The tail-wagging, lovable and loyal dog, man’s best friend, will be jumping into all of our lives and laps on February 16, 2018 for the Chinese New Year. This will be a year filled with hearts, licks, barks and wet noses, a simpler year than the past two. Dogs being uncomplicated animals want nothing more than to play fetch and be rewarded with treats. Dogs are loyal pack animals that don’t like being alone, instead they follow us around and watch us with their dancing eyes as they lay their head between their paws.
The annual celebration of the Chinese New Year is based upon the Hsia Lunar Farm Calendar that has been kept for 4717 years. The new year begins each year on the second new moon after the winter solstice and is celebrated with festivals, foods and fireworks. The two week celebration culminates with the Festival of Lanterns on or near the full moon. Prior to New Year’s Day, houses and businesses will be swept clean in a ritualistic fashion with the dirt being discarded as well as the old energy from the previous year. Fresh energy is encouraged to enter by placing a bowl of mandarin oranges near the front door. Mandarin oranges are thought to symbolize chucks of gold and invite money luck. For those wanting to grow their business, it is recommended that you place a plant that is ready to bloom in your office. As the blossoms, bloom out, it’s believed that the year will bloom for your business. For 2018, placing a Dog figurine near the entry of your home or office, will invite the festive mood and the good fortune of the year.
There is a complexity to the ancient Chinese calendar that adds additional dimensions to the equation of figuring out the energetics of the year. The first dimension is the polarity of the year: each year is either yin or yang, large or small, male or female. The second dimension is the element from nature: water, wood, fire, earth or metal. 2018 is a Yang Earth Dog year. The positive qualities that accompany the element of earth are grounding and stability like that of a mountain. Mountains bring strong earth energy to the year and a focus on real estate, agriculture and the environment. Mountains also protect and watch over people and bring us closer to heaven. Dogs are seen as guardians in Chinese Astrology and are linked to spirituality and religion. During the earth Dog year, it is believed that the Dog will watch over people from a place on the mountain. Climbing the mountain of the Dog in 2018 is part of the completion of the current cycle and allows us to see the wide open road into the future.
The Earth Dog invites us to have a down-to-earth attitude and is a time to listen and learn and not to act impulsively. If your considering big changes this year take your time and don’t act to quickly as you may end up worst off. The element of earth is expected to bring prosperity in 2018, as earth produces metal or money in the Chinese elemental system. People who are proactive, hard working and communicate well will see spectacular results this year. Moreover, those who show generosity to others will reap the greatest benefits.
Marriages in the Year of the Dog bring happiness and good fortune and are a great time to marry your best friend. If you’re having a baby in 2018, you can know that children born in earth Dog years are born with common sense as their greatest virtue and blossom when given tasks that require responsibility. They are born people pleasers, and are able to amuse themselves for hours when given building blocks and toys that stimulate their imaginations and artistic abilities. Children born in the year of the Dog might be slightly introverted but will emerge as the leader of the group because of their stable minds and their ability to exercise emotional intelligence. The Dog being a pack animal makes 2018 a great time to rekindle and strengthen family ties. The dog’s unfailing loyalty is expected to bring happiness to relationships, both with family and friends.
Year of the Earth Dog Predictions
The Dog is the eleventh of the twelve animal signs in the Chinese Zodiac and is combined with the the element of earth for 2018. Earth Dog years are characterized as a time of idealism, social justice, innovation and lifestyle changes. The current twelve year cycle will end in 2019, this cycle began in 2008 with the year of Rat. The Rat in the Chinese Astrological cycle is the seed of the cycle. Each year this seed grows and transforms from one animal sign to another, with the completion of the cycle being in the sign of the Pig. One of the main aspects of Dog years, are that they’re a time for consolidating the events and experiences of the cycle. It’s a great time to retire, or move to a new residence that will be a better fit for future plans. By identifying and consolidating the events that have occurred since 2008, we will ready ourselves for the completion of the cycle next year and a new start in 2020.
Lap chun is the official beginning of spring in the Chinese Solar Calendar, this date is February 4th each year. When the lunar new year comes after this date as it does in 2018, falling on February 16th, then the coming year is deemed to be a time of slow growth. If you’re getting ready to launch a business it’s best to get it started before February 4th. It is also recommended that you add a green plant to your home or office to fill the void of the missing lap chun and infuse your undertakings with vibrant yang energy.
Dog years are defined by idealism and a new ways to interpret the human condition. One such way, is by advancing spirituality and getting the world to pay more attention to spiritual matters and enrichment as long term solutions to the hatred and religious intolerances which have caused much disharmony in the last decade. The Dog is related to spiritual matters and so there will be tension and conflicts that arise around religious and cultural causes, but the Dog is also the bringer of peaceful resolution and long term advancements.
