Yet 2012 is not simply the year of the dragon. It's actually the year of the water dragon. In Chinese astrology, each animal symbol is paired with one of five elements: fire, water, wood, earth or metal/gold, says Mi. (His daughter is a gold dragon and his son an earth dragon.) If the past weekend of sleet, snow and rain wasn't enough of a start, Mi says to be prepared for some flooding. Did 2000, year of the golden dragon, bring wealth or just more metal And many try to have babies during dragon years: If you're born in the year of the dragon, you are supposed to be endowed with the dragon chi, likely to be energetic, creative, powerful and smart, but sometimes "stubborn and short-tempered"