2017 is almost over and in a few weeks and in a few days we will be welcoming the new year. For us in the ASEAN region, it’s not just about ending the year right and starting it on a high note. We too, rely on cultural traditions such as the chinese zodiac and predictions to guide both our personal and business decisions.
Without further ado, check out these must-know information about the year of the dog and start 2018 with well informed and well guided decisions (that is if, your company are firm believers of the Chinese zodiac).
Chinese Animal Zodiacs
The Chinese zodiac or shengxiao (meaning, born resembling), is a repeating cycle of 12 years. This means that you will only be meeting your birth sign when you’re 12, 24, 36, and so on.
Your sign is determined by the lunar year in which you were born. It is believed that your birth year and the animal that represents it has a deep influence on your personality and destiny as what the saying tells, “This animal hides in your heart.”
In order, the animals in the Chinese Zodiac are:
- 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
Of the 12 Chinese Zodiacs, we’ll be focusing on the dog which is the animal that represents 2018. Below you’ll find comprehensive information detailing some interesting facts about the year of the dog.
Ben Ming Nian, The Year of Your Zodiac Birth
The animal year at the time when you are born is called your Ben Ming Nian or the zodiac year of birth. Although it may only sound superstitious to many, the Chinese take their birth year seriously. According to Chinese astrology, in your birth sign year, you are bound to offend Tai Sui, the God of Age, and will suffer from misfortunes during that year. But, there are ways to avoid bad luck like wearing something red that is given by an elder or relative.
2018 is the Year of the Dog
The eleventh animal in the Chinese Zodiac, Dogs are the favored domestic animal because of their loyalty and commitment to their owners. For this reason, those born in the Year of the Dog are presumed to possess these canine qualities.
Honest and loyal. A person born under this sign makes an excellent friend who’ll always take your side. Trust that a Dog will stand by you when others have already abandoned your cause. They also honor commitments and will not have second thoughts when making sacrifices for others.
Straightforward and impulsive. Dogs are known to be spontaneous. They are likely to act immediately rather than plan for a situation. At the same time, they can also be hot-blooded, emotional and can be frank at times.
In addition, Dogs are usually independent, generous, valiant, clever and practical. They also have a strong sense of fair judgment and an unfair treatment easily piques them. These characteristics allow dogs to have harmonious relationship with almost the rest of the zodiac signs.
However, not all people who are born in the year of the dog are the same…
In theory, the twelve zodiac signs are grouped into five elements: metal, wood, water, fire and earth. Each element comes once in a 60-year cycle for each animal, which is suggested to determine a person’s characteristics further.
To inform you further, here’s a table showing the 5 elements in astrology that influences a person’s characteristics.
Characteristics of the Dog According to the 5 Elements in Astrology
Type of Dog
Year of Birth
|Wood Dog||1934, 1994||Sincere, understanding, patient|
|Fire Dog||1945, 2006||Intelligent, hardworking, sincere|
|Earth Dog||1958, 2018||Serious, responsible|
|Gold Dog||1910, 1970||Conservative, cautious, helpful|
|Water Dog||1922, 1982||Brave, selfish, well-versed|
2018 Chinese Horoscope for the Dog
It is a popular superstition that people are unlucky during their birth year. For this reason, the Dogs are bound to have less good luck in 2018. Feng Shui predictions tell that these people will be at risk of meeting hitches in their career, health and as well as their finances. So, it’s suggested for them to avoid high-risk investments and keep their health in-check.
Likewise, there are things that are considered unlucky and must be avoided by the people born in the year of the dog.
Colors to Avoid: blue, gold, white
Numbers to Avoid: 1, 6 and 7
But of course, it isn’t just all about misfortune. There are also good things that people born in the year of the dog should anticipate in the coming year.
Lucky Numbers: 3, 4, 9 and all the numbers containing them
Lucky Days: 7th and 28th the month
Lucky Colors: green, purple and red
Want to have an idea on how lucky this Chinese zodiac is? Here are some of the famous people who are born on the year of the dog.
Famous Personalities Born in the Year of the Dog
|Winston Churchill||Nov. 30, 1874||Wood Dog|
|Mother Teresa||Aug. 26, 1910||Gold Dog|
|Jane Goodall||April 3, 1934||Wood Dog|
|Bill Clinton||Aug. 19, 1946||Fire Dog|
|Donald Trump||June 14, 1946||Fire Dog|
|George Bush Jr.||July 6, 1946||Fire Dog|
|Steven Spielberg||Dec. 18, 1946||Fire Dog|
|Ellen DeGeneres||Jan. 26, 1958||Earth Dog|
|Madonna||Aug. 16, 1958||Earth Dog|
|Michael Jackson||Aug. 29, 1958||Earth Dog|
|Prince William||June 21, 1982||Water Dog|
|Justin Bieber||March 1, 1994||Wood Dog|
Fun Fact: Donald Trump is the 4th US President born under the Dog Year, but the first to hold the position in the Year of the Dog. Additionally, he is the only person who has been in the position who has no dog.
Feng Shui experts rely to the Chinese Zodiac to offer life guidance. Its details are used to analyze the compatibility with regards to career, relationships and wealth. While the effectiveness of Chinese astrology remains to be proven scientifically, it’s still up to you whether you will look into this ancient method when it comes to your decision making.
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