Gong Xi Fa Cai!! The Lunar Year of the Dragon
In Chinese culture, the dragon symbolizes auspicious qualities such as courage, wisdom, and prosperity. 2024’s Year of the Dragon is particularly significant due to its association with renewal and new beginnings. Dragons are known for their ability to navigate change with resilience and adaptability, making this year a great opportunity for personal and professional growth. At EQ World, we see the Year of the Dragon not merely as a celebration in Chinese culture but also reflect upon the dragon’s inner qualities that connects to emotional intelligence (EQ) and the Enneagram.
From an EQ perspective, the Year of the Dragon aligns with self-awareness and empathy. Dragons are revered for their wisdom and strength, traits that are congruent with the high EQ ability to do the right thing at the right time in the right context. Like the dragon, we can navigate challenges with grace and inspire others with our resilience and directed purpose.
In the Enneagram system, the Year of the Dragon resonates with Type 8, known as “The Challenger.” Type 8s embody the dragon’s assertiveness, fearlessness, and desire for justice. They are natural leaders, unafraid to confront obstacles head-on and protect those they care about.
As we embrace the energy of the dragon in the lunar calendar, let us also draw inspiration from its timeless wisdom and mobilising traits of empowerment, optimism, and progress. Let us embrace our inner strength, boldly pursue our dreams, and embark on new adventures with confidence! Gong Xi Fa Cai!!
Article contributed by Dr Granville D’Souza and Alicia Ng