be the very antithesis of what his apparent comportment may suggest. He can be one person outwardly and yet quite another person deep down inside – and this without any deceitful intention! If one side of his personality has shown us a Dragon engrossed in his ego, the other side reveals us a completely different type – the one graced with outstanding intellectual and moral qualities.
  • His sharp, vibrant intelligence allows him to apprehend immediately all the different aspects of any given problem and dominate any subject painlessly. Curious about everything, possessed of a remarkable analytic and at the same time synthetic mind, served by a prodigious memory, this man is abreast of all events in all fields and can be relied upon to foresee the future course of the world’s affairs or find an adequate solution to most seemingly insoluble dilemmas. But despite his knowledge, which is as vast as it is deep, and his mental keenness, there is not the faintest streak of pedantry in all his manner.
  • Everybody can realize that the typical Dragon has a knack for turning dreams into reality. His power of vision, teamed with his power of will, often works miracles which his opponents are prone to impute to chance. Is it for this reason that Jesus Christ, a Dragon, was a prophet and wonder-performer?
  • But it is his heart, not his mind, that ranks the native of the Dragon among the finest individuals living in this world. He is capable of attaining the loftiest ideals of humanity owing to his tremendous qualities and boundless enthusiasm. It seems as though he were born to become a benefactor of mankind.
  • He is an individual of very high moral standards. His honesty and faithfulness are beyond any possible kind of reproach. Having an uncompromising concern for his honour and his reputation of integrity, he can be trusted never to behave in a hypocritical or disloyal way. He would do anything, even at the risk of his life, to live up to the confidence others have placed in him.
  • Noble, magnanimous, aboveboard, he would not stoop to doing anything mean or shady. Both his strategy and tactics are never base or underhanded. It is why small-minded or sly people immensely annoy him.
  • He has much natural sympathy and warm-heartedness. His power of forgiveness equals his benevolence and chivalry. It is practically impossible for him to believe ill of other people and, even though he might be a victim of their bad faith, would refuse to hold a grudge against them.
  • The man of the Dragon sign has a profound love of justice and equity. He also has the courage of his convictions. If necessary, he would sacrifice himself for what he believes to be right and worthwhile.
  • Overall, he is moved by great and genuinely humane sentiments that are the hallmark of an individual with a tender and big heart.

His productivity

  • The Dragon male is chiefly made to succeed in life. Success comes easily to him, so easily that he tends to take it for granted. He is a man of grandiose projects and tremendous undertakings – a man destined to set the whole world in motion or ablaze. For this reason he cannot bear mediocrity and secretly, if not openly, despises those who content themselves with cultivating their own gardens or lighting their own candles. However, woe betide him if he fails to accomplish any of his grand designs! He is then liable to explode, become shattered, and feel annihilated – for non-successes or escape routes have no place in his overambitious plans.
  • A natural showman with a sure instinct for spectacular display, this subject is well at ease on a stage, stand, or podium. He can make a talented theatre or movie actor, full of charm and magnetism, who enthrals untold numbers of spectators. If he is interested in politics, he knows perfectly how to galvanize large crowds with his witty and forceful eloquence, and also to work his way up to the top of the political hierarchy; his candour and truthfulness are his favourite arms here although politicians generally make liberal use of demagoguery.
  • The native is often chosen for positions of responsibility and leadership, for he is opinionated and authoritative, amazingly clever at combining his charisma and strength of will. As a trade-union captain or business executive, a sport association manager or army chief, or in whatever other capacity, he conclusively proves to be most efficient, willing to do more than what is required of him and having the ability to instil enthusiasm and dedication into those under his command. His proficiency is on the other hand due to the respect and admiration his subordinates have for him.
  • The Dragon man has a strong creative appetite and very good taste which allows him to succeed, often brilliantly, in all professions related to beauty in general and the fine arts in particular. From editing art works to keeping a gallery of painting, from selling rare or precious objects to inventing original models of every description, there is a wide choice open to him. Advertising, public relations, newspaper editorializing, and in general all careers in which one has to influence the masses suit him well as they appeal to his desire for contacts, or satisfy his penchant for power and authority. Finances and insurance represent fields of activity in which he is like a fish in water.
  • While an extremely hard worker, he hates menial jobs, feeling that they can only undermine his wide views, his nobility of spirit, and his magnanimity. He easily gets bored with repetition and petty details, probably for the same reasons. A serious problem confronting him is that, in this increasingly industrialized world, there are fewer and fewer jobs in which one can enjoy complete freedom and make full use of one’s initiative. No wonder why a large number of Dragons choose to be craftsmen or artists.
  • Loathing idleness, the Dragon man prefers working under pressure, with as crowded a schedule as possible. But unlike the Tiger, who tends to exert himself in an anarchic way, the Dragon proceeds with method, adhering strictly to the order of priorities he has established and pursuing his goals untiringly to the bitter end. The danger of dissipation and futility does not really threaten him, as it does his Tiger counterpart.

