Chinese astrology is an integral part of an ancient culture that seeks balance in and connection to the surrounding world. As an acupuncturist, I see our bodies seek the same as we move along our individual and collective journeys towards physical and emotional well- being. Chinese astrology is a fun and interesting way to learn more about how we relate to the world, ourselves, and each other by exploring the nature of our Chinese animal signs.
Ancient legend tells us that the Buddha summoned all the animals to come bid him farewell before he departed the earth. According to the story, twelve animals came and he named a year for each animal in the order of their arrival: the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Sheep, the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog, and lastly the Pig. Each animal represents one year of five separate twelve-year cycles composing the Chinese lunar calendar. The lunar calendar was introduced by the Emperor Huang Ti in 2637 B.C.E.
The Year of the Dog, which begins on February 16, 2018 and ends on February 4, 2019, is characterized as a period of observation, steadiness, and constancy. 2018 is defined by Yang and Earth element energy, which is re ected by the energetic yet grounded Dog. Dogs by their nature are reliable and loyal. They obey orders well and are hard workers in general. Even though on the outside they may seem happy go lucky, inside they are often anxious and worried. They keep a watchful eye on their environment, have a heightened awareness of their surroundings, and feel a sense of responsibility to those around them. Dogs may at times be stubborn in nature and difficult to communicate with. However, they are strongly protective and true to family and friends. They feel their primary job is to keep everyone safe and together.
Due to their strong observational skills, people born in the Year of the Dog often naturally seek out careers as lawyers or they may find themselves in positions including referees, mediators, or even mountain guides, as they can characteristically sit back, watch, and wait. Dogs tend to be patient and hardworking and thus they also do well with jobs in law enforcement, counseling, or health care. They are generally fair and honest, paying strong attention to detail. In love, Dogs do best with mates born in the year of the Rabbit, Tiger, and Horse. They should avoid relationships with Dragons as they tend to lack trust in one another and argue intensely! Dogs can enjoy being involved and social, although at times they nd solace by retreating into their den and disconnecting from society to recharge.
2018 may prove to be a challenging year for the Dog in areas of nance and communication. Watching, planning, and collecting one’s thoughts are recommended ways of approaching life in the Year of the Dog. Asking oneself “what are my goals in life” and “how do I want to get there” are good focuses this year. “What are my priorities?” and “What direction do I want to take?” are good questions to ask. Keeping things status quo, remaining observant, and having a low profile, will prove to be an effective strategy, as the steady, quiet Dog moves along its journey into the next year, when thoughts and planning will blossom! Patience will pay off as we move into 2019 and the Year of the Pig, which will be characterized by happiness and success later in one’s life!
Lynne Drakos, who has provided natural health care to Summit County for more than 20 years, can be reached at A Balanced Crane Acupuncture Clinic in Breckenridge at (970) 547-9415 or visit BalancedCraneAcupuncture.com.