2018 Earth Dog Year


The new Moon in Aquarius on February 15 2018 at 1:05 pm PST, also an eclipse, begins the year of the Earth Dog.

Dog year is a time of fairness and equality. Controversial issues are given their due, revolutions are successful, politics are liberal, and political oppression is opposed. 

Integrity and honesty are the values that lead to success under Dog’s watchful and just influence.


Chinese New Year Date

Chinese New Year is a spring festival that begins on the second new Moon after Winter Solstice. But in the Solar Terms Chinese agricultural calendar, the Chinese New Year begins on February 4 or 5.

This Li Chun date, based on Solar Terms (15 degrees along the ecliptic) is close to February 2nd, a solar holiday that marks the point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox.

Dog Personality

In Chinese society, Dogs are the favored domestic animal because they are so loyal to their owners. And like a Dog, those born in the year of the Dog possess the admirable canine qualities of loyalty and integrity. Honest and trustworthy, Dog makes an excellent friend and will always take your side. Only Dog will loyally stand by when others have abandoned a cause. Dog won’t hesitate to make sacrifices for people and ideas they believe in. Dog has a strong sense of fair play, and honors commitments.

Direct and frank, Dog does not pay much attention to superficial details and has little patience for frivolity. Yet Dog likes to be spontaneous. Dog can be hot-blooded and emotional, and prefers to react to rather than plan for a situation. Dog prefers to live an impeccable life, a life filled with principles and dignity, always willing to be a crusader for a noble ideology.

Earth Dog

Of the five Taoist elements Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood, this is the year of the Earth Dog. 

Stable, honest, practical, industrious, prudent, reliable, kind, and loyal are Earth qualities. The element Earth enriches Dog’s character and adds needed stability.

The Earth Dog is endowed with some of the finest qualities of all the 12 astrology animals. Earth Dogs can succeed in their endeavors, and possess nobility of character. They have strong opinions and are loyal to their values.

Dog is eager to help others, loves children, and enjoys all types of games and entertainment. A champion of the underdog, Dog can become self righteous and indignant when witnessing unfair treatment. Earth Dogs’ instincts give them a clear sense of right and wrong in human relationships. Reliable, sincere, and faithful Earth Dog is dedicated to justice. More Earth Dog info is in my book Taoist Astrology.


2018 Lucky Hours

In Dog year, activities are more successful during Tiger, Rabbit, Horse, and Dog hours that are favorable for Dog .

Tiger hours are 3 am – 5 am
Rabbit hours are 5 am – 7 am
Horse hours are 11 am – 1 pm
Dog hours are 7 pm – 9 pm



RAT – Rat and Dog are smart and sharp. You’ll find many ways to succeed. But Dog requires honesty so no cutting corners. Looking for love in Dog year? Rat is most compatible with another Rat, Dragon, or Monkey. Ox is also compatible. Horse is least compatible.

OX – Ox and Dog are both hard workers who possess integrity of character. This year becomes fortunate because you and Dog share similar values and are on the same wavelength. Looking for love in Dog year? Ox is most compatible with another Ox, Phoenix, or Snake. Rat is also compatible. Sheep is least compatible.

TIGER – You are ready for a new, fortunate life cycle in 2018 Earth Dog year! Dog and Tiger are best friends, along with Horse, so luck is with you. Looking for love in Dog year? Tiger is most compatible with another Tiger, Horse, or Dog. Pig is also compatible. Monkey is least compatible.

RABBIT – Dog is your champion and protector. You can feel secure, and then allow your creativity to flow this year. Looking for love in Dog year? Rabbit is most compatible with another Rabbit, Sheep, or Pig. Dog is also compatible. Phoenix is least compatible.

DRAGON – Dog is your opposite, and is a realistic, no-nonsense hard worker. You have different values, so avoid confrontations that can lead to a big unexpected dogfight. You succeed on reputation alone. Looking for love in Dog year? Dragon is most compatible with another Dragon, a Rat, or Monkey. Phoenix (Rooster) is also compatible. Dog is least compatible.

SNAKE – Social Dog likes the pack, and can be an extrovert for a cause. Snake prefers to be introverted and selective. But no big problems are foreseen, and Snake can have a good year. Looking for love in Dog year? Snake is most compatible with another Snake, Ox, or Phoenix (Rooster). Monkey is also compatible. Pig is least compatible.

HORSE – Good luck for you! Dog is your buddy, so this is your year for travel, exploration, luck in relationships, and good times. Looking for love in Dog year? Horse is most compatible with another Horse, Dog, or Tiger. Sheep is also compatible. The Rat is least compatible.

SHEEP – This Earth Dog year can be a good and healing year for Sheep, who are helped by the element Earth after two Fire years. Looking for love in Dog year? Sheep is most compatible with another Sheep, Pig, or Rabbit. Horse is also compatible. Ox is least compatible.

MONKEY – Dog follows laws and rules, and Monkey breaks laws and rules. Just don’t get caught this year! Looking for love in Dog year? Monkey is most compatible with another Monkey, Rat, or Dragon. Snake is also compatible. Tiger is least compatible.

PHOENIX (Rooster) – Phoenix and Dog both respect good work, honesty, and integrity of character. Be sure to follow up on any good fortune from 2017 Fire Phoenix year. Looking for love in Dog year? Phoenix is most compatible with another Phoenix (if they don’t peck each other), Ox, or Snake. Dragon is also compatible. Rabbit is least compatible. 

DOG – You start a fortunate 12-year cycle in this Earth Dog year 2018. You come more into your power, are respected, and can emerge a leader. Looking for love in Dog year? Dog is most compatible with another Dog, Tiger, or Horse. Rabbit is also compatible. Dragon is least compatible.

PIG – Dog and Pig are compatible, so anticipate two very good years: 2018 Earth Dog, then 2019 Earth Pig. Excellent to get married, buy a home, have a child, or start a business. Looking for love in Dog year? Pig is most compatible with another Pig, Sheep, or Rabbit. Tiger is also compatible. Snake is least compatible.

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