Year of the Dog - what does it mean for you?

Happy new year!

It's officially Year of the Earth Yang Dog as from Friday 16th February 2018. What a relief! Year of the Yin Fire Rooster was challenging for most people on all levels. Now that Dog is in, we have more stability and know that we can plan ahead and take action.

Doggie Traits

People born in the Dog year are stable, love routine (and planning!) and flourish in a loved-up environment. They are faithful companions and see the best in everyone and everything. They work hard, enjoy  pleasing others and generally love coming to someone's aid. They are moral people with positive expectations, showing respect and compassion.

However - Dogs aren't all fluff and affection! On the other hand they can be stubborn, self-righteous on occasions, critical and cynical - depending on what life has shown them. They can be fearful too and hold back, enabling them to withdraw from social situations.

The second last in the Chinese line-up, Dogs do tend to put themselves before others. It's part of their people-pleasing nature. 

What does it mean for 2018?

This year brings a lot of hard-work and practical issues to the forefront. Situations like where you live, what you do for work, how you earn your income, what car you drive; these things come under fire if you've been stagnating or wanting change but not acting on it.

Communication isn't a strong point of Dogs, so make sure you are clear in what you're trying to say in all situations. Speak from the heart, get it out and be clear when you're talking.

It's also time to get serious about your health and well-being. If you've suffered physical, mental or emotional issues, it's time to face them. It will be a challenge, due to Dog's nature to reserve himself to last, however this is part of the challenge that the energy of the year will bring. ALWAYS keep in mind 'is this serving me for my highest good?' and you'll be ok.

Save your money, be mindful with your spending! This year Dog will encourage you to be thrifty and budget, and if you don't watch out for the consequences! He'll also want you to be organised and plan, so if this isn't a strong suit of yours, try to make it work this year and Doggie will love you.

2018 also equals 11!

Heads up! 2018 adds up to 11 - a Master number in numerology. This is just a bit of extra information. This means that what you put out there, what you plan and work towards, the Universe will meet you halfway. Achievements and accomplishments will abound if you strive for amazing!

What Year are you Born in?

Find out the Chinese animal you're born in below and then read a snapshot of what your year may look like:

Rat - 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948, 1936

Ox - 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, 1949, 1937

Tiger: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950, 1938

Rabbit/Cat: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939

Dragon: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952, 1940

Snake: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953, 1941

Horse: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942

Goat/Sheep: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955, 1943

Monkey: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956, 1944

Rooster: 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957, 1945

Dog: 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946

Pig: 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947

Please bear in mind that if you're born in January or early February, your Chinese animal may differ as Chinese new year occurs on a lunar cycle and the new year differs every year. 


Rats are going to have a so-so year this year. Nothing major should happen, especially after an emotionally-charged year in 2017. Keep a low profile and keep up the hard work as you guys are famous for. Dog should let you slide under the radar!


Oxen are such loving and giving people, so they work happily in accordance with Dog's energy. You guys could be given a free ride this year so keep doing what you're doing, just make sure you pay attention to yourself (health!) and this year should be ok.


Boy are you going to flourish this year! You're not afraid to take risks and your thirst for knowledge will be encouraged by Dog's influence. Health is still a big one for you, and as you search continually for new opportunities and adventures, remember to focus time on yourself too. You're known as big achievers however you put well-being lower down the list.


A lovely year of energy for you this year! Issues being resolved, sticky situations being sorted out, and a slower, more productive year. Again, pay attention to timeout as you will need it, and you'll find you'll sail through the year.


Now the Chinese astrology system of animals are set out in a wheel. And Dragon and Dog sit opposite each other, so this will be one of your most challenging years Dragon. Health, finances, work, relationships, home - everything you know will need some attention and this isn't in your comfort zone. Be kind to yourself. Despite your challenges, you'll learn and grow and this year may be rewarding for that.


A great year for Snakes! Because Dog doesn't put a lot of pressure on you, unless you're misbehaving, you'll be ok. Slow and steady suits you, and downtime does too. Keep these things in mind for this year and the world is your oyster.


You can out step and outwit the Dog with your speed and stamina, so this year will go well for you. What you can't run from is looking after yourself. Financially and relationship-wise, things are improving in 2018 for you, however if you don't face your health issues this may be a problem.


You guys love to help others too, and please the majority. You're flexible and kind and highly intuitive! You and the Dog get on so well, so this year can be wonderful. Health again should be a focus, and money/finances are showing keen growth. Dog will reward you for your hard work.


Rascally Monkeys are going to have an average year this year. You can outplay the Dog easily, however his 'need to please' attitude and his love for everything planned will bore you. So you'll make it through ok, just don't have too-high expectations.


Your year will be full of challenges and the feeling of repeating situations you thought were over, will shadow you. Little bumps in the road will keep coming up, and the hard slog will seem like it's never ending. It's not all bad! If you take time out, be mindful of having good sleep and invest in a good diet and lifestyle. You may get through this year better than expected.


It's your year! And the energy feels like it's pointing in your direction. It will be good, and you'll learn a lot about yourself. You'll need to face things that you'd prefer not to, but that's ok, it's so you learn and make breakthroughs. Watch your spending this year and keep to a budget. Money may trickle through your fingers more than it should.


Lucky last! And it's important that you aren't last this year. With Dog's influence of putting others' needs first, he mirrors yours, and that will prove hard to keep yourself priority number 1. Pig will have an ok year this year, no big highs nor big lows. Financially you'll do well, as you've been plugging away on your career or financial investments the past few years. Again, just take care of you and try not to be lazy - you are worth it.


That's it in a nutshell! Thank you for reading and I wish you a happy, safe and prosperous year in 2018 x