2018: The Year of the Yang Male Brown Earth Dog
This year, the Chinese New Year falls on Friday, 16 February and will mark the transition from the year of the rooster to the year of the dog. The Chinese New Year is a massive celebration observed by Chinese world-wide with festivities including lion and dragon dances, fireworks and giving red envelopes. The celebration happens every year to commemorate the end of the Chinese calendar’s lunar year and to honor deities and ancestors. The celebration is lengthy, beginning on the 23rd day of the 12th lunar month of the Chinese calendar and only finishing on the 15th day of the first lunar month of the following year- that’s over two weeks of festivities! The holiday is so popular that it’s won the title of the “largest annual mass human migration in the world”. Chinese astrology, especially Chinese zodiac animals, are tied very closely with the Chinese New Year. For those of you who are interested in astrology and horoscopes- which you should be!- Chinese zodiac animals many prophecies with them.
Your Chinese zodiac animal is dependent upon the year in which you were born. There are many charts available online that can match your birth year with your zodiac animal. For example, those born in the following years: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018 all share the dog as their Chinese zodiac animal. Chinese astrology is incredibly unique and complex. Instead of simply associating birth years with different animals, they also associate years with the five elements of gold, wood, fire, water and earth. So, this year will be the year of the earth dog according to Chinese astrology.
While we all love those happy-go-lucky horoscopes that tell us everything is going to be sunshine and rainbows, the horoscope for those born in the year of the dog unfortunately isn’t quite like that. Chinese astrology and feng shui experts predict that this year will be difficult in terms of health and relationships. You should focus on getting your body physically healthy by keeping up with an exercise routine and eating nutrient-filled foods. You’ll want to be wary of injury, as this year you might be more prone to minor illnesses and discomfort, particularly with your digestive system. It might also be a good idea to stay away from any serious personal commitments involving romantic interests. While part of the year may prove stressful and even exhausting at times, don’t worry! It’s not all bad news! This can also be a year of excitement as well as personal and financial growth. The Chinese regard the dog as a symbol of good fortune. Do you know what that means? This might even be your year to get rich! Chinese astrology experts suggest that you be more conservative with your money, focusing on practical investments, and you could be surprised at the benefits.
If the dog is your Chinese zodiac animal, you have a lot to look forward to this year, particularly in regards to your bank account, but also much to be weary of. Stay on top of your health and don’t jump into any serious relationships until you know you’re ready. Use the rewarding traits of the dog zodiac sign- loyalty, cleverness and courage- to make 2018 your best year yet!