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Chinese New Year 2012: What Does The Year of The Black Water Dragon Have In Store For You?

Updated on March 3, 2012

2012 The Year of the Black Water Dragon

Chinese New Year 2012 begins on the 23rd January and is the year of the Water Dragon. What do we know about the Dragon? We know that it is a beautiful creature, extrovert with a fiery temperament; he is powerful, full of energy, gifted and ambitious.

But this year, 2012, is dominated by the water dragon, which means that the bold and fearless character of the dragon will be calmer, his enthusiasm will be subdued and he will become more intuitive and sensitive to others. These striking changes occur because of the water element, which denotes peace, calm and tranquility are attached to the dragon.

The Water Dragons have acquired and understand the art of patience, which puts them in a good position to deal with any complex situations in an effective and composed manner. In contrast to the fire dragon they do not seek fame and fortune they prefer to stay in the background and not be the center of attention.

The only negative about the water dragon is that he may get into sticky situations and make the wrong decision if he does not research his subject beforehand or takes on too many projects at the same time.

What Chinese Zodiac Sign Are You?

In the China the zodiac signs are represented by 12 animals. To find out what sign you are look at the years under each animal in the list below and look for the year that corresponds with the year in which you were born, that is your Chinese zodiac sign.

  • Dragon - 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952, 1940, 1928
  • Rat - 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948, 1936
  • Ox - 1985, 1973, 1961, 1949, 1937, 1925
  • Tiger - 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950, 1938, 1926
  • Rabbit - 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939, 1927
  • Snake - 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953, 1941, 1929
  • Horse - 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942, 1930
  • Sheep - 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955, 1943, 1931
  • Monkey - 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956, 1944, 1932
  • Rooster - 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957, 1945, 1933
  • Dog - 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946, 1934
  • Pig - 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947, 1935

    Now Go To Your Chinese Zodiac Sign to read what's in store for you in 2012

The Year of the Black Water Dragon

2012, 2000,1988, 1976, 1964, 1952, 1940, 1928

Throughout the centuries the Dragon has been traditionally associated with newness, new beginnings, good health, wealth and happiness. The Chinese believe that if you want to get married, have children or start a new business then the best year to do so is in the year of Dragon.

2012 is the year that those born under the sign of the dragon should contemplate taking a new direction and grasping new opportunities. If you have been thinking about changing careers, taking on a new challenge or giving new life this is the year to do it.

Look out for changes to take place. Sort out any outstanding issues, be they financial, emotional or physical, and move on to better things.

The beginning of the year will be quiet and not a lot will be happening but expect some movement when spring arrives. Spring is the Dragon's favorite season. During this time your weaknesses will be highlighted, but when this happens you will have to dig deep and use your gifts of being adaptable, canny and smart when faced with a difficult situation.

Between May 20th and18th of June the Dragon Moon will appear. The moon and water work together in harmony and the Water Dragon will come into its own and be very perceptive and intense. This is the time to start making plans for the future. Submit that job application, book that holiday, make that investment, make a marriage proposal, whatever hopes and dreams you have for the future make them during this period.

It is predicted that during the Summer and Autumn of 2012 there will be a steady flow of positive developments. You will look to improving your health and not be so dependent on inorganic foods and materials. Cut back on the fast foods and take up some form or exercise to get fit.

From November onwards will be a quiet time when you can reflect and go over the changes that you have made. However, there may be a few interruptions to the quiet peace you will be enjoying. Although, you will welcome these interruptions as they will be positive and beneficial. Any 'light bulb' moments you experience at this time should be acted upon as they may provide future prosperity.

The Water Dragon is intuitive and you should enhance any senses and be optimistic in your advancement to bigger and better things.

For you this year will be a time of reassessing situations and with great resolve move forward in your quest to improve your life.

The Year of the Rat

1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948, 1936

Rats are known to be aggressive, prone to stress, and have difficulties suppressing their feelings. On the other hand they can be practical and perceptive and can see the bigger picture.

