Chinese Year of the Brown Dog
The Chinese New Year (or Spring Festival or Lunar New Year) is a celebration of the start of a new moon and is the most important festival in the Chinese traditional calendar.
2018 is the year of the Male Earth Dog which only comes around once every sixty(60) years and is a very strong Earth year dominated by its Yang masculine form. The good thing about the Yang energy is that most issues and conflicts will be resolved quickly because with Yang energy things are usually quick to rise and quick to fall when it comes to conflicts.
The Year of the Dog is about finding balance and getting organised. On one hand you may feel called to act, to change and to make headway, but on the other hand, you may feel the need to rest, reflect and go within. Think of the energy of this year as being similar to how a dog behaves. You may be full of energy and raring to go, but then you also need your sleep!
The Chinese horoscope predicts that this is going to be a good year in all respects, but it will also be an exhausting year. The word for this year is ACTION because the Dog will accelerate the initiation of all things, which will also bring pressure and stress into everyday life.
2018 is an important year for laying foundations and taking some of the biggest steps in your life. Even if it doesn’t feel like you are doing much, the work laid down in 2018 is going to set you up for many years to come.
The abundant energy of the “Earth” Dog is also going to make this a perfect year for becoming more “grounded”. Many people will be attracted to stability, religion, meditation and spiritual study. Strengthening your relationships or your career, spending time with family and connecting to your inner self are all relevant.
This “Earth” year will also bring a greater focus to Mother Earth and environmental matters, such as recycling and renewable energy.
Globally however things are still going to be up and down and chaotic this year, particularly for government structures and international interactions. Even though things may feel all over the place, there is also the potential for many positive changes to be put into action too.
Lifestyle and Health.
This is a good year to make lifestyle changes such as eating healthy, doing sports, moving house, quitting smoking and getting rid of bad habits.
Money, Career and Fortune
2018 is a very good year for the financial aspects. Just be a bit careful in business and sensitive situations, because the Dog energy can also have a tendency to lash out, become overly attached, or stubborn. Be honest and fair in your dealings.
Overall, the Chinese Year of the Yang Earth Dog is a positive and harmonious year. It is a year where we will really have to honour the cycles of action and rest, create stability and find that fun loving approach to life, no matter where it is leading us.
In Chinese culture it is fortuitous to give your house a good clean. Getting rid of clutter and throwing away unwanted items gets rid of stagnant energy. This helps to invoke good luck and prosperity for the year ahead.
Special thanks to FOREVER CONSCIOUS and the content of their Chinese Year of the Yang Earth Dog post which was used extensively.