2018 Year of the Dog | Chinese Zodiac

Chinese Zodiac 2018 – Year of the Dog

Welcome to the Chinese New Year of the Dog, which dawned (or dawns, if you’re the efficient type who plans ahead) on February 16th 2018 and runs right through to February 4th 2019. It’s a fresh start and there’s a brand new energy in the air – so what will the next 12 months bring to you? Will you end up with a pile of goodies stashed away, happy as a dog with two tails or just barking mad and dog-tired after a frustrating runaround? (Ok, enough of the dog metaphors but you get the picture).

The great thing about Chinese astrology is that it can help you make the very best of the opportunities ahead. When you understand what to expect from the coming year, you can develop your own perfect strategy to make the most of it.

2018 Looks Set to Be a Memorable Year

Unlike our more familiar Western astrology which tends to view each New Year as a blank canvas on which the planets will paint their changing patterns as the months unfold, the Chinese New Year arrives with a distinct and individual ‘personality’ already formed – the personality of one of the 12 celestial animals that make up the Chinese calendar.

It’s this ‘personality’, this special energy, which will influence the events ahead. And since many of the animals have wildly different characters – from the gentle, elegant rabbit to the bold, powerful tiger – each year is always quite different in tone from the year before. The 12 celestial animals have been rotating endlessly through the centuries – each getting their turn to rule, once every 12 years.

So in 2018, the year of the Dog comes round again. But this isn’t just any old Dog year. Chances are, if you’re under the age of 60, you will never have experienced a year quite like this one. And even if you’re over 60, you were probably too young to recall very much about it, because 2018 is the year of the Earth Dog – or Brown Dog as it’s sometimes called – and the last Earth Dog year was 1958.

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Different Dogs for Different Years

Just as a boisterous Labrador is quite different in temperament from a shy Whippet (while sharing various basic doggie characteristics) so not all Dog years are exactly the same in character. Earth Dog years are reckoned to be particularly significant because Earth energy seems to suit the Dog’s natural personality very well. During a Brown Dog year, the Dog feels especially comfortable and at home, more confident – so we can expect to find the canine personality stamped even more powerfully on the year’s events.

The 2018 Brown Dog

So what can we expect from the coming year? How will the Brown Dog affect the world in 2018? Qualities traditionally associated with dogs are honesty, faithfulness, a straightforward, down-to-earth approach and a need for a clear, established hierarchy. Dogs like to know where they stand and they want to keep their home and their pack safe.

So, in 2018, there’s likely to be an increased yearning for stability and roots. Property, farming, land, territory, mining, and minerals will assume greater importance than ever. Religion, medicine, and back-to-basics, no-frills natural therapies will attract more interest, as will joining together in groups to achieve common goals.

Dogs love their food of course, so catering, home-cooking, and TV baking shows are likely to become even more prominent as is organic farming and concern about the physical state of the earth itself, from the quality of the soil to the whole planet. The Earth element is also associated with mountains, so when it comes to holidays, people could find themselves strangely drawn to high places and alpine resorts instead of the beach this year.

Since dogs are strongly concerned with family (their pack) – often in the form of hierarchy and knowing who’s ‘top dog’ – interest in Britain’s Royal Family is likely to intensify. With a royal baby on the way and a royal wedding taking place soon after, the Royal Family couldn’t have picked a better year.

Slippery Politicians Beware

For the same reason, politics could also attract even more interest than usual with a stronger-than-ever focus on our political leaders. Two-faced, less-than-honest politicians had better take care; this year they’re likely to be found out. The dog doesn’t tolerate deception and double-dealing, and when the reckoning comes, it’s likely to be swift and unpleasant. Justice and fairness will be key demands in 2018.

Along with political scandals, we could see big upheavals in the world of banking and finance. Security is taken seriously by dogs and in dog years so banking issues may come under the spotlight and again, any unfair, sneaky or dishonest practices will be rooted out and exposed to outrage and punishment.

When they feel safe, dogs love to play, favouring uncomplicated, silly games, preferably out of doors; so, in 2018 we could see an emphasis on sport and frivolity and even children’s party games being adapted for adults. But, despite the desire for simple fun, there could be a cautiousness around spending. An unexpected instinct for stability is likely to see people look but hesitate to commit to unnecessary expenses. Down-sizing, simplifying, and a ‘less is more’ approach become prevalent. People may even feel drawn to start saving in the same way a dog buries a bone for future enjoyment.

Although dogs are regarded as man’s best friend, they’re not necessarily a friend to every man. Threaten their pack or encroach on their territory, and you’re likely to discover just how sharp their teeth can be.

The old saying ‘his bark’s worse than his bite’ doesn’t apply to every dog. Guard dogs can be ferocious and tenacious. This year we can expect snarls and aggression over territory and a powerful urge to build walls and defend borders.

How to Succeed in 2018

So, since 2018 is the Year of the Dog, how will you fare? Does the Dog present your astrological animal with opportunities or challenges? As the fable about how the years got their names shows, every one of the astrological animals is resourceful in its own special way. Faced with the daunting prospect of crossing the river, each successfully made it to the other side, even the creatures that could barely swim.

So whether your year animal gets on easily with the Brown Dog, or whether they have to work at their relationship, you can make 2018 a wonderful year to remember.

Chinese Astrology has been likened to a weather forecast. Once you know whether you need your umbrella or your suntan lotion, you can set out with confidence and enjoy the trip.

Find Your Chinese Astrology Sign

To find your Chinese sign just look up your birth year in the table below.

