The Year of the EARTH DOG - WU XU
Begins February 16, 2018
2018 Year of the Earth Dog (Wu Xu)
February 16, 2018 through February 4, 2019
"The optimist sees opportunity in every danger; the pessimist sees danger in every opportunity"
- Winston Churchill (a dog)
The Dog is rich in Chinese history and tradition. Whether shown guarding ancient Buddhist temples or depicted as protector of sacred buildings and a defender of the weak, the Dog is known for its loyalty and tenacity. Many times, displayed in a powerful guarding position, the Dog is the protector of peace and serenity in the sanctuary it is guarding.
The "Foo Dog" is a popular representation and is known as the Celestial or Happiness Dog. It is a symbol of energy and high value and is often displayed in a male/female pair. The male holds a sphere that symbolizes the Earth, while the female holds her offspring.
The essence of a Dog-ruled year is “watchfulness” defense of the weak, and fair play. International justice will be the order of the year. Causes, protests, and the righting of wrongs defines Dog years. Out of intense complexities, intense simplicity of truth can emerge.
What to avoid in 2018:
- Guilt-trips (would have/ should have/ could have's)
- Pity-parties (I'll just sit here in the dark by myself)
- Pride ("cutting off one's nose to spite the face")
- Hanging on to dead-end anything (from relationships to clutter)
- Excessive worrying
- Panic (and it's ugly sisters -- anxiety and worry)
What to hold on to in 2018:
- A cause or special purpose
- Old friends who have stood the test of time
- Your Principles
- The Family Circle
The Dog year and those under its influence, are protectors of morals and defenders of the weak. Causes, revolutions, and human-rights are on the agenda for the Dog year. The watchful Dog keeps us one step ahead of those who would harm us. However, while a single dose of anticipation is healthy, a double dose can be toxic and result in paranoia, expecting problems around every corner and jumping to conclusions throughout 2018.
Parents can expect to pull their offspring out of a scuffle or two this year. In like kind, these same parents may have to exercise herculean self-control at the workplace when the office bully flexes their muscles. Loyalty in relationships becomes more important than ever this year and best results are achieved by taking the high road in any given situation. Best results are achieved when Dog-year worry is transformed into advance thinking and planning. “Presence of mind” will be critical during 2018.
© 2018, Shelly Wu Associates
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Historic 1958 Earth Dog year Occurrences:
Rating Key for Each Month:
**** 4 stars
Excellent (Very auspicious, a wide and smooth path)
*** 3 stars
Good (Better than average)
** 2 stars
Fair (mediocre, status quo)
Difficult (Be cautious, astral clash to the month)
The Charming RAT 'Tze'
1900 Jan 31 to Feb 18, 1901: Metal Rat
1912 Feb 18 to Feb 5, 1913: Water Rat
1924 Feb 5 to Jan 24, 1925: Wood Rat
1936 Jan 24 to Feb 10, 1937: Fire Rat
1948 Feb 10 to Jan 28, 1949: Earth Rat
1960 Jan 28 to Feb 14, 1961: Metal Rat
1972 Feb 15 to Feb 2, 1973: Water Rat
1984 Feb 2 to Feb 19, 1985: Wood Rat
1996 Feb 19 to Feb 6, 1997: Fire Rat
2008 Feb 7 to Jan 25, 2009: Earth Rat
This is the year to put your life in order and balance any areas that have taken too much energy lately. Your nerves could feel shredded because of prolonged emotional drama and a steady dose of stress. Use 2018 as a new beginning of perspective and strive for serenity. AUG’s Monkey-ruled month will be a healing time and a four-star energy period! Everything looks a little cheerier now as restless Rats navigate back onto a productive path. New ideas flow freely, and many possibilities and choices are offered to you. 2018 is perfect for you to make changes to your surroundings. Greatest benefits will be enjoyed completing projects that improve your environment, home or office.
JAN 2019 **** ROMANCE MONTH
The Stable OX ' Chou'
1901 Feb 19 to Feb 7, 1902: Metal Ox
1913 Feb 6 to Jan 25, 1914: Water Ox
1925 Jan 25 to Feb 12, 1926: Wood Ox
1937 Feb 11 to Jan 30, 1938: Fire Ox
1949 Jan 29 to Feb 16, 1950: Earth Ox
1961 Feb 15 to Feb 4, 1962: Metal Ox
1973 Feb 3 to Jan 22, 1974: Water Ox
1985 Feb 20 to Feb 8, 1986: Wood Ox
1997 Feb 7 to Jan 27, 1998: Fire Ox
2009 Jan 26 to Feb 13, 2010: Earth Ox
The beginning of 2018 brings a very auspicious time for Oxen. A time of forward-thinking and flexibility. Socially, relax some and try to have more fun. As MAY’s Snake-ruled month approaches, a more obstinate streak in dutiful Oxen rears its head. Your ideas tend to be set in stone now and this could lead to confrontations on hot issues such as money, children and sex. Compromise can only be productive and give and take on both sides brings a satisfying conclusion. SEPTs Rooster energies highlight “Out with the old and in with the new” A potential change in living arrangements, while unsettling, will open the door to new adventures which await you this year.
