February 16, 2018 begins the Chinese New Year. This year will be the Year of the Earth Dog. Chinese astrology is based on a 12-year cycle, where each year is represented by a different animal- so some people are born in the Year of the Dog, some born in the Year of the Rabbit and so on. There are 12 animals in a cycle and the cycle repeats every 12 years.
It is believed that each animal has particular characteristics that will influence your life, relationships, business, and personality. To find which animal corresponds to your birth year, go here:
People born during the Year of Dog are considered sincere, loyal, honest, compassionate and dedicated to justice. Dogs can have strong opinions, are eager to help others and love children.
The five elements (earth, fire, water, metal and wood) also influence Chinese astrology. 2018 is the Year of the Earth Dog, so Earth energy is about getting grounded, creating security, and finding your balance as you move forward. This is a good year to go within for contemplation, so meditation can help. Earth energy moves slow, so if you feel you aren’t making a lot of progress remember that the foundation you lay this year will benefit you in years to come.