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Dragon people creative and charismatic

PEOPLE born in the year of the Dragon think big. They're strong, passionate, flamboyant and charismatic, ambitious and self-confident. They can also be hotheaded, too outspoken and obstinate. They can be leaders and explorers, indulging in wild fantasies. Often they are creative and nonconformists.

This year the dragon is linked with the water element, which tempers the extreme traits. He or she is less selfish and opinionated than the other dragons. This dragon is less power hungry and makes a good negotiator.

Classic dragons can be arbitrary, aloof and self-centered, sometimes too proud to ask others for help. They don't like to be restricted by society or convention. When they fly into rages, they can be extremely rude. They are frank and straight-forward, seldom disguising their intentions. It's not in their nature to go behind someone's back.

Dragon people can be moody and mysterious, sometimes indolent. They sit on a couch and watch television all day, but once fired up, they can act quickly and efficiently.

Many dragon people are dreamers and idealists who find a sense of mission at an early age. They have a cause to strive for, a mission to accomplish and an objective to realize. When encountering setbacks or failure, they are frustrated at first but soon pull their forces together to start afresh.

In China the dragon symbolizes an emperor and power. It is said that people born in the Year of the Dragon are powerful and often wealthy. They don't lust for power because they already have it. They enjoy shouldering heavy responsibilities of a family or a company. They are strong and decisive but not cunning. They like to win on their own and are often disgusted with people who play tricks.

Throughout Chinese history, many great emperors, leaders and generals were dragon people. Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang, who established the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), was born in the Year of the Dragon 1328. When he was a teenager, Zhu was a monk in a rural temple, working as a cleaner and storehouse keeper. Later he begged on the street. In his early 20s he joined the revolution to overthrow the corrupt Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368).

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Ban Chao, who was born in the dragon year of 32 AD, was a great general during the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220). He fought off intruders and reopened the Silk Road.

After the victory, he volunteered to remain on the dangerous frontier with only 1,000 soldiers. He protected people for 30 years and when he departed, people wept and tried to block his way, hoping he would remain.

Dragon emperors include Zhao Huan (968-1022) of the Song Dynasty (960-1279), Huangtaiji (1592-1643), who overthrew the Ming Dynasty and established the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), and the Jiaqing Emperor (1796-1820) of the Qing Dynasty.

In modern China, dragons include Soong Ching-Ling (Madam Sun Yat-sen), Deng Xiaoping, Premier Zhou Enlai's wife Deng Yingchao and former Premier Zhu Rongji.

Other dragon people include Joan of Arc, Susan B. Anthony, Florence Nightingale, Sigmund Freud, Mae West, Dr Seuss, Helen Keller, Salvador Dali, John Lennon, Bruce Lee, Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves.


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