Year of the Dog

4 Minute Read | Author: Nhan Chiem

The Year of the Dog begins on 16 February 2018, and many of us will be wondering what surprises are ahead.

Similar to Western astrology, the animal signs of Asian astrology are said to influence our personality traits, and may also influence world and economic events.

“Generally, security and safety concerns are a key aspect of the years in which the Dog sign rules,” says traditional Chinese medicine practitioner Dr Edward Kwok Chi Tsang. “So, things are expected to be more volatile, restless and chaotic this year.” 

Success in 2018 requires tapping into the best of Dog traits, including sharpness and perception, companionship and loyalty. Dogs often adopt a pack mentality so years when the Dog sign rules focus on the many rather than the individual. “Social movements that improve the common good are a feature of the Year of the Dog.”

Dr Tsang believes it will be generally more difficult to accumulate wealth in the Year of the Dog. Investors will need to be more cautious and expect a bumpier year. Business opportunities and economic conditions, however, will be more promising in the Southern parts of the world, including Australia. Countries in the Southeast region of Asia will be most promising for business, including Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.

If you are a Rabbit, Rooster, Dog or Rat, you are likely to have experienced the most challenges in the past Year of the Rooster.

Dogs, and those born under compatible signs, will typically be happier and achieve more professional success in years ruled by the Dog.

In 2018, fortunes will improve particularly for Rabbits and Rats. Also likely to benefits are Tigers, Snakes, Horses and Goats. In fact, Horses, Tigers and Snakes will have the best year.

Dogs and Roosters, however, will continue to have another unstable year. It will also be more challenging for Dragons, Goats and Oxen.

> More detailed predictions for each animal sign are available on Dr Tsang’s website here.

About the lunar calendar

The Chinese traditional calendar, or lunar calendar, continues to be used in many Asian countries including Japan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

The calendar is based on the cycles of the moon, starting in Spring. Each full moon has a cycle of around 30 days, and each month of the lunar calendar is either 29 or 30 days long.

Millions of people across the world use the lunar calendar to schedule important events, including dates for weddings or starting a business or new venture, as some days are considered luckier than others.

The Chinese Zodiac consists of 12 animals, which rotate at the beginning of the lunar new year.

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Which Chinese zodiac animal am I?

Rat: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960

Ox: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961

Tiger: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962

Rabbit: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963

Dragon: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964

Snake: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965

Horse: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966

Goat: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967

Monkey: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968

Rooster: 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969

Dog: 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970

Pig: 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971