The Dog is a lover of the great outdoors and prefers the landscapes and scenery of the countryside to the streets of the city. It is in these settings that the Dog can be off lease and run free. For this reason Dog energy represents the environment and is linked to environmental issues. The Environmental Protection Agency was formed during the Dog year of 1970, and it’s noteworthy that Earth Day also came about in the same year. On April 22, 1970, million of Americans demonstrated in streets and parks for measures to be taken to help the environment by fighting against factories, power plants pesticides and the extinction of wildlife. There will be a similar focus this year on the air quality, green living, land and waste cleanup and innovative new ways to better support the environment and reverse damage and neglect. There will also be more international co-operation in solving environmental issues such as control of nuclear power and global warming.
Earth element in it’s yang form, the mountain, defines the year and will bring with it tremors from deep inside for change. These tremors will come from social awareness and a demand for truth and justice. The intelligent, empathetic and protective Dog will reject actions based on individual desires and will create a time of taking action for the many, rather than the few.
The faithful and protective Dog has a strong sense of morality, and is regarded in China as an auspicious animal that brings peace. Great strides will be made this year in humanitarian efforts to alleviate the suffering of people through education and improved health care. Fundamental questions of how to improve care for the elderly, the homeless and animals will all be revisited and will motivate people to participate in philanthropic gestures.
Thanks to the dog’s intelligence, training and discipline, the Year of the Dog is a good time to make lifestyle changes, Dog years are slower paced making it easier to consider the pros and cons. Such changes could be to quit smoking, move your residence or start a new business venture. Innovative lifestyle changes that have come from Dog years include the Nicotine Patch, Tupperware, the microchip, jumbo jets - Boeing 747 and the Concorde. The Dog year of 1946 brought about the advent of the Baby Boomers and Mensa. New philosophies and new authors emerge in Dog years, as well as renewed interest in forgotten texts by great classical writers and poets.
The real estate market is symbolized by earth element and this industry has had strong activity in the past two years of Monkey and Rooster. It is anticipated that the real estate market will continue to flourish in 2018 along with the other markets that are associated with earth: insurance , hotels, recycling and renewable energy, will all be rewarded with increased profits.
Those born under the sign of the Dog are said to be caring, altruistic, honest and loyal. By nature Dog people are generous, loving, friendly and have a strong sense of justice. They always have a kind word, a reassuring smile and are excellent listeners. They will always be the first to lend support, and offer wise counsel from their deep well of intuition. Because Dogs are observant and cautious they make excellent judges of character and human nature. Dogs are constructive and efficient thinkers and are devoted to their ideals. They proceed in life by having a well-defined purpose and plan. With a strong sense of justice, Dogs are brave, forthright and like righting wrongs. They have a profound sense of duty in their careers and tend to stick to them when they find them to be worthwhile. They won’t waste their time job hopping, instead they will take the time to specialize and become an expert. As a common employee, they will be loyal and will perform well in their jobs. They are also good working partners and are held in high regard by their superiors.
Like the animal itself, Dog people are homebodies who care deeply for their family and always put them first. Dogs are undemanding and have simple needs in relationships. As partners they seek a simple and comfortable love life. As partners they are kind-hearted, considerate and provide a sense of security. Dogs stick by their partners, offering support and sharing the highs and lows of life together. Giving Dog people an appropriate amount of space and distance is an effective way of keeping love fresh. Dogs create traditional homes that are happy and safe places for their children to grow and develop. Dogs as parents encourage their children to question and explore the world. Dogs support their children’s choices and wouldn’t dream of standing in their way, but will be there for them if they are ever in need.
Dog folks have traditional tastes and a good eye for design. While their houses might not be showy, they will be well put together and functional. Dogs require cleanliness and organization and enjoy the time that they spend dusting and vacuuming. Dogs preferences tend towards comfortable upholstered furniture, wool carpets and antiques carved of fine woods. Dogs love guests to come and visit their homes and make them warm and welcoming places to be, with a a sit down and take it easy feel.
Dogs can foresee and catch many golden opportunities when it comes to business and moving up the corporate ladder. They’re usually willing to take on extra responsibilities and are goal-oriented people that will fight to achieve their goals. Dogs are very careful with money and finances. They have little interest in accumulating money, just for money’s sake. Their goals and motivations around money come from making themselves and other comfortable. They are very generous with family and friends with their time and resources. Generally speaking, most of them have busy and challenging jobs that require their involvement in many social activities. Their charming personality make them popular among colleagues and business partners. Although they have stable and abundant incomes, they will conserve their resources and save money. Those born in the Year of the Dog, make great teachers, lawyers, judges, scientists, counselors, builders and politicians. Three out of the four last U.S. Presidents were born in Dog years: Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Donald Trump.