Career & Money: 2012 is a good opportunity for Rat people, they know what they want and will achieve whatever they put their minds to. All your efforts will come to fruition this year and you will have more ideas and be innovative. So if you have an inspiration to create or generate something follow it through as it may provide you with a nest egg. Your career is on the up and you will be successful but remember to share your success with your partners and team that helped you attain your goal. One word of warning though, do not antagonize people or you may lose your support.

Love: However, another word of caution. Do not sacrifice the time you spend with loved ones for your new project or business interests. It could have a detrimental effect on your relationship, and if it is already volatile it will break. It is a good time for single Rat people to meet their perfect partner.

Health: As the dragon contains water Rat people need to pay attention to their heart and watch out for any kidney disease. Aim to increase physical exercise or do some form of cardio vascular work out if you do not exercise in order to warm up the body. Avoid alcohol and tobacco.

The Chinese horoscope 2012 will be a year of insight and you will make sensible decisions and have a fairly happy year.

The Year of the Ox

1985, 1973, 1961, 1949, 1937, 1925

Career: The oxen is a fearless person and will go in 'all guns blazing' to achieve any task or objects set. For this reason you should channel those energies and this year put your best efforts into your career, work or studies.

Money: Unfortunately because there is an unlucky star in the money area of the oxen, it is not the best time to make any financial investments. It is recommended that you manage your finances, set a budget and not spend too much. Avoid taking a loan from friends or family. In fact avoid borrowing altogether.

Love: In the love department the Chinese horoscope 2012 predicts that your life with be full of love and romance. May be this is the time to make that commitment of a civil union or marriage. If you are already in a loving relationship then you should spend more time and have fun with your loved one. Your compatible partners are the Rat, Snake or Rooster.

If you are single there is every chance you will meet your soul mate this year. However, you must be prepared to give time to the relationship; caress and cajole it so that it goes the distance.

Health: On the health front, this year you should be aware of your health and if there is anything you are suspicious about get it seen to by your physician as soon as possible.

Generally, be wise and tread carefully. Don't rush in but be cautious and deal with any situations rationally.

The Year of the Tiger

1986, 1974, 1962, 1950, 1938, 1926

Tiger people are natural born leaders who are dignified and noble. They have a cool outer personna but watch out because they are ready to attack without warning. One negative is that the Tiger person is prone to depression, especially when their efforts are not recognised or the peers criticize their work.

Career: However, this year is a year of opportunity and you will be able to show off your leadership qualities. As an independent person you can pursue your goals and not falter until you have achieved what you aimed to accomplish. But you have to stay alert as you may face unexpected situations in the year of Dragon, otherwise, all that time spent building yourself up will be in vain.

Whilst pursuing these goals you also need to be careful as your health could be affected by your strong determination to finish a project. Although you are full of energy you need to take steady pace or you run the risk of so as not to wearing yourself out.

Money: Money luck is up and down in 2012. It is advised that you do not gamble on risky business or investments but rather earn your money through more stable means, like a job, or own bsiness.

Love: Sadly there is no romance for the Tiger this year. If you are single and looking for love 2012 may be difficult for you to find your soul mate. If you are already in love, then you have to be on your Ps and Qs in order to prevent any arguments to keep the relationship going. Avoid quarrels and upsets if you are married. You don't want to end up signing that divorce petition!

2012 is not the year in which to make long term commitments in either your personal or professional life.

Health: Tiger people usually have good energy levels. But there is an extremely Unlucky Star in the health area for 2012. What you eat is important and you should be careful of eating processed foods, wheat based dishes and dairy products. You should also pay attention to the places you go. If you participate in dangerous sports, like mountain climbing, sky diving, or car racing, you need to check and re-check the safety so as to reduce the chance of injuries.

The Year of the Rabbit

1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939, 1927

This year make sure that you take care of your friendships and reserve quality time to improve the relationships between you, friends and lovers.

