The Year Of The Earth Dog!

April Crowell, Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM), AOBTA CI & CP, CHN

We love our dogos and puppers and it’s their year.  Friday, February 16th is the second new moon following the winter solstice.  For Asian cultures this is the New Year and the start of the spring festivals and planting season.  This year the Fire Rooster will surrender to the loyal and loving Earth Dog–our most favorite of pets.

Each year of the Asian (Chinese) calendar corresponds to one of the 12 animals (rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and the pig).  Besides the animal, we also cycle through each of the 5 elements (fire, earth, metal,water and wood) to create a full 60 year cycle.  By the time you cycle back to the animal year and element that you were born in you will be 60–so, don’t hold your breath.  Each animal carries its own unique personality and disposition, couple that with the elemental energies and can get an idea of the nature of the how the year may play out.

The nature of the Dog:

Our most beloved friends, dogs are loyal and happy to please their friends and family. They do not care what your wealth or health is like–they believe everyone deserves love. They are considered one of the most auspicious animals in the zodiac and are welcomed into homes to bring prosperity, safety and support.   Those born in the dog years are loyal, responsible and caring and bring energy and vitality to other’s lives. However, they may be overly sensitive, stubborn and emotional–those puppy eyes.

Each element influences the dog’s overall nature. This year, the Earth element adds extra dimensions of tenacity or persistence, precise attention and good wealth.

Julia’s Zev, chilling.

Correspondences and compatibility

  • The Dog is the 11th sign of the 12 Asian (Chinese) Zodiac system.
  • Lucky numbers: 3, 4 & 9
  • Colors: Yellow/gold (for Earth). Dogs in general: Purple, green and red
  • Lucky flowers: Roses and orchids
  • Compatibility: Rabbit.  Rabbit? That seems like a bad match for the rabbit–especially if you have a sight-hound.
  • Incompatibility: Dragon, sheep and rooster

Here’s to a wonderful year!

Thank you!  A huge thank you to Ken Hsu for the very happy dog painting, and to everyone who shared their dog pictures.

Be well,