Famous Dog People Elvis Presley Sophia Loren Micheal Jackson Donald Trump Sally Fields Ellen DeGeneres Melania Trump Tommy Lee Jones Winston Churchill Bill Clinton Suzanne Somers Madonna George W. Bush Francis of Assisi Alec Baldwin Steven Spielberg Gianni Versace Cher Maria Carey Queen Latifah Matt Damon
Animal Horoscopes -2018
Rat (1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008) This will be another successful year for Rat, especially if they work with people, like in sales, marketing, public relations. To excel, travel more. Patience and determination will be needed, in 2018. Relax and make peace with what does happens. Watch spending and be cautious with investments or taking financial risks. Rat should drive more carefully and be careful to handle sharp objects. May you make a lot of money in 2018!
Ox (1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009) Oxen will have strong personal energy in 2018 and that will help bring positive successes and keep you ahead of the game. Best to not participate in heated disagreements to begin with. The Ox who rises above the argument energy can experience very auspicious success luck for 2018. When it comes to finances it’s best to use common sense where investments or projects are concerned. Carefully thinking through things rather than acting impulsively will bring positive results. Don’t speed or bother the law. However, attorneys or legal business will do extremely well in 2018.
Tiger (1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010 )The Tiger’s forecast for 2018 shows many positive indications, strong life force energy will bring success and creative new ideas. The Tiger’s enthusiasm about life in 2018 will attract exciting opportunities for achieving wealth that could come from his ideas. Golden Triangle are the Tiger, Dog, and Horse together, all three can create success and happiness.
Rabbit (1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011) 2018 will be time when Rabbit can make up ground that might have been lost in 2017. Rabbits will experience success that will come quickly and unexpectedly. The coming year will be a time when Rabbits can better focus on their goals and how to achieve them. Do not allow yourself to overanalyze any situation or you could end up wasting good luck that is coming your way. 2018 will be great for Rabbit people with especially in sales.
Dragon (1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012) 2018 will be a tricky year for the Dragon. It will take clever and strategic thinking to help the Dragon navigate 2018. Careful planning and work are going to be needed, and by doing so, Dragons can expect to have their share of financial success. Your hunches should not be relied upon this year and laying low is a good strategy to avoid attracting negativity. There will be opportunities for financial and wealth luck, so stay alert to doors that could open quickly, think things over before you act, and seek the things you desire. Do not gamble. Go only to safe places. Exercise more, get rest, and do not do risky activities.
#2 Snake (1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013) 2018 looks to be a promising year for the Snake. It will be a year where you can set your own rules and control over their own destiny. Opportunities and plans are theirs for the taking and by thinking things through it will be surprising you how well the year ends up. Good fortune extends beyond finances into relationships. Snake is the wealthiest sign for 2018. So travel and making working together so you can be speculative and successful. Do not take short cut.
#1 Horse (1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014) An auspicious year for the Horse will unfold in 2018, as Horse is an ally with the Dog. There are good indications that wisdom and romance are in store. Horses will be motivated to become more independent and are in a place to create rapport with others, all signs that can lead to happiness. Horses who are seeking lasting love could find it, with someone special easily coming along. Accept new challenges in 2018 as they could potentially create the career you’ve been waiting for. A good year is expected at work this year for Horses. Stay positive and grab hold of the deals and money-making plans that come your way. Horse is the best sign for 2018, power, promotion, and wealth.
Sheep (1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015) Sheep can look forward to a remarkable, year, where there will be major developments that come to the Sheep because of strong life force energy. This will give the Sheep motivation to work harder in achieving their desired goals. Investments and money-making opportunities will be promising. All in all this will be a very lucky year. Comply with the law. Eat healthy.
Monkey (1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980,1992, 2004, 2016)The forecast for 2018 for the Monkey looks quite promising and filled with good fortune. New people will be coming into the lives of Monkey’s that will help bring new projects and opportunities. The Monkey’s confidence and positive attitude will build rapport with these people and help create something new. Opportunities arise out of nowhere and there could be the possibility of windfall luck as a result of that. Aim high, make ambitious plans and follow your inner voice for great results in 2018. Possible job change or promotion. Travel often, and be authoritative.
Rooster (1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017) An fabulous year awaits the Rooster, with an abundance of energy, strength and confidence. Career, business and relationships look successful and joyous this year. Money loss is not likely for Roosters but you can safe guard against it by making wise investments. Confidence runs high and mentally you’re ready to take on the world. Talk less, listen more, be humble. Be more practical than theological. Find a Monkey person to help with all you do.
Dog (1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006) Many benefits are within reach for the Dog in 2018. Dog’s own year promises to be an auspicious time when they can recoup on recent losses. Rather than going with your instincts and taking a chance, be open minded and trust in the victory energy that is backing you. 2018 promises good fortune and indicates triumph over the competition. Do not gamble and speculate. Rest more.
Pig (1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007) Luck is a mixed bag for the Pig in 2018. There is an expectation of happiness and success but the Pig has poor life force energy that effects their confidence and strength. The key is for the Pig to focus on the good things that happen and not engage with the negative one. You may be focused on being independent and strong and not noticing that admirers are around. In 2018, you may just be one of the most popular sign.