His love behaviour

  • The Dragon man has specific ideas about the kind of mate he will be prepared to accept: She must be breathtakingly beautiful yet modest, brilliantly intelligent yet self-effacing, well at ease in society yet good at housework, reticent with others yet ready to sing his praises loudly and lavishly. With such exacting criteria, it is obvious he is more often disappointed than satisfied in any choice he makes. His life may therefore be a long string of love affairs which begin with the speed of lightning and are abruptly broken as soon as his lovers prove to fall short of the kind of perfection he looks for. This is particularly true during his youth, of course, but neither age nor a legal marriage is likely to put a definite end to his trial-and-error quest.
  • However, it is the rejected partners who will suffer most. As for the Dragon man himself, he enjoys a natural state of grace which allows him to forget his sorrows quickly and enables him to resume hunting with renewed enthusiasm and an intact heart.
  • Because of this particular brand of inconstancy of his, he is often wrongly accused of don-juanism. His promiscuity, in fact, proceeds from his thirst for what he considers an indispensable paragon, not from any basic fickleness or doubts about his sexual adequacy.
  • The women who love this man and want to keep him are well advised to convince themselves that his ego is all to him and behave accordingly. He must be allowed to believe himself superior to them in all ways or at least some way – this is one of the reasons why he often seeks to marry beneath him – and inferior to them in no way at all. It does not make any difference to him if his belief is well founded or totally unwarranted. They should not overlook or minimize his vital need of admiration, compliments, and even flattery – he always looks forward to being treated by them as king of their castle. Since he tends to take his women for granted, he naturally expects them to revolve their lives around him and does not bear competition under any form. When his pride has been hurt, when his feeling of self-importance is no longer corroborated and boosted, he will choose either of these solutions: to become a domestic tyrant, or to provoke a brutal rupture.
  • Some of his lovers mean well when they try to pamper and mother him, all the more as he frequently seems to need it. But they could not make a worse mistake: Their solicitude just will not make a hit with him since he never wants to appear weak. The best way for them to compliment and please him would be to do the exact opposite – to let themselves be taken care of by him, to pretend to be a sort of clinging vine – for this will confirm the fiction of his power and importance.
  • Despite his excessive and sometimes grotesque egocentrism, the Dragon male aims at being an excellent mate, and not rarely is he so in many respects. He is tender, ardent, capable of the most profound sentiments. He gives all of himself when he loves. He likes to protect the object of his affections, dazzle her with his fiery, somewhat theatrical, display of love, and move mountains for her. In compensation, he wants her to act as an element of his prestige and subordinate her personal ambitions to his. The ideal companion of this man must be the one who devotes herself entirely to contributing to his success in life and resigns herself to living submissively in his shadow for ever.
  • The Dragon man is too much wrapped up in himself, too anxious about his own image to be able to love in an “absolute” manner. But his good intentions must be noted. He generally spares no efforts to render life as agreeable as possible to the woman of his heart. A sadistic streak does exist in him, but at an unconscious level most of the time. His fidelity is uncertain for the reasons given above.
  • This man carries his good taste over into bed. He is very much attached to a certain erotic and aesthetic quality of his sexual relations. Lovemaking is to him primarily an artistic expression, not simply “a contact of two.” His sex drive, beside being refined, is powerful: He is a most passionate and hardy lover, and the woman who has known the secret to his heart will be utterly gratified – emotionally and physically. But it is very important to preserve his fragile self-image of virility; any gaucherie on the part of his partner could give a deadly blow to his ego and consequently might cause him to be sexually impotent for some time.
  • Though a good spouse, the Dragon man is rarely a good parent. This is generally a despotic and exacting father who sets up impossible goals for his children to achieve. Whatever they are able to realize can never satisfy him. His lack of understanding and intransigent attitude are apt to give them a severe feeling of inadequacy which will burden them throughout their lives. He is interested in his offspring insofar as they execute his orders blindly, add lustre to his halo, or have extraordinary ambitions themselves. His affective relations with them are usually lukewarm and superficial.
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THE DRAGON WOMAN


