It’s the Year of the Dog – but why?
February 16th this year is Chinese New Year. Over a billion people will celebrate the event around the world. This year, it’s the year of the dog – one of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. The other animals in the zodiac are rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster and pig.
In Chinese astrology each zodiac year is not just associated with an animal sign, but also one of five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, and Earth…the year of 2018 meets element of Earth, so 2018 is a Earth Dog Year.
Chinese zodiac animals aren’t based on the stars but have arisen as a result of a Chinese fairy tale thought to have its roots in Taoism, an ancient Chinese religion. The exact story varies from place to place and according to story tellers, but at the core, it involves the 12 zodiac animals – rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig – and a race.
The story behind the Chinese Zodiac animals
One version of the legend says that the Jade Emperor, the ruler of Heaven and the Earth, decided to hold a race to pick the animals for the Chinese zodiac to celebrate his birthday. It’s also sometimes said that the Jade Emperor decided to hold the race because it wanted to find 12 guards to heaven, who later became the zodiac animals. In any case, all the animals in the world were invited to participate in the race and the first 12 to cross the heavenly river would be picked to be zodiac animals. At this point in time, the rat and the cat were supposedly friends, and, as the story goes, the rat was supposed to wake the cat bright and early so they could start the race together. On the day of the race however, the rat either forgot to – or in another version, deliberately didn’t – wake the cat, which is why the cat doesn’t feature on the Chinese zodiac.
It is also supposedly the reason why cats have been pursuing rats ever since. For most of the animals, the race itself wasn’t an issue – but the crossing of the heavenly river proved to be a great difficulty. The rat, for one, couldn’t make it across on his own and so asked the ox for help – and the ox gladly offered it, by allowing the rat to ride on its back. But as they approached the finishing line, the rat was said to have cheated by jumping off the ox and onto the other side, thereby becoming the first animal on the Chinese zodiac. The other animals crossed the line in order of ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig, and became the next 11 animals on the Chinese zodiac, each taking one year in the 12-year calendar.
In some legends, each animal is supposed to have used their special trait to help them cross the river, which is represented in the personality of the individual of that zodiac.
According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2018 is the year of the Dog and its characteristic word is ACTION!
The year of the Earth Dog 2018 comes just after the Year of the Fire Rooster (2017) and before the year of the Earth Pig (2019)!
The Chinese Horoscope 2018 predicts that this year of the Brown Earth Dog is going to be a good year in all respects, but it will also be an exhausting year. You will be happy, yet frustrated, rested, yet tired, cheerful, yet dull!
Planning, postponing and negligence are words you will need to remove from your vocabulary during this year.
Refreshed and regenerated, the Dog will accelerate the initiation of all things, but this will bring, in the same time, pressure and stress in the everyday life.
According to Chinese astrology, 2018 is a very good year regarding the financial aspects, but a little difficult from a health point of view. Actually, in the year of the dog, all zodiac signs will want to pay special attention to their health. Year 2018 is the ideal time to start eating healthy, doing sports and getting rid of bad habits.
Find your year of birth to discover your Chinese zodiac animal sign – it’s worth double checking though, as Chinese New Year falls on a different date each year so, depending on the time of the year you were born, you might be a different zodiac.
- 🐭 Rat– 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948, 1936, 1924
The year will be kind to you. It is a fairly good year for you.
- 🐮 Ox– 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, 1949, 1937, 1925
It may appear to be a good harvest for the Ox, but do take some precautions.
- 🐯 Tiger– 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950, 1938, 1926
You can expect the year to be a very good year for you. Dog year for you will be extremely wonderful ! You will prosper this year when involved in projects.
- 🐰 Rabbit– 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939, 1927
It is not exactly a good year nor is it a bad year. Be careful in all business ventures.
- 🐲 Dragon– 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952, 1940, 1928
This is generally not a good year for you. If you must travel, do be careful.
- 🐍 Snake– 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953, 1941, 1929
It is a great year for the Snake.
- 🐴 Horse– 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942, 1930
A great year for the Horse to enjoy themselves.
- 🐐 Goat– 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955, 1943, 1931
A great year for the Goat !
- 🐵 Monkey– 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956, 1944, 1932
It is a good time for your hard work as they will all be recognized.
- 🐔 Rooster– 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957, 1945, 1933
If you need to make good decisions, make it now. Generally, quite a good year.
- 🐶 Dog– 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946, 1934
It is your year, so do be careful in whatever you wish to do.
- 🐷 Pig – 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947, 1935
It is a year of fulfillment for you. You might do well this year.