Rabbit people tend to be the opposite of the dragon and are introverts and withdrawn. However, this year you possess the same traits as the Water Dragon as you are calm, peaceful and tranquil, rarely demonstrating any aggressive behavior.

Career: It is predicted for 2012, that any business relationship you enter into should be good and profitable. But, be aware that there are people around you who are jealous of your successes. They will go out of their way to set up stumbling blocks and stop you moving up the career ladder. Therefore stay away from people of shady character and avoid getting into disputes with any rivals at your place of work.

Build up your work network and allies, so that when anything goes wrong you have their support. You will continue to work deligently to achieve your goals but be aware that the stress of success could be hazardous to your health.

Money: There is no positive luck so far as money is concerned so you should avoid gambling, the lottery, risky investment,borrowing money in particular from family and friends.

Love: So far as love is concerned single Rabbit people may encounter their soul mate, but be wise and not get carried away in a whirlwind romance. If the romance is moving to quickly it may not last. Take your time. If you are in a relationship, enhance the love by showing your partner more attention. Take time to share common interests but avoid talking about the past or issues of trust, as this could turn into a heated quarrel and lead to the breakup of your relationship.

Health: The year of the Black Dragon is not particularly good for Rabbit people in terms of health. In fact there is a sign of physical weakness and emotional upset that may reduce your energy levels. Therefore you should not skip meals or overwork but ensure that you get sufficient sleep, the obligatory 8 hours rest and exercise at least 3 times aweek. Grazing on healthy food throughout the day and hydrating your body with 8 glasses of water daily will keep you in optimum health.

The Year of the Snake

1989, 1977, 1965, 1953, 1941, 1929

Snake people are smart, cunning vain and proud. The Chinese horoscope 2012 predicts that the Snake people will be more astute and intuitive this year because they will concentrate their efforts towards their accomplishments. You have to be focussed and not get distracted by superficial and frivolous events.

You are known as being an obstinate person, so it is recommended that you control your stubborness so that you do not miss beneficial opportunities.

Career: In your career path you may face a few challenges and it might be possible that you will change jobs this year because you're tired and bored of the monotony at the moment. However, generally you will do well in business and make a huge amount of money. It might be possible that you will switch your job this year as your nature demonstrates that you get bored with monotonous work easily.

Money: Money luck for Snake people is average in the year of Dragon. In order to increase money you need to have good money management skills. You need to be wary of risky invesments because you could be scammed. If you make a good return do not become greedy because you could easily lose that profit if you re-invest.

Love: There is nothing happening on the romantic front this year for Snake people. However, you will enjoy friendships but they will not necessarily turn into love. If you are in love your relationship will remain on an even keel in the year of Dragon.

Health: Healthwise Snake people will lack energy. Therefore you need to take time to conserve your energies, rest and relax more. To achieve good health you should avoid hectic schedules and exercise at least 3 times per week. You should also consider food safety when preparing meals so as to avoid stomach diseases.Proper outdoor excise will help maintain your health. Paying attention to food safety and sanitation can avoid issues regarding the intestines and stomach.

The Year of the Horse

1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942, 1930

This year will be full of optimisim and your life will be healthy. You are a hard worker and will push forward with great determination to accomplish your goals.

Career & Money: There is a lucky star in your horoscope and you should take advantage of this opportunity to advance your career. But in order to move up the career ladder you still need to keep a low profile and follow your mentor's lead. This will ensure that any promotion goes to you.

You need to keep an eye on your finances and manage them properly. Money will come and go so avoid gambling or any risky investments.

Love: Horse people already in relationships will be fine. However, there is a Lonely Star in 2012 so when dealing with your love relationship you should avoid being too pushy and requesting that your partner spend more time with you. These demands could damage the relationship and lead to a separation, so you've been warned.

If you are single, you need to become more social and go out and about to social events. This way you will have more opportunity to meet someone and start a new relationship.

