The Dragon in the Year of the Water Tiger 2022

Dragon Pic by @elliespinelli

Who is a Dragon?

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Years:         1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000.
Month*:      April
Hour:          07.00 am – 09.00

Day:            you’ll need a Chinese Calendar.

* Caution: the start of Chinese months can be as early as the 4th & as late as the 9th, depending on the year.

What is a Dragon?
The Dragon is yang earth, the most egotistical of the branches as well as perhaps the most powerful. Putting aside conventional rules of animal compatibility, many of us are either fascinated by the Dragon or suspicious. Or both. Shameless mischief-maker Vladimir Putin and Trump tribute act Boris Johnson are Dragons. So however is Marianne Williamson, whose Presidential ambitions may be over but whose influence continues to grow. It was she who wrote Nelson Mandela’s mantra:

Our deepest fear is not that we are weak. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.”

These are powerful people. Be aware however that the Dragon is not always issued with a moral compass. He or she may take a lifetime locating it. Indeed they may have spent lifetimes already.

The Dragon is just as charming and affable as (s)he feels like being at any given time, but like the Pig, the Horse and the Rooster, they suffer the self clash which makes them unsuited to working with their peers. Dragons often live alone and enjoy their own company. Sometimes they claim to even when they don’t. Often what he experiences as joy is a subtle experience that others find puzzling. The Horse for instance who likes to dance on tables, may consider the Dragon a high maintenance prima donna. Even his ally the Monkey, contrasts his own goonish delights with the impassive Dragon and can make no sense of it.

And yet the Dragon delivers. Sometimes awkward and gauche, the Dragon can appear incompetent and yet still win. Steadfast Dogs whose workings lead to a logical answer detest this about the Dragon and may sabotage him. Put simply the Dog thinks the Dragon goes on a bit. The Ox and the Sheep share something of this attitude but are more passive about it. If you are a Dragon, know this: you are likely to induce jealousy. However gracious you are, they know the level of your self-esteem.

The Chinese ideogram for thunder is a Dragon under a raincloud. And all over the world rainclouds speak of plenty; drenched is good if you’re looking for growth. The Dragon month is April, the time of sudden change. Dragon times are the tense moments before a storm breaks.

The Dragon does not naturally co-operate or share confidences. He will however work with those he considers his inferiors as long as they are very clear about the pecking order. This is the central weakness of the unbalanced Dragon. King Lear was a Dragon, where Othello may have been a Tiger and Hamlet probably a Snake.

The Dragon’s traditional partners are the hands-on Monkey and the plotting Rat although these three may not mix socially. They need a task to cooperate upon, otherwise they find it hard to connect. Socially the Dragon will seek out the Rooster and the Horse both of whom can act as pr or spokesperson. Alone or teamed-up, the Dragon is just as creative as she wants to be. He can magic up wealth and as rapidly squander it. Neither Horse nor Rooster are much help to them in this regard although a benevolent Rat and a diligent Monkey can be.

Dragon and the Snake form the House of Magic#. Dragon is the Sorceror, the Snake their apprentice. Merlin was a Dragon and his story illustrates the other central weakness of the Dragon: that he can be beguiled by the glamour of the Rooster. This coupling takes the Dragon off track. In a Rooster year the Dragon may forget carefully laid plans and go off-piste, tempted – typically – by wealth or sex. In a Pig year they may have to re-think their approach to life ready for the boom times of the Rat year that follows. In an Ox Year there are break-ups, in this Tiger Year confrontation unless they think well ahead..

Note to Employers: A Dragon employee is the best there is if the task suits them. It had better suit them because they will do precisely what they feel like either way.

Final Note: As I said the typical Dragon has to seek her own moral bearings. Which means that unbalanced Dragons are the worst: take predators Philip Green, Jeffrey Epstein and Harvey Weinstein. Who’d have thought these three shared ba zi charts?!? Or that they could justify the unjustifiable for so long? Of course as these guys show, the Dragon has the luck of the Devil – technically this is called fiu gong and calls for a preventative calculation.

Richard Ashworth © 2021

# These terms ae the brain children of the man who first introduced me to the Chinese Zodiac Derek Walters, still the only Western authority respected to any degree in Asia. I sometimes tell my students that of the many thousands of books written on Chinese Astrology in the West, 99% are either nonsense or derived from Derek’s The Complete Guide to Chinese Astrology. Or both.

The Dragon in 2022

Luck is behind you this year!  Last year you were the solution to many people’s blocks, and this year your quasi-shamanic power is still useful – however to make it really useful for others.

Wealth opportunities are available, and you’ll need to trust and wiggle your nose to make these happen – entrepreneurial activities will bring you financial reward.

You see eye-to-eye with the Tiger on the importance of the beginnings of things, but your philosophy of how to get there is very different – you don’t really understand each other; the Tiger has no time for magic, and the Dragon tends to feel trodden on.

It’s a very male type of misunderstanding, a conflict of philosophies, and know that you won’t be able to bring the Tiger round to your views, so it’s best you just get on with doing what you do best (magic-making).  Ignore all the pomposity & rapid movement around you, and take shelter in your cave when you need to recharge your natural skills for transformation.

All this misunderstanding leads to potential for loss, although you have two lucky stars guiding your way this year, and you’ll survive unscathed.

You’ll start the year feeling on comfortable and friendly territory. Convivial friendships then give way to more grudging offers of assistance by the summer – you’ll likely resist their help, but best to put aside your ego for now and use your powers to know when these are helpful to talk yourself into and when best to leave aside.

The 2nd half of the year will feel more challenging – avoid going into a sulk when you don’t immediately get what you want, and remember that your ultimate power is to inspire others to create transformation in their lives, that’s what you’re great at, keep this in your sights and you’ll have another powerful year.


  • Yik ma: Moving house, job and / or a feeling of restlessness is on the cards. Go with it if it feels right, if not, travel.
  • Tin Duk, Star of Benevolence
  • Yute Duk, Star of Kindness

Helpful friends:  Rat, Monkey, Rooster

Best months: December, August, September

Zoë Vita James | Classical Feng Shui & Ba Zi


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