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Year of the Dragon – Naga – Thai Zodiac » Thai Guide To Thailand


2012 is the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese Zodiac. In the Thai Zodiac, the Dragon is often replaced by a Naga. The Year of the Dragon and the Chinese New Year will commence on the 23rd January 2012 and will be influenced by the Element “Water”.


In the Chinese Zodiac and also the Thai Zodiac, each of the 12 months of the year are represented by an animal, and each animal can be influenced by one of the 5 Elements (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water) thus making the Chinese Zodiac a 60 year cycle. The Dragon is considered to be the most powerful symbol in the Chinese Zodiac and is the 5th animal of the Zodiac.

Water Dragons are usually extremely lucky people and are often calm like the water in a lake but, just as in Nature, sometimes this calmness can become turbulent and the Water Dragon will become excited and unpredictable. Water Dragons are perhaps the most likely people to contribute greatly to mankind’s well being. In love, Water Dragons find themselves very attractive and desirable and will have no problem finding a suitable partner. When a Water Dragon is at work or entering on some new project, he will give 100% with no holding back.

Year of the Dragon

In the Buddhist countries of South East Asia, including Thailand, the Naga is a mythical monster looking like a giant snake. Nagas can have either a single head or many heads and can be seen guarding the staircases of many Thai Temples. Allegedly, Nagas are believed to be still living in the Mekong River and the people mill make frequent offerings to ensure their safety on the river.
In the Harry Potter book series, the pet snake of Voldemort is a Naga.



People born in the Year of the Dragon are compatible with Rats, Snakes, Monkeys and the Rooster. The least compatible are those born in the Year of the Dog.

Famous people born in the Year of the Dragon include;
Bruce Lee, Fats Domino, Diana Krall, John Lennon, Nicolas Cage, Sandra Bullock, Russell Crowe, Raquel Welch, Matt Dillon, Keanu Reeves, Salvidor Dali, Shirley Temple, Abraham Lincoln, Deng Ziaoping, Andy Warhol, Hermann Goering, Julius Caesar, Napoleon, Orlando Bloom, Placido Domingo, Pele and Charles Darwin.

In Thailand, the temple associated with the Year of the Dragon is Wat Phra Singh in Chiang Mai






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3 Responses to “Year of the Dragon – Naga – Thai Zodiac”

  1. I am a Dragon and my wife is a Snake and we are very much in love. We seldom disagree on things. In fact we share almost the same passions in life.

  2. This combination creates the 60-year cycle due to the least amount of years (least common multiple) it would take to get from Yang Wood Rat to its next iteration, which always starts with Yang Wood Rat and ends with Yin Water Boar. Since the zodiac animal cycle of 12 is divisible by two, every zodiac sign can only occur as either Yin or Yang : the dragon is always yang, the snake is always yin, etc. The current cycle began in 1984 (as shown in “Table of the sixty-year calendar” below).

  3. The Tiger and the Dragon are commonly regarded as the two most powerful signs, but since There Can Be Only One , the two are Arch-Enemies . Other rivalries and affinities also exist, however – for example, two Tigers rarely get along. There are other methods to classify the signs, all of which can be used together. These include polarity (yin/yang), power and romance, and trine (four in total). Unlike the elements, these repeat through the 12 as yang/yin and first/second/third/fourth – the first sign, Rat, is a yang sign in the first trine, while the eighth sign, Sheep, is a yin sign in the fourth trine. In addition, each pair of consecutive years corresponds to a specific element, which also affects a personality reading – an Ox is typically seen as stern and inflexible, but a Water Ox (1973) or Wood Ox (1985) will be seen as more flexible than a Metal Ox (1961) according to a simple reading. The above listed is the Chinese Zodiac, and this is the one most familiar to most Western and Eastern audiences alike, but other Eastern zodiacs exist. The Korean and Japanese are functionally identical to the Chinese Zodiac, with changes primarily in nomenclature. The Vietnamese zodiac, however, replaces the rabbit with the cat (a pity Kyo wasn’t born there), and the Thai zodiac replaces the dragon with the naga. See Also: Western Zodiac , Animal Motifs , Tiger Versus Dragon , Dragons Up the Yin Yang and Astrologer .

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