Chinese New Year, February 2018: The Year of the Earth Dog by Jane Lyle.
2018 is The Year of the Earth Dog in Chinese astrology. And it promises us a year – say the Chinese masters - that brings social change, political upheavals, and financial juggling.
The earthy nature and element of this year will be good news for farmers and agriculture, environmental work, and land and property matters. Dog years also see science and the creative arts doing well, for there’s an inventive, curious atmosphere.
Some Chinese experts say that Dog years herald revolutions – but these can be revolutions thanks to innovation, as well as political turmoil. There may be obstacles to overcome, for 2018’s earth element is represented by mountains – we’ll have mountains to climb, but eventually we will succeed.
Curiously, although Chinese astrology is completely different from Western astrology, this down-to-earth message about perseverance and patience is close to the symbolism and meaning of hard-working Saturn, newly arrived in earthy Capricorn. This firmly underlines the need for us all to keep working slowly towards our goals, with realistic expectations and determination. The Capricorn goat symbolically climbs mountains too. It’s a nice little symbolic synchronicity with a serious message for us all.
Chinese ‘astrology’ is about the energies and overall atmosphere of the year, and is actually very subtle and complex. A full Chinese personal horoscope needs your birth time and date, just like a Western horoscope. But the basic foundation of this ancient system is the series of twelve creatures, each presiding over a year, plus the five elements – metal, wood, water, fire, and earth – in that order.
The five traditional Chinese elements have a sixty year cycle, with each one accompanying the sequence of twelve creatures of the years in a repeating cycle of five. Multiply this by 12 and you get 60! You then get years with names such as Water Horse, Fire Rooster, Metal Rabbit and so on. The last Year of the Earth Dog was in 1958.
Each element adds its flavour and meaning to the essential character of the year, and those born in it. There aren’t any stars and planets, for Chinese ‘astrology’ is connected to Feng Shui and Chinese traditional medicine. It’s about using the year’s positive energies to bring success, and finding ways to guard against what might be negative or unfavourable in the general atmosphere of the months ahead.
If you were born in a Dog year, your basic character has some delightful doggy characteristics. You’re said to be loyal, kind, protective towards your family, and mostly very friendly. However, Dogs can be inclined to bark and snap, to attack strangers, or to fight over food and territory.
Dog years are: 1934 - water, 1946 - fire, 1958 - earth, 1970 - metal, 1982 - wood, 1994 - water, 2006 – fire, and 2018 - earth.
This promises to be a most favourable year for those born in the years of Tiger, Rabbit, and Horse.
The Chinese Lunar Year of the Dog begins on 4th February 2018 – 3rd February 2019. Chinese masters say that babies born from 4th February onwards will have the Dog as their symbolic animal.
Chinese New Year is celebrated this year on 16th February, with the year’s second New Moon since the Winter Solstice in the night sky. The Solar Chinese Year of the Dog begins then, lasting until 4th February, 2019.
Wishing you health, wealth, happiness and lots of walks and treats for a very Happy Chinese New Year of the Dog!
Image: ‘Moyuli’, Chinese greyhound, from ‘Ten Prized Dogs Album’ by Guiseppe Castiglione (1688-1766) via Wikipedia Commons