DEC **** ROMANCE MONTH
JAN '19 ***
The Courageous TIGER 'Yin'
1902 Feb 8 to Jan 28, 1903: Water Tiger
1914 Jan 26 to Feb 13, 1915: Wood Tiger
1926 Feb 13 to Feb 1, 1927: Fire Tiger
1938 Jan 31 to Feb 18, 1939: Earth Tiger
1950 Feb 17 to Feb 5, 1951: Metal Tiger
1962 Feb 5 to Jan 24, 1963: Water Tiger
1974 Jan 23 to Feb 10, 1975: Wood Tiger
1986 Feb 9 to Jan 28, 1987: Fire Tiger
1998 Jan 28 to Feb 15, 1999: Earth Tiger
2010 Feb 14 to Feb 2, 2011: Metal Tiger
2018 throws Tiger's into a whirlwind of activity. A medical problem that has been taking up so much of your energy of late, resolves in a satisfactory way. Looking back, you can see how personal stress exacerbated your symptoms and vow to be more aware of this in the future. MAY’s Snake-ruled month feels like a wet-blanket thrown on your enthusiasm. Keep the status quo and wait it out, as a wonderful new adventure is just about to begin! OCT & NOV's auspicious climate should be a eventful one. Passionate Tigers come into their own during the Fall of 2018 their Tiger birth year teams up with the auspicious Dog & Pig months. Anything is possible now.
NOV **** ROMANCE MONTH
JAN '19 ***
The Discreet RABBIT (Vietnamese: CAT) 'Mao'
1915 Feb 14 to Feb 2, 1916: Wood Rabbit
1903 Jan 29 to Feb 15, 1904: Water Rabbit
1927 Feb 2 to Jan 22, 1928: Fire Rabbit
1939 Feb 19 to Feb 7, 1940: Earth Rabbit
1951 Feb 6 to Jan 26, 1952: Metal Rabbit
1963 Jan 25 to Feb 12, 1964: Water Rabbit
1975 Feb 11 to Jan 30, 1976: Wood Rabbit
1987 Jan 29 to Feb 16, 1988: Fire Rabbit
1999 Feb 16 to Feb 4, 2000: Earth Rabbit
2011 Feb 3 to Jan 22, 2012: Metal Rabbit
The beginning of 2018 may find Rabbit natives nerves on edge. The difficult energies of the previous Rooster year, may still find you reeling! You have been anxious about your health, but these issues should clear up during your “soulmate year of 2018. A thorough interpersonal housecleaning would serve you well and a parting of ways may be eminent between you and a partner or close associate. Life and love improve significantly this year as the Rabbit's best friend, the Dog, ushers in a New Year and auspicious energies for you. Excitement and luxury await you this year, and new ideas lead to new adventures! A widening of your social circle most likely will lead to a meaningful romance which will strengthen as the year progresses.
OCT **** ROMANCE MONTH
JAN '19 *
The Outspoken DRAGON 'Chen'
1904 Feb 16 to Feb 3, 1905: Wood Dragon
1916 Feb 3 to Jan 22, 1917: Fire Dragon
1928 Jan 23 to Feb 9, 1929: Earth Dragon
1940 Feb 8 to Jan 26, 1941: Metal Dragon
1952 Jan 27 to Feb 13, 1953: Water Dragon
1964 Feb 13 to Feb 1, 1965: Wood Dragon
1976 Jan 31 to Feb 17, 1977: Fire Dragon
1988 Feb 17 to Feb 5, 1989: Earth Dragon
2000 Feb 5 to Jan 23, 2001: Metal Dragon
2012 Jan 23 to Feb 9, 2013: Water Dragon
Dragons enjoy an unpredictable year, complete with increased visibility. Be cautious however, as the Dog year is your opposite sign and this may usher in the wrong kind of publicity. Whether in business or romance Dragons will find a more ideal climate come AUG’s Monkey-ruled and SEPT’s Rooster-ruled months. Past projects are brought to their, overdue, however successful conclusions now. Be sure to keep your word on any commitments during this rather difficult year. Don't become frustrated by obstacles as the Dog makes a “double whammy” (month & year) entrance in OCT. While 2018 may bring rocky personal issues, it also brings career success and “opens the money vault” for dramatic Dragons. An award of some type may also be involved.
SEPT **** ROMANCE MONTH
JAN '19 **
The Philosophical SNAKE 'Si'
1905 Feb 4 to Jan 24, 1906: Wood Snake
1917 Jan 23 to Feb 10, 1918: Fire Snake
1929 Feb 10 to Jan 29, 1930: Earth Snake
1941 Jan 27 to Feb 14, 1942: Metal Snake
1953 Feb 14 to Feb 2, 1954: Water Snake
1965 Feb 2 to Jan 20, 1966: Wood Snake
1977 Feb 18 to Feb 6, 1978: Fire Snake
1989 Feb 6 to Jan 26, 1990: Earth Snake
2001 Jan 24 to Feb 11, 2002: Metal Snake
2013 Feb 10 to Jan 30, 2014: Water Snake
2018 should prove to be a year of planning and making progress on new goals. Complete projects and move past previous obstacles. Success in both mundane and esoteric pursuits are indicated and a new addition to the family is in the making. Hard work pays generously during your fortunate Monkey month of AUG. Dedicated commitment to your goals will bring rewards that will have long-lasting effects. Your luck dips a bit in NOV’s Pig-ruled month, but not to worry- if you feel piled with problems, select an easier option. Simplify, prioritize, and wisely choose your battles in everything. Lose gracefully and don’t carry a grudge! wait patiently for difficult cycles in FEB & NOV to run their course.
AUG **** ROMANCE MONTH
JAN '19 ***
The Talkative HORSE 'Wu'
1906 Jan 25 to Feb 12, 1907: Fire Horse
1918 Feb 11 to Jan 31, 1919: Earth Horse
1930 Jan 30 to Feb 16, 1931: Metal Horse
1942 Feb 15 to Feb 4, 1943: Water Horse
1954 Feb 3 to Jan 23, 1955: Wood Horse
1966 Jan 21 to Feb 8, 1967: Fire Horse
1978 Feb 7 to Jan 27, 1979: Earth Horse
1990 Jan 27 to Feb 14, 1991: Metal Horse
2002 Feb 12 to Jan 31, 2003: Water Horse
2014 Jan 31 to Feb 18, 2015: Wood Horse
A harmonious ‘trine’ occurs for Horse natives during 2018! The double auspicious energies of the Tiger-ruled month of FEB 2018, teamed up with the new Dog year, completes an auspicious "triangle of compatibility" for those born into Horse years. An excellent time to marry, start a family or begin major projects. JULY’s Goat ruled month brings some epic romance into your life, so get ready! An antagonist may still exist and be working against you, from behind the scenes. Keep lines of communication open, be forthright and let the cards fall where they will. Beginning this year, healthy Horses find themselves at the top of their physical power. In DEC you may feel that your workload leaves no free time for you. Don't despair, this is only a transitional time and your luck will rebound.
JULY **** ROMANCE MONTH
JAN '19 *
The Artistic GOAT 'Wei'
1907 Feb 13 to Feb 1, 1908: Fire Goat
1919 Feb 1 to Feb 19, 1920 : Earth Goat
1931 Feb 17 to Feb 5, 1932 : Metal Goat
1943 Feb 5 to Jan 24, 1944: Water Goat
1955 Jan 24 to Feb 11, 1956: Wood Goat
1967 Feb 9 to Jan 29, 1968: Fire Goat
1979 Jan 28 to Feb 15, 1980: Earth Goat
1991 Feb 15 to Feb 3, 1992: Metal Goat
2003 Feb 1 to Jan 21, 2004: Water Goat
2015 Feb 19 to Feb 7, 2016: Wood Goat
2018 will be a time of rest, recuperation, and a lightened workload for artistic Goats. Buy a new sketchbook, favorite hobby/craft supplies or update your personal journal. The Tiger energy in FEB continues to rub against your peace-loving grain, but the year improves as the weather warms into the spring. The lesson now is the wisdom of the middle path of moderation and patience for you. Seek out happy and auspicious events such as parties and enjoyable get-togethers. Your “soulmate” month of JUNE finds you looking more radiant than ever and feeling a renewal of spirit. Hold your current path and don't make any sudden or life-altering changes during DEC.
JUNE **** ROMANCE MONTH
JAN '19 *
The Entertaining MONKEY 'Shen'
1908 Feb 2 to Jan 21, 1909: Earth Monkey
1920 Feb 20 to Feb 7, 1921: Metal Monkey
1932 Feb 6 to Jan 25, 1933: Water Monkey
1944 Jan 25 to Feb 12, 1945: Wood Monkey
1956 Feb 12 to Jan 30, 1957: Fire Monkey
1968 Jan 30 to Feb 16, 1969: Earth Monkey
1980 Feb 16 to Feb 4, 1981: Metal Monkey
1992 Feb 4 to Jan 22, 1993: Water Monkey
2004 Jan 22 to Feb 8, 2005: Wood Monkey
2016 Feb 8 to Jan 27, 2017: Fire Monkey
Monkeys are masters of linguistics, and their ability to manipulate language and ideas during 2018 should be phenomenal! You can talk yourself out of tricky situations and nobody questions your unconventional methods. Your efficiency and ability to figure-out easier ways to do things, continues into MAY and socially you will find yourselves swept-up in a stream of activity! A mutually supportive partnership makes this period an especially harmonious one. During OCT, and especially throughout NOV’s Pig-ruled month; use caution and don’t let arrogance exceed experience. Keep your sense of humor and avoid petty arguments and controversy.
MAY **** ROMANCE MONTH
JAN '19 ****
The Industrious ROOSTER 'You'
1909 Jan 22 to Feb 9, 1910: Earth Rooster
1921 Feb 8 to Jan 27, 1922: Metal Rooster
1933 Jan 26 to Feb 13, 1934: Water Rooster
1945 Feb 13 to Feb 1, 1946: Wood Rooster
1957 Jan 31 to Feb 17, 1958: Fire Rooster
1969 Feb 17 to Feb 5, 1970: Earth Rooster
1981 Feb 5 to Jan 24, 1982: Metal Rooster
1993 Jan 23 to Feb 9, 1994: Water Rooster
2005 Feb 9 to Jan 28, 2018: Wood Rooster
2017 Jan 28 to Feb 15, 2018: Fire Rooster
A productive month starts off 2018 for busy Roosters. Your organizational skills start to pay off and this is a very auspicious year for single Roosters. Plenty of admirers, some from diverse backgrounds, keep you busy especially during your soulmate Dragon month of April! Consider spending some time with a (strong and silent type) Ox or a sage and sophisticated Snake. Your love luck may have difficulties during OCT’s feisty Dog month. Use this friction in a positive way to consider changes and improvements to your relationship or way of life. Home improvements, real estate acquisitions, or changing your living space, will be favored; but hold off on any major change in living arrangements.
APR **** ROMANCE MONTH
JAN '19 ****
The Observant DOG 'Xu'
1910 Feb 10 to Jan 29, 1911: Metal Dog
1922 Jan 28 to Feb 15, 1923: Water Dog
1934 Feb 14 to Feb 3, 1935: Wood Dog
1946 Feb 2 to Jan 21, 1947: Fire Dog
1958 Feb 18 to Feb 7, 1959: Earth Dog
1970 Feb 6 to Jan 26, 1971: Metal Dog
1982 Jan 25 to Feb 12, 1983: Water Dog
1994 Feb 10 to Jan 30, 1995: Wood Dog
2018 Jan 29 to Feb 3, 2007: Fire Dog
2018 Feb 16 to Feb 4, 2019: Earth Dog
2018 brings a period of growth and development. One’s own “tai sui” year sets the stage for the next three years of life and will lead to noticeable improvements. Use this, your own Dog year to re-purpose, redistribute assets or to reorganizing your life in some way. The astral climate dips somewhat during the Dragon-ruled month of APR and a bit of caution is in order. It's all work and no play for a while as your workload gathers momentum. The financial benefits from this will come as a lovely surprise in JUNE. If every Dog has their day, then 2018 may indeed bring yours. Enjoy!
MAR **** ROMANCE MONTH
JAN '19 **
The Honest PIG 'Hai'
1911 Jan 30 to Feb 17, 1912: Metal Pig
1923 Feb 16 to Feb 4, 1924: Water Pig
1935 Feb 4 to Jan 23, 1936: Wood Pig
1947 Jan 22 to Feb 9, 1948: Fire Pig
1959 Feb 8 to Jan 27, 1960: Earth Pig
1971 Jan 27 to Jan 15, 1972: Metal Pig
1983 Feb 13 to Feb 1, 1984: Water Pig
1995 Jan 31 to Feb 18, 1996: Wood Pig
2007 Feb 18 to Feb 6, 2008: Fire Pig
2019 Feb 5 to Jan 24, 2020: Earth Pig
2018 begins with beleaguered Pigs picking themselves up and dusting off from the past months. You could really use a kind ear from friends and family alike. You may have felt like you had a target on your back during the past 2 years, but your luck and life are about to make an upswing in 2018. During your ‘soulmate” month of FEB, redeem yourself and refuse to play into the role of family scapegoat. Get outdoors for healing; go into the wild for a time and hike, discover new hideaways and restore your inner peace. Let the excitement of new projects and the possibility of a new business excite you. You have an excellent chance of meeting up with your soul mate during this awesome year, as the Dog and Pig complete the life-palace of “home & hearth.”
FEB 2018 **** ROMANCE MONTH
Wishing you the 5 traditional Chinese blessings of, Longevity, Wealth, Love of virtue, Vital Health, and a Natural Ending.
© 2018, Shelly Wu Associates
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