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Reality of the Chinese New Year – Earth dog

 

Chinese New Year is a movable celebration, dictated by the lunar cycle, which can fall anytime between January 21 and February 20, this year it is Friday 16th February. It its the year of an Earth dog. How is it all worked out?

Animal

The Chinese have a traditional  animal zodiac, or shengxiao which means ‘born resembling’. These include ox, horse , tiger, snake, monkey etc. They are arranged in a repeating cycle of 12 years. This year it is the year of the dog. All people born within this year then are supposed to be born with characteristics of the animal, as does the year itself. Some year are better than others, both for us and the world at large! Dog years are ones to think of defense. We have to look after our country, business or home. It is year good for health and love will tend to be faithful (dog like). A person’s characteristics are said to be determined both by the fixed element of their zodiac sign and the element of the 12-year cycle they were born in. The exact definition of each depends on which source you look at.

Element

It is more complicated than that, of course, because the years themselves are subject to one of the five Chinese elements. These are, wood, fire, earth, metal and water. These themselves have characteristics to put into the mix. Not only that but they run for two years. First showing the yang(male) characteristics of the year then then the ying (female). 2018 is a yang year. This is a ten year cycle. There are 60 possible combinations- so each year is different. A person’s characteristics are said to be determined both by the fixed element of their zodiac sign and the element of the 12-year cycle they were born in. E.g., a Metal Dog (born in 1970) has a personality with aspects associate with both Metal (12-year-cycle element) and Earth (fixed element).

Earth Years

In theory these will emphasize the “earthy” characteristics, such as practicality, feet on the ground, solidity etc. My own personal astrologer, H, has a different prediction for this year though. She sees that it is the start of a very dynamic decade. Chaos, instability, revelations, destruction, end of an era, secrets brought to light. Who is right? Well only time will tell!

Anyway HAPPY NEW YEAR Marian