The 1920s

5 February 1924 – 24 January 1925 | RAT

25 January 1925 – 12 February 1926 | OX

13 February 1926 – 1 February 1927 | TIGER

2 February 1927 – 22 January 1928 | RABBIT

23 January 1928 – 9 February 1929 | DRAGON

10 February 1929 – 29 January 1930 | SNAKE

The 1930s

30 January 1930 – 16 February 1931 | HORSE

17 February 1931 – 5 February 1932 | GOAT

6 February 1932 – 25 January 1933 | MONKEY

26 January 1933 – 13 February 1934 | ROOSTER

14 February 1934 – 3 February 1935 | DOG

4 February 1935 – 23 January 1936 | PIG

24 January 1936 – 10 February 1937 | RAT

11 February 1937 – 30 January 1938 | OX

31 January 1938 – 18 February 1939 | TIGER

19 February 1939 – 7 February 1940 | RABBIT

The 1940s

8 February 1940 – 26 January 1941 | DRAGON

27 January 1941 – 14 February 1942 | SNAKE

15 February 1942 – 4 February 1943 | HORSE

5 February 1943 – 24 January 1944 | GOAT

25 January 1944 – 12 February 1945 | MONKEY

13 February 1945 – 1 February 1946 | ROOSTER

2 February 1946 – 21 January 1947 | DOG

22 January 1947 – 9 February 1948 | PIG

10 February 1948 – 28 January 1949 | RAT

29 January 1949 – 16 February 1950 | OX

The 1950s

17 February 1950 – 5 February 1951 | TIGER

6 February 1951 – 26 January 1952 | RABBIT

27 January 1952 – 13 February 1953 | DRAGON

14 February 1953 – 2 February 1954 | SNAKE

3 February 1954 – 23 January 1955 | HORSE

24 January 1955 – 11 February 1956 | GOAT

12 February 1956 – 30 January 1957 | MONKEY

31 January 1957 – 17 February 1958 | ROOSTER

18 February 1958 – 7 February 1959 | DOG

8 February 1959 – 27 January 1960 | PIG

The 1960s

28 January 1960 – 14 February 1961 | RAT

15 February 1961 – 4 February 1962 | OX

5 February 1962 – 24 January 1963 | TIGER

25 January 1963 – 12 February 1964 | RABBIT

13 February 1964 – 1 February 1965 | DRAGON

2 February 1965 – 20 January 1966 | SNAKE

21 January 1966 – 8 February 1967 | HORSE

9 February 1967 – 29 January 1968 | GOAT

30 January 1968 – 16 February 1969 | MONKEY

17 February 1969 – 5 February 1970 | ROOSTER

The 1970s

6 February 1970 – 26 January 1971 | DOG

27 January 1971 – 14 February 1972 | PIG

15 February 1972 – 2 February 1973 | RAT

3 February 1973 – 22 January 1974 | OX

23 January 1974 – 10 February 1975 | TIGER

11 February 1975 – 30 January 1976 | RABBIT

31 January 1976 – 17 February 1977 | DRAGON

18 February 1977 – 6 February 1978 | SNAKE

7 February 1978 – 27 January 1979 | HORSE

28 January 1979 – 15 February 1980 | GOAT

The 1980s

16 February 1980 – 4 February 1981 | MONKEY

5 February 1981 – 24 January 1982 | ROOSTER

25 January 1982 – 12 February 1983 | DOG

13 February 1983 – 1 February 1984 | PIG

2 February 1984 – 19 February 1985 | RAT

20 February 1985 – 8 February 1986 | OX

9 February 1986 – 28 January 1987 | TIGER

29 January 1987 – 16 February 1988 | RABBIT

17 February 1988 – 5 February 1989 | DRAGON

6 February 1989 – 26 January 1990 | SNAKE

The 1990s

27 January 1990 – 14 February 1991 | HORSE

15 February 1991 – 3 February 1992 | GOAT

4 February 1992 – 22 January 1993 | MONKEY

23 January 1993 – 9 February 1994 | ROOSTER

10 February 1994 – 30 January 1995 | DOG

31 January 1995 – 18 February 1996 | PIG

19 February 1996 – 7 February 1997 | RAT

8 February 1997 – 27 January 1998 | OX

28 January 1998 – 5 February 1999 | TIGER

6 February 1999 – 4 February 2000 | RABBIT

The 2000s

5 February 2000 – 23 January 2001 | DRAGON

24 January 2001 – 11 February 2002 | SNAKE

12 February 2002 – 31 January 2003 | HORSE

1 February 2003 – 21 January 2004 | GOAT

22 January 2004 – 8 February 2005 | MONKEY

9 February 2005 – 28 January 2006 | ROOSTER

29 January 2006 – 17 February 2007 | DOG

18 February 2007 – 6 February 2008 | PIG

7 February 2008 – 25 January 2009 | RAT

26 January 2009 – 13 February 2010 | OX

The 2010s

14 February 2010 – 2 February 2011 | TIGER

3 February 2011 – 22 January 2012 | RABBIT

23 January 2012 – 9 February 2013 | DRAGON

10 February 2013 – 30 January 2014 | SNAKE

31 January 2014 – 18 February 2015 | HORSE

19 February 2015 – 7 February 2016 | GOAT

8 February 2016 – 27 January 2017 | MONKEY

28 January 2017 – 15 February 2018 | ROOSTER

16 February 2018 – 4 February 2019 | DOG

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2018 Year of the Dog | Chinese Zodiac