Whether you celebrate it or not, the Lunar New Year has some influences for the year ahead that seem promising.
According to an article in Teen Vogue (Lunar New Year 2024: See What the Year of the Wood Dragon Has in Store (msn.com)):
In the Chinese zodiac, dragons are notorious for its strong leadership qualities and determination to succeed, which will inspire us to chase our dreams. While Dragons can be quick-tempered, they prefer to be straightforward and surround themselves with individuals who challenge their beliefs, leading to personal growth and fresh starts in relationships. The Wood element will play a significant role in this year, as it encourages us to put forth effort to make positive changes and to grow as tall as the trees in the forest. Additionally, 2024 is also known as the year of the Green Dragon, symbolizing expansion and strength that will motivate us to reach new heights and attain personal power.
Pretty exciting stuff, wouldn’t you agree? I’m especially interested in the inspiration to chase our dreams and the motivation to reach new heights and attain personal power. If you haven’t already, now is a good time to get some clarify about what you want your life to look like, what meaningful work would be most rewarding for you, and who you want to most impact with what you do.
According to another article published by CNN (Chinese zodiac fortune predictions 2024: What’s in store for the Year of the Dragon | CNN):
This year combines the heavenly stem “Jia” – which represents yang wood – and the earthly branch “Chen” which represents the Dragon. That makes 2024 the Year of the Wood Dragon.
“Jia symbolizes wood and the Dragon is a very earthy creature,” says Thierry Chow, a Hong Kong-based consultant who blends traditional Chinese geomancy with modern design elements.
“The relationship between the two elements tells us a lot about the year. In the five elements, we say wood restricts earth. That means, in 2024, industries in the wood category would likely suppress those in the earth category.”
Chow says industries with a strong wood presence – including culture, publishing and floristry – will be more likely to thrive than earth industries such as property development and mining.
If you’re involved or interested in one of these fields, look for opportunities! Even if you aren’t, it might be fun and informative to pay attention to trends and see if they align.
Wishing you all the best for this lunar year, and may all your dreams come true!