Her physicality

  • The female native of the Dragon is as a rule noted for her beauty. It is by no means the kind of discreet, enticing beauty like that of the Snake woman, but rather the one that could not fail to provoke and catch the eye. Wherever she finds herself the Dragon woman instantly becomes a centre of attraction, even though she might in some rare cases wish to go unnoticed – it is practically impossible for her to melt away in a crowd! Not rarely does she single herself out by only one glamorous element of her physique – for instance, her shock of flaming hair (even Chinese Dragon women often have somewhat red hair!), her regal look, her queenly bearing, or her gazelle-like gait. She learns very early in life that her beauty can help her obtain not only attention but also many other advantages and is therefore extremely keen on cultivating and exploiting it.
  • This woman is blessed with an impressive array of physical assets. She may be more or less favored by nature, but always has an air of distinction and nobility regardless of her origin. Her personal magnetism is irresistible. Time never seems to be in a hurry to take its toll from her as she remains young-looking and beautiful much longer than most of her contemporaries.
  • She is noticeably taller than the average – a benefit that greatly contributes to her psychological ascendancy over others. Her bosom is moderate but well adjusted, her abdomen flat, her back gracefully arched, and her shoulders rather broad for her sex. With her muscular body and confident demeanour, she looks sound and well planted.
  • One can always find pleasure in contemplating her fine and regular features, which are enhanced by her glowing complexion. Her face is framed in a harmonious triangle. Those who meet her could not remain indifferent to her snow-white teeth and unfathomable eyes. Sometimes freckles are there to contribute to her already immense charm. Undoubtedly, no other woman is better armed than the native as a seductress.
  • Nothing will prevent the Dragon-year female from brimming over with health and vitality – provided she live wisely, making full use of good common sense and practising moderation at every turn. Her constitution is robust, energetic, and endowed with remarkable recuperative powers. She is capable of producing such efforts as would force the admiration of all. She also has great stamina and endures adversity with much more resilience than her brother of the sign. (Some authors attribute her greater fortitude to the fact that she is less obsessed than the Dragon male by the necessity to succeed. This seems to be a valid explanation.)
  • Unfortunately, this subject rarely wants to take into account the limitations imposed on her by her condition as a human being. In general, she feels no difficulty making a choice between getting admired, idolized, and staying in good health. And her choice, if repeated over and over for years, will finally put her high on the sick list.
  • She doggedly refuses to heed the demands of her organism and relentlessly subjects it to intolerable pressure. Furthermore, she often goes on draconian diets in a most anarchic manner with a view to preserving her physical appearance, thereby paving the way for some serious ailments, difficult to diagnose and even more difficulty to cure.
  • Excitable, short-tempered, always wanting to move heaven and earth to attain her impossible objectives, she exposes herself to hypertension which, if not treated adequately and in due time, may entail grave consequences. Her emotional tensions being at the root of this affliction, she must learn to be less ambitious, control her reactions, and have a more relaxed outlook on life. Yoga and Taoist philosophy are likely to bring her good help.
  • Her heart, it should be admitted, constitutes her Anchilles’ heel and must be given proper care. Her cardiac disorders, however, are clearly more functional than organic. This observation leaves room for much hope of improvement but at the same time renders the native squarely responsible for her own state of health. She may suffer from palpitations, tachycardia, or cardiac spasms, which are fairly troublesome but not really dangerous. The situation is at times further aggravated by her faulty circulation.
  • Like her male counterpart, she is also liable to trouble in her spinal column. Displaced discs may give rise to a number of minor, if not more important, ills. Sciatica is one of her most common affections. Sometimes her generative organs call for a close medical surveillance.
  • Telling This woman to lead a wholesome life would inevitably appear too hackneyed. Yet there seems to be no other alternative than advising her to be conscious of the limits of her resistance and behave prudently. If she hates inactivity, she hates illness a thousand times more. Why, then, should she treat her health so thoughtlessly?
  • Even if her physical state seems to be in the best of conditions, the Dragon woman does need a thorough medical check-up every two or three years. A periodic electrocardiogram will not be superfluous, She must above all have sufficient sleep; the sedatives she may have recourse to are herbs, acupuncture, and relaxation, but barbiturates and sleeping pills must be banned categorically. The use of witch hazel and yellow-flowered broom can cure or at least relieve her circulatory trouble. Lastly, a chiropractic or osteopathic treatment is needed.

