The Year of the DOG, also known in this cycle as the Yang Earth Dog, 4716 on the Chinese Lunar Calendar, begins with the second New Moon after the Winter Solstice, the new moon at midnight, Friday, February 16, 2018, and lasts to February 4, 2019. Other Dog Years are: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, and 2006.
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Symbol of the Dog
The Dog, the eleventh animal of twelve to reach the Jade Emperor, is renown in Chinese literature, myth, and legend. In Journey to the West, a Doghelped the hero Erlang Shen and the Monkey-King Sun Wukong defeat a nine-headed insect monster by biting off the monster’s head. During an eclipse, the Tiangou (“Heavenly Dog”) is thought to eat the Sun or the Moon until frightened away. Various ethnic groups credit the Dog with saving the seeds of a variety of grains, thereby providing the seed stock of today’s crops, and so, in some Harvest celebrations, dogs are the first to be fed. Associated with benevolence and good fortune, there is a Chinese proverb that says if a strange dog follows you home, and you treat it well, your house will be blessed with prosperity. In everyday life, no other animal of the Celestial Zodiac is as devoted to the well-being of their human companions, especially those who are physically or psychologically impaired or threatened by catastrophe, with no reservations or judgment of the wealth, station, or circumstances of those persons.
Significance of the Year of the Dog
The Year of the Yang Earth Dog will be overflow with energy, both positive and negative, and thus be very demanding. The challenge will be to proceed with vigor and enthusiasm anyway, with perseverance and fully prepared to meet the ups and downs of work, life, and love, instead of hesitating, hiding, or procrastinating, thereby forging one’s character and spirit in the fires of failure and misfortune and, ultimately, achieving success.
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The Dog personality
The Dog epitomizes faithfulness and devotion and hard work, with a playfulness and joy of life. At the same time, the Dog must be mindful of stubbornness and aggression. So when developing one’s personality, one must bear in mind the teaching of Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer: First comes exercise, then comes discipline, and only then comes affection, and do likewise in training themselves.
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Research and written by John Tam