2018 is the year of the dog, not the one who ghosted on you on Tinder but the Chinese New Year that is based on the lunar calendar. This means anyone born during the years 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, and 2018 are a bunch of dogs! It’s a good thing…or is it?
What the Year of the Dog Means for You.
The Chinese lunar calendar repeats every 12 years with every year being assigned an animal. These 12 animals represent unique qualities and traits that fall onto your person based on your birth year. The Ox, the Pig, the Rat, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Sheep, the Monkey, the Rooster, and the Dog all make up this wild calendar. Your sign is also assigned one of the five elements; earth, water, metal, fire, and wood.
If you are a dog you’re known for your sincere, honest and loyal qualities. You’re steadfast in your ways with an extra boost of compassion and are known of course for assisting others. You have a strong sense of justice and are typically forthright. This is YOUR year. But dear old dogs be careful!
What to Look Out for On the Year of the Dog.
Dog, it may be your year but better be careful according to Chinese lore or some bad luck could fall on you when you least expect it! Apparently the 5th and 8th months of the Chinese New Year, which starts in February, are when bad luck could be lurking. Even though it is your year it is said that when your year comes around, you have offended the God of Age, Tai Sui. Make sure you are wearing red in abundance this year and you will be fine. Red will help drive away bad luck and evil spirits while wearing it during your year will bring good luck!
But hear this! Do not gift yourself red items if you are a dog, or bad luck will surely follow. To keep that bad luck away you will need to be gifted red items, like red underwear for example, and preferably from your parents. Better get some jade to be on the safe side…
It’s important to stay calm and find balance this year, relaxation is key. The year of dog holds Yang energy which is energy of the earth. Last year was the year of the rooster which was all about energy. This year social changes, things coming to fruition and major stability are on your the horizon. Money and abundance are definitely coming your way. The dog represents luck after all.
The colors blue, gold and white
Numbers 1, 6, 7
The colors green, red, and purple
Numbers 3, 4, 9
For Rest of Us, Our Chinese New Year Will Still Be Great.
You may not be a dog but your year is looking good and you won’t have to make sure you are wearing red all the time. Bored of the same old? No problem, exciting new developments and experiences are on the way. It’s going to be a productive New Year and truthfully doesn’t it already feel like that?!
This is a great year for prosperity in all zodiac houses. With 9 being a lucky number opportunity is among us all. This can be promotions, new business, or social status. Marriages will also be on the rise in 2018.
Coming off the year of the Rooster and all that energy our internal energetic systems will be in super sonic speed dealing with all things new and left over.
With that incredible focus this is the year for knowing what you want and going for it. Busy will equal success if you are staying on your path. This is the year where things will come to fruition and success is imminent.
All signs should pay attention to their health as relapse with previous illness is sensitive this year.
Major motto this year: STAY CONFIDENT.
The Animals of the Chinese Zodiac
The Rat– 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008
You always have your friends back! Ambitious, clever, imaginative, and hardworking.
The Ox– 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009
You are meant to be in charge! Born leaders who are patient and loyal to friends. Also a bunch of hard workers.
The Tiger– 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
An adventurous sort. You are warm and generous but also hold a lot of confidence.
The Rabbit– 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
A gentle creature. One of great caring and affection. You definitely are not a fan of arguments.
The Dragon– 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012
Like you would imagine, Dragons are confident and hardworking. You are also super fun and very popular.
The Snake– 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013
The snake doesn’t need anyone. You are very independent. You hold a lot of wisdom, charm, and patience.
The Horse– 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014
An incredible creature, you can easily do two things at once. While horses normally love to live in a herd, according to the Chinese Zodiac you are actually rather independent.
The Goat– 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015
Unlike real goats, you like to avoid arguments. You are elegant and artistic. Being good-natured is also your thing.
The Monkey– 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016
Oh, you tricky little monkey! You can be mischievous but are usually well liked. That may be the secret to your stream of successes.
The Rooster– 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017
You know your job and are hardworking. Since you are well-organized it’s no secret you are a good time-keeper. That’s probably what gives you all that confidence.
The Dog– 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018
You are loyal, faithful and honest. You always lend an ear to your friends and family and are always willing to help others.
The Pig– 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019
Well, tidiness is not your strongest quality. Good thing your honesty and kindness make up for it. You are a valuable and good friend.
Don’t worry the Chinese Zodiac is bringing good things your way!
Unless you’re a dog, then it’s debatable.
To celebrate the Chinese New Year this year enjoy the festivities by gathering with family or friends. Surround yourself with red and gift children or unmarried jobless adults with money. That’s about 12 % of millennials so just grab any old millennial on the street.
Treat yourself to some traditional Chinese foods and find yourself a dragon or two to get everyone in the vibe. Chinese lanterns are also obviously a must. Throw in some firecrackers while you are at it.
Before the Chinese New Year spend time clearing away all the previous year’s bad luck, remember jade and the color red, and prepare your home and yourself for all the luck coming in this year with the Dog.
But beware! Do not clean the first few days of the New Year or bad luck is sure to come. No problem!
Purchasing new items will mark the start of a new year. Out with the old and in with the new is the way of the New Year.
Traditionally the Chinese New Year is a 15-day celebration with families rotating gatherings throughout relatives homes. Dinners and lunches consist of duck, steamed fish, and dumplings and are not complete without acknowledging and paying respect to the elders and ancestors. Families say thank you by lighting candles or incense sticks and ensure a good start to a brand new year.
However you celebrate know that at any time this year or next or the year after that you can change your circumstances, your mindset, and deepen your love for yourself. You don’t have to wait on the Chinese New Year to start anew but if you are using it as an extra year kick off to 2018 then be sure to stock up on those red undies to gift to your friends.