Chinese New Year 2018 – Year of the Earth Dog

Chinese New Year 2018 falls on 16 February this year, and we welcome the year of the earth dog.

You may or may not believe in Chinese Astrology, or astrology at all, but seeing if any of the traits match can still be quite an interesting process.  So, what are the dog traits? Fairly straightforward, think of the characteristics of a dog: faithful, honest, courageous on one hand, guarded and defensive on the other.

Apparently the earth dog is an introvert, a pessimist and rarely shows his feelings. But true to form, for all the so called negative traits, their loyalty, honesty, empathy and hard work all contribute to being a great friend or partner. You can’t help but begin to think of all your friends who were born in the year of the dog, and start associating those traits to them.

Chinese New Year - dog

Chinese New Year – dog

However, your year of birth and thus your year animal is not the only factor that defines personality traits in Chinese Astrology. For a full analysis, you should consider a BaZi reading – the Four Pillars of Destiny, four components that supposedly create a person’s destiny or fate; birth year, month, day, and hour. You can find several free Bazi Calculators online, but the key will be the interpretation.

What we were also told during tea break of one class, is that those born in a dog year (unlike other signs) may suffer misfortune during their own birth-year and therefore should protect themselves by wearing a red sash or belt. Puzzled, we tried to narrow this down a bit more, and it soon expanded to wearing red underwear! Red socks would help too, but the key area is to protect your ‘kua’ –  generally defined as your pelvic area. So for our female dog students, spurious declarations of visiting Victoria’s Secret to purchase red underwear were made! And what should our male dog students do??? See image below guys!


red boxer shorts

red boxer shorts


Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Do not resist them, that only creates sorrow.  Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.

Lao Tzu