Chinese Year of the Dog

By Emma Suttie D.Ac, AP

On Friday February 16, 2018, we celebrated Chinese New Year and brought in the year of the dog. The Chinese new year falls on a different day every year and this is because it is based on a lunar cycle, unlike our calendar, which is based on the movement of the sun. In the Chinese zodiac, each year is dedicated to an animal, and it runs in twelve year cycles in a specific order. Each year also corresponds to an element based on the Chinese five element system - Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood. This year is the year of the earth dog.

Years of the Dog include 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, and 2030. The dog year occupies the eleventh position in the Chinese zodiac.

People who are born in a year associated with a specific animal are said to have certain traits. Those born in a dog year are said to have the personality traits below. There are also five elements which rotate throughout the zodiac, 2018 is an earth year, therefore, this is an earth dog year. These elements further distinguish personality traits among people born in dog years. The different characteristics are listed below.

Wood Dog - Years - 1934, 1994

• Sincere
• Reliable
• Considerate
• Patient
• Understanding

Fire Dog - 1946, 2006

• Sincere
• Hardworking
• Intelligent

Earth Dog - 1958, 2018

• Excellent Communicator
• Responsible
• Serious

Metal Dog - 1910, 1970

• Cautious
• Conservative
• Always helpful to others
• Desirable

Water Dog - 1922, 1982

• Excellent at managing financial affairs
• Self Reliant
• Brave
• Independent

Lucky Things for Dogs

If you were born in a dog year the following things are considered lucky...

Lucky Numbers - 3, 4, 9 (and any numbers containing them, ie: 34, 49)

Lucky Colours - Red, Green and Purple

Lucky Days - The 7th and 28th of every Chinese lunar month

Lucky Months - The 6th, 10th and 12th Chinese lunar months

Lucky Directions - East, South and NorthEast

Lucky Flowers - Rose, Orchids

The Dog Personality

Dogs are loyal, kind, honest and trustworthy and will do anything for the people in their lives that they feel are the most important. They are cautious however, and will only give their loyalty and affections to someone whom they feel truly deserves it. Dogs are always happy and in a good mood, and able to see the bright side of any situation. Most seek out a simple life spending their time and energy on good friends, family and things that make them happy. Because of their inherent goodness, they also do not tend to crime, violence or other negative activities, they are more interested in the positive things in life.

One thing that dogs struggle with is communication, and always seem to have difficulty expressing themselves to others. Often, things can be misunderstood or misinterpreted and this can lead to problems. This can make relationships difficult and people sometimes are left with the impression that dogs are difficult to get along with.

Dogs are always ready to help others and are very selfless and not interested in their own gains, especially for those in their inner circle. Conversely, if they are deceived by those they trust, they will be deeply hurt and the betrayal can send them into a deep depression.

Dogs are usually very healthy and love to be active. They tend to have strong immune systems which makes them resilient when illnesses like colds and flus are going around and everyone else is falling ill.

Famous People Born in Dog Years

WinstonChurchill (wood dog) / Madonna (earth dog) / Elvis Presley (wood dog) / Mother Teresa (metal dog) Michael Jackson (earth dog) / Steven Spielberg (fire dog) / George Bush Jr. (fire dog) / Bill Clinton (fire dog) / Donald Trump (fire dog)

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The featured image photo by Hyunwon Jang on Unsplash


Happy Chinese New Year - Welcome to the Year of the Dragon!

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac

January 23, 2012 is the Chinese New Year, and it brings us into the year of the Dragon. This is a very important year!

The Dragon is the only mythical animal in the Chinese zodiac, and anyone born in this year is supposed to be very lucky. The Dragon is a symbol of good fortune and immense power and in Chinese culture, the Dragon is a divine creature. In Eastern philosophy the Dragon is said to deliver good fortune and is a master of authority, therefor people born in Dragon years are to be honoured and respected.

DRAGON CHARACTERISTICS

The key to the Dragon personality is that Dragons are the free spirits of the Zodiac. Conformation is a Dragon's worst nightmare. Rules and regulations are made for other people. Restrictions blow out the creative spark that is always aflame in these passionate people. Dragons must be free and uninhibited. The Dragon is a beautiful creature, colourful and flamboyant. An extroverted bundle of energy, gifted and utterly irrepressible, everything Dragons do is on a grand scale - big ideas, ornate gestures, extreme ambitions. However, this behaviour is natural and isn't meant for show. Because they are confident and fearless in the face of challenge, they are almost inevitably successful. Dragons usually make it to the top.

While Dragons frequently help others, rarely will they ask for help. Others are attracted to Dragons, especially their generous personalities, but deep down, Dragons are solitary people at heart. Perhaps that is because they’re most successful when working alone. Their preference to be alone can come across as arrogance or conceitedness, but these qualities aren’t applicable. A Dragon's self-sufficiency can mean that he or she has no need for close bonds with other people. Dragons are fiery creatures and have tempers that can flare fast!

Dragon

DRAGON FACTS

People born in the Year of the Dragon share certain characteristics. The Dragon sign is an abbreviated way of characterizing that individual's personality. Following are features associated with the sign of the Dragon.

Occupies the 5th position in the Chinese Zodiac.
Chinese name-LONG.
Sign of luck

CHARACTERISTICS

  • Innovative
  • Ambitious
  • Enterprising
  • Driven
  • Flexible
  • Generous
  • Self-assured
  • Brave
  • Passionate
  • Dominant
  • Conceited
  • Tactless
  • Scrutinizing
  • Unanticipated
  • Quick-tempered

龍-seal

An ancient seal script form of thecharacter for "dragon" that is now written 龍 or 龙
and pronounced lóng in Mandarin Chinese.

DRAGON YEARS

1904 * 1916 * 1928 * 1940 * 1952 * 1964 * 1976 * 1988 * 2000