Health: Generally you will experience good health, but there is an Unlucky Star appearing in the health area for 2012. This star is a sign of injury. Therefore, this year you need to pay attention to health and safety at work and drive carefully on the road. The Chinese horoscope 2012 forecasts that you should look after you health as you may experience a few ailments in your digestive tract and abdomen. Do not ignore any health worries during 2012.

The Year of the Sheep

1991, 1979, 1967, 1955, 1943, 1931

According to Chinese horoscope 2012, the Sheep zodiac sign represents people who like peace in their life. They revel in their personal life with fervour and energy. The sheep is usually smart, artistic, insecure, shy and dependant.

Career & Money: This year Sheep people will have good money and career luck. However, note that money luck will not be through a windfall so don't go gambling, playing the lottery or making any risky investments. You should receive a good stable income from a job, career advancement or entering a lucrative business venture. Because of the Quarrel Star in 2012 you will still need to manage your finances. Note, avoid borrowing from anyone or lending money to family members.

It has been forecast that you will spend too much money buying material things. It is fine wanting material things but you have use your smartness when purchasing and buy the deals on offer rather than brand named goods. That way you will save money.

Love: Love for the single Sheep person is favorable. You need to attend more social functions and get out more as this is where you will meet new people, make friends and develop relationships.

For those who are already in love or married quality time has to be given to your relationship. There are little cracks showing so you must tackle the misunderstandings and come to some agreement as to your differences. Do not be too demanding. This could push your partner or lover away. There is a Lonely Star in the Dragon year 2012, which means that you may have to overcome difficult situations and compromise. Deep love may be difficult to achieve this year.

Health: Sheep people are often portrayed as being unhealthy. However this year the Sheep's health will be good as long as they eat properly, take part in regular exercise routine and get sufficient rest. The only health area you need to be concerned about and pay attention to is your intestines and stomach. If these areas becomes an issue, your body will quickly recover because the Happiness Star is prominent in the year of the Dragon

Happiness is a characteristic of the sheep and you will remain healthy whilst you are happy. However, if you are unhappy you will be prone to sickness. Therefore, practise positive thinking and you will be uplifted.

The Year of the Monkey

1992, 1980, 1968, 1956, 1944, 1932

The Monkey and the Dragon have an attraction towards each other, and 2012 will be a lucky year for the Monkey. You will develop good people relationships, have a great career opportunities, receive money luck and embrace a love relationship.

Career & Money: You will enjoy the opportunity to shine in your career. The Intelligent Star appears this year and you will put your intelligence to good use, through innovation, coming up with ideas for business, completing complex tasks and earning the respect of your peers. However, don't let all this success go to your head and become arrogant; people will not like you for it and friendships may become strained to the point that you will end up as 'billy no mates' all alone.

Positive relationships can bring in money opportunities. Generally you will have a stable income from your job, but if you make an investment in a good enterprise you will receive a good return. If you are a business owner you may want to consider expanding or diversifying your product range. In order to get a good return for your investment you must research and plan carefully, do not rush in without doing your due diligence. Ignore this step and you will lose more than you gain. This is a definite outcome because the White Tiger Star, which is an unlucky sign is hovering over the Monkey in the year of the Dragon. So be astute in your business dealings and you will overcome the White Tiger Star.

Love is in the air and Monkey people will do well in relationships. If you are single, get dressed up and go out to social functions where you will have the opportunity to meet your soul mate. If you are in love, this could be the year to make that marriage proposal as you get closer and more involved in your relationship. However, if you're married you have to be watchful as there are some negative vibes and people around who may interfere and damage your love life. If a problem arises, then you have to take a step back, listen, communicate and above all remove the person or quell the situation that threatens your marriage.

Health: The health of the Monkey is affected by the White Tiger Star, which signifies injury. This also means that your health will be under par unless you look after yourself. Therefore, avoid dangerous sports, unsafe travel, physical combat, and activities that involve speed. You must also be careful when driving as the White Tiger Star is associated with accidents.