Her psychology

  • The Dragon sign confers upon its female subjects outstanding intellectual qualities. Having an acute mind, both analytic and synthetic, they can grasp the most complex problems with amazing rapidity and effortlessly distinguish the essential from the secondary – an ability that makes them win time over others. They reason with as much rigour and logic as one could wish, never contenting themselves with approximation or generalities. Their ideas lack neither drive, nor originality, nor pertinence. They force the respect of those very people who habitually are mistrustful of women.
  • The Dragon woman is not liable to certain drawbacks for which men often reproach the fair sex. Capable of seeing both sides of any question, she has well-balanced views and fair opinions – when her ego is not directly involved. Bias and bigotry are generally not a part of her character. She is also incapable of meanness, pettiness, or hypocrisy. She values nothing more than independence, secretly if not openly despising those members of her own sex who play clinging vines to men. Although she may sometimes appear voluble, letting her words outrun her thoughts, she detests gossip and scandal mongering. There is not a single trace of malice or perfidy in her since her honesty, sincerity, and frankness are never open to question; she inspires trust in all those who know her.
  • Not only is this woman a person of mind, she is also someone with a fine heart. Few would be more generous and warm than she. Loyal to her loved ones, be they her friends or members of her family, she would go to any lengths to oblige them and defends them with aggressivity and unrelentingness. Basically philanthropic and having faith in the goodness of mankind, she refuses to believe ill of other people and is firmly prepared to trust them, sometimes to the point of naiveté  This is not a person who holds grudges; if betrayed, she can forgive without too much difficulty. Only very occasionally does she let herself be overshadowed by pessimism, resentment, or vindictiveness.
  • The Dragon woman likes to be responsible and in a position of authority; it is because she has enormous faith in herself and is perfectly conscious of her personal magnetism. She is passionate, optimistic, enthusiastic, often on the brink of impetuosity. Nothing seems beyond her capacity, and she is ever ready to take up any challenge which offers itself to her. Whatever she undertakes, she will see it through to the good end – or she will die for it! Difficulties bring out the best in her. She vaguely senses that she has a mission to carry out in this world. Courageous, she fights doggedly for what she believes just and worthwhile, for the ideas and causes she has subscribed to. An incurable idealist – she is more idealistic than the male half of the sign – she refuses to put up with anything but the best and demands much of herself as well as of others.
  • In contrast to her positive qualities, the Dragon female has a number of conspicuous undesirable traits. One is frequently irritated by her superiority complex and haughty comportment. There is always a certain air of smugness and disdainful aloofness about her. Often vain and domineering, she reacts violently when she finds herself a target of criticisms or when her capacities are put in doubt. Like a spoiled princess, she may pout when she does not win her own way.
  • Dramatic by nature, this woman always insists on being where the spotlight falls, even if she has to push someone away or step on someone’s toes. It seems as though to her the end justifies the means when it comes to satisfying her thirst for unconditional admiration and appreciation. She may whistle in the dark, try to save people from their own mistakes, or go out of her way to praise her enemies – all this in order to get heads turn in her direction wherever she goes. She recoils neither from snobbishness nor from flattery. Other of her attention-getting devices range from a high-and-mighty attitude to eccentricity, from theatricals to fastidiousness, from boastfulness to criticalness.
  • Her ambitions are generally out of all reasonable proportions. No amount of success can fully content her heart. And if anyone of her countless splendorous enterprises does not come true, she becomes extremely tense and angry, cursing the whole world, instead of accepting failure gracefully.
  • She is adept at nursing her false pride. It would be impossible to convince her to play second fiddle to anyone in any field. She rarely cares to show consideration for the sensitivity of others, speaking her mind out bluntly, without regard to tact or diplomacy. She likes to impress people with her accomplishments, real or imaginary. Giving in is a total impossibility for her, so are verbal apologies. She will not tolerate any affront to her dignity and, like Don Quixote who fought the windmills, will attack even when no one hurts her birthright pride.
  • Despite her protests to the contrary, she secretly longs for a life of ease and comfort and is much impressed by outward wealth, luxury, and splendor. She loves expensive clothes, fabulous jewels, dazzling parties, extensive trips to foreign countries, and the like. It would not matter much if she could afford such frivolities by herself or through a man.
  • One of her most serious concerns in life is to cope with the problem of ageing  The prospect of growing old terrifies her, and she struggles with all her forces to prevent Time’s insults. She may prefer an early death to decrepitude or try to remain young as long as possible, by all means.
  • Special mention must be made of the native’s attitude toward men in general. She considers herself perfectly equal in every respect to all members of the bearded sex, has no feeling of inferiority toward them, and takes pleasure in rivalling them. In no case will she accept to be a man-made woman. However, in her softer moods, she may have secret regrets about her condition as a woman, not because she finds anything wrong with her femininity itself, but because she feels things would be easier for her in this man-dominated world if she belonged to the other sex.

