What will the year of the dog bring?
By Justyne Yuen-Lee
Dog lovers rejoice – it’s our year!
In the Chinese Zodiac calendar there are 12 signs: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. This year is the year of the dog (yay!) and it begins on Chinese New Year, February 16th. But what does that mean? According to Chinese superstition, your animal year is a year to proceed with caution. Your Chinese Zodiac sign is the dog if you were born in: 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, or 2006. To stay lucky, you must incorporate a lot of red in your wardrobe – socks, accessories, right down to your undies!
Your Zodiac sign can say a lot about you, let’s find out what being a dog means!
1. 2018 is the year of the Earth Dog.
Each Zodiac year is associated with one of five elements: Gold, Water, Wood, Earth, and Fire. The elements impart personality traits to those born in that year. Earth Dogs are said to be communicative, serious, and responsible in work. Well known Earth Dogs include Madonna and Michael Jackson!
(Fun Fact: Donald Trump is also a dog, specifically a Fire Dog. Fire Dogs characteristics include: intelligence, hardworking, and sincere. Hah!)
2. Every dog has “fated” personality traits.
Dogs aren’t dubbed “man’s best friend” for nothing!
Besides being assigned attributes according to your element, your animal sign denotes its own personality traits: loyal, honest, amiable, kind, cautious, and prudent.
3. There are lucky AND unlucky numbers and colors (and flowers and directions and months) for every year.
If you were born in the year of the dog your lucky numbers are: 3, 4, and 9. Combinations of these numbers are also lucky, like 34, 93, and 49. Your unlucky numbers are: 1, 6, and 7.
Lucky colors for dogs include red, green and purple, and unlucky colors are blue, white and gold.
4. Dogs are most compatible with Tigers and Rabbits, and incompatible with Oxen, Dragons, Goats, or Roosters.
Another element to add in your dating scene – trading Chinese zodiac signs!
Zodiac signs are used to find a suitable spouse in Chinese tradition. There’s something about predestined compatibility! So, if you need some confirmation about whether or not to continue seeing someone, ask them for their birth year!
5. Dogs will do as much as they can for the people they love.
Just like our beloved pets, dogs are said to have a strong sense of loyalty and sincerity. They’re born good-natured and are eager to help others!
Of course, this is all oversimplified in the interest of being succinct. There are vast amounts of resources that go more in-depth out there! Happy Chinese New Year! We wish you good luck and good fortune. Dogs, be careful out there, birth years are thought to be unlucky! Stock up on those red undies!