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What Does the Year of the Earth Dog Have in Store for You?

What Does the Year of the Earth Dog Have in Store for You
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Another year has passed, and a new one has arrived, meaning there’s something new in store for everyone. With Lunar New Year around the corner (February 16th in 2018), it also means an entirely new Chinese zodiac year—and this one is The Year of the Earth Dog; it’s a year to be centered around the word “action” and should reap many positive rewards for many.

There are twelve animals represented in the Chinese zodiac, each cycling once every twelve years. Everyone has a zodiac animal based on when they were born, and each animal comes with its own traits and predictions with insight into what each year will look like for you. The Chinese zodiacs are: dog, rooster, pig, monkey, goat, horse, snake, dragon, rabbit, tiger, ox and rat. Additionally, each animal zodiac contains one of five elements (earth, water, fire, wood, metal) that slightly alter the characteristics of each year with a different combination. This year, the element of Earth is lined up with the zodiac Dog, so 2018 is considered the Earth Dog Year.

While this year is specifically named after the dog zodiac, 2018 has something in store for everyone. Let’s see what the year holds for you, along with words of wisdom according to your sign:

Dog (born in 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018):

2018 is the Year of the Dog, so it goes without saying that all dog zodiacs will be in good favor. This is a year where the majority of your life will benefit from good luck, and you have the power to choose what you want...so choose with care. The year calls for you to bring patience, dedication, and a mentality of never quitting in your projects, work and ambitions. Two crucial character traits may form for you with the right adaptation: negotiation and the ability to make sound decisions for yourself.

Rooster (born in 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017):

Roosters in 2018 need to act on their good decisions. The year for you will revolve around your relationships of all kinds, including family, friends, and romance. So, it might be a good year to pour your focus and love into your personal relationships. You’ll most likely see many fruits this year from your labors of love.

Pig (born in 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019):

In 2018, pigs will start with a year somewhat full of chaos, which will then lead to a renewed confidence and comfort in self. Important lessons to take away are to allow yourself steady reason in every aspect of life, commit to selflessness, and grow to be adaptable in the case that your set plans are altered. Sticking close to these lessons will ensure a positive year of growth that will arise from overcoming some bumps in the road.

Monkey (born in 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016):

The 2018 horoscope for the Monkey shows that significant shifts will occur in your life, so you must be fully prepared. Be steadfast in the things you want and act upon them swiftly, which will lead to victory in difficult situations and challenges. All obstacles conquered through your tenacity will lead to progress.

Goat (born in 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015):

The Goat sees a year with plenty of pleasant surprises. You’ll see unexpected occurrences in your work life and social life, and at the same time, you’ll be faced with some obstacles. To best beat these challenges, you’ll have to be vigilant of your health so make it a priority to be in your tip-top shape. That means you’ll need to be ahead with your diet and physical health.

Horse (born in 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014):

Another sign with significant surprises is in store is the Horse. As a horse, you’ll need to adapt when challenges face you especially in your career. Adapting to them will shine favor on you, instead of being rigid against the obstacles ahead. Don’t doubt your capabilities—you possess the fortitude to turn around the unforeseen situations.

Snake (born in 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013):

2018 is an extremely exciting year for the Snake! This is a year where you can revolutionize your personal life, see your destiny ahead, and venture into all things spiritual. You’ll discover new passions and experience a new form of being generous toward others. Also, look out for a big career choice.

Dragon (born in 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012):


The year of the Dog has a lot of promise for the Dragon. You’re sure to find more confidence, while thriving in your unique qualities. Recognition in work and by your peers will come your way. In addition, be wary of your out-of-the-box thinking sometimes and try to tone it down to be more moderate when necessary.

Rabbit (born in 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011):

This Earth Dog year may prove to be tense at times for those with a Rabbit sign, but you can ease some of that tension off if you start the year right with a healthy life balance. Try to remain aware of your health and go outside more. Your tendency might be to stay inside too often, causing you to miss out on your necessary connection with Mother Earth.

Tiger (born in 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022):

For the Tiger in 2018, take charge and don’t second guess yourself. Hesitation can be your downfall and lead to missed chances, so grab hold of opportunity without a moment of questioning. If you fall short of this, you may find yourself feeling stuck so do you best to ignore your hesitations and move forward.

Ox (born in 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021):

The horoscope for the Ox, says that the Dog year of 2018 should consist of creating new projects and connections in order to bringing light and luck in your favor. Luck will find its way into your life this year if you take the chance to be an innovator and cause real change. On the other side of things, if you remain stagnant without any new changes, luck could go against you and cause a downturn in your trajectory.

Rat (born in 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020):

In 2018, the Rat may sense a lack of satisfaction in life even if things are going well. Try to ignore this sensation, as it will attempt to drape negativity over what you’re doing and will only hold you back. Instead, step back and see all the good things that are happening in your life with a positive outlook and practice joy and gratitude for what you have.
Written by Austin Adams
Austin is a writer and creative mind who loves movies, books and anything artistic. Video games are one of his favorite pastimes, along with working out and staying active. He likes to try and maintain a healthy lifestyle, but also loves the experience of trying new food and drink. He's sort of a walking contradiction.
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