Her productivity

  • Gifted with a wide range of capacities, the Dragon woman can shine in any career she chooses, all the more as she always gives the best of herself in work. No kind of job seems above her abilities, even the most difficult and exacting one. Unfortunately, it is seldom easy for her to decide on the direction to take, precisely because of the multiplicity of her talents and the depth of her enthusiasm. A lot of hesitation and futility generally marks the beginning of her professional life. But once she has decided to embark on a definite course, nothing seems to stand in her way to success. It would be surprising if she did not distinguish herself in her chosen field of activity.
  • Despite all appearances, material gains rarely underlie her ardour  dedication, and conscientiousness. She is principally motivated by her desire to triumph and her determination to prove her worth. She needs difficulties and likes taking risks. Initiative is as indispensable to her as action and responsibility, for she loathes both routine and sub-alternate occupations, which she finds depressing; she never accepts with a light heart to do such jobs as a clerk, cashier, or chain worker  Under all circumstances, a demanding career is for her an absolute necessity: She would certainly wither away should she ever be reduced to the role of a full-time home maker. This outdoor female needs to exert herself in the wide world, just as a lioness needs to roam the jungle.
  • The native is so made as to be able to succeed quite brilliantly in professions traditionally reserved for men – even in politics, where her integrity and loyalty are her best weapons; or in business, where her power of quick decision is her trump card. Ingenuous, impartial, straightforward, she is sometimes surprised at the envy, jealousy, and maliciousness that her success arouses in others. Curiously enough, those who may be hostile to her are generally members of her own sex, rarely men.
  • Scientific thinking being well within her grasp, she can make her name in many branches of research – in biology, psychology, sociology, or astrophysics, for instance. Her sharp intuition, coupled with her rigorous reasoning, helps her make startling discoveries.
  • Perfectly at ease in all artistic endeavours  the Dragon woman excels at painting, writing, singing, acting, modelling  sculpting, dancing, and skating, Entertaining is to her one of the most thrilling professions, partly because it allows her to satisfy her narcissistic tendencies. She can also earn her living as a much prized mannequin or a shrewd jeweller  Even some sports such as skiing, lawn tennis, and horse riding are not inaccessible to her at the professional level.
  • In sum, nothing appears to be beyond this subject’s reach from the moment she has made up her mind to attain it.

