Do you remember “Puff the Magic Dragon” who lived by the sea in a faraway land called Honah Lee? The 1963 song by Peter, Paul, and Mary is about the ageless dragon playmate for little Jackie Paper and his imaginary dragon daydream adventures. 

Well, you may hear more of Puff as we enter 2024, the Chinese Year of the Yang Wood Dragon which officially begins February 10. You or a loved one are a Dragon if born in the years 2024, 2021, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952, 1940, or every 12 years earlier.   

What do these mythical flying, fire-breathing creatures mean in dreams? They may symbolize everything from protection to wealth in your current and future life.1 

The personalities of Dragon people may even be present in your dreams. Traits of Yang Wood Dragon people and characteristics for 2024 are charismatic, intelligent, confident, lucky and gifted.2  Dragons have power, vigor and charm, and all of this can spill over into dreams. 

Chinese zodiac compatibility rules show that Dragon people get along well with Rooster, Rat and Monkey signs. However, Ox, Sheep or Dog signs should be avoided when choosing a life partner. Watch for these animals in your dreams.       

Many of us have animal or angel dream guides. Some of us have Dragon dream guides that empower us with Dragon energy. They come in various colors, shapes and sizes from the five Chinese elements of wood, fire, earth, water and metal. They are magical shapeshifters that take on different colors and shapes to hide in dream backgrounds while the Dragon’s cousin, Lizard, can change color and blend into its surroundings, making it seem invisible.  

The 2024 Yang Wood Dragon is green and symbolic of heaven, maleness, light, activity and penetration, which may appear in dreams, not as dragons but as dragon-symbolic objects. Green is health, wealth and energy. A Dragon spirit animal can symbolize self-love and empowerment to help you tap into your strength. Dragon dream energy is present in odd numbers, mountains, azure color and an unbroken line. Symbolic dragon dreams leave positive residual power energy felt by others. 

You don’t have to be born in the Year of the Dragon to have Dragon energy. People may be naturally attracted to your wisdom and trust your judgment because you can shift the shape of your perception to see both sides and offer a fair assessment. Look for the play on words in dreams because these legendary beasts have left a deep-rooted mark on our collective imagination that flows into our dreams.  

Puff the magic daydream dragon gave out his final roar when little Jackie Paper didn’t come to play anymore. However, Puff may reawaken soon because what goes around comes around, and this year, the Dragon is back.  

Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos of Rancho Mirage is a survivor, author, dream expert, speaker, TV/radio host/producer and has been featured on Dr. Oz and The Doctors. Her new book Dreams That Can Save Your Life is available now. For more information, visit

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