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What Does the Year of the Earth Dog Mean for You?

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Today marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year, and this year is the year of the Dog, more specifically, the Earth Dog. Regardless of whether or not you yourself were born in the year of the dog, there is a horoscope for this year that applies to all, as well as providing more precise insights you’re your particular zodiac sign. Read on to find out what this year has in store for you!


Like the animals themselves, the Dog in the Chinese Zodiac is loyal, honest and intelligent, with strong beliefs. If you read our guide to the Year of the Dog, you will know that those born under this sign fight for the causes that they believe in, meaning that Dog Years tend to have high levels of political activism and movement, as well as smaller scale voluntary or community works. However, as the element for this year is ‘earth’, which tends to bring on a calming effect, it is thought that this year people will take a cooler approach to any issues rather than impulsively, and hot-headedly acting out. This can allow people to see the best path of action more clearly.


For the Rat (1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008)

The Year of the Dog should be a year of rest for the Rat, with much of the hard work put in previously now paying off. This may be the year to make some of your bigger dreams come true, especially if you have been making cautious steps towards a goal over the past few years.


For the Ox (1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009)

This will be a special year for developing and growing relationships with your family, friends and loved ones. Your good fortune will increase as the year progresses. Don’t be afraid to have some fun!


For the Tiger (1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010)

As an earth Dog year, the Tiger may feel like things are going a little slowly, especially when you need life to big and exciting. However, it can be a good chance to learn to relax, and take in the positive parts of your life. This can also allow you to open up to potential new friends, and let others take the lead for a change.


For the Rabbit (1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011)

The Rabbit and the Dog make the perfect pair, so this is really the year for you! Every aspect of your life will be boosted this year, with particular success on offer for your romantic life and work life. The earth-element of 2018 will also help your financial situation gain positive growth.


For the Dragon (1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012)

Typically, the Dragon and the Dog do not get along, so this is the year for you to really work on yourself and areas of your life that you feel you need to improve. Like the Tiger, the Dog proves too slow for you, and your fast energy, however, you can twist this to your advantage, by focussing your energy on developing patience and self-care techniques.


For the Snake (1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013)

This is a year of self-reflection for the Snake, allowing you to make decisions on your future, your values and your priorities in life. The year is also one for finding new relationships, as your boosts in courage and clarity can help you to see what you really want!


For the Horse (1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014)

Dogs and Horses get along well, so 2018 is set to be a great year for you. With newfound energy, all of your personal goals, such as fitness, health and wealth, will all see a boost in the first part of this year.


For the Goat (1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015)

While not naturally the easiest of years for you, as the Sheep and Dog are not known for being the closest, there is the potential for creative energies this year. No matter what the year throws at you, though, there will always be loyal friends and family to help you get back on track.


For the Monkey (1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016)

This year will prove to be calmer than previous years, yet equally rewarding for the Monkey. Becoming a team player in both your work and home life will show-off your true talents and bring you closer to those you care about.


For the Rooster (1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017)

Your financial situation will be boosted this year if you are willing to apply yourself to your work. However, you may be faced with some uncomfortable events to achieve your full potential. This can, however, help you to prove your worth both in work and your love life.


For the Dog (1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018)

For those who were born in the Year of the Dog, while it may seem like this is your year, it is actually believed that those born in the previous years of that particular Zodiac sign don’t have the best year ahead. The animal year of your birth is typically said to bring you bad luck or struggles, however, as Dogs are one of the most good-natured of the signs, 2018 should not be too hard on the Dog, especially if they remain cautious.


For the Pig (1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007)

You are the star of the show this year in terms of family gatherings or the one people turn to when they need a favour or a shoulder to cry on. The calm feelings brought about by the Earth Dog year will help you to feel more centred.


What is your zodiac sign? Let us know via our social media channels! If you are looking for oriental supermarket food to make some tasty treats over the Chinese New Year period, then check out the range available here at Oriental Mart!

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