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2018 is the year of the Dog in Chinese Astrology

According to Chinese Astrology, 2018 is the year of the Dog and a one-word summary of its character would be ACTION! Here in South-east Asia, the community of ethnic Chinese is ever present, having lived here for generations. So naturally, the Chinese year is an enormous celebration.

Chinese Zodiac Wood Dog

The Chinese new year also starts a little later than “your” new year, so that buys you some extra time for some of those new year resolutions that are harder to keep up with; you know which ones I am talking about.




But did you know that the in Chinese astrology, each zodiac year ( rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig) is not just associated with an animal sign, but also one of the five traditional elements? There is Gold, Wood, Water, Fire, and Earth earth dogs that compliment the 12-year cycle.

Stone Chinese dog mural

Since 2018 meets the element of Earth, 2018 is going to be an Earth Dog Year.

In a nutshell, according to Chinese astrology, 2018 is going to be a very good year for your finances. However, Chinese astrologers are also issuing warnings about difficulties in health. Actually, in the year of the dog, all zodiac should be paying special attention to their health, so if you haven’t started eating healthy in 2018, now is certainly the time for changing up some habits, getting into sports and acquire some new healthy habits. At the same time, you may want to dive into cryptocurrencies as well, seeing that finance is going to be great this year, and perhaps spend some of those profits on some stylish art for your home?

Were you born in the year of the dog too?

For thousands of years, a twelve-year cycle named after various real or mythological animals has been used in Southeast Asia. This twelve-year cycle has a fixed order of twelve animals, after which it returns to the first in the order, the Rat. Now, the eleventh sign in the cycle is the dog. To check whether you’ve been born in the year of the dog as well, simply check the different previous years below:

Dog Year Start End
2018 February 16, 2018 February 4, 2019
2006 January 29, 2006 February 17, 2007
1994 February 10, 1994 January 30, 1995
1982 January 25, 1982 February 12, 1983
1970 February 6, 1970 January 26, 1971
1958 February 18, 1958 February 7, 1959
1946 February 2, 1946 January 21, 1947
1934 February 14, 1934 February 3, 1935

And congratulations by the way; you are not alone. Madonna, Mariah Carey, Sharon Stone, Jamie Lee Curtis and Sally Field have all been born in the year of the dog. So has Donald Trump who, ironically, is the first US president not to have a dog.

In addition to the 12-year cycle, Chinese astrology also defines different types of dogs (it still sounds a little “off” when writing that), and you can find out which one you are from the table below:

Type of Dog Year of Birth Characteristics
Wood Dog 1934, 1994 Sincere, reliable, considerate, understanding, and patient
Fire Dog 1946, 2006 Intelligent, hardworking, and sincere
Earth Dog 1958, 2018 Communicative, serious, and responsible in work
Gold Dog 1910, 1970 Conservative, desirable, cautious, and social
Water Dog 1922, 1982 Brave and self-centered, borderline selfish

So the good news is that if you are currently pregnant and expect to have a baby this year, your bundle of joy will eventually grow up to be communicative, serious and responsible in work. How about that?

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