Her love behaviour

  • Contrary to her Snake or Goat sisters, for example, the Dragon woman never seems to allow love to occupy the first place in her priority list. She simply does not live or die for it. As a rule she readily subordinates it to her perpetual quest for glory. If she decides to love a man, it would probably be less for his sake – or for Love’s sake – than for the possibility of increasing the brightness of her aureola. Her choice of men is principally guided by her innate need to be praised and admired. Sometimes she deliberately gets involved with notoriously worthless males – drunkards, crooks, gangsters, and so on – just to make self-publicity. All this, however, does not necessarily mean that she is incapable of profound, intense, and “true” love. She can, if she stumbles on the right man, show outstanding affection for him and make great sacrifices for his welfare and happiness.
  • Beautiful and glamorous, the native generally has a large number of unconditional admirers in tow. Another female, less ambitious and vain than she is, would satisfy herself with picking up one of these and settling down with him. Put the Dragon woman, who does not swoon over males, has set her objective “higher” than that. She is never in a hurry to marry, and in some cases deliberately chooses to remain single for good, because she wants to be desired and courted by all men for ever. When she decides to get married, the problem of her choice will not be a small one – her standards are so exacting that the right man for her should resemble a Greek god! Failing to find such a man, she may prefer spinsterhood to a compromise with reality.
  • She naturally expects every man she passes to succumb to her charm and intelligence and does not understand why occasionally one of her dates can say “no” to her. She also expects her rejected lovers to whine after her so long as they are still alive.
  • She usually knows a wide variety of bedmates in her youth, and in wedlock does not pretend to be a model of fidelity. She has the reputation of being a man-collector, preferring hunting to being hunted. For this reason some people suspect her of nymphomania. To be fair and just, one should understand her enormous thirst for the absolute. Her promiscuity, essentially, is not a search for sensual gratifications, but for perfection; her apparent andromania is merely a result of her immense megalomania and her profound love of independence. Sometimes she entertains the mistaken belief that going continually from arms to arms is to live intensely and fully. Of course, she is much more often disillusioned than satisfied in her pursuit.
  • Fortunately for her, she enjoys a particular state of grace which renders her practically invulnerable to disappointments in love. When an affair is broken, it can be her partner – not she – who will suffer most. And she will be quickly off to a new romance with her heart as a perfect tabula rasa. Unrequited love leaves her sentimentally unruffled, just like water flowing on a duck’s back.
  • If she is lucky enough to find a man who deserves her highest esteem and who in return adores her unreservedly, the Dragon woman will prove a wonderful mate. She will show herself enormously capable of both giving and receiving love. She will demand a lot, but will give just as much.
  • If on the contrary she is a victim of bad luck, she may resort to lesbianism as a compensation, in defiance of all possible social taboos. Although generous and loyal to her chosen sisters-lovers, she will nonetheless preserve her independence, to which she clings more and more jealously each day. It will not displease her to play a man’s role in such homosexual relations. Nevertheless, she cannot help feeling that being reduced to love without a phallus is a serious blow to her ego, despite all her claims to the contrary.
  • The situation is not often so dramatic, however. The average Dragon female generally works out an acceptable solution to her love problems and makes her life normally with a man as most other women. The one involved with her will certainly appreciate her exceptional capacity for love on both the emotional and physical planes. But he will have to handle it with the utmost care, beginning with a clear understanding of her attitude and behaviour  This is a woman with an overwhelming need to be admired and worshipped, to feel that she ever remains to be won. Taken for granted, she will surely retaliate in a way or another – by becoming frigid or simply walking off. However deep her intimacy with her man she always draws a sharp line between romantic submission and out-of-bed dependence; a lamb after nightfall, she becomes at daybreak her usual proud and fiercely independent lioness again and regards any attempt to tame her as a mortal sin. Her sexual expression needs comfort, ease, consideration, and touch; no question for her to make love on a car back-seat or with a man who is not clean-shaven or appears to be in a hurry, for instance. Finally, due to her chronic histrionics, she often deliberately seeks out quarrels even when nothing annoys her – just for the pleasure of spectacular reconciliation!

IN YOUR ELEMENT

The characteristics of the Dragon Sign are tempered by one of the five Chinese elements of Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth overlaying a 5-year cycle of characteristics on the original 12-year cycle.

THE METAL DRAGON 1940 AND 2000

Truthful but extreme, courageous but unyielding, Metal Dragons have a strength similar to the Dragon fire. Metal Dragons succeed through determination. They are mighty and respect people who stand up to them. In troubled times, these Dragons make great allies, but become ferocious challengers. Metal Dragons can often calm others through their forceful personalities. They seek action, and things are never better than when they are defending a thought or belief about which they have complete faith. Metal Dragons like to lead, and have an affect that makes others want to follow them. Yet even if they attract no support they will fight alone. The Metal Element expresses structure, fixed values, strength of will and fluency of speech. The nature of Metal is to define and to strengthen. This Element symbolises clear thinking, sincerity and accuracy. Metal Element people have the gift of structure and the ability to interface easily with the outside world. Those born under Metal set and follow their goals with vigour and passion. Metal is determined and fixed, holding each sign in a position of strength by serving as a foundation. 

