Vicki Iskandar created the beautiful newly released “The Chinese Five Elements Oracle” set. Since I incorporate elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), taoist movement and traditional Chinese exercises into my yoga therapy, I wanted to hear this Chinese metaphysics expert’s predictions for 2024. We can all use some guidance for the future. Right?
For those unaware of how the Chinese calendars work, each year (NOT coinciding with January 1- December 31) is the year of a specified animal, almost like a totem.
The always-eventful Year of the Dragon is every twelve years. Consider that the Golden Dragon year coincided with the new millennium in 2000. We are about to ring in a Green Dragon year. The last Wood (aka Green) Dragon Year was 1964, an unprecedented era on many accounts. While February 4, 2024 is the official start of the year, the Wood Dragon year is celebrated on the following new moon, which falls on February 10 in China.
From my knowledge of the Chinese elements, Wood represents springtime, which means re-birth, nourishment and growth opportunities. Wood equates to the liver and gall bladder meridians (not necessarily organs) from a physical AND emotional standpoint. These meridians can be the most important to balance for optimal well-being.
According to Vicki, the Green Dragon, comprised of Yang Wood and Yang Earth, will bring a rise of feminine power and significant shifts.
“In Chinese communities around the world, Dragon years are the most popular years for mothers to give birth as luck, power, and success come naturally to those born in the year of the Dragon,” says Vicki.
“Yang Wood symbolizes new beginnings and progress. Many of us will be planting new seeds in 2024. We could look into events of 1964 for a preview of 2024. Progress in the civil rights movement was made with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Martin Luther King, Jr., himself born in a Dragon year, received the Nobel Peace Prize.”
Vicki explains, “Benevolent leadership and community power are qualities of Yang Wood that will be highlighted in 2024 as new world leaders emerge. Yang Wood’s also the most principled and therefore the most polarizing of the elements. Like a tree, Yang Wood stands tall and doesn’t bend. We can expect the world to get even more divided, especially when it comes to politics as some of the world’s largest countries, including the U.S., India, Indonesia, and Russia, hold their national elections in 2024. As Wood is also the element of anger, rising anger will motivate communities around the world to push for change and reforms.
“In Feng Shui, Dragons represent tall, imposing mountains. A Yang Earth sign, the Dragon energy connects us to the land. Accelerated changes in the environment due to climate change will be even more pronounced in the Wood Dragon year that governments and global agencies will be compelled to take bigger regulatory actions, leading to major breakthroughs in sustainability.”
The Wood Dragon year begins a 20-year cycle known as the Age of 9. “Associated with the heart, the light within, and the middle sister [middle-aged women], the Age of 9 highlights the rise of feminine power after 20 years of youthful masculine energy…” That’s why Vicki says, “We can expect to see more women taking leadership positions in their communities and professional circles.” Hmmm. I wonder what that will mean for our upcoming presidential elections.
Examples from the prior 20-year masculine cycle include the rise of social media platforms, the isolation of the pandemic and a proliferation of less personal ways to socialize and connect.
“The Age of 9 will advance us further into the fields of virtual reality and artificial intelligence as Fire energy opens up other realms, which include not only the metaverse, but also the spiritual and energetic realms as we learn to tap our consciousness into the higher realms by raising our frequency.”
Not that I want to see more AI, but in Vicki’s eyes, we will see positive breakthroughs.
“In the Age of 9, the ability to quickly shift into a state of joy is especially critical as joy is the key to a higher frequency. We will be more interested in finding a vocation that brings us joy and purpose. No matter what gender, those who embrace their Yin side and honor the divine feminine aspect in all things will be more receptive to the frequency of joy in the coming years.”
Transformation and pivotal life changes are ahead for those born in Dragon years. Like Martin Luther King, Jr. — and my daughter — “Dragon-born people are resilient and capable of moving mountains! Those born in the year of the Dragon (1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012) will experience their Dragon return year, which happens every 12 years. Be proactive in initiating your own change and be solution oriented in dealing with challenges that will be thrown at you. As a Yang Earth sign, Those born in 1964 will experience a “double return” from Yang Wood in the heavenly stem and the Dragon. Surrender to the changes – when one door closes, another opens.”
Finally, Vicki notes signs that have affinities with the Dragon are the Rooster, Rat and Monkey. “Those with these signs in their chart can expect a more collaborative year in 2024, with support from friends and family. This is a year you can really make good progress in many endeavors.”
*The Wood Dragon card from The Chinese Five Elements Oracle captures the energy of 2024, with the fierce Dragon holding a golden pearl of wisdom emerging from the banyan tree, a symbol of power and strength.