Heed the warning. You can avoid disaster if you are vigilant about this issue.

The Year of the Rooster

1993, 1981, 1969, 1957, 1945, 1933

2012 will be a wonderful year to Rooster people. Everything is good, career, money, and love. You can expect to prosper and be generally happy. There is only one negative and that is in relation to your health.

Career: You will do well in your career development as there is a Lucky Dragon Star in 2012. There are many career opportunities and you can advance to the very top. But, you should not let all the success pump you up with pride that you become arrogant and step over those who are around you. They will not like you for it and some may even try to pull you down.

Money: You will enjoy good money luck in 2012, but you will have to work hard for it. If you try gambling, play the lottery or risky investment, you may still lose so play and invest wisely. Rooster people need good financial management if they want to save and increase their wealth.

Love: Social and love relationships of Rooster people has a very good outcome in 2012. This is the best year for single Roosters to meet someone. Therefore broaden your social circle and attend more social functions. The opportunity to meet your perfect soul mate is extremely high. If you are already in love, then this is a good time to make a commitment and bring the relationship closer with an engagement or a proposal of marriage. If you are married, this year will bring you closer and you will enjoy the deep love you have for one another.

Health: Is not very good this year. This is because of the Adversity Star in the Rooster's health area. The health problems that might arise are high blood pressure, depression, anger and frustration. You should reserve your energy, rest and relax. Engage in regular exercise, follow a healthy diet and build up your immune system.

The Year of the Dog

1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946, 1934

Dog people are seen as honest, reliable and decent. However, in Chinese Horoscopes the Dragon is the General in charge of 2012 and can use his power to control and dominate any animal. The Dog and the Dragon do not see eye to eye so if the Dog were to challenge the Dragon this year he will be worse off and bring a lot of trouble down on himself. Therefore, things are not looking good in 2012 for Dog people.

Career: It will be a difficult year for Dog people in their jobs and you may find stumbling blocks and obstacles hard to overcome.

Avoid getting into arguments with your co-workers of bosses as you will not win. Also, if you are thinking about changing career direction or finding a new job, think again, as this is not the year in which to do so. The best advice is to keep your head down, pay attention to your current job, and avoid confrontations. This way you will see through 2012 unscathed.

If you have your own business you will be emerging as a eminent and successful businessman. This year your focus will be on growing your business and planning for future. However, you must be aware that competitors or clients may put up barriers to your progression, so be careful and not to become too boastful in your success.

Money: Sorry but there are money woes for you in 2012. There is an Exhausted Star in your money area which signals budget problems. It is recommended that you cut back on your spending and put aside some money for emergencies. It is not a good time to lend money to family members or friends. If you run your own business you need to be smart and distribute your money wisely. Think carefully before you sign on the dotted line and read the small print so as to protect your assets. Avoid gambling, playing the lottery, risky investments, and disputes as you may lose more than you gain. To keep your bank account in the black make wise decisions before spending or investing.

Love: Things don't seem to be getting any better in your love life. This is because of the fighting relationship between the Dog and Dragon. Your emotions will fluctuate, one minute your up and the next minute your down ; this will have a negative effect on your relationships. If you are single and hoping to find your soul mate this year you will not be disappointed because he/she is not around to be found. If you are in love you have to watch your temper and tendancy to fly off the handle. Deal with any disagreements in a calm and cool manner otherwise your relationships could break down. Married Dog people need to exert patience and deal with family issues in a sensitive and understanding manner if there is to be a happy atmosphere in the home and harmony in the marriage. Career and finance pressure will have a bearing on your relationship but as long as you remember your marriage and family come first everything will be ok.

Health: It is important that you look after your health and that of your elder family members because there are Unlucky Stars in your health area. If you have been suffering from any minor ailments for a while you should visit your physician for a checkup to make sure it's not a sign of anything more sinister. You should also avoid any dangerous exploits and venture holidays. Be watchful and focussed whilst driving in order to avoid accidents.