THE WATER DRAGON 1952 AND 2012

 

Water has a calming effect on the Dragon’s fearless temperament. Water allows the Dragon to re-direct its enthusiasm, and makes him more perceptive of others. These Dragons are better equipped to take a step back to re-evaluate a situation because they understand the art of patience and do not desire the spotlight like other Dragons. Therefore, they make smart decisions and are able to see eye-to-eye with other people. However, their actions can go wrong if they do not research or if they do not finish one project before starting another. The Water Dragon expresses feelings, reflection and sensitivity. Symbolic of feelings and emotions. Water descends, seeks out and fills low places, especially the hearts of the disheartened and needy. Those born under the Element of Water are guided by their feelings and the need to communicate. The Water Element endows one with a lucid and quick mind; however , this element is chaos because it does not have it’s own form rather it takes shape of whatever contains it. Water Element have the ability to persuade and manipulate others and their environment. The Element of Water blesses it’s natives with a deep spiritual nature and the ability to thrive in many social situations. Those born into Water years possess the extraordinary intuition and function as a kind of spiritual barometer in this life.  

THE WOOD DRAGON 1904 AND 1964

 

Wood has a modifying influence and brings creativity to this sign. Questioning and liberal, Wood Dragons enjoy talking about original ideas and are open to other points of view. They are innovative, imaginative practical and appreciate art in each of its forms. Generally less pretentious than other Dragons, Wood Dragons have an ability to get along with other people. They have the essentials to build a prosperous and happy life for themselves. Still, Wood Dragons are outspoken and at times a bit pushy to quell everyone, even in the most friendly quarrel.  The Wood Element expresses imagination, creativity and compassion. Also represents the family and artistic theory. The nature of wood is move upwards toward the light, to spread and expand. Wood Element people have high-minded values and believe in the dignity of every human being. The Element also brings cooperation, so people born under this element understand the value of teamwork and excel in organising large projects. They are progressive thinkers and far sighted in their goals and ventures. The Wood Element endows each with natural presence; however, Wood is also incendiary and capable of producing a combustible temper.

 

THE FIRE DRAGON 1916 AND 1976

The Fire Dragon is a powerful force to be reckoned with. This is a Dragon doubled! The Fire Dragon can move from calm and collected to combustible in a matter of seconds. In some ways the Fire Dragon is his or her own worst enemy. These Dragons cannot help feeling they are valuable and all-knowing. When they are right their vehemence and vigour is an asset to the cause, and though they value objectivity, they do not always employ the best decision-making measures, and sometimes jump to the wrong conclusion. They also suffer from recklessness and quick tempers. Yet, when they do keep their temper, emotions, and rivalling spirit under control, they emanate a commanding influence on other people. The Fire Element expresses dynamic passion, energy, aggression and leadership. The nature of fire is to arouse, convert,consume, resolve and bring out an outcome.This Element will tend to multiply signs inborn talents and energies. Fire Element people have the gifts of leadership, passion and assertiveness. Decisive and masterful, those born under this element rarely have trouble making decisions  and the attract others with their strong and radiant personalities. Fire Element souls have an abundance of energy that produces impatience. The movement of Fire is rapid and can consume one’s energies if not properly balanced with relaxation and moderation. This Element also represents the ability to be decisive, to lead and to act spontaneously without forethought. Fire punctuates each sign with an exclamation mark!

 

THE EARTH DRAGON 1928 AND 1988

Earth Dragons make great managers because they are practical, level-headed and demonstrate a knack for organizing. They still have the need to dictate and be admired, but they are affable, congenial and supportive. Compared to other Dragons, Earth Dragons are less likely to breathe fire at the least irritation. They will work diligently to complete their life goals. The Earth element adds a greater portion of self-control to the Dragon’s personality and usually the Earth Dragon is deserving of the respect he or she desires. These Dragons take their life and romantic responsibilities quite seriously.  The Earth Element expresses stability, reliability and common sense. The nature of Earth is to ”ground,” to keep whole, and to preserve. The Earth is symbolic of the mother’s protected womb of peace and safety. Those born under the Earth Element are both practical and industrious. They have exceptional powers of organisation and are competent masterminds and executives. Honest, serious and conservative, Earth Element people are capable of making wise decisions.