2018: The Year of the Earth Dog

As the Year of the Fire Rooster draws to a close, a year where the rooster exposed many long held secrets, many are excited to welcome the year of the Earth Dog, also known as the year of the Yang Earth Dog.

The year of the dog is a double earth year, it is believed with the earth energy, this upcoming year will be calmer. Some might even find it a bit boring with the double earth energy but many Chinese believe that a boring life is a life of peace and tranquillity.

In this blog, I will provide some highlights for the upcoming year and remedies according to the principles of Feng Shui and Chinese traditions.

What is Feng Shui? (风水)
Feng Shui is an ancient art that takes into account the importance of how energy flows in your space, and ensuring that you live in harmony with your environment. In many Chinese families, Feng Shui is utilised when placing furniture or when designing homes and buildings. Good Feng Shui in one’s space can affect all areas of your life, such as a successful career, finding the right partner and good health.

Even though I grew up with aspects of Feng Shui, I didn’t understand the importance of it until I was in my 20s when I met my teacher, applied its principles and saw immediate results. Now, I apply the principles of Feng Shui in my home, relationship and work space everyday.

With Feng Shui, I take the approach of “Do your best, trust your instinct and have fun as you can never get it 100% right.

Highlights for the Year of the Dog

1. No Spring—Lap Chun

Lap Chun is the first day of spring in the Chinese Almanac. If Lap Chun and the first day of Chinese New Year (according to the lunar calendar) fall on the same day then that year is considered to have spring and it will be a good year for growth.

However, since Lap Chun falls on February 4th this year, and the first day of Chinese New Year is on February 16th, there is no spring.

What Happens When There’s no Lap Chun?
Don’t panic…Simply place some spring plants in your home during Chinese New Year to signify spring and growth.

2. Double Earth

While double earth is great as it signifies plenty of resources and opportunities, too much earth energy can cause a lack of strength to make things happen. Hence, this is a good year to refrain from being hasty, and practice patience.

With the double earth energy, it can also cause instability in the earth. This might mean there is a higher chance of natural disasters like mudslides, earthquakes and volcano eruptions. It is advisable to place crystals on all four corners of your home to stabilise the earth energy.

3. Lack of Metal Element, except August & September

This year the metal element is lacking so do surround your home with metal elements, like having a bowl made of metal or brass and place some red apples in it. You can also wear white and gold jewellery.

Best Months for Making Money during 2018
In August and September, there is Double Metal hidden in the chart. Hence these are great months to make money, increase your income and build your business.

4. Harmonious Energy

With the earth energy, there will be less conflict between people. It is a good year to surround yourself with like minded people.

In Chinese astrology and Feng Shui, each animal sign has allies and a secret friend. Your two allies are those animal signs that get along with you very well, and your secret friend is one that will always be there by your side no matter what happens.

Animal sign: Allies, Secret Friend.

Monkey: Rat, Dragon, Snake
Rooster: Ox, Snake, Dragon
Dog: Tiger, Horse, Rabbit
Pig: Rabbit, Sheep, Tiger
Rat: Dragon, Monkey, Ox
Ox: Rooster, Snake, Rat
Tiger: Horse, Dog, Pig
Rabbit: Sheep, Pig, Dog
Dragon:, Rat, Monkey, Rooster
Snake: Ox, Rooster, Monkey
Horse: Tiger, Dog, Sheep
Sheep: Rabbit, Pig, Horse

Many Chinese people plan families according to this chart. For e.g. If you are a Dog and your spouse is a Tiger, it is considered auspicious if your child is born in the year of the horse or the rabbit.

5. Year of the No. 9

The number 9 indicates that this is a good year to complete projects you have started. Due to the lack of metal element this year, it is not a great year to start something. However, if you have a desire to start a new project, book launch or a new career, perform a ritual and set the intention to start now, before February 4th.

For example, I did a ritual last week and set the intention that I will start a podcast this year.

A few things to consider with regards to directions:

I won’t go into the full details of all the directions or elements here as it can differ for each person (according to your time of birth and Chinese zodiac sign), but I will provide the important points.

West: Reduce earth and fire energy here. This means moving crystals away from this area and avoid lighting candles.

Northeast: Reduce noise but activate fire energy. A good area to light incense and candles.

North: This is known as the area of the three-killings this year, keep it as quiet as possible. This means no renovations in the house or the garden. A good remedy is to place a six metal rod wind chime in this corner.

East: This is the area of the burglary star. Keep it quiet.

Northwest: This is where the Tai Sui (太 岁 )—Grand Duke Jupiter resides this year.

Who is the Tai Sui?
In the Chinese culture, Tai Sui is the Grand Duke who’s in charge of the world’s affairs for that year. It is a position in the celestial heaven and he is considered the Ruler of Earth. The myth states that there are 60 heavenly generals who rotate to take charge every year.

In 2018, the ruling Tai Sui is General Jiang Wu (姜武) and since he resides in the Northwest sector, it is a good idea to avoid conflicting with him by making sure you do not sit facing his direction for long periods of time. It is also advisable to avoid making too much noise in this sector.

In Feng Shui, it is about living in accordance with the energy of the year and in harmony with your surroundings.

The year of the Earth Dog is a good year to build and strengthen what you have built. It is the year to practice patience and finish projects. This is not the year to be impulsive. Adopt the “think-before-you-act” approach.


Now for the fun part…The Disclaimer:
I have practised and studied Feng Shui for over 20 years and although I have benefited greatly from it, all remedies are to be used at the reader’s own discretion and liability. The information given is subject to personal interpretation and application, and I make no claims to absolute effectiveness and success.

If you are interested in learning more about your individual sign and astrology, please reach out and order your personalised reading, or seek the advice of a professional and qualified Feng Shui practitioner.
Please note that everything here is for informational purpose only. 

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