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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.

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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.

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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 YearStartEnd
2018February 16, 2018February 4, 2019
2006January 29, 2006February 17, 2007
1994February 10, 1994January 30, 1995
1982January 25, 1982February 12, 1983
1970February 6, 1970January 26, 1971
1958February 18, 1958February 7, 1959
1946February 2, 1946January 21, 1947
1934February 14, 1934February 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 DogYear of BirthCharacteristics
Wood Dog1934, 1994Sincere, reliable, considerate, understanding, and patient
Fire Dog1946, 2006Intelligent, hardworking, and sincere
Earth Dog1958, 2018Communicative, serious, and responsible in work
Gold Dog1910, 1970Conservative, desirable, cautious, and social
Water Dog1922, 1982Brave 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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