The Chinese New Year rings in on February 16 this year, with more than one billion people expected to celebrate around the world. As another Chinese year begins, tradition dictates that the next animal from the Chinese zodiac steps up. In 2018, it's the Year of the Dog.
Unlike in western astrology, the Chinese zodiac isn't based on stars or constellations. Instead, it's rooted in an ancient Chinese story involving the twelve animals from the zodiac and a race held by the Jade Emperor; the ruler of Heaven and Earth.
2018 - the Year of the Dog - is set to be a benevolent one, as dogs are considered lucky animals in China because of their faithful and friendly nature. This Year of the Dog promises more pro-social behaviour, fairness, justice, a focus on making everyone prosper and perhaps even a return to traditional values.
Here’s how the Year of the Dog will affect your Chinese zodiac sign (and if you're not sure which animal you are, check on this chart).
There will be ups and downs, but you Rat, will have the most success with money. 2018 promises a possible promotion or accolades, but with more stature comes more responsibility and paying back any favours given.
This year will be tougher than the last Ox, with most things feeling like one step forward and two steps back. The lesson here is to learn to be patient and to choose your battles wisely.
It’s a smooth ride on cruise control for you this year. Business or career opportunities lead to more money. Besides using your own determination, it will be who you know that attracts windfalls.
Rabbits have it best in 2018. Everything will be coming up roses: love, money, career, and health, so long as you’re not too ambitious and can focus on enjoying what you have in the present.
2018 will be something for Dragons to endure. There could be roadblocks in just about every facet of your life. Patience isn’t your strong suit, but you’ll be given an opportunity to cultivate it this year.
If you’re willing to put your mind to it, you can accomplish just about anything! But it won’t just simply happen; you may have to use your cunning to get others to go along with your plans.
You will have to slow down in 2018 and think or consider changing directions in order to thrive. You’re likely to have better success at a new job or with new a relationship than with the one you have now.
The Goat should be patient in 2018, as things might not materialise the way you have imagined. This is a good year to figure out what you really want, especially if you’re willing to work hard and work alone.
You should channel your energy into ambition this year. This is a generally favourable year in all aspects of life, which is especially true when it comes to reaching for the brass ring at work, school, or in business.
Relationships, both personal and professional, will blossom for you this year. Roosters may fall in love or be taking your relationship to the next level. You may also find a job or get promoted. It’s a year to thrive!
Usually, your own year isn’t lucky, and it’s no different for Dogs. You may see your good fortune dwindle as the year progresses. It’s best to be as agreeable and strategic as possible in order to mitigate any misfortunes.
2018 will bring stability in life, career, and health and better love prospects. Harmony with family, friends and lovers comes easily. Pigs may find that others clamour to be in their good graces.
Which animal are you?
Rat: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948, 1936, 1924
Ox: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, 1949, 1937, 1925
Tiger: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950, 1938, 1926
Rabbit: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939, 1927
Dragon: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952, 1940, 1928
Snake: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953, 1941, 1929
Horse: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942, 1930
Goat: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955, 1943, 1931
Monkey: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956, 1944, 1932
Rooster: 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957, 1945, 1933
Dog: 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946, 1934
Pig: 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947, 1935