Archives for January 2018

2018 – The Year of the Dog

Astrology is a fascinating combination of metaphysics and ancient theories of energy that has been called the “Mother of all Sciences”. The study of the patterns and relationships between the cosmic and human life has developed into three main zodiacs: Chinese, Western and Hindu. Hindu astrology is based on the macrocosm and microcosm whereas Western Astrology is a form of divination based on the time and place of someone’s birth.

The Chinese zodiac is the oldest in the world and divides people into twelve personality types based on animals, the two balancing principles of Masculine and Feminine and the five elements of water, metal, fire, wood and earth. The main difference between the Chinese zodiac and that of the west is that the Chinese is based on the movements of the moon whereas that of the west is based on movements of the sun. Chinese astrology is firmly rooted in the world of human activities and is consulted as a matter of course in China when making important decisions such as marriage partners and business ventures.

On 16th February this year, we will enter the Year of the Earth Dog which will end on 4th February 2019. The dog is a symbol of intelligence, protection and loyalty. Dog people are honest and direct and dislike psychological game playing. They like people to be straight with them and are straight in return. They are concerned that justice is done and seen to be done and they thrive on a sense of fair play, equality and have concern for social issues.

On a personal level, dogs are a fascinating combination of loyalty, love of family and independence. They can appear aloof and cynical and be slow to make friends, preferring to hold their own counsel. Unsurprisingly, they can be dogmatic and view the world in black and white. Someone is either right or wrong; your friend or your enemy. They have lively minds and tongues and will use both of these weapons very effectively either in support of good causes or to bring a perceived enemy down.
2018 is the year of the Earth dog. Earth dogs are stable and secure and happy to take each day as it comes. They are well balanced, practical and realistic as well as idealistic, and they do like to lend a hand to those in need. They are loyal and make exceptionally good friends but their high standards are hard to live up to and they may quickly become disappointed. Fortunately they forgive easily.

Each sign returns once every sixty years and each element every twelve years. Dog years are 1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 and 2018. Famous people born in the year of the dog include Donald Trump, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Justin Bieber, Michael Jackson, Prince, Mother Teresa, Sophia Loren, Madonna, Alec Baldwin, Dolly Parton, Andrea Bocelli, Benjamin Franklin and Bill Clinton.

So what is this Year of the Earth Dog likely to bring? As the Year of the Rooster comes to an end, it is time to put its waste and unnecessary expense behind us and concentrate on communication, selflessness and generosity. Dogs are active and like to go for walks so 2018 will be a year of action and moving forward. Environment and humanitarian causes are likely to come to the forefront along with a resurgence of idealism. International security may well be prioritised and, at home, property issues may become particularly important. 2018 will be an auspicious year for the family and so an excellent year to get married or have children. It will also be a good year for lifestyle changes such as stopping smoking, losing weight and getting fit.

Business wise, 2018 will be a good year to start new ventures and any gnawing problems may dissolve or even turn to advantage. It will also be excellent for new authors. Dogs are confident and self-confidence is paramount for success this year but businesses will also need become interested in the welfare and health of both employees and customers. This means that areas like recycling, renewable energy and social care are likely to grow stronger.

2018 is a time to be caring, protective and loyal and to look beyond ourselves to the needs of others. We need to be aware of the potential for fighting and scrapping but if we can hold our nerve and walk out with confidence and the desire to help, we should end up in a better place by the end.

Enjoy!

Love Laurelle