The Year of the Pig

1995, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947, 1935

This year Pig people will become smarter. Generally luck is on the side of the Pig and love relationships are pretty good. This is owed to the two Lucky Stars in the Pig's domain.

Career: The Dragon is mainly an Earth element whilst the Pig mainly consists of Water. In Chinese Astrology the Earth can make Water evaporate and disappear. Therefore, the Pig is wary of the Dragon. In everyday terms this means that there will be pressure in your job, but because there is a Moon Star in the Year of the Dragon, you will make good relationships with co-workers who will support you when problems arise. You must pay attention to your work and avoid making any catasthropic mistakes, otherwise your competitors or anyone jealous of your advancement within the company will use it to damage your reputation. Use social networks to develop your career. Sharing your experience and achievements with others will open new opportunities to you.

Money: Money luck for Pig people is, unfortunately, quite unstable. You need to slow down the pace at which you make investments and be cautious about embarking on a new venture without doing your due diligence and checking the venture is worthwhile. There will be many money opportunities this year but your wealth will not see profits very immediately. However, your hard work will pay off and you will have a nice little nest egg. But before spending you must ensure that you have a stable income to meet those extra financial demands. It is recommended that you set up a financial plan and budget wisely.

Love: A Romantic Star sits in the love area of Pig people. If you are single, you should attend more social functions as there is a possibility that you will meet your soul mate. If you are in love, now is the right time to get engaged or propose marriage as next year will be too late. If you are married enjoy your married life and be happy. But, an opportunity for an illicit affair will present itself and you have to be strong to resist it. If you give in to it there will be a dangerous time next year and your marriage will be in trouble.

Health: The Chinese horoscope 2012 reveals that Pig people will need to pay attention to their health issues and not leave any concerns, however small to chance. You are vulnerable to abdominal and intestinal disturbances so it is important that you look after yourself, consume a healthy diet and exercise regularly. Avoid foods that will aggravate your stomach, such as citrus and spicy foods.


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      6 years ago from London, England

      You're welcome laadhy

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      6 years ago from Maldives- The Paradise on Earth

      wow..its really interesting and informative.thank you for sharing your knowledge

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      6 years ago from London, England

      You're welcome Express10!

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      H C Palting 

      6 years ago from East Coast

      Thank you for sharing this very interesting and useful hub.

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      6 years ago from London, England

      It does seem that you have had a stressful time of late and unfortunately the first part of 2012 is not improving the situation. But you can expect improvements and change in your finances later on in the year.

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      6 years ago

      Hi, I am wood dragon ,last two year were so stressful,i was hoping this year will bring some good stuff for me but still in same position,i am wondering whole year will be the same?

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      6 years ago from London, England

      Hi James, you may be an extrovert person but now is the time rein in your fiery temperament, conserve your energies and focus on something that will be beneficial to you and others, and will once again allow you to release those conserved energies and exhibit that extrovert personality.

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      6 years ago

      Hi, am born in the year of the dragon fire year,am extrovert person but this year apparently this year i enjoy being alone and having alot of Global insights. Am currently working on one of the most ambitious project plan of this Centuary!!!

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      6 years ago from London, England

      Sorry to hear that Millionaire,but you know you don't have to accept it. Just focus your mind on the positive and visualize good things in your life. Thanks for the vote.

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      Shasta Matova 

      6 years ago from USA

      It doesn't look I'm headed for a good year according to this, but it is good to know what to watch out for. Voted up.

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      6 years ago from London, England

      Thank you Pooilum.

      That Grrl you're in for a good year. Water helps Wood to grow which means that you will be strong with its support. So if there is anything you want to do, have put on the back burner or projects you want to fulfil now is the time to go for it.

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      Laura Brown 

      6 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      The Year of the Dragon is my year. I'm a wood dragon.

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      6 years ago from Malaysia

      nice breakdown!


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