Celebrate the Chinese New Year in the year of the Dog 2018. Image Credit: Getty Images

This year will usher in a widespread sentiment of generosity and selflessness. People who fall under the zodiac sign of The Dog are ethical, humanitarian and strive for justice and equality. They are fiercely loyal, decent, courageous, prosperous and magnanimous. With the added element of Earth, the Chi of the Dog is efficient, grounded and vigilant. The Yang Earth Dog energies are controlled by the Earth element in its most powerful form. It can be a very eventful year with many changes all over the world, especially with national security. 2018 is a year for social change and a change of lifestyle to a healthier and more meaningful one.

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We can all aspire to bring the generosity and stability of this year into our lives and endeavour to transform fear and aggression into wisdom and compassion. The world has never needed it more. This year is an ideal time to make changes in everyday life. This includes breaking habits, or improving for the better. Perhaps this means taking the time to study more, or performing simple acts of kindness to others. The year of the dog bestows an abundance of possibilities; so take the time to indulge in its contributions.

The lucky colours that can positively influence your destiny this year are those related to the beneficial energies of the wood element, represented by the green colour (let’s remember that wood dominates Earth) and the water element, represented by blue and black. Indeed, water being globally in deficiency during 2018, it’s important to be able to fill this shortage with the colours of your clothes and of your interior decor, not to mention the importance of regularly drinking water. Metal elements like gold and silver reign supreme as Earth produces metal. Finally, and to a lesser extent, the element of fire represented by the colours red, purple or flaming orange, can serve as effective energy stabilisers for some zodiacs.

The year of the dog will bring prosperity to those who are involved in innovation and creation. Those with artistic, writing and inventive talents will flourish. It is a good year to market anything that brings beauty and pleasure to the world. New ideas will emerge with old ideologies riding into oblivion. The dog’s friendliness, loyalty, and service will make these characteristics come to the fore in 2018.

We can also expect to witness the birth of new ambitious green projects, complete remodelling of modes of production and the exploitation of energy resources. All initiatives showing their contribution to reducing pollution and improving the quality of life will be encouraged and funded by most countries, major industrial and financial institutions, worldwide.

Here’s a sneak peek into the 2018 Chinese Horoscope:

The common factor in all the zodiacs this year is the need to follow a healthy and active regimen to benefit from the dog year qualities of wellbeing and prosperity. One must show tolerance and empathy towards others, to preserve their balance, especially if they wish to avoid unnecessary conflicts.



Born in: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030

It is your year, so be careful in whatever you wish to do, so you can celebrate and enjoy 2018. There will be many opportunities in both your professional and personal life. However, the one thing the dog will need to remember is that this year will require action to achieve the maximum benefits and rewards. The dogs will need to let go of past frustrations and disappointments otherwise this will hold them back.



Born in: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020

The year will be kind to you. It will be productive and rewarding for the charismatic, intelligent and gifted rat but not without its problems. Fortunately, the rat has an innate ability to sense upcoming issues and will deal with the problem efficiently. Acknowledging the positive and being grateful for what they already have would bring enormous benefits.



Born in: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021

It may appear to be a good harvest for the ox, but do take some precautions. Hard-working, persistent, loyal and private, this will be a busy year for the ox, which includes some pleasurable social occasions and travel. There will be some unexpected challenges and pressures but rest assured, ox, that your rewards will come in the long-term.



Born in: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022

Tigers and dogs do well together, so the year’s luck will cling to the fierce tiger. You will prosper when involved in projects. For advancement during the year, tigers must seize any opportunities and follow through with implementing ideas. This is not a year for sitting back. Action and hard work are imperative for future successes and tigers should go for it.



Born in: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023

This is a year of fulfilment, action, growth, and progress for the peaceful, intelligent and loyal rabbit. After a really tough 2017, 2018 is looking good. The greater trend is increased money and even fame and fortune. Those working in jobs will see themselves promoted with financial increase, while those in businesses will flourish in anything that promotes creativity. It is a good year for Rabbits to market their services.



Born in: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024

This is generally not a great year for dragons. The flamboyant and assertive dragons will experience a mixed year. Although they will need to move through the year with a certain amount of caution, they will be laying down the foundation for future successes. If you must travel, do be careful. There will be obstacles, fierce arguments, disputes and just plain bad luck. This year, showing self-control and discipline when interacting with others is vital.



Born in: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025

Snakes can look forward to a very rewarding, successful and happy year, but they must be prepared to come out of hiding and take action. Snakes have many talents but can sometimes lack the energy to fully participate and utilise their skills. They will need to have faith in themselves and hone in on their strengths.



Born in: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026

Being very compatible with dogs, this is a great year for horses to enjoy themselves. There will be many appealing opportunities for the horse. However, to reap the rewards and get the most from the year, the notoriously independent horse will need to link up and join forces with others. The high energy steeds will see doors open on the job front, but not so much in any new business ventures. Consolidate assets and avoid unnecessary expenditures and disputes.



Born in: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027

The sheep faces a mixed bag. In order to keep your life in order, you will need to face stumbling blocks with ingenuity and courage. Persistence will also win the day. The stress of this will be mitigated by new opportunities that come your way. This luck will come to you through highly placed people, so you should cultivate them. In addition, attitude will be everything. The Dog year will also have some very positive aspects that the Sheep can look forward to.



Born in: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028

It is a good time for your hard work to be recognized. Keeping eyes wide open and staying alert should be the Monkey’s mantra. There will be interesting opportunities throughout the year but, to ensure the Monkeys don’t miss out, they must keep up to date with everything and communicate with others. The Dog year is a bit extreme in that it’s either all out loyalty or a bit of an attack. You will need to employ the tightest self-control and treat all the people in your life with an extra dose of friendliness and respect.



Born in: 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029

The year will be a hectic one for the outspoken, outgoing and well-organised rooster. However, to get the most from the year, they will fare best by remaining flexible in all matters. Fortunately, you will continue to earn a steady income whether you are a businessman or an employee. Disputes and arguments could lead to the loss of money and relationships, so play everything by the book.



Born in: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031

This year will have many benefits. This it will be the year to lay down foundations; the boar will enjoy the fruits of their efforts in the following years and most especially in the 2019, year of the boar. This year they could get a bit richer plus be blessed with auspicious get-togethers. Being spendthrifts, if the boars behave themselves and consider the diligent Chi of the Dog year, they can prosper in every life sphere.


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On February, 16, 2018, roll 15 mandarins into your home and/or office, from your entrance door, to usher in health and wealth into your life. Eat them the next day.


— Samita Khanna is a master consultant